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By now most vacations are smooth sailing while, for some, their summers are just getting underway. As we officially transition seasons, whichever "state-of-break" you're in, ensure you're enjoying your time off whilst also being safe.

As temperatures rise to record highs, our hotter months are typically filled with days poolside, on a river or, if you're lucky, by the beach.

In Arizona, water safety is a top concern for the community and education is the best tool in battling accidental water-related incidents. 

This week dive into a FREE swim lesson! Learn from professional instructors to help correctly manuever in the water and build confidence in swimming skills. Turn your timid tadpoles into mighty minnows! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day at the Children's Museum of Phoenix

  • Where: Childrens Museum of Phoenix, 
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE admission for Dads and Granddads 

Before celebrating your ol' man this Father's Day spend some quality time with Dad for a day of discovery. Save with FREE admission for all dads and granddads and use that cash to take him out for ice cream, this time around! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Solstice Celebration

  • Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

It's officially Summer, as if you didn't already notice. Head over to the The Burton Barr Central Library to kick off the season right.

What makes this library, of all places, to experience the solstice? Without spoiling the spectacle, you'll just have to see for yourself...let's just say it's engineered to amaze!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Build It! Frank Lloyd Wright in Chandler

  • Where: Chandler Library - Downtown Campus, Copper Room North
  • When: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Renowned architect and artist Frank Lloyd Wright once called Arizona home and his designs have inspired worlds away. This event is inspired by the work that he has done, come learn about Wright and his work. Maybe you can rise up to the challege of an architect? Come find out!  

Speakeasy Night

  • Where: DeSoto Central Market, 915 N Central Ave., Phoneix, AZ 85004
  • When: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Call a sitter for a kids and sneak a night away! Once the sun starts going down, the fun begins! Starting at 7 p.m. the speakeasy will begin, as well as cocktail specials. The Uptown Big Band will be playing live music from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with swing dance lessons starting at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

  • Where: Aqua Tots Swim School – Peoria, 21505 N 78th Dr
  • When: 8 a.m – 11 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE

During the summer the pool is the spot to keep cool, it's also the place we need to be most safe. Increasing swim safety and awareness is Aqua-Tots Swim School, whom will host an open swim and meet and greet from the Peoria and Surprise Fire Departments.  

Bring the kids to swim and enter the raffle for the chance to win a month of free swim lessons. The event will have light refreshments and will provide families the educational opportunity to reduce the risk of drowning.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Itty Bitty Beach Party

  • Where: Pecos Pool - 17010 S. 48th St.
  • When: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Luau and lounging, in Arizona?

Swim, dance or relax during this Hawaiian themed pool party. Kids can compete in contests and games all the while learning about safety this summer. Enjoy a quick dip in the pool before beginning your day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Downtown Summer Art Market

  • Where: SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N. Center St., Phoenix, AZ 
  • When: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Cool down with this indoor event. The work of local artists will be displayed at this downtown event. Admission and parking is free. This event is good for the whole family to enjoy.



Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Yanez is not doing school work, he is off doing daddy duties for young Kennedy.