Looking for cheap activities for your family this summer? Read on for 5 things to do under $25!
Culture shock: Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday night in Scottsdale, art galleries open their doors from 7-9 PM for patrons to stroll the downtown area and admire art, much of it local. Take a free trolley or save your money for a horse-drawn carriage or dessert at one of the fine eateries in the area. Often studios have artists on hand and live music to create a fun and festive atmosphere.
Info/location: scottsdalegalleries.com, Main Street from Scottsdale Rd. west to Goldwater Blvd., and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd. to Fifth Ave.
Get down: The Payson Summer Concert Series
Cool off in the tall pines of Arizona’s rim country, just an hour away, while you listen to local bands at Green Valley Park. Bring snacks and a blanket to bask under the stars as local acts such as Ryan Biter, Outside the Line, and Kilted Spirit offer everything from bluegrass to funk to Celtic for your listening pleasure.
Cost: Just a tank of gas!
Info/location: https://www.paysonrimcountry.com/concert-series, 1000 W Country Club Dr, Payson, 928-472-5110
Summer in (sort-of) Sweden: IKEA
The no-frills Swedish retail giant may not seem like a destination for summer fun, but the store is huge, air conditioned, and a great place to get some décor concept ideas—especially if you’ve got a soon-to-be college student at home. Shopping make you hungry? No problem: the food here is inexpensive. Kids eat for $2.99, and Swedish specialties like meatballs and lingonberry crepes are affordable for the rest of the family.
Cost: Free; $2.99 for a kid’s meal if you eat, and prices are variable for the rest of the cafeteria-style eatery.
Info/location: ikea-usa.com, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe, (888) 888-4532
Make history: The Chandler Museum
Reopened at the end of 2018 after a renewal project, the Chandler Museum offers visitors the chance to experience, among other things, the 1938 McCullough-Price house and Tumbleweed Ranch, a 14-acre outdoor environment that puts Chandler’s agricultural history into context. Don’t miss their current exhibit, Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River.
Info/location: www.chandleraz.gov/explore/arts-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/chandler-museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler, (480) 782-2717
I scream, you scream: Slickables Ice Cream Sandwiches
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! –and summer is the best time to make those dairy dreams a reality. Try Slickables, with locations in Tempe and Mesa, for a summery dessert treat. They offer custom-made ice cream sandwiches with cookie and ice cream combos that include snickerdoodle, red velvet, salted caramel and strawberry cheesecake chunk. A party pack of 4 is only $15 on GrubHub, or you can eat inside their East Valley locations.
Cost: A few dollars per ice cream sandwich.
Info/location: www.slickables.com/, Tempe location: 699 S Mill Ave #117, Tempe, (480) 409 – 4591; Mesa location: 142 W Main Street, Mesa, (480) 409 – 4591