"I'm bored!" is probably the most common phrase uttered by children out of school for the summer. Even inundated with an abundance of toys, games, and technology, kids still want more. Instead of getting them yet another magical centaur, parents can keep their offspring occupied with one of Arizona Summer Camps's weeklong diversions. The camp teams up with a variety of local businesses to present a diverse array of summer camps to engage the minds and bodies of youths. Each camp is coordinated with a local business that specializes in the activity of choice, including music lessons taught at The Scottsdale Studio of Music and karate at Paradise Valley Martial Arts. The quality of instruction is top-notch, and the student-to-teacher ratios are kept low.
Kids can expand their horizons with science-driven experimentation in fields such as robotics or computer gaming, or break a sweat and a few boards in one of several martial-arts camps. Gymnastics camps bolster coordination and strength in wee ones.
Let It Roll Bowl's lineup of 32 slick lanes invites locals in for a night of friendly competition accompanied by drinks and grub from its lounge and restaurant. Paintings of vibrantly colored cityscapes line the walls of the homey alley, and each lane is outfitted with monitors that keep track of scoring and pins' heartbeats while competitors send orbs gliding down waxed paths. Throughout the week, the alley spices up traditional play with a variety of specialty nights, including ones with karaoke and head-bobbing soul DJ sets; flashing neon lights accent classic rock tunes during "Rock N Cosmic Bowl". The on-site lounge keeps taps brimming with eight drafts and keeps glasses filled with a selection of wine, mixed drinks, and soda while the kitchen of the connected Oaxaca Restaurant churns out a spread of Mexican favorites, snack fare, and cheese or pepperoni pizzas. The seasoned alley-goers at the pro shop outfit players with gear and provide instruction on proper form and on how to find the hidden stash of walnuts at the center of every bowling ball.