The Valley has experienced record-breaking temperatures this summer. With an average forecast high in August of 104 degrees and 100 in September, no one could blame you if you never left your house or apartment between now and October, except to go to work. You can only sit in the recliner binge-watching Game of Thrones for so long before you need to get out of the house. Summer in Arizona means driving everywhere – some might say we’re “air-conditioned” to it – and once you’re in the car it’s really not that bad. If you commit to braving the heat you need to find a destination that will be worth the effort. Here’s a list of cool things to do over the next two months here in Scottsdale and Phoenix that just might make you take your mind off the heat.
The MIM (4725 East Mayo Boulevard)
bills itself as “The World’s Global Musical Instrument Museum” and is rated Phoenix’s Number One Attraction on TripAdvisor.com. They have close to 6,500 musical instruments and associated objects on display from around 200 countries, including instruments used by musical luminaries like John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, and Taylor Swift.
Scottsdale’s Butterfly Wonderland (9500 East Vía de Ventura)
is the nation’s largest butterfly conservancy, featuring thousands of butterflies collected from around the globe. This family-friendly venue offers guests an interactive experience, as they wander among thousands of beautiful multicolored insects in a rainforest setting.
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 East Second Street)
features “Live & Local Fridays” through the end of August. Homegrown musical acts (like the Robby Roberson Band, Jay Allan & The Uncommon Good and Inspiración Flamenca) will be performing and there are happy hour drinks and food.
in downtown Phoenix offers “Science with a Twist” events the third Friday of each month. They are designed for adults 21 and older and feature music, a cash bar, live science demonstrations, and hands-on activities. On August 19, the theme will be “Back to School – Coffee Chemistry”, featuring old school computer games, a “School Picture Day” photo booth and science exhibits like baking soda volcanoes. If you go, have fun and make sure you’re nice to the hall monitors.
Right down the street at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix (215 North 7th Street)
August is “Superhero month”, with tips for kids to give their smile super powers by focusing on brushing, flossing and making regular trips to the dentist. On August 20, they’ll be holding an adults-only night with a Pokémon GO theme, a DJ, food trucks and a photo booth.
Hope you have a great summer! If you have ideas to add to this list let us know on Ric’s Body & Paint’s Facebook page!