Staying Cool in the Desert 4

Local Places to Escape the Heat

Yes, the scorching weather has arrived, and it’s here to stay for another few months. If you are not fortunate enough to be able to get away to a cooler climate, then you’ll need to find ways to survive the summer’s torrid temperatures. Here are a few fun ways to escape the heat for a couple hours and have fun at the same time.

AZ Ice Arcadia

You’ll forget the temperatures outdoors when you’re ice skating at AZ Ice Arcadia, a family-owned ice rink that opened in 1966. The ice rink is open daily for public skating, skating lessons for all ages, and there’s a hockey program for both youth and adults. When you get hungry, you can visit the Ice House Tavern, a sports bar that overlooks the ice rink and offers a menu that includes burgers, wings, sandwiches and more. The tavern has four flatscreen televisions so you can watch your favorite teams play. Plus, it’s an ideal place to hold birthday parties, school events and corporate gatherings.

3853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 602.957.9966,

Polar Play

I don’t know about you, but after a few months of 100-plus degree weather, spending some time in a 23-degree ice cave sounds inviting — and that’s exactly what Polar Play offers. It’s the coolest place in the desert. A visit to Polar Play is like visiting the North and South Poles. You escape the heat and experience the arctic temperatures while playing games, socializing in the lodge or ice cave and enjoying the food and beverages from the Ice Bar. Parkas and gloves are supplied. Sip hot chocolate, coffee or a cocktail as you bundle up. Then participate in a snowball fight or play some of the many games offered for both children and adults. You’ll feel like you’re in an igloo in the desert! 

900 E. Via De Ventura, Suite E104, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480.291.6578,


Bowlero North Scottsdale

You’ll forget the heat and watch the hours slip away while you’re having fun at the recently opened Bowlero North Scottsdale. Bowlero has 33,000 square feet of air-conditioned family fun with its 36 bowling lanes, 40 popular arcade games and a large bar and kitchen producing premium scratch items. Bowlers will enjoy the blacklight lanes, plush seating and high-definition videos projected on the walls. The state-of-the-art arcade has cutting-edge video games for kids and adults. The sports bar has a great selection of signature cocktails, wines, beer, “Big Swig” cocktails and food items including the “Oversized Shareables” like a 5-pound hamburger and a 2-foot-long hot dog. It’s definitely a great destination on a hot summer day!

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Building #19, Phoenix, Arizona, 480.909.3600,