Hunter Farris has been interested in music for most of his life.A native of Gilbert, Arizona, from the Calendar Vista Stake, Farris learned guitar at 14 and started playing the organ at 17. Farris has also sung in choirs for years, including Highland High School's Concert Choir. It was there he received his introduction to music theory—and from there, SongAppeal, a podcast which analyzes why listeners like the music they do, was born.
Pull out the popsicles and dive into a pool! While our 5 for $25 summer offerings are a little pricier, these fun activities are mini-vacations in themselves. Our beautiful state offers opportunities for summer fun without burning a hole in the wallet. So, as the temperature climbs, get out and about.
Remember to exercise caution when spending time outdoors in extreme heat. Visit the Maricopa County Heat Safety Website or Phoenix Summer Heat Info for further information. Also, keep in mind that Groupons (www.groupon.com) are a great way to take advantage of local events and deals.
Go Pool Hopping!
Private and public pools abound in the Arizona heat! With a variety of cities in close proximity, don’t forget to explore what pools in your area have to offer. Most cities offer reasonably priced summer passes for individuals and families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Many pools offer unique features. For example, the Rhodes Pool in Mesa offers the FlowRider surfing system, while the Maricopa Aquatic Center pool area offers a six-foot rock-climbing wall as well as a lazy river. The Tempe Kiwanis Wave Pool is open during the summer. Finally, at Palm Island Family Aquatic Center in Casa Grande, the summer season ends with a Doggie Dive-In! Check your local recreation center for more information.
Visit the MIM
Looking for a unique indoor opportunity? Visit the Musical Instrument Museum in North Scottsdale. This museum, which opened in 2010, is the largest museum of its kind the world. The museum houses over 15,000 musical instruments and related objects, including pieces from around the world. General admission is $20. Teens (13-19) are $15; children (4-12) are $10. Children 3 and under are free. Address: 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, phone (480) 478-6000.
Float the Salt River
Salt River Tubing provides visitors an opportunity to float in tubes down portions of the Salt River. The company offers guests tubes and parking as well as shuttling to and from drop off and pick up points along the river. Enjoy a relaxing day just out of the city without traveling too far. Tubing is for guests age 8 years old and over who are at least 4 feet tall. Tickets cost $17/person + taxes/fees. (www.saltrivertubing.com) 9200 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, phone (480) 984-3305
Hike the High Country
Hiking in the Valley in the summer can be dangerous. Rather than brave the heat or early morning hours, consider traveling less than 90 miles and 4,000 feet higher in elevation above sea level to Payson or beyond. Here are two family friendly hikes in the Payson area to check out:
- Water Wheel
- Tonto Natural Bridge (Park entrance is $7 for adults 14+, $4 for youth 7-13, and free for children 0-6)
Further information is available on the Coconino National Forest website.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/ (under Special Places)
Get up in the trees with Flagstaff Extreme
Located near Fort Tuthill outside of Flagstaff, this exciting outdoor adventure course offers a kids’ course which includes up to 6 zip lines woven into various obstacles. While adult prices are higher, for groups of 8 people or more, the Kids’ Adventure Course is $24 + taxes and fees for ages 7-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult observing from the ground. Visit Flagstaff Extreme’s website (www.flagstaffextreme.com) for further information.