Hot Summer Entertainment Around Phoenix

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Hot Summer Entertainment Around Phoenix

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Summer cannot be avoided in Arizona.  It’s here whether we like it or not.

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Better make the best of it!

In most places around the world, summer is a time to be outside every day while soaking up the sun.

However, that might seem a little bit like torture if you live in Phoenix, Arizona.

The scorching heat can be a lot to handle, so finding fun things to do in the summer that will keep you safe and cool is key. While going to the pool or a water park during the summertime sounds like fun, there’s only so much of the sun’s rays one can handle – especially young children. So, if you and your family are looking to find some unique and fun activities around Phoenix, Arizona, you’ve come to the right place!


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Have you ever spent a summer night catching fireflies?

This experience will be a new version of the pleasant childhood pastime, with an extra dose of wonder. Yayoi Kusama, one of the world’s greatest living female artists, has a jaw dropping installation that is a must-see. This work of art titled “You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies” is being permanently showcased at the Phoenix Art Museum. It is a 25 square foot installation that includes mirror walls and 250 suspended LED lights.  And that’s just the beginning. However, no description can give justice to the masterpiece. You’ll just have to check it out yourself! While you’re there with your family, it doesn’t hurt to take a stroll through the rest of the museum, either.


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Curious Nature

If you’ve visited your local art museum and are curious to experience something weird and new, look no further.

Introducing Curious Nature, a hauntingly interesting taxidermy emporium. Located in Phoenix’s art district, this little shop is a hidden gem to say the least. If you fancy a visit, you’ll find things like freeze-dried toads, a squid in a jar, bizarre jewelry, framed insects and more. Curious Nature also offers a taxidermy class, so if you have kids that are old enough to stomach strange and peculiar beings in a non-living state, this might be an exciting endeavor to learn about how to preserve different animals.


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Rosson House as it is TODAY
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Rosson House as it was in the 1970’s

The Rosson House Museum

Next on our list of fun and memorable things to do with your family this summer is to tour the Rosson House – an 1800’s Victorian-era home that is rumored to be haunted.

Located in Heritage Square, the gothic-mansion is a fully-restored museum intended to represent the history of Phoenix. Group sizes are up to 12 people (with reservations) and the guided tour lasts about an hour. Tickets for children are only $4, and small groups are accepted as they arrive. The Rosson House is a fantastic way to entertain your kids!  Make sure to check out the fairly sparse touring hours prior to getting your spook.  The house on the left is today and the one on the right is from 1970’s


Going to the same old places every year can get a little dull.

Having a visit to an amusement park or the community pool is always a fun option.  But if you are looking to go on a real adventure with your family this summer, try something from our list.

Keep in mind that children are not going to school in the summer, so while going out to a water park can be fun and a great source of getting their energy out, they also need to stimulate their minds. Children absorb information like a sponge, and while you’ve probably heard that saying before, don’t forget that it’s true!

Discovering & learning new things benefits your children, and also brings your family closer together in the process. Families who learn together, stay together – it’s the best of both worlds!

Have a wonderful and fun-filled summer!


~Written by Jeremy Alderman

Phoenix, AZ