The three-level playhouse at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is made for children and adults of all ages. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
The triple-digit temps this summer are nothing to sweat about with these fun ways to stay cool. From a mysterious puzzle room to places to get frozen treats, here are seven things to do to beat the heat in Downtown Phoenix:
Admire the arts
“Radiant Grove” by Daniel Funkhouser is on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Air conditioning and art make the perfect summer combo. The Phoenix Art Museum always has something new to see along with their classic exhibitions and interactive events. Plus, admission is pay-what-you-wish every Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. If you’d like to hone your own skills, the Phoenix Center for the Arts offers classes for adults, teens and youth in ceramics, painting, music, dance, jewelry making and more. Take a look at the class schedule and get creating. While in the area, make a stop to enjoy the literary arts at Burton Barr Central Library. The five-level library is open seven days a week and includes an art gallery, children’s center, public computers, and even access to 3D printers and sewing machines.
Get a cool workout
Earn Your Booze every Saturday morning through August on the rooftop pool of Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. (Photo: @palomarphx)
Summertime doesn’t mean you have to be stagnant. Get physical with workouts by the pool, indoor bootcamps, night bike rides, pilates classes and a giant jungle gym. Lustre Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar hosts “Earn Your Booze” through the end of August with upcoming classes including a CYE bootcamp on July 6 and yoga on July 13. If you prefer some AC with your workout, head to the A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park for FitPHX exercise classes every Monday night through August 5.
See a movie
Colorful vanilla kettle corn and cheddar popcorn are some of the new concession offerings at AMC Arizona Center 24. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Grab some popcorn and your favorite ice-cold drink and spend the afternoon in a downtown theater. AMC Arizona Center 24 has affordable tickets every day of the week and special deals on Tuesdays — where you can get a ticket, drink and small popcorn for just $10. Make your way to FilmBar if you’re looking to see more indie, local and foreign films. We love to pair a singalong showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show with a draft beer and cheesy tamale.
Watch a game
The Phoenix Mercury has games throughout the summer at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Photo: @slt73)
Cheer on your team from the comfort of Chase Field or Talking Stick Resort Arena — both kept nice and cool all season long. The Phoenix Mercury are hot this season and need your support. Wear orange on Friday games and get a pair of Mercury pom-poms to wave around. Diamondbacks games also have a full list of giveaways that include reusable bags, bobbleheads and a haboob snowglobe. Stick around after the game on July 5 or July 19 for fireworks over DTPHX.
Test your skills
Blood Thirst is a vampire-themed escape room at Epic Escape Game Phoenix that gives you an hour to solve puzzles and get out. (Photo: Sara Lynch)
Grab your competitive friends and try a puzzle room at Epic Escape Game Phoenix. Each of the four escape rooms has different themes and levels of difficulty that require teams to solve trivia questions and clues to get out within 60 minutes. Just down the street at CityScape Phoenix is another spot to flex your skills. Lucky Strike has 12 bowling lanes, billiards and arcade games — plus plenty of TV screens and tasty food.
Go to an indoor event
Have you been to the Southwest’s largest indoor beer festival? If not, you’ll want to check Real Wild and Woody out on July 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Other indoor activities include a concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena (Queen and Adam Lambert will be here on July 16) or a comedy show at Stand Up Live. You can also help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Arizona Science Center on July 16 and check out their “Sun, Earth, Universe” exhibit.
Grab a frozen treat
When the going gets tough, grab a refresher from Yogurt Time or Kaleidoscope and cool off by the CityScape splash pad. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Treat yo’self to a frozen refresher from Yogurt Time’s selection of 12 flavors and more than 60 toppings. Or, go for a healthier option at Kaleidoscope. Smoothies, acai bowls and an assortment of juices await at the shop on Washington and First streets.