We are so excited you found the SMB Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 6th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer with your littles!
We use this Guide as reference when planning the week ahead, or when we are feeling stuck in our homes wondering
“WHY OH WHY, DO I LIVE HERE?”
We truly do love living in Arizona and want to make sure that you know what local moms really do to handle the extreme heat! We believe that when we put our heads together and share our tried and true Mom-Wisdom, it makes life richer for our families and our community.
In this guide, you will find over 35 articles all hand-picked to help you survive summer! There is everything from summer recipes, tips & tricks, travel tips, indoor activities and more.
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It’s hot outside, come CHILL with the SHARKS at OdySea Aquarium! Recently voted Best Kids Indoor Entertainment, OdySea Aquarium offers educational, interactive and entertaining experiences for guest of all ages. Get up close and personal with otters, penguins, rays, sea turtles, octopus, and step aboard OdySea Voyager, the world’s ONLY rotating aquarium exhibit experience! Located in Scottsdale.
iD Tech Camp
At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, produce videos, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cyber security, and more! Week-long, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future.
The Only Summer Camp In Arizona with Dolphins
Dolphinaris Arizona provides 5th – 12th graders the opportunity to get up close and personal with dolphins this summer at Dolphin Explorer Camp. Not only will kids have the opportunity to interact with dolphins in the water and from land, but they will also learn about dolphin intelligence and behavior, dolphin care and feeding, physiology, ocean conservation, and more. Camp sessions are from 9AM – 2PM Monday through Friday from June 4 through August 24. Camp includes a land and deluxe dolphin experience, a dolphin presentation, lunch, t-shirt, an 8 X 10 group photo and certificate of completion.
To reserve, email [email protected]
Kidspark Paradise Valley
Flexible summer camps to fit your schedule with different themes each week.
May 25th – August 3rd
Why KidsPark for Summer Camp?
– Pay as you go. Make your own schedule. Pay only for the time used.
– Activities included in our hourly rates.
– No need to pre-register, just pop in!
– Stay for the whole day or just an hour or 2, it’s up to you.
It's All about Etiquette
Would you like your child to get a few helpful and fun-filled lessons in manners and proper etiquette this summer? As much as you try teaching manners and proper etiquette at home, sometimes children just need to listen and learn from another adult. Certified etiquette instructor, SueAnn Brown, owner of It’s All About Etiquette, offers wonderful, four-day summer etiquette camps for two different age groups. The children meet for just two hours a day, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Your child will be amazed at how much fun learning about manners and proper etiquette can be!
Since 1998, Camp Hubbard (ages 4.5 – 12) has provided hundreds of campers the opportunity to develop active skills to last a lifetime. They watched their campers grow socially, emotionally and physically in a positive environment. One week sessions, full day or half days, provide flexibility to attend camp sessions around summer plans.
Teen Leadership Camp (ages 13-16) is designed to develop communication skills, goal setting, and cooperation. It is a great combination of learning leadership skills while playing a variety of sports daily.
More Than Modeling
They teach posing, runway walk, fashion and beauty. Lessons in nutrition, science, geography, math and etiquette are immersed in the curriculum. Their mission is to build confidence and prepare children for their futures, whether they become models or not.
The classes are fun, educational and affordable.
After and before care available.
Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm.
Weekly enrollment from May 28th – August 3rd.
Early Bird sign up, and sibling discounts, available.
Reserve your spot today! MUSICOLOGY is an enhanced music program designed specifically for newborns through 4-year olds. Classes are divided into developmental age groups which promote language, rhythm, motor skills, self-esteem, creativity and joy!
Musical Learning Classes offered in 3 valley-wide Locations.
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 129
Musicology Northwest Phoenix
625 W. Deer Valley Rd #100
2390 N. Alma School Rd #107
Summer Session runs June 4th – September 1st
Phoenix Zoo – Camp Zoo
June 4th – July 27th
Best. Camp. Ever!
Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Each week-long session is filled with up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. During the mornings, we take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperatures increase, more time is spent participating in indoor activities.
Discover more about Camp Zoo!
Primrose Adventure Camp
Experience the excitement of Primrose Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. It’s going to be one epic summer.
Fun for ages 5-10!
Flexible schedules, onsite splash pad, field trips to Arizona Science Center, Pump It Up, Harkins and more.
Sportball Summer Camp
Sportball INDOOR Summer Sports Camps
Keep your kids active and engaged this summer with Sportball’s half-day Sports camp! They introduce children to two new sports a day as well as water-play games and activities PLUS arts and crafts, snack time, stories, music, cooperative games and more!
Sportball is a Fundamental based multi-sport program for kids. Your children will learn the basic concept of eight core sports, soccer, basketball, t-ball, football, tennis, golf, hockey and volleyball. Sportball uses sports instruction as a way to help teach and refine both gross motor and social skills.
CAMP TIME: 9:00AM – 12:15PM
CAMP AGES: 3 – 6 YEARS
CAMP DATES: 5/29 – 8/3, Mon – Fri