SOAK UP FUN
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.
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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
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
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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