Surviving Summer Guide 2020

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We are so excited you found the Scottsdale Moms Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 8th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer with your littles!

We don’t know what this summer is really going to look like, but we do know that it is going to be extra hard this year. We hope the world is “back to normal” soon so we will include all of the regular articles and tips. But we will also include information that is helping us navigate the summer in the middle of a pandemic.

Since we really have no way of knowing what places are open or if we are even able to get within 6 feet of other people, please double check the websites and use your best judgement to keep your family safe. 

We truly will get through this together, even if we can’t physically be together! 

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

Scottsdale Moms Sponsors

Music Together

Give your child the gift of making music . . . with YOU, in the comforts of your very own home!  With Music Together Online, the teachers you know and love from Music Together in Phoenix will bring music class to your living room. Like all the classes, the program is designed to teach the way young children learn: through play! Your whole family will have a blast singing, dancing, and jamming along to Summer Kazoo songs during daily interactive classes. Digital family resources, including recordings and bonus activities through our award-winning Hello Everybody app, plus a hard-copy songbook, will inspire you to make music all day.  Live classes may be possible depending on public health guidelines.

Primrose School of North Scottsdale

Primrose School of North Scottsdale is a locally owned, private accredited early education and care preschool. They are more than just a daycare. Through research-informed Balanced Learning® approach, they provide meaningful learning experiences for children beginning at 6 weeks of age. The curriculum in the classrooms for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and after-school not only inspire a love of learning but also empower children’s potential preparing them for lifelong success.

10120 E Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center

SUPERCAMP includes World-Class Gymnastics Instruction, fun in the “Ninja Zone”, Dance, Sports and more! Half day and full day available. Ages 3-13 years included.

Each child will receive a SUPERCAMP shirt during their first full week.

Each week has a different fun theme.

Half Day – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Full Day – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

215 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Shop Agave Social

Shop Agave Social is local, mama-owned online boutique.  They focus on size-inclusive fashion combined with an opportunity to socialize with other women.  Shop their fresh Summer styles, and enjoy new releases every Tuesday and Thursday!  

Desert Stages Theatre

Welcome to SUMMER CAMP 2020 with Desert Stages Theatre! 

Young actors receive hands-on theatrical experience in a non-competitive, fun environment. Each session covers all aspects of a musical production including auditions, staging, and choreography. A typical day includes voice, dance, acting, games, and arts and crafts. Each session concludes with an enhanced Video Showcase Performance. 

Ages 6-12
Summer Camp Sessions:
Session #1: Honk Jr. | June 15th – June 26th, 2020
Session #2: Gerry Cullity’s Cinderella | June 29th – July 10th, 2020
Session #3: Dear Edwina Jr | July 13th – July 24th, 2020

Places to go/Things to do

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 […]

2019 Staycation Deals

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Splash Pad List 2020

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 […]

Day Trips around AZ

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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 […]

Arizona Sunrays Summer Camp {sponsored post}

Are you looking for an active summer camp for your child?! We’ve got the place for you! Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance offers the highest quality summer camp available with SUPERCAMP! Whether you want to learn gymnastics or dance, move like a Ninja, jump on a trampoline, or climb a rope we’ve got something for […]

Inside Activities (for those 110 degree days)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fun Summer Crafts

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 […]

A Boredom Jar for the “Mom, I’m bored” Summer Moments

“Mom, I’m bored,” my six-year-old states after a full morning of summer camp, swimming and playing x-box. In my head, I exclaim, “really?!?!” Out loud, I say, “look around honey, there are many things to do.” And then I proceed to list the seemingly endless amount of things she might do to occupy herself. Next, […]

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 […]

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) […]

Create a Summer Bucket List {FREE Printable}

No matter where you live, the summer days can start to drag after the first week or two. An easy solution is to create a summer bucket list, so when the inevitable “I’m BORED!” statement starts getting thrown around, you can pull out your list and start checking off the fun things the kids brainstormed […]

Summer Recipes

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 […]

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 […]

Spring Salad

Every time I visit my parents in Newport Beach, I swing by Greenleaf Chopshop for one of my all time favorite salads. Since I don’t always have the luxury of being in Southern California, I decided to make my own rendition of their antioxidant-filled salad at home. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients 1/2 cup grapes, […]

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches (For Your Mini People)

Did you know August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day? Now anyone that knows me knows that I L-O-V-E ice cream in all forms and flavors. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate this most wonderful of holidays. Despite the mess, these mini ice cream sandwiches were lot of fun to make with my […]

3 Foolproof Sides You Want At Your Next BBQ

Know what’s wicked? AZ summers. She been sayin’ it for 4 years, and Mama ain’t gettin’ tougher. #preggo #dueinAugust #wasntthinking But know what’s wicked yummy?  Summer BBQ’s!! And not like healthy, skinny people, I’ll-just-stick-with-the-veggie-tray BBQ’s.  We’re talking YOLO BBQ’s. Burgers and dogs on white buns, potato salad, slaw and homemade ice cream BBQ’s.  If a veggie tray shows […]

Sunday Meal Planning Series {Chicken Salad}

With the temperatures rising in AZ, I have zero desire to turn my oven on. One of my favorite meals to make when avoiding the added heat to my kitchen is chicken salad. I love that this meal is COLD, but also that there is room for variety. My husband eats his on a whole […]

Favorite Summer Salads You Want to Eat Every Day

When the summer temps start to hit the level of blazing hot, I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is… Eat anything heavy. Turn on the oven. Stand over the hot stove. So I live off of summer salads. My husband tends to be pretty agreeable to whatever food […]

Cheers! Summer Sangria Recipe

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or just enjoying some time at the pool, sangria is a perfect summer addition. Here’s a sweet recipe to keep you cheers-ing all summer long. Ingredients: 1.5 L red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, etc.) Try using a combination of wines around the $10 mark. Using a combination will give […]

Scottsdale Moms’ tips for surviving summer in AZ

Our Tips & Tricks for Surviving the AZ Summer

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A Boredom Jar for the “Mom, I’m bored” Summer Moments

“Mom, I’m bored,” my six-year-old states after a full morning of summer camp, swimming and playing x-box. In my head, I exclaim, “really?!?!” Out loud, I say, “look around honey, there are many things to do.” And then I proceed to list the seemingly endless amount of things she might do to occupy herself. Next, […]

How Teacher-Moms Really Spend Their Summer Break

There is an old joke that goes: What are the three best parts about being a teacher? June, July, and August!!!  And while most teachers will tell you they have chosen this rewarding field to make a change in the world or be the teacher they never had, most can’t argue that summer break is […]

Don’t Let Summer Interfere with your Exercise Routine

The kids are home from school and it is easy to use them as an excuse as to why you’re not exercising. Let’s face it – there are so many reasons why we avoid it: not enough time, too much to do, lack of child care or too tired to muster the energy to hit […]

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 […]

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