Although the winters are mild in Phoenix, the summer heat tends to drive most people inside. During the warmer months, only the most avid golfers brave the beating rays of the sun. Fortunately, the city offers plenty of indoor activities where locals can enjoy Phoenix movies, shopping, dining, museums, performing arts and places for the little ones to burn off their energy.
Those looking for educational opportunities in air-conditioned comfort can visit one of the city's many museums. The Heart Museum showcases the history of the Southwest, from the early Native Americans to the more recent Hispanic influence on the culture. The Phoenix Art Museum has a comprehensive collection of modern art, while the Musical Instrument Museum displays instruments from around the world. Families will enjoy the age-appropriate activities found at the Children's Museum of Phoenix, the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium and the Arizona Science Center.
Phoenix is home to many shopping venues, including high-end stores, intimate boutiques and indoor shopping malls. Some of the most-visited malls in the city include Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arrowhead Towne Center, Chandler Fashion Center, Paradise Valley Mall, Desert Sky Mall and Metro Center.
Kids can burn off their excess energy without risking heat stroke at some of the city's more creative venues. Imagination Avenue offers plenty of indoor play designed for preschoolers, while older children can skate to their heart's content at the Arcadia Ice Arena. Kids can design their own stuffed bear at the Stuffington Bear Factory, take a cooking class at Kitchen Classics or learn to work with pottery at As You Wish Pottery.
Evenings are a great time to dine out, enjoy one of the Phoenix area shows, and maybe stop for some dance. One can grab a bite at Kai, Different Pointe of View or T. Cook's before viewing one of the Phoenix movies at an area theater. Harkins and AMC theaters have locations across the city, and there's always the Silver Cinemas on Bell Road.
Evenings are a great time to dine out, go to one of the Phoenix area shows and maybe stop for some dance.