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Arizona Family Activities in July and August

This is the time of year in the valley where things really start to get hot and miserable.  My family becomes hermits but we do come out to play when the activities are right.  Here are some activities that all children including special needs children will love and be able to do.

Nocturnal Nature Nights at the Zoo-Prescott.  If you are looking to get out of the heat of the valley, this is a great Saturday night event.  It will be open until 8 pm to look for the nocturnal animals.

Prescott Hawaiian Luaua-July 14th, Old Firehouse Plaza.  This event has loads of family friendly events along with sand volleyball, limbo contests and prizes.  It will also help to escape the heat of the valley!

Camp Verde Corn Fest-July 20th and 21st in Camp Verde.  Free event for families with roasted corn, hog calling contests, hot air balloon rides, kiddie train rides, etc.  This is a perfect event to introduce your kids to “old fashioned” festivals.

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration-July 28th in Sedona.  There will be all types of demonstrations with gunslingers, bullwhip crackers, ropers, and historical re-enactors.  It’s a great day trip to escape the heat!

Kingman Family Fun Day-It takes place the 3rd Saturday of the month through October.  Wild West Shootouts, music, vendors and your own picnic is welcome at this event.  It’s another cheap way to escape the valley during the summer.

Thunder Over the Coconino VIII-August 25th, Grand Canyon.  In addition to seeing vintage airplanes, you will also be able to see vintage cars and tractors.  There is a kids zone and you can pay to take a flight in one of the planes.  It’s a really neat event for kids.

All of these events are relatively ADA compliant and you will need to adjust your schedule according to your child.  These are just some of the events throughout the state that will help you beat the heat and have some fun with your family!

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