10 things to do indoors this summer that allow social distancing

Above: Enjoy time indoors at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Tempe. Experience AZ | 12 Jul |

Just because there’s a pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun this summer. Here are 10 safe activities you can do this summer to stay out of the heat!

The Meeple’s Cafe

Meeple’s isn’t just a cafe – it’s a board game cafe. Play one of the 450 games in the restaurant while enjoying nachos, loaded fries and other yummy food. The game librarians can help you choose, set up, and learn any of the games, or you can rent a game and bring it home. Meeple’s is sanitizing everything and following social distancing protocols.

Arizona Science Center

The museum is offering online learning classes for students, parents and teachers. Their virtual science center includes a variety of hands-on activities such as cookie excavation, vinegar volcano and forensic fingerprinting, to videos and resources for parents and teachers.

Epic Escape Game

You have one hour to escape from a room by solving puzzles and cracking codes. Do you think you can do it? At Epic Escape Game, choose from four scenarios and work together to break out! You can book a room for just your group (up to eight people) and masks are required.

As You Wish

Put your artistic skills to work at As You Wish by painting pottery and canvases. There are tons of varieties of paint, brushes and decorations available for your piece. For safety, tables have been spaced apart, all equipment will be sanitized between uses, and more supplies will be on the tables. Table reservations are strongly recommended. There are six locations in the Valley.

Cooking Classes

Enhance your culinary skills by taking hands-on cooking classes or watching demonstrations (you can even attend some classes from home!) At Sweet Basil Gourmet, learn how to make cedar plank grilled salmon and five-spice pork tacos, among a whole host of other delicious meals. Students are required to wear masks and gloves for hands-on classes and practice social distancing for demonstrations. Sur La Table at Kierland is also offering a range of cooking classes and demonstrations; Korean barbeque and classic croissants are just some of the foods you can learn to make. Classes are capped at eight people and everyone will have their own station and utensils, which will have been sanitized. Masks are encouraged. Register for classes at both companies online.

West Wind Drive-In

Soak in some retro vibes and watch a movie from your car in Glendale. West Wind shows it all, from horror movies to Disney flicks to superhero dramas. Simply park your car, grab a snack, and tune in your radio to hear the movie.

The Merchantile

The Merchantile of Scottsdale is an indoor boutique marketplace where local vendors sell their goods. The venue is aimed at supporting local business and fostering creativity. Browse a selection of high-quality household items, decor, clothing, and jewelry, plus more. Leashed pets are welcome. Store occupancy will be limited to 15 customers and social distancing is required.

OdySea Aquarium

Explore all sorts of marine life in OdySea’s numerous galleries. Ride an enclosed escalator into the deep ocean and watch as sharks and rays swim overhead. There’s also an exhibit dedicated to bizarre-looking sea creatures. Masks and social distancing are required and guests’ temperatures will be checked as they enter the building. Advance online ticket reservations are strongly encouraged.

Roller skating

Great Skate in Glendale, the largest roller skating rink in the state, is open for public skate at various times throughout the week. Fun music from all decades and colored lights give it a fun atmosphere. At Skateland in Mesa, you can skate under blacklights for a fun glow-in-the-dark experience. At both locations, masks must be worn when not skating and social distancing and temperature checks upon entry are required.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Enjoy time indoors at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Tempe! With more than 10 hands-on attractions, your family will enjoy building, exploring and playing with MINILAND, an interactive city built from over 1 million bricks and discover how bricks are made at the LEGO Factory Tour.

Purchase your tickets online in advance to guarantee entry. Capacity is limited, social distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures are in place to ensure a safe experience for all guests. Guests 6 years and older are required to wear a mask.

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