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The Sims 3 Seasons: Summer

Summertime Festival, Tickets, Tanning and Fun in the Sun

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack
Diving into a pool in The Sims 3 Season's Summer
Relax in the Pool or Improve your Diving Skill

The Sims 3 Seasons brings Summertime for Sims, along with sweltering heat waves and numerous activities to keep cool. In this guide, we'll cover those new gameplay features as well as the ways you can prevent your Sim from overheating in the hot Sunshine.

Making a Snow Cone in The Sims 3 Seasons
Summertime Heat Calls for a Snow Cone

Summer Festival and Leisure Day Holiday
The Summer Festival takes place on a big lot somewhere in your town (Central Park for Sunset Valley). There you will find a number of special structures set up to help Sims celebrate Summertime. Make a holiday greeting card in the photo booth, have a snow cone to cool off or buy food and drink. All Sims will get the day off of work or school on Leisure Day, which is the last Friday of the season (or just the last day for short seasons). This is a free pass to have some fun at the Festival and maybe even earn some tickets to spend. All Sims get a +10 moodlet for the entire duration of Leisure Day.

Playing Soccer in The Sims 3 Seasons
Play Soccer Against other Sims to Win Festival Tickets

Summer Festival Tickets
There are a few ways Sims can earn Festival Prize Tickets, which can be spent at the concession stand at the festival (open 8am-9pm).

  • Soccer Shootout - 25 for winning, 5 for the loser. 10 each for a draw. Soccer is a hidden skill and Sims who get good at this will have no trouble earning tickets by beating out the competition.
  • Hot Dog Eating Contest - You'll win a week's worth of hot dogs which could spoil in your inventory, but also pick up 25 tickets for your Sim. There is a 5 ticket participation prize. Contests take an hour to complete, and the next contest begins 2 hours after the previous has finished.
  • Skating - Skate on the skating rink and your Sim will earn 5 tickets. This is a hidden skill, and Sims will grow better at skating over time.
  • Water Balloon Fights - Use the pair of walls you'll see on the festival lot to do this, and the winner will receive 25 tickets, the loser 5. Another hidden skill and potential ticket generator.
  • Get Face Painted - 5 tickets for doing this, costing $50 but is a means of infinite tickets if you have the Simoleons.
Hot Dog Eating Contest in Seasons
A Hot Dog Eating Contest - To the Winner Go 25 Tickets

Using these tickets, you can purchase items that range in value from 1 ticket for a firework to 50 tickets for a Soccer Field for your home lot. Tickets can be cashed in during any Season, and the prizes are all themed around seasonal activities.

Weather Forecast in The Sims 3 Seasons
Check the Newspaper, Computer, or Television to get a Weather Forecast.

Summertime Heat and Weather
Sims enjoy the sunshine up to a point, initially getting a nice warm moodlet. Too much time outside in the heat can cause Sims to overheat if they do not get shelter and seek one of the options to cool down.

As your Sim gets hotter, they will begin to get warm, then Sweating Profusely moodlets. At Sweating Profusely you need to seek something to cool the Sim off as you have a limited amount of time before they burst into flames and must run quickly to extinguish themselves. Spontaneous Combustion can kill a Sim.

Sims can die of the heat in Sims 3 Seasons
Get Your Sim Cooled Before This Happens

Either go inside a house (all homes are automatically cooled), eat a snow cone, take a swim, or use a sun parasol to combat the effects of heat and prevent an untimely Sim death. Sims with 10,000 lifetime happiness points to spare can purchase the Immune to Heat Lifetime Reward, which will prevent any negative effects of the sun while still getting a tan.

Sims will naturally dress in cooler clothing when they go out doors, and if they have a sun parasol in their inventory will automatically use it to prevent getting too hot.

Get a Spray on Tan - Just hope a Prankster Hasn't Used it First

Sun Tanning
Sims wearing swimwear outdoors can get a tan when they've been in the hot sun for a while. Don't push it - seek something cool or some shelter when the tan has developed. For a nice Suntan, they will get a +10 24 hour moodlet. A sunburn causes pain and gives a -10 12 hour moodlet. Sims can also get a tan in the Spray Tan booth for $90 at the Summer Festival, which has an 85% chance of success - unless it has been the target of a prank, in which case a Sim may look awful (and pretty hilarious) when they come out. You can also buy one of these for your home using Festival Prize Tickets from participating in activiites at a festival. Sun Tanning Booths can be found in Buy mode's Study > Indoor Activities tab for $2,000 Simoleons.

Seasons fireworks - a rainbow
Seasons fireworks - an extraveganza's grand finale
Fireworks are Beautiful when Viewed from Above

Fireworks can be bought at the concession stand or grocery store during Summer. There are a couple cheap kid-friendly types in Snakes and Sparklers, while older Sims can use bottle rockets and large fireworks. The Facemelter and Golden Dragon count as large fireworks. If you have three of them on hand you can have the Sim use the Perform Fireworks Extravaganza action, which will launch three of these randomly and give all observing Sims a +10 moodlet for 16 hours.

Swimming Improvements
With the patch that came with Seasons, all Simmers can now send their Sims to the Ocean and ponds to take a dip. It's a great way to cool off and get some exercise. In Build Mode, you can also find the new Diving Board, which functions as a hidden skill object. Sims will improve their diving ability with some practice. The Inflato Aqualounge can also be bought, which is a floating pool chair that can be used to sunbathe and relax or read a book.

Summer Skating
Skating is a new hidden skill in The Sims 3 Seasons. During the summertime, this is used with roller skates (ice skates in winter). Doing this at the Festival will earn you Prize Tickets.

A Water Balloon fight in The Sims 3 Seasons Summertime
A Water Balloon Fight - Shame it Won't Cool Sims Down.

Water Balloon Fights
Water Balloon fights raise a new hidden skill, which carries over to snowball fights in the winter. Find the new Water Balloon Arena in Buy Mode > Outdoors > Outdoor activities to have a war with walls to hide behind, otherwise Sims can practice in any open area.

Comments (52)

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AFRIKA says...
Found a bug with tickets... If you have one in your inventory, click on it, drag it as if you are gonna sell it, than put back. There will be two now. Do it again there will be 4, than 8,16,32 etc...
this way you can get rich if you sell them all... :-)
17th November 2012 6:52pm
Kelseyy says...
Is the weather forecast only in Fahrenheit? I live in Australia and we go by Celsius.
You can change temperature to Celsius in the options menu :)
14th November 2012 10:59am
Tips says...
Carl where do live? are you an Aussie or an American
10th April 2013 1:49am
Mia says...
It always seems to rain in Summer on my game...
It's like it knows I live in the UK and has made the weather reflect this... /sigh
Btw I love this website: it's my go-to for all things Sims :)
14th September 2013 11:43am
Bonabopn says...
Error! The holidays are not always on friday. They arrive three days before the end of the season. I know because i purposefully messed with the season length so it'd always be a saturday in my neighbourhood. Having each month set to a multiple of 7 will make the holiday always the same day.
1st March 2013 4:47pm
NedSims says...
I've been looking around how to make a fireworks stravaganza for quite some time, thanks a lot!
9th February 2013 11:34am
Bea says...
How do i get my sim to relax on inflatable pool chair?
I try it but does not want to stay
6th February 2013 12:26pm
liddykitty says...
Vampires don't skate, they dash around the rink
2nd February 2013 8:51pm
M says...
Fairy's fly around.
24th July 2014 10:05am
Maddiiieeeeee says...
I can't perform the fireworks extravaganza. Even though I have like all of the fireworks in my inventory, does it have to be in the family inventory or something? Do you h e to click on the person or the ground?
31st December 2012 6:50pm
Sim Fan says...
I think you should click on them in your inventory and then it should say something like light fireworks or something.
1st January 2013 3:02pm
identifiier says...
you have to place the fireworks on the ground and then you have to click on them and it will say something like light fireworks
26th May 2014 6:00am
Kitty says...
Carl you have the best guide around. Except you are missing only one thing. What is the highest rank in soccer tournament???
12th March 2013 3:47pm
Vincent says...
I'm mostly interested in summer. I mean, where I live irl it's generally autumn or winter all year round. Since my sims have hit the money cap all I do is hang out in the sun, party and collect things. Is it still worth buying this expansion just for summer and aliens, or should I wait until Island Paradise?
13th March 2013 10:20am
Daniella Leonard says...
Well when I started playing the seasons game I never found the festival and I checked and checked do I need to change my settings or something please help if you have an answer e-mail please!!!
31st March 2013 8:41am
Haleigh says...
How long does it take for a sim to get a natural tan? It seems like they stay out there a long time and nothing happens/.
7th April 2013 7:59pm
Channah says...
Is there a way to make the seasons start in Autumn rather than Summer?
13th April 2013 11:22pm
Doodle Girl says...
Channah, if you pres ctrl+shift+c, type in testingcheatsenabled true then shift-click on the ground you can change the season, temperature and weather.
15th May 2013 1:11pm
Monice says...
Can you still build houses, have children like the regular Sims 3?
22nd May 2013 12:36pm
foreversims says...
i wish i had this expansion... think i'll get it.. THANKS FOR THE INFO!!!!!!! ;)
22nd February 2014 11:03pm
tallulah says...
helloo everyone :)

I recently started a new town and it's making my leisure days be on the last Thursday of every month instead of Friday.. is there a way I can change it back to Friday?

thanks :)
8th March 2014 3:56pm
FZ122 says...
Where in the outdoor section in buy mode do you get those thing you float on in the water. I've looked everywhere
15th December 2012 9:49pm
Hailey says...
The pool floating loungers are in the pool objects category in build ode
3rd January 2013 5:30pm
sian says...
I just downloaded seasons and the game clock claims it is summer ...but the rain never stops.
I kinda wanted a tan. :(
12th December 2012 7:56pm
fox says...
I hate that my fairy couple can not skate at all.......i wish they would have mentioned this in the live questions so i would not have gotten my hopes up...Other then that i like the whole sun bathing and the new deaths
14th November 2012 4:47am
maddy says...
why would u like the new deaths?! lol jk
18th November 2012 11:00pm
Jzburda says...
The deaths are hilarious (I know you said Just kidding)I mean,spontaneously combust? turn into a freakin' ice cube?
2nd December 2012 7:14pm
Marguerite Waters says...
I agree with the above your website is better than the guide. I'm glad I found it. Awaiting more pointers. Thanks so much to you and you helpers.
15th November 2012 3:09pm
Simsluver2004 says...
2nd February 2013 12:55pm
mommawhitecougar says...
It's so umfair that we iun the UK get it days later than everyone else seems to! At least the tips already posted have me ready and impatiently waiting! Thanx Carl and all your helpers.
Happy to help :)
15th November 2012 1:57am
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