6 After-Hour Activities for Families

By local contributor
Katarina Kovacevic

Fun for all ages doesn’t have to set when the sun does. Keep the excitement going into the night with these family-friendly activities. Not only can you beat the heat, but you can explore even more of what this our desert destination has to offer.

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Go on a sensory adventure through the Desert Botanical Garden and keep your eyes and ears open for nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Note: Offered only in summer.

Fireworks at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Staying at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess? Take in the thrill of a fireworks show against a vibrant Sonoran Desert backdrop every Saturday Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

Sweet Treats at the Sugar Bowl

At the Sugar Bowl it’s more than ice cream sundaes and banana splits; it’s also a trip down memory lane thanks to a working retro soda fountain and original artwork from Family Circus creator Bil Keane.

Dive-in Movies

Keep your family cool and entertained with dive-in movies from several Scottsdale resorts that show kid-approved films poolside. Participating resorts include: Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessThe Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, and the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.  Note: Offered only in summer.

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Scottsdale Arts District in downtown hosts the country’s longest-running ArtWalk with artist demonstrations, live music, cocktail receptions, and more – all for free!

Night-Vision Desert tours

Cruise through the vast Sonoran Desert after sunset with one of Scottsdale’s off-road outfitters. You’ll don high-tech night-vision gear to spot owls, coyotes, javelina, and other nocturnal creatures.