“Welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter – and hell spends the summer.” ~Popular saying from the 1930’s
The summer brings hot temperatures to Arizona, but there are plenty of ways in which you can stay cool.
Spend a day at the science center, taking time to do all of the hands-on exhibits; or visit an art gallery or other museum. For hundreds of examples, click here: www.knowledgehouse.info/azfield_museums.html
Set up an exercise program that you can do in hot weather. Perhaps you have an indoor exercise bike or even better, a swimming pool!
If you don’t have your own backyard pool, grab a swimsuit and go to the public pool in your community.
Commercial waterparks such as Big Surf, SunSplash and Waterworld offer huge waterslides and wave pools.
If you have younger kids, get two plastic wading pools. Fill one with water and the other with sand for a miniature backyard beach.
Set up a sprinkler in your garden or yard, or a mister on your deck or patio.
Arizona’s scenic lakes and rivers provide an opportunity for fishing, boating, and other water sports.
You may not think of Arizona as a place to ice skate, but public ice skating is available year round! Chill out at the Alltel Ice Den, Arcadia Ice, Polar Ice, or Oceanside Ice Arena.
Go for a walk while window shopping at an indoor mall.
Stay indoors and play quiet games such as chess, checkers, board games, role-playing games, computer games, or charades.
Make your own ice cream. Click here for recipes: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkicecream.html
Spend a leisurely afternoon in the air-conditioned public library and check out a variety of books. See: www.knowledgehouse.info/azlibraries.html
Sit in a comfy chair and read a long novel or series of books. Click here for a summer reading list: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfksummerbooks.html
Watch an afternoon matinee movie.
Select AMC Theatres invite families, schools, and organizations to see great kids’ movies for FREE during AMC Summer MovieCamp from June 27 – August 15. Shows start at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday.
Rent one or more DVDs, pull down the shades, make some popcorn or ice cream, and watch a movie. Click here for summer movie ideas: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfksummermovies.html
Have a marathon movie day; for example, you can spend 12 hours watching all episodes of Lord of the Rings or your favorite series.
Put together a jigsaw puzzle – preferably of a nice mountain meadow, cool water scene, or snowy landscape.
Work on a hobby or craft such as sewing, quilting, painting, scrapbooking, stamp collecting, coin collecting, or whatever interests you.
No matter how hot it is down in the Valley, we’re never more than a couple of hours away from a cool pine forest. Escape the heat by either heading north or to the “sky islands” of southern Arizona, and go hiking or camping in the woods.
Want to get out of the hot summer sun for a while? Arizona has several cool caves for you to explore. See: www.knowledgehouse.info/AZed_underground.html
Spend a weekend at a hotel or resort that offers low summer rates (savings can be as much as 50 percent from June through August) while enjoying the beautiful shimmering pools and other luxuries.