Don’t let triple-digit temps keep you from having a fun-filled summer. Get out and get to these Valley favorites for a super-cool experience this season.
Listen to the Music: Musical Instrument Museum
CubeSmart Self-Storage recently highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum in its”12 Reasons to Move to Phoenix in 2018″ feature, and for good reason! When you can have fun and learn a little something along the way, we call that a successful summer outing—especially if it’s indoors. The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix offers an action-packed summer calendar, from MIMkids Mini Music Makers sessions to concerts put on by Grammy-winning performers. Whether you’re visiting with family or perhaps enjoying a day date with your music-loving sweetheart, there is plenty to see and do daily at the MIM. At the Experience Gallery, you are invited to bang a gong and strum a Burmese harp while the Artist Gallery celebrate music’s most influential artists. The ever-changing exhibits at the Artist Gallery may include instruments played by icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Taylor Swift and many more. MIM admission is $20 per adult; $15 per teen (13-19 years old); and $10 per child (4-12 years old).
Ice, Ice Baby: Polar Play Ice Bar
If you very literally want to chill out this summer, Odysea in the Desert’s Polar Play Ice Bar is a must-visit in nearby Scottsdale. Polar Play is a 23-degree fun-filled spot for both kids and adults. Kiddos can take in the likes of checkers, corn hole, arcade games, shuffle board and giant Jenga, Uno and Connect Four while grown-ups can take in a little r-n-r at the ice bar with a frosty cocktail or two. And don’t fret about schlepping your winter gear to Polar Play; entrance includes use of polar parka and gloves. Polar Play admission is $10 per child; $15 per adult.
Swing and a Hit: Topgolf
Since golfing in the summer months is less than desirable, Topgolf offers a way to get in some swings in a much more comfortable—and air-conditioned—environment. (There are even kids Summer Academy camps for little ones during the summer.) In addition to golfing, visitors can play arcade games, watch the big game, enjoy some billiards and savor delicious eats and drinks (like chicken and waffle sliders and frosé).
Great Skate: Ice Den
The Ice Den, with both Scottsdale and Chandler locations, offers a special Summer Skating Pass valid now through August 6. The passes are $125 per skater. Even those who don’t purchase a pass can take part in two-hour public skating sessions at a variety of times throughout the summer season—the perfect chance for skaters of all ages and abilities to have a little fun and take part in fitness while keeping cool (56 degrees, in fact).
Movie Night: iPic
Sit back, relax, and take in summer’s newest flicks at Scottsdale Quarter’s iPic. The high-end theater recently experienced a can’t-miss relaunch with fresh menu items, drinks and new seating in the theater with Ninja-style service (which means stealthy servers dressed in black that can be summoned by the touch of a service call button). Apart from watching a summer release in total comfort, iPic allows guests to purchase tickets and choose their seats ahead of time, so there is no need to arrive early.