Summer Fun


Splashin’ Summer Fun

Remember one of the best parts of summer as a kid was running through the sprinkler? The modern version of that experience is the splash pad. You can let the kids cool off (or join them!) without having to find a pool. Enjoy! Check on one of the websites below to find a park with…


Purple mountain majesties

Did you know that Arizona claims a  precious gemstone, of which there is only one known source on the planet, as its own? Siberian Red is a type of amethyst originally discovered in the Ural Mountains on the other side of the globe. It is purple, like most natural amethyst that typically originates from South…


Staycations & Summer Fun Directory

Butterfly Wonderland 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 480-800-3000 • Visit America’s largest butterfly pavilion with more than 3,000 butterflies from around the world. Other exhibits include a butterfly emergence gallery, 3D theater, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Spineless Giants, Rainforest Reptile exhibit and Tropical Waters of the World. Children’s Museum Tucson 200 S. Sixth Ave.,…


Water play for summer days

When the temperatures reach triple digits consistently, the best way to find some relief is to hit the water. Here are some places where you can cool off. COMMUNITY AQUATIC CENTERS Cities open their pools in the summer for lessons and public swim time. These centers offer a variety of activities for visitors in the…


Mermaid for a moment

Ever dreamed of being a mermaid (or merman)? Two Scottsdale resorts offer mermaid classes to make that dream come true for guests staying onsite. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E Princess Dr., Scottsdale 480-513-6014 or Children ages 7-12 can flip their fins with Moon, the resort’s resident mermaid. Each 90-minute experience includes a monofin mermaid…


Desert at dusk

When the mercury climbs during the day, desert dwellers turn nocturnal. Here are some warm weather events happening in the cool of the night. Head to a higher elevation Movies on the Square (5 pm activities; movies 7:30-8 pm Saturdays through Sept 3). Each evening begins with entertainment from the community, music and a movie…

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