There is no denying it. Summers in Tucson are HOT. When the steamy sun rays pound down and the temperatures break the 100 threshold, it can be tough to know what to do with kids.
Try these 25 ways to beat the heat (and the summertime boredom blues!):
(1) Run through the water at one of Tucson’s best splash pads.
(2) Wake up early, pick a hiking trail, and enjoy the cooler morning temperatures. Options: Sabino Canyon, Pima Canyon, Tumamoc Hill, or Ventana Canyon. Be sure to wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and light layers. Pack plenty of water and snacks.
(3) Visit your local library and/or Barnes & Noble to sign up for a summer reading program. Earn free books + other prizes!
(4) Check the Bookmans Event Calendar for story times, movie nights, and fun classes.
(6) Splash at one of the City of Tucson’s 20 public pools, Pima County’s 9 public pools, the Town of Marana’s public pool, a resort pool, a pool with a waterslide, or a pool in your neighborhood/community.
(7) Speaking of swimming, consider registering your child for swim lessons if they don’t already know how to swim. Lessons are available from DeMont Family Swim School, Tucson Parks & Rec, YMCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson JCC, Saguaro Aquatics, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), Kidtastics, and POPPKiDZ.
(8) Swim Team is a surefire way for older kids to learn swim strokes, diving techniques, and water safety. It’s a great way to make friends too! Most Tucson summer swim teams begin in the spring (March, April, or May) and run through mid-July. Available for ages 4-18.
(10) See a Wild West Stunt Show, ride a stagecoach-themed ferris wheel, hop aboard a train, order a scoop of ice cream, or take funny photos at Trail Dust Town. You can even have your birthday party at this miniature western-themed amusement park!
(11) Drive up the winding road to Mt. Lemmon (about an hour from the city). Mount Lemmon is usually 20-30 degrees cooler than Tucson, which makes it an ideal getaway from May to September.
(12) Enjoy a milkshake, a sundae, or a pizza at Little Anthony’s Diner (Tucson’s only 50’s themed restaurant!).
(17) Two words: air-conditioning. Visit one of Tucson’s indoor museums – Children’s Museum Tucson, International Wildlife Museum, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, or Tucson Museum of Art.
(18) Sign up for a Vacation Bible School (or two).
(19) Catch a show at The Gaslight Theatre, a comedic dine-in theatre in East Tucson.
(20) Try a new restaurant. You can keep an eye on our Kids Eat Free page for ideas on how to eat for less.
(22) Rock-climb! There are open climbing times, summer camps, youth teams, and family memberships. Choose the location that is nearest to you – Rocks & Ropes (downtown) or The BLOC (northeast Tucson).
(24) Take a ROAD TRIP to a drivable destination.
(25) As an alternative, save on fuel and settle down for a staycation at a Tucson resort.
THREE MORE THINGS TO DO TO GUARANTEE MORE TUCSON SUMMER FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY:
- Subscribe to our free “This Week in Tucson” e-newsletter.
- Follow TucsonTopia on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Browse TucsonTopia’s Ultimate Summer Fun Guide.
What do YOU do with your kids in the summer in Tucson?