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Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, dart­ing through wa­ter jets at a splash pad o ers hours of cool fun. Many of the ma­jor shop­ping des­ti­na­tions around town fea­ture these wa­ter spots, in­clud­ing

Scotts­dale Quar­ter, Kier­land Com­mons, Desert Ridge Mar­ket­place, Tempe Mar­ket­place, West­gate En­ter­tain­ment Cen­ter San­Tan Vil­lage.

and Kids don a swim­suit and splash and run to their heart’s con­tent. At

nd a one-acre splash “park” com­plete with wa­ter slides and sand play ar­eas, while at

(www.phoenix zoo.org) take a break from vis­it­ing the an­i­mals and run through the wa­ter­fall, ex­plore a cav­ern or slide down a tree trunk from a tree house into a river. Newly opened this May: a small splash pad at

(www.the or­chard­phx.com), a restau­rant and mar­ket­place con­cept. The pad sits near an ice cream and candy shop, mak­ing it per­fect for a sum­mer ex­cur­sion.

Tempe Beach Park Phoenix Zoo The Or­chard PHX

tube rentals and a shut­tle bus ser­vice to the Salt River, where those ages 8+ can oat through the Tonto Na­tional For­est. Var­i­ous exit points along the river al­low par­tic­i­pants to choose when it’s time for dry land. ( Tip: Smart tu­bers bring a cooler lled with drinks and snacks, nes­tle it into a tube and use a rope to join that tube to theirs.) GET AC­TIVE Get your adren­a­line pump­ing by stay­ing ac­tive at these indoor spots. When the temps rise, head to

(www.coy­otesice. com) and chill out on the ice rink. It of­ten hosts NHL teams for prac­tice and other events, but also has daily pub­lic skate times. Head over on a Fri­day night for a skate party fea­tur­ing a live DJ and disco lights. Sis­ter lo­ca­tion

(www.coy­otes icechan­dler.com) also o ers daily pub­lic skate times and a Fri­day night skate party. Those in Peoria can cool o at (www. az­ice.com), where free skate lessons are o ered Sa morn­ings and W evenings (pre-regis­tra­tion re­quired). Jump around at one of the many tram­po­line parks around the Val­ley.

(www.jumpc­ityaz.com)

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has bounc­ing fun in Phoenix, while Scotts­dale’s

(www. azair time.com) in­cludes dodge­ball courts. (www. ip­dunksports.com) in Phoenix is Ari­zona’s only tram­po­line park and gym­nas­tics/dance cen­ter.

AZ Air Time

ROAD TRIPS Head north to nd some re­lief from the Val­ley’s high temps. was the rst per­ma­nent cap­i­tal of the Ari­zona Ter­ri­tory and is a great place for his­tory bu s. Mean­while, the old build­ings of o er a peek at life in Ari­zona dur­ing min­ing’s hey­day—though a stay at the fa­mous

(www.jeromegrand ho­tel.com) may pro­vide a per­sonal en­counter with a past res­i­dent (it’s ru­mored to be haunted). In fact, the town as a whole is known as a ghost town. Travel north from Jerome to for the famed red rocks, New Age shops and din­ing des­ti­na­tions. Sum­mer is also the per­fect time to make the trek to the

a marvel stretch­ing 277 miles from end to end and more than a mile down to the canyon’s oor—hike or raft through the canyon, take a he­li­copter tour, or sim­ply visit and won­der at its size.

Jerome Ho­tel Flip Dunk Sports Prescott Jerome Grand Grand Canyon, Se­dona

fea­tures 17,600 square feet of out­door pool and pa­tio ar­eas com­plete with daybeds, lounges, and pri­vate and VIP ca­banas. Soak in the wa­ter while en­joy­ing the sounds of the live band that of­ten plays from the oat­ing stage in the cen­ter of the pool. Satur­days are typ­i­cally re­served for the Soaked pool par­ties, while Sun­days fea­ture the Sound Wave Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Pool Party Series. www.may­a­clubaz.com

Talk­ing Stick Re­sort,

At join up to 4,500 oth­ers and cel­e­brate sum­mer to­gether at the RE­LEASE pool party series. Lounge in a VIP ca­bana and lis­ten to one of the ma­jor global artists who of­ten per­form. The par­ties are held ev­ery week­end through­out the sum­mer. www.re­lease vip.com

Palo­mar Phoenix’s

LUS­TRE rooftop pool/bar o ers fun nearly ev­ery night of the week as part of its yearly 100 Days of Sum­mer event series. Take in the sweep­ing view of Phoenix’s sky­line dur­ing pool par­ties and themed evenings. www.lus­trerooftop­bar.com

W Scotts­dale’s

WET pool par­ties are held F-Su. Re­serve a ca­bana or daybed and en­joy the tunes spun by a live DJ be­fore cool­ing o in the rooftop pool. www.ws­cotts­dale­ho­tel.com

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