Play it Cool, Boy: 5 Places to Beat the Heat This Summer

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Lists Issue: June 2016
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Uptown AlleyThere’s no more avoiding it: The dog days of summer are here. If you’ve lived through an Arizona summer or two (or 30), you know that retreating inside your home gets a little old after a while. If you’re looking to try something new to stay cool, here are five air-conditioned options.

Ballet Arizona
2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Remember when you took ballet classes as a kid and got to wear a black leotard and tights with ballet shoes? If you loved it then, chances are you’ll love it now. Ballet Arizona offers beginner through advanced ballet classes with live piano accompaniment that are open to teens age 14 and up and adults of all ages. They also offer ballroom, jazz, modern and belly dance for adults. Ballet classes available mornings and evenings and they even have classes on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for class times and prices.

Harkins Camelview at Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
If you haven’t already been to the new Harkins Camelview theater, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the cool amenities and the deluxe digs. The theater now boasts reserved seating on plush leather reclining seats in all 14 Camelview auditoriums. You can enjoy cocktails, beer and wine at the Vérité Lounge, espresso drinks, desserts and small plates at The Lobby Café, and take advantage of the well-stocked concession stand with Harkins' award-winning popcorn and other food and drink choices. On second thought, you might want to save your appetite for a Shake Shack burger and fries – just a short escalator ride away on the first floor.

Ice Den
Scottsdale and Chandler locations,
What better way to keep cool than hanging out in a huge room filled with ice? The Ice Den is offering a “Beat the Heat” deal with an Ice Den Summer Pass for $99 per skater. From now until August, the pass will get you admission with rental skates during any summer public skating session, valid at both Ice Den locations. Check website for details.

Mesa Arts Center
One E. Main St., Mesa
If you’re a busy person, you know what it’s like to juggle many things at once. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to really juggle? I mean, with balls or objects? Mesa Arts Center has beginning juggling classes starting on June 30 and July 21 for $26. And if you really get the hang of it, there’s continuing juggling classes for $21. Register at

Uptown Alley
13525 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise
Indulge your inner child and pay a visit to Uptown Alley, a 60,000-square-foot family entertainment venue that features bowling, a game arcade, billiards, laser tag and a full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar & Grill. Prices vary per activity. Uptown Alley offers a Monday through Friday summer pass for bowling and laser tag through Sept. 2. Check website for more information.