The dog days of summer are here, but it’s not hard to keep cool while having fun around the city. Snow, water activities and more top our things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo

July 16

Guests and animals alike are in for a chilly treat as the Zoo celebrates winter in July. Families can watch animals dig into icy pops and snow piles, and cool off themselves in 35 tons of snow, a snow slide and water play areas.

455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008
(602) 273-1341


Photo via Phoenix Zoo

Arizona Get Outdoors Expo

July 16-17

Arizona Game & Fish brings the state’s great outdoors inside for an air-conditioned expo, including a rock climbing wall, archery, paddleboard demonstrations, interactive family activities, and two fishing ponds. Don’t miss the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving performances every hour.

WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale 85260
(866) 977-6849

Shrek: The Musical

Tuesday-Sunday, July 15-August 14

Arizona Broadway Theatre is bringing the musical rendition of Shrek to the stage with new songs and fun antics with favorite characters from the animated film. Make it dinner and a show with full menu selections and a themed ogre-green cocktail.

7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria 85382
(623) 776-8400

Science with a Twist

July 15

The Arizona Science Center‘s new adults-only event is now happening every third Friday of the month for science activities, cash bar, music and more for the 21 and up crowd. This Friday spotlights cool, refreshing H2O with water-themed lectures and films, a sea life touch tank, mechanical surfboard and demo from local Four Peaks on the chemistry of another favorite liquid—beer.

600 E Washington St, Phoenix 85004
(602) 716-2000

Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Visit one of the lakes near Greater Phoenix, and you’ll likely find a few upright paddlers gliding across the water on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Try this popular water sport yourself with intro classes, evening glow sessions and equipment rentals through Tempe Town Lake Boating


Photo via No Snow Stand Up Paddleboards

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