4 Family Summer Activities near Phoenix

Summer in Arizona is beautiful but can be overwhelming as well. The toastiest temps of the year are quickly approaching and the topic of conversation for many will be fun things to do in Arizona that also keep you out of the daytime heat. Here are some great ways to entertain your family members during the scorching summer.

Winter in July
Phoenix Zoo
Saturday, July 21, 7-11 a.m.
Adults $20, Children $10 General Admission, Reduced for Members

Imagine the impossible — snow in Phoenix in July! It’s absolutely true, and one of the most enjoyable events you’ll find when looking for things to do in Arizona during the summer. Over 20 tons of snow will cover the zoo this day to the delight of young and old alike. Dancing, singing, snowball fights, snow angels, snowman building and even snowball target practice are just a few of the great activities that will be waiting for you on this wonderful morning. The zoo animals aren’t left out of the frosty fun either, as they will tons of snow of their own to play in. The “creature features” provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational, teaching zoo patrons about the way animals naturally deal with the extreme temperatures and changing seasons. Eight features will delight and amaze you, especially watching the elephant shower with a fire hose!

Flashlight Tours
Desert Botanical Garden
Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-9 p.m.
Included in Garden Admission (Adults $18, Children $8, Free for Members)


The desert is a completely different world after dark, and you’ll experience one of the most mystical things to do in Arizona during DBG’s amazing Flashlight Tours. Bring your flashlight and wander through the trails of the garden, experience the discovery stations where you’ll learn about the desert environment, look at the rhinestone studded sky, and listen for the secrets the desert night will whisper in your ear. What animals might you see after the sun sets? Which plants bloom by moonlight?  If you thought that the night was empty and quiet, you’re in for quite a surprise and will never look at the desert the same way again.

LEGO Kidsfest
University of Phoenix Stadium
July 12-14, various sessions
Adults $21, Children $19

Let’s all be honest and admit that even as adults, we still love to play with LEGOs. Take the family to this fantastic festivity celebrating all things Lego. An impressive Lego museum featuring mini models to full sized creations, a LEGO Master Building Academy that teaches kids engineering and building principles, a LEGO challenge, and freestyle building. You are guaranteed to have just as much fun as the little ones (if not more)!

Dive ‘n’ Movies
Wet ‘n’ Wild
Fridays after sundown through August 9
Included in Park Admission (Adults $38.99, Children $29.99)

What can be better than a refreshing dip in the pool in the heat of summer? How about adding a film to your swim? If you need cool things to do in Arizona this summer, Dive ‘n’ Movies are the perfect combination to kick off the weekend. Featuring a different PG or PG-13 movie every Friday, you can stay comfortable and have a great time.

Surviving the coming months in the desert requires a little creativity, but you can find many fun things to do in Arizona that will keep you both cool and entertained this summer.