SMB Guide to Surviving Summer {2019}


We are so excited you found the SMB Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 7th 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


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.

We couldn’t do what we do without our sponsors! Thank you to the following businesses for continuing to support SMB, our Guide to Surviving Summer and our community of readers.

SMB Sponsored 

iD Tech Camp

At iD Tech, students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games, produce videos, design Fortnite-inspired levels, 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!

Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18).

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

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OdySea Aquarium

Registration for OdySea Aquarium’s Camp Ocean, an indoor summer camp for Grades K through 8, is now open. Tailored for young explorers, animal lovers and budding marine biologists, OdySea Aquarium’s summer camps are held weekdays in June and July and offer full and half day options as well as after-camp child care!

OdySea Aquarium
9500 Via De Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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. 

10120 E Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Children's Museum of Phoenix

Give your child(ren) a summer packed with hands-on learning and fun! Each unique camp week includes games and activities designed to cultivate the minds and muscles of children ages 5-8. Campers will also have plenty of time to play within all three floors of the Museum’s imaginative exhibits. Here they’ll build confidence and self-esteem, make friends and lasting memories. Extended care available.

Summer Camp Dates:
June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, and July 29-August 2

215 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Things to do/ Places to go/ Surviving Summer in AZ

Easy Summer Dinners – Minimal Effort Required

  It was a very busy day and when dinner time rolled around I was pretty much over the whole thing.  I surveyed what I had in my fridge, freezer and pantry and felt very uninspired.  What I ended up serving for dinner was avocado toast and hard boiled eggs.  Then I did what any normal person would […]

Day Trips around AZ

Our state has so much to offer just a short car trip away. Check out one {or all} of these fantastic destinations in AZ. Quick Get Away in StrawberryI don’t know about you but when the temperature creeps up, I itch to get the heck outta town. My family has a cabin up north which [...]

Flip Flop Wreath {a Fun and Frugal Summer Craft}

The long, hot days of summer have arrived, and so has the daily search for fun (but not too pricey or complicated) activities to do with your kids.  Flip flop wreaths are a great summer craft that are creative, easy, and not at all costly. Flip flop wreaths, or “door décor” (depending on their shape) […]

Summer Sensory Bins

Try your hand at these easy summer sensory bins! This summer is the first summer that I’ll be home with three children ages five and under. I’m so excited, but slightly terrified. I am an introvert, as is my three year old. We can stay home and be very happy. My 6 month old naps […]

How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Parents of teens: Raise your hands if you can’t wait for the seemingly endless days of kids sleeping until noon, daily requests for money, hours of video games, wet beach towels on the floor of every room, and the loss of approximately two and a half months of grade level equivalency in math skills. Yep, […]

Summer Recipes and Tips

Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things about summer cooking too, for example we eat a ton of fresh, delicious salads, plus who doesn't like ice cream everyday [...]

Splash Pad List 2021

You have to come up with all kinds of inventive ways to try to stay cool here in the Valley. Best local find is the splash pads! These glorious spots provided the perfect place to chat with a girlfriend, enjoy an iced coffee or tea and watch the kids have a blast in water that was […]

Travel with Kids Tips

Traveling with kids can be BRUTAL, but we all got to do it. So use our tips and tricks to make the journey a bit easier, and GOOD LUCK!  Travel Tips & Tricks Preparing for International Travel with a PreschoolerPreparing for international travel with a preschooler can be a daunting task. There are flights to [...]

Inside Scoop on Fun: Six Local Memberships You Haven’t Thought Of

  The Valley is brimming with kid-friendly exhibits and attractions! There are so many great places to visit again and again, why not consider a membership? Memberships pay for themselves after just a few visits, even if you only go when school is out. You can actually save money since you can visit the attraction as […]

SMB Summer Camp Recommendations!

[updated 04/2019] Spring break is over, so you know what that means! Summer is right around the corner and we should start planning our camp schedules before the kids are out from school with NOTHING to do. My camp philosophy? During the school year, if my kids ask to add a particular activity to their packed schedule, I […]

Our Tips & Tricks for Surviving the AZ Summer

Here is all the tips and tricks that we use during the summer to make it through the extreme heat and the predictable boredom. Whatever it takes to get us to September!  Read all the Tips & Tricks written by local moms! Surviving Arizona Summer As A New MomThis post was orignially published in 2016, [...]

Indoor Energy Busters for Hot Summer Days

Is the AZ summer heat making your kids stir crazy?? When my kids first got out of school it was still cool out! What? I wasn’t about to let this amazingly unseasonable weather fool me! I knew that hot 100 degree temps were right around the corner. My kiddos are the active play type. Don’t […]

3 Ways to Avoid Using your Oven in the Summer

It’s juuuuusssst about summer time here in AZ. This means hibernating inside watching movies and coloring a million pictures. It means venturing outside into only 1) an air conditioned car or 2) a refreshing pool. And it means avoiding turning on your oven at all costs. Seriously, I avoid that thing like the plague for […]

Indoor Play Places {to beat the heat}

When the summer heat has you stuck indoors, but your own house is getting a bit too small (and messy!) pack up the kids and try out these great indoor spaces for big and small. The kids get all that energy out and have lots of fun….all while staying cool. Arizona Science Center: The Arizona […]

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