7 Kid-Friendly Ways to Stay Cool in Phoenix, AZ this Summer 🌞

Yes, it’s hot but you don’t have to go into hibernation this summer!  There’s plenty to do in the Valley of the Sun even in the summer months and you don’t have to spend a lot to do it.

Indoors and FREE:

Visit the local public library.  Our MOMs especially like the toddler friendly events at the Apache Junction Public Library , the Dobson Ranch Library and Scottsdale Public Library.

The i.d.e.a Museum in Mesa is offering another free admission day on Sunday, May 20th.  Children of all ages are invited to visit the museum from 12pm to 5pm.  The Sonoran Safari exhibition is being featured this season and they have an awesome toddler friendly section.

The Childrens Museum in Phoenix is offering a free admission day the first Friday of most months from 5pm to 9pm.

Visit video game arcades especially with younger kids.  Stay cool in the AC and let your 2 to 4 year-old loose in the arcade.  They will think they are playing the games with you and will have fun with all the buttons and lights.  Dave and Busters is free to visit with the added bonus of the restaurant and bar. 😉

Also indoors:

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler is extremely reasonable and offers season passes for families.

Harkins has an awesome summer movie program that costs less than $1.00 per movie for 10 weeks.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations.

Under 6 can jump for $5 at Xtreme Air.

Go ice skating!  We like the Ice Den in Scottsdale.  5 and under skates for $5 ($3 with own skates).   3 and under skates for free at AZ Ice in Gilbert.

Local Beaches:

Looking for a beach?  Yes, we are in the desert but we do have a few beaches around believe it or not!

You might see some wildlife at Butcher Jones.  If you have a 4×4 vehicle you can go back into the coves where there are more beaches that are less crowded.

Apache Lake has a campground, a marina and a jaw-dropping view.

Hit the beach but stay in the city at Waikiki Beach Wave Pool at Big Surf in Tempe.

Get your pool pass: 

There are some great public pools but did you know that you can get a day pass to the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix?

Day passes are also available at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.  Enjoy the rooftop pool!

Old Fashion Ice cream parlors:

1950’s style Sugar Bowl has been serving up cool treats in Scottsdale since 1958.  They also have a gift shop and offer birthday parties in their new arcade parlor.

Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream in Phoenix has been around since 1951.  Get an old fashioned sundae, ice cream soda or the popular authentic banana split!

Homemade Fun:

Get a snow cone maker!   The kids will love making their own snow cones and playing with the different colors and flavors.  You’ll love how easy it is to keep them entertained.

Have an Arizona snowball fight!  Pick your teams, dip these water balls in water and toss!

Make a ‘water piñata’!  Fill a bunch of water balloons, get some string and tie the full balloons to a tree, the covered patio or wherever you have enough room to swing a bat.  The more balloons you hang, the wetter you will be!

Move to a neighborhood with awesome amenities:

Seriously though!  HOA payments are much easier to make when you are enjoying the splash pad and community center at Eastmark, or the sandy beach and clubhouse at Val Vista Lakes or the fishing derby’s and movie in the pool at Dobson Ranch.  Click here to request a list of awesome, family friendly neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area.

Visit our Calendar for a list of our upcoming summer events!

Photo Credit to Photos by Jessica Nelson

Our Top Egg Hunt and Easter Festivities for 2017!

Local Easter Egg Hunts:

4/13: MOMnation members only Easter Egg Hunt and Park Play Date hosted by Ashley in South Gilbert!

4/13: Tiny Tots Egg Hunt in Downtown Mesa!  The event takes place on Main Street from Center to Country Club.

4/15: City of Chandler Family Easter Celebration at Snedigar Sportsplex! 

4/15: FREE Easter Spring event at Little Einstein Preschool! Bounce house, cookie decorations, crafts, games and an Easter egg hunts for all ages!!

4/15: Easter Egg-sperience at Vertuccio Farms!  You will enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, animals to pet, face painters, a train ride, an egg hunt with over 12,000 eggs and a pancake breakfast!

4/15: Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Phoenix is hosting a FREE Easter Egg hunt ages 1 to 10!

4/15: Easter Egg-Citement at Schnepf Farms!  The Egg hunt begins promptly at 11am.

4/15: Easter EGG-stravaganza @ The Wigwam in Litchfield Park! 

4/15: Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

Visit the Great Lawn at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for special hourly Easter egg hunts and “Bunnyland”!  The entire family will have a day filled with games, rides and live entertainment.

 

Awesome Local Easter Brunch Locations:

Grand Easter Brunch in the Palomino Ballroom at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Original Breakfast House in Phoenix – The Easter menu is served from 6:30am to 2pm

The Farm at South Mountain – Must make reservations 

SanTan Brewing Co. in Chandler is hosting a Sunday Brunch Buffet in their private Brewers Reserve 

Rustlers Rooste in Phoenix – Must make reservations

Easter Brunch at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park

 



			
		

Our Fave Local Date Night Spots!

Need a plan for Valentine’s Day or random date night?  Quick!  Call the babysitter!  We got you covered.  Here are suggestions from our local Moms <3

Hot Air Balloon Rides – Pack a picnic basket with some wine and cheese and get your fill of Phoenix from a birds eye view.  Check out Adrenaline and Rainbow Riders.

Gondola Boat Rides at the Hyatt – Just like Venice.  Enough Said.

Escape Rooms – You’ll work as a team to solve puzzles and find clues to escape a room together.  How romantic!!  Check out Phoenix Escape Room – Gilbert and Escape Room Mesa.

Saguaro Lake – Pack a picnic basket with your favorite fixin’s and take the very scenic drive to Saguaro Lake Marina.  There are plenty of spots there and on the way to throw down a blanket with your sweetie and relax in awe of the incredible view…the lake is nice too 😉  There is also a restaurant right on the water!

Top Golf – We love golf and good food!  They have a Gilbert and a Scottsdale location.

Filmbar in Downtown Phoenix – A hip little wine bar with craft beer at a true indie film theatre.  Voted “super cool” by our moms!

iPic Theatre – When a new flick is your pick but you still want the full bar and menu, we highly recommend iPic.  ***Warning*** Moms have been known to fall asleep in those comfy seats!

The Sanctuary Camelback Resort – If you haven’t done it yet, a spa weekend staycation should be on every couples bucket list!

Tempe Improv – Who doesn’t like a great comedy act plus food!  Winning!

Desert Botanical Garden – Take a stroll through the gardens.  Hold hands.  Sneak kisses.  It’s fun <3

480 Bar in Chandler – Rack ’em up!  Shoot some pool with your sweetie at our favorite local bar.  There’s even karaoke!

School’s Out, Let’s Play! MOM nation Approved Fun Spots for Holiday Break 🎅🏻

School’s out for the next two weeks!  Here is your MOM nation approved list of fun places to visit around the Valley.

Butterfly Wonderland at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale — Discover the amazing lives of butterflies!  Children 2 and under are free.

Chandler Farmers Market at 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler — A weekly market from 3pm to 7pm each Thursday.  Live music and kid friendly activities!

Children’s Museum of Phoenix at 215 N. 7th St, Phoenix — HUGE Museum with exhibits and experiences for all ages.  Children under 1 yr are free!

Dave and Busters at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe — An enormous arcade AND you can get dinner at the same time.  Brilliant!

Dobson Ranch Park at 2359 S. Dobson Rd, Mesa — This park is AWESOME, new and great for all ages.

idea Museum at 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa — Great for older kids that love art. There is a room that is specifically designed for toddlers and an area that is safe and fun for babies too!

Krazy Air at 4310 E McDowell Rd, Mesa — Trampoline Park that has something for all ages.

LegoLand at Arizona Mills at 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe — It’s an indoor Lego play land!  Children under 3 are free.

Makutus Island at 6919 W. Ray Rd, Chandler — It’s an indoor fantasy and adventure play place that will please all ages!

OdySea Aquarium at 9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale — The Aquarium!  Great for all ages.

Pump it Up at 1325 West Auto Dr. #101, Tempe — Indoor playground with huge inflatables!  Perfect for the older kids.

Sea Life Aquarium at Arizona Mills at 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe — Another aquarium!

Schnepf Farms at 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek — Family fun at the farm and AMAZING food too!

The ZOO! at 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix — Fun for days at the Zoo!

We LOVE Pogo Pass! Buy one Pogo Pass and get into several fun family venues for free throughout the Valley.  The idea Museum, The Zoo, and Makutus Island are a few that are included on the list!  Use offer code: MOMNATION for 60% off!