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Byline: Daily News

The Fourth of July weekend is expected to be ... well, to borrow a cliche ... hotter than a firecracker. Sure, we can look forward to aerial displays after dark, but that leaves a whole lot of day to get through when the temperature is hovering around 100 degrees.

In an effort to keep your cool, try these fun family activities on for size.

1. Hit the beach. Some of the world's best beaches are only a short drive through the canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains -- and you can keep the air on in the car the whole way! Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma all beckon Vals when the heat is on. And sure, all the beaches will get crowded but since you're a pro, you'll know to get their early to stake out the best spot.

2. Flag down the Good Humor Man. Nothing will bring a rush of childhood memories -- or brain freeze -- like a Sno-Cone or Rocket Pop from the ice cream truck.

3. Dive in. Even if you don't have a pool in your backyard, there are any number of places to dunk your head. City pools opened this last week. Raging Waters in Santa Clarita can give you a water-based thrill. The water fountains at Universal CityWalk offer a cool surprise. Hey, the front yard sprinklers were always good enough for us.

4. Escape in the theater, Part I. A relatively inexpensive matinee ticket will get you out of the afternoon heat and into one of the summer blockbusters - and the cool air is an added bonus.

5. Escape in the theater, Part II. Swing through the local video store and pick up some cool DVDs - really cool, like ``Dr. Zhivago'' ``Ice Castles'' ``Eight Below'' or any other flick that's set in the cold.

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(1 -- 3 -- color) Yaylor Odom, 5, of Long Beach, left, cools off in the water fountain at Universal CityWalk on Friday afternoon. Below left, Ed Zatkin's 6-year-old Labrador mix, Sam, cools off with a drink at the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park on Friday afternoon. Below right, 10-month-old Jacob Campbell of Simi Valley plays in the sand on his first trip to the beach with his parents at Topanga County Beach on Friday.

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer

Ana P. Gutierrez/Special to the Daily News
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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