Beat the High Temps this Weekend!
1. 2016 Phoenix Comicon
The fan-favorite pop culture event is back.
Details: Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. registration, 4-9 p.m. exhibitor hall, noon-11:30 p.m. programming. Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. registration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. exhibitor hall, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. programming. Saturday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. registration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. exhibitor hall, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. programming. Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. registration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. exhibitor hall, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. programming. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St.
Admission: $70-$75 for full event membership, $249 for fast pass membership, $15 for Thursday only, $20-$25 for Friday only, $40-$45 for Saturday only, $25-$30 for Sunday only. $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Free for children ages 2 and younger.
2. Musical Instrument Museum
The museum is ranked nationally as a top destination for families, and it’s easy to hear why. The museum offers interactive exhibits that allow kids to play, hear and experience music in new ways. Kids will love wearing headphones, walking through exhibits, and hearing world music. They’ll also like the Experience Gallery, where they can try instruments and make their own music.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Saturdays. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $20; $15 for ages 13-19; $10 for ages 4-12; free for age 3 or younger. 480-478-6000,mim.org.
3. Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
Water attractions include a wave pool, slides, rapids experiences and extreme rides like the Tornado, Maximum Velocity and the Constrictor. Or, enjoy floating on the not-so-lazy Crazy Cactus Roaring River, complete with waves and waterfalls. Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr. offers fun for little visitors.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays until Aug. 9, after which it will only be open on weekends. 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. $34.99 on weekends and $31.99 on weekdays; $32.99 on weekends and $29.99 on weekdays for age 62 or older and children shorter than 42 inches; free for age 2 or younger. 623-201-2000,wetnwildphoenix.com.
4. Try a new Sweet Republic ice-cream flavor
Central Phoenix has its own Sweet Republic branch, on 16th Street just north of Bethany Home Road. The hardest part is choosing from 20-plus delicious flavors, from coconut sorbet to salted butter caramel.
Details: Noon-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; noon-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two locations: 9160 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-248-6979. 6054 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-535-5990, sweetrepublic.com. Can also be found in Whole Foods Markets and at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in Terminal 4, past security.
5. Tubing on the Salt River
Tubes, coolers, friends and weird sunburns. It never gets old. You and your pals can take two cars, park one where you want to get out of the river and drive the other to the entry point south of Stewart Mountain Dam, then retrieve the car by the dam after your float. Or you can ride the Salt River Tubing & Recreation shuttle and skip the car hopping. Caveat: Styrofoam coolers are discouraged and glass containers are verboten.
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Details: Salt River Tubing & Recreation, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sundays-Saturdays until September. 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa. $17 with tube rental, $14 without. Reservations and discounts available for groups of 30 or more. 480-984-3305,saltrivertubing.com.
6. Head below ground
Just outside Benson is Kartchner Caverns State Park, where you can step into the cool of a big, beautiful cave. You’ll see burly stalactites, delicate soda-straw formations and tiny corners of multicolored rock. The tours cover a half-mile and last about 90 minutes.
Details: About 9 miles south of Benson off Arizona 90. 520-586-4100,azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA.
7. Eat hot, stay cool
Although it might sound illogical, the best way to stay cool is by adding chiles to your diet. There’s evidence that hot foods work as culinary air-conditioning. That’s why many of the world’s best spicy dishes come from India and Mexico and Thailand.
Here’s how hot cools: Blood vessels close to the surface of your skin, especially on your face and neck, expand so the blood can throw off heat. This causes your internal temperature to decrease and your skin temperature to rise. Next, you sweat, and as the sweat evaporates it cools you off.
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8. Golfland Sunsplash
If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, try rides like the Sidewinder, Cauldron or Stormrider. A wave pool, lazy river, pools, slides and zero-depth water play area offer families and littler ones wet fun.
Details: Hours and events vary, see website. $29.99; $21.99 for guests ages 60 or older and children 47″ and under; $3 for ages 2 and under. 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. 480-834-8319, golfland.com/mesa.
9. Take a night hike
Maricopa County Parks around the Valley and state offer hikes by moonlight all the time. It’s something different, you’re getting exercise and it’s cooler. And at just $6 a carload, it’s affordable.
Details: Various locations and times. See maricopacountyparks.net for details.
10. Kayak at Tempe Town Lake
Spend two hours on a Friday evening tucked into a kayak gliding across Tempe Town Lake. Online descriptions for Moonlight Kayak and Glow Paddle events mention the words “don’t mind getting wet” — perfect.
Details: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Various Fridays. See site for schedule. 550 E. Tempe Town Lake. $20-30. 480-350-8069. tempe.gov.
Courtesy of AZCentral.com