Indoor, art-filled fun for kids in Tempe

Posted on: July 9, 2013

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We all love Arizona, but let’s be honest, the summer heat isn’t why we live here. Long summer days feel even longer when it’s over 110 degrees and your kids are constantly asking you what they can do. Have no fear. There are lots of fun activities in Tempe this summer that will help everyone keep their cool.

This Saturday, the ASU Art Museum is hosting Family Fun Day. This free event will showcase the summer exhibition, Zoomorphic. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids and their families can see animal images, make crafts, enjoy performances and more. This is an excellent way to cultivate the love of the arts at an early age. And, kids will have so much fun, they might just forget that they’re learning something.

On Saturday, July 20, Changing Hands Bookstore is hosting a story time featuring the book, The Story of Fish and Snail. Children can hear the story read aloud and then participate in interactive activities related to the book. Changing Hands hosts these types of events every month; check their calendar for more details.

On July 13 and 20 at 10 a.m., the Pueblo Grande Museum is offering PGM Summer Time Storytelling. Authors will read their books about animals in the Sonoran Desert followed by a related craft activity. The cost is just $5 and pre-registration is not required. The June 13 event features author Sharon Ritt who will read her book, GQ GQ. Where Are You?, a story about a Gambel’s Quail. On June 20, Cindy Shanks will read her book Alfonso Grows up on the Sheep Trail, about the burros and dogs that walk along the Arizona trail with a herd of sheep.

The Arizona Museum for Youth in downtown Mesa is a great spot for kids to cool off indoors during the summer. The summer exhibition is called “Dream On…” Children and their families can explore the world of dreams through artwork and interactive activities. There will be theater where kids can dress up and use their imagination to act out their own dreams and fairytales. Art projects include making dream catchers and dream journals. For tiny tots, the museum also has an excellent play area with large colorful and cushiony blocks, a play kitchen and an art studio.

The Gallery at the TCA (Tempe Center for the Arts) has a perfect exhibition for families this summer, Animal Crackers. The animal-themed works of art feature local and national artists. The Phoenix Zoo also contributed photos of beloved animals and works painted by animals, such as Ruby the elephant. Check out the TCA event calendar for free Saturday art workshops that match the exhibition theme.

For more ideas, check out the Tempe Tourism Office calendar of events or call 800-283-6734.


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