Spending Labor Day weekend trying to beat the heat - KCTV5

Spending Labor Day weekend trying to beat the heat

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Longview Lake (Justin Schmidt/KCTV) Longview Lake (Justin Schmidt/KCTV)

The clouds helped keep temperatures down a little Saturday, but it's still hot in and around Kansas City and many people realized near the water is the place to be for Labor Day weekend.

Wayne Cox didn't want to spend the weekend anywhere else.

"Just playing every chance I get," said the Raytown boater.

Cox and his family took the boat to Longview Lake for one last trip of summer. He wasn't about to let the heat ruin their fun.

"Wife and kids and their friends, and my grandson, he loves to drag around on the tube.

But he knows you have to be careful when the sun is scorching.

"The water. Drink lots of water. I left the beer at home," Cox said. "I've had like three heat strokes, so I drink as much as I can and I get in the water to cool the body."

"We'll try to get out of here before it's too hot," said swimmer Sean Higginbotham.

Higginbotham and his family aren't out on the lake, they were just in it and said the water was just right.

"It's nice and cool today. I was surprised. When I first got in I thought it was a little chilly. Feels great.

But Higginbotham kept a close eye on his 2-year-old nephew to make sure everyone stays safe.

"If he's starting to cry, you can tell if something is going on. Be smart," he said.

"We're trying to beat the heat, left the little sister at home, brought big brother to play in the water. Too hot for her," said Peter Lenihan while at a splash park.

Peter Lenihan and his son Chase splashed around Loose Park for the final time this summer.

"It's either that or a pool, but the pool's a little deep for him right now. He can run around here, get some energy out," Lenihan said.

The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has plenty of free places to stay cool this weekend, and there are deals at many of the pools around town - you can get in for just $3 through Monday.

Click here for more information and to print a coupon (click on the "splash special" coupon).

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