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Summertime Snow Day….

Summer in The Valley of the Sun, is always a challenge…. Growing up in Pismo Beach… all summer was spent outside digging our toes into the sand and riding boogie boards over wave after wave…. but my kiddos are Arizona born and bred and most of their summers involve finding the quickest way to cool down indoors.  We try to hit the pool by 7am most days and then find fun indoor activities the rest of the day.  This summer however we were treated to Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo!

Boo has been asking me to take him to play in the snow for quite some time…. I’m not comfortable (safety) wise driving my car to Flagstaff during the snow season so we haven’t really gone up to have a snow day since his dad left. When I heard the Phoenix Zoo was having a snow day I couldn’t wait to take him!!!

Snow Day!
Snow Day!

Boo was thrilled looking for his winter gloves and couldn’t contain his excitement about going!! We packed up a picnic lunch to take with us and  headed on over bright and early! The snow event started early in the morning and I figured we needed to get there first thing before it started melting.  As we turned into the parking lot, Boo was anxious and excited to get into the Zoo. He was all smiles as he grabbed mama’s hand as we walked thru the parking lot!

After a quick stop on the entrance bridge to admire turtles and fish…. We were in! The summer heat was already decending and the slight humidity in the air was sticky…  We walked a little way into the zoo then we saw it! Boo’s eyes lit up with excitement as he squeezed my hand and said , “Look at ALL that snow Mama!!!!!!”

Snow Day!
We had such a fun day!

I can not thank The Phoenix Zoo  enough for this fun and amazing summer activity! The area all round the snow zone was icy cold and felt deliciously perfect! We spent almost 3 hours playing, making snowballs and building little snowmen!

Snow day!
Building a snowman!

Seeing the laughter and happiness on all the kids (and adults) faces was priceless…. Everyone had such an amazing and fun time! It truly was magical having this moment in the middle of our 115 degree summer.

snowy day
Enjoying the coolness!

All of the animals were also treated to a special snow day, but honestly after we left the haven of the snow area, it was just too hot and sticky to go around looking at the animals…. ( We will definitely be back in the fall! )  We did get a chance to admire the giraffes but then Boo was ready for his picnic.

Winter in July
Boo loves to see the giraffes !!

We found a spot in the shade and as I was getting out our food I looked across the table and saw Boo was giving his lovey a drink 🙂 I had my phone near by and snapped a quick pic…

Snow day!
Picnic!

Boo adores all his stuffed animals and I’m sure my readers notice he has one in his hands almost every photo we take . They bring him joy and I don’t mind they tag along with us everywhere …

Winter in July
My happy Boo 🙂

After a light lunch we happily headed out to head home and I was treated to a very excited little boy telling me all his fave parts of the day on our way home 🙂

I’d love to hear from my readers… What is one thing you got to do this summer that brought you joy?

Winter in July
Winter in July

210 Comments

  1. Kim

    This looks like so much fun!! So glad you guys had a good time 💖🍵

  2. What a fun idea! We’re in Texas so we understand the crazy heat!

    1. Hi Claudia! I have some family up in the Dallas area and it gets so crazy hot there!

  3. I live in dubai and we have snow only indoor, no chance to produce it long enough outdoor

    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. I’m so glad your son was able to enjoy the snow. When I read you lived in Phoenix I figured that you wouldn’t be able to play in it for very long. It’s nice that he was able to spend so much time playing in the snow. It’s pretty cool that zoo did this in the middle of summer.

    1. Hi Megan! It was such a fun outing for us and the other families! Everyone had such a great time! 🙂

  5. Alice Boswell

    Your boy looks so happy playing with the snow. Summer means swimming time for me. It also means most of the swimming pools are packed already.

    1. Thanks Alice! He was so excited to be there! 🙂

  6. This is so neat! Would you believe we just did this exact thing at the Philadelphia Zoo?! Glad you guys had as much fun as us.

    1. How fun Jess!! I’ve never been to Philadelphia but it’s on my bucket list! 🙂

  7. Ok – awesome. We love the zoo, and that snow looks amazing… what a fun experience!

    1. Thanks Jordan! 🙂

  8. That sounds like a wonderful day out! What a great idea from the Zoo. How exciting to have snow!! I love how happy your son is in the pictures.

    I can’t believe that you have to go into hiding during the day because of the heat. It gets hot here in Sydney but not that hot often, it must be stifling!

    1. Hi Michal! It does get pretty hot and stifling here… makes it hard to do many outdoor activities after the morning here…. This summer , on my birthday , we hit 122 degrees….

  9. What a cool activity! I’ve never heard of anyone doing this around here so I’m super jealous! It looks like you all had so much fun.

    1. Thanks Jamie!! 🙂

  10. We need this where I live in Florida! Look like a BLAST. 😀 How fun!

    1. Thanks Shelby! …. this would be totally awesome in FL in the summers there! 🙂

  11. Love all the pics, Thanks for sharing

    1. Your welcome 🙂

  12. That looks amazing! There’s nothing better than seeing our kids happy little faces when they’re so excited. I’m glad he had a wonderful day 🙂

    1. Thanks Jenny!! 🙂

  13. Seems like you guys had fun. Great photos. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  14. The place looks so much fun. Playing with snow is so great.

    1. Hi!Thanks we had such a great time! 🙂

  15. What are the other things to do in Phoenix during the summer? I hear it gets pretty hot there in the summer.

    1. Hi Vinil 🙂 We usually go to the pool for a few hours early in the morning then there’s all sorts of indoor things to do to keep cool…. luckily Phoenix has so many awesome museums to explore we could visit one every week of the summer and never run out of options 🙂

  16. Sarah

    This is so cool! I wish they did this where we live! My kids would love this. What a great way to cool off during the hot hot summer months 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah! This was totally awesome!!! 🙂

  17. This is just a cool idea! I would totally go there if I would be closer

    1. Thanks Stefanie! 🙂

  18. Wow, that sounds like SUCH a neat idea! How cool is that? Thanks to my being stuck on the couch all summer this year with a broken foot, we didn’t do a whole lot for summertime fun, but we DID make it out (finally!) to a minor-league ball game last week…

    1. Hi Flossie! I’m so sorry to hear about your injury! It must have been so nice to go that ball game! 🙂

  19. Playing with snow looks fun! I love the photos too!!

    1. Thanks Safia! 🙂

  20. Sounds like the perfect family outing!! So fun. I grew up in SLO! I don’t always hear about others from the area. 😀

    1. Hi Kelly! It’s always awesome to come across someone from home!! I miss the Thursday night farmers markets in downtown SLO! McClintocks BBQ…. YUM!!!

  21. That looks like so much fun! The zoo & snow whats not to love!

    1. Thanks Karen! 🙂

  22. How awesome!!! I wish we could do something like this in South Africa

    1. Hi Leigh-Ann! It was such a wonderful morning! 🙂

  23. Wow! That looks like so much fun! I’m From Arizona so I totally know that terrible heat and now I live in Idaho so I totally get the snow! A little too much snow this year! But a snow day at the zoo sounds like fun!

    1. Thanks Valerie! 🙂

  24. The activity looks amazing and fun filled. I am sure you guys had a great time. Your son has enjoyed he looks happy. Loved reaing your post. Thanks for sharing

    1. Aww… thanks so much Jiya!! 🙂

  25. kim

    Looks like so much fun and refreshing!

  26. Ty

    What fun! Snow in the summertime is an awesome idea and looks like your son had so much fun.

  27. That looks so cool. That looks like a great way to cool off.

    1. Thanks Luci! We had a great time!!

  28. I don’t know what it is children and snow, or for that matter anyone with snow or come to think of it with snow in summer, you have captured all of it with your wonderful post, I enjoyed looking at the pictures so much, the kids look so happy. ❤❤

    1. Thanks so much! We had a lovely time!

  29. This looks so much fun… its winter here in Australia so its fitting for here lol

    1. LOL! I forget about the flip of seasons down under! 🙂

  30. Oh what a fun idea! Living in Ohio we take our snow for granted. Actually my kids are beginning to hate the snow because it stops us from getting to do outdoor activities. I’m glad you had such a great time!

    1. Hi Marie! I think it we were so excited because snow is such a novelty for us 😉

  31. hal

    a snow day in the summer – hard for me to understand since our winters are so awful & summer is so quick but it looks like y’all had fun – you know what they say – we all want what we don’t have lol

    1. Thanks Hal! So true….

  32. We used to live in Phoenix and loved the zoo! So cool!

    1. Hi Becky!!! We love the zoo too! (but mostly in the fall, winter and spring LOL 🙂

  33. That looks like so much fun! I’m from Western New York so snow is definitely NOT something I want to see in the summer. I’d actually love to move to AZ but I’d have to convince my family to come along, haha.

    1. Hi Andolina! It’s awful hot here in the summers but the rest of the year its just perfect!! You should get your family to visit here with you in the fall or winter 🙂

  34. I’ve only driven through Arizona but it looked like a rugged and beautiful state. I really want to go back to the Sedona area, I think I would love to stay there for a vacation. I hear that Phoenix is a really cool city with lots to do. Glad you and your family and fun a the zoo, looked like a great way to spend a hot summer day!

    1. Hi Nina! There are so many amazing places to visit here in Arizona! Sedona is absolutely beautiful with all of its gorgeous red rocks….

  35. This looks like a wonderful time! I’m glad he had so much fun 🙂

    1. Thanks Danielle! 🙂

  36. Oh this is a definitely fun snow day! I always wanted to see snow but it is impossible because we don’t have snow here in Philippines.

    1. Hi Margarette! Maybe one day you will get to travel to where there is snow 🙂

  37. Summer in Winter, Winter in Summer…life is fun

    1. Hi Elise! Life is definitely an adventure 🙂

  38. What a fun thing to do in the middle of summer! I love going to the zoo with my little one, but it was way too hot to go much over the summer, so I’m hoping it cools off enough in the next few weeks that we can make it there!

    1. Hi Trish! I hope it cools off soon and you and your little one can enjoy your zoo! Boo and I love to picnic at the zoo in the fall and winter 🙂

  39. How awesome! It’s great that kids who don’t normally get to experience snow can get a feel for what it’s like. We are forecasted to get 55+” this winter…I’ll try to send you some! LOL

    1. LOL Amanda! That’s a lot of snow 🙂 My oldest goes to school in upstate New York so his first winter there was interesting… The first snowflakes,my Arizona boy called home “Mom! Snowfall!!!!” Then a week later, “Mom… Still snow….. ” 🙂

  40. Wow looks like u had so much fun. My son has yet to see the snow.

    1. Hi Stephanie! He had such fun! 🙂

  41. Your zoo is awesome for doing that! And what a great opportunity for your son to enjoy some snow 🙂

    1. Hi Corinne! I am so grateful to the zoo for putting on such an awesome event for the kids!! 🙂

  42. Oh my! That looks so much fun! Looks like he had an amazing time!

    1. Thanks Belle! 🙂

  43. Kathy

    What a great event! I’m so glad you got to enjoy it with your son, his smile says it all! Im at the Jersey shore so it’s all about the beach here!

    1. Hi Kathy! The Jersey shore is on my bucket list of places to visit! 🙂

  44. brook clifton

    this looks like to be so much fun, and alsoa simple yet a happy moment with your child, with the smile on his face you cant deny that he really enjoyed the snow.

    1. Thanks so much Brook! 🙂

  45. I think that snow’s super power is to bring out the kid in each of us. It’s so magical ♥ It makes me happy to see you guys had an amazing time ♥ Lots of love

    1. Thanks so much Nikita!! 🙂

  46. Moving back down South to my family, boyfriend and friends brought me so much joy this summer. Plus, me and my boyfriend have booked a holiday in Ibiza in the beginning of October just to prolong the sunshine a bit.

    This was a lovely post and your boy looked so excited in all the photos. I love going to the zoo.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Katie! It sounds like you had a wonderful summer too and that October trip sounds absolutely amazing!! 🙂

  47. I live in a tropical country (Philippines) so snow makes me feel giddy! It’s nice having a place where it has snow in the summer! Boo looked really hyped with the place! 🙂

    1. Hi Hazel! Yes he was super excited to be there! 🙂

  48. Smile in his face tells he had enjoyed to the max..

    1. Thanks!!! We really had such a lovely time playing in the snow! 🙂

  49. Orangewayfarer

    Your kiddo is so adorable and sure gonna grow up to be a very handsome man! The activities listed looked exticing and so different than a typical kids day out in India 🙂 thanks for the share

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂

  50. This is such a fun idea. It would be so different to live somewhere that didn’t have all of the seasons. Snow would seem so much more fun when it is a special treat.

    1. Hi Rachel! We pretty much have two seasons here…. hotter than the suns surface and breezy and beautiful 🙂

  51. I live in the SLO area. How funny! This sounds like an amazing activity for kids and a fun way to experience the snow.
    Krissy | https://www.thoughtfullyunraveled.com

    1. Hi Krissy! What a small world! I love visiting SLO when I’m in my hometown (pismo)

  52. Such a fun idea! I love going to the zoo regardless, but this looks like a really special time :0

    1. Thanks Rosalie! 🙂

  53. Aw, sounds like you had a butt kicking day! We went to the Toronto Zoo this year and my little girl was in heaven

    1. Hi Shelby! I’ve heard the Toronto Zoo is totally awesome!! 🙂

  54. Wow! This looks like so much fun! Snow is so uncommon in India and we do have these snow places here. It’s always a lot of fun to be there

    1. Thanks Sahana! 🙂

  55. This is wonderful! Growing up in Wisconsin, snow is such a natural part of growing up. I would have never thought that events like this happen! Cool. 🙂

    1. Hi Anna! This was such a cool and fun event for these Arizona kiddos 🙂

  56. This looks amazing! What a great event!!

    1. Thanks Kim! We had a blast!!

  57. Our summer has been pretty slow so far but we’re heading to the beach soon so that’s very exciting for us 🙂 And hearing about a zoo that does winter in summer sounds awesome!!!! Thanks.

    1. Hi Cassie! Heading out to the beach sounds amazing! 🙂

  58. Joe

    This looks amazing! I love the photos 😊😊

  59. Ray

    Looks so fun! I’ve been in the tropics for a long time and now i need some snow.

    1. Hi Ray! The tropics sound absolutely amazing place to be! 🙂

  60. It looks like you all had a blast. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Michelle! 🙂

  61. Carissa

    This is totally awesome! How did they make it snow for you guys?! Sounds like a nice refreshing way to spend the day though!

    1. Hi Carissa! I am not sure how they made it… It was just magically there when we arrived 😉

  62. This looks like such a fun day! We will have snow where we are soon enough, so that looks familiar to us!

    1. Thanks Vicki! Snow is such a special treat for us 🙂

  63. Elizabeth O

    I’m happy to see your son on how happy he is in playing snow. I’m pretty sure that you enjoy a lot there in Phoenix Zoo.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! We really do love the Phoenix Zoo! 🙂

  64. Shout out to boo. It seem like he really enjoyed his summer vacay.

    1. Thanks Tione! 🙂

  65. omg. I LOVE THIS! Winter in the heat! That’s awesome that Phoenix has something like this! That’s something to think about that if I ever stop by to visit in the summer. Thanks!

    1. Hi Christianne! It was such a fab fun event!! 🙂

  66. Looks you are enjoying summer times and the snow. Nice photographs as well.

    1. Thanks so much Prateek! 🙂

  67. Love to play with snow like this.. Feeling very happy to read your blog.

    1. Aww… thanks so much!!! 🙂

  68. What a great idea for a day out. Looks like you had lots of fun!

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! It was a perfect summer day! 🙂

  69. That is such a fantastic idea. I have never really seen snow so this I think I can handle…LOL

    1. Hi Mardene! It really was perfect… just enough snow to play in and have a great time 🙂

  70. Oh, this looks like so much fun! I WISH we had something like this here in Florida. You’re never too old to enjoy something like this, and it makes me happy to see your son so clearly overjoyed to get to play in the snow. Thank you for making me smile today.

    1. Aww… thanks so much Beth! He really had so much fun! 🙂

  71. Wow, looks like you guys had amazing time together. Pics are amazing! Phoenix Zoo is on my list now. Thank you for sharing all the fun experience with us. : )

  72. Wow such a great time. Snow time in summer — very unique. Looks like Boo had a great time.

    1. Thanks Kassey!! 🙂

  73. What a lovely idea! When is really hot I don’t mind little bit of snow:D Looks like your son had a perfect day:)

    1. Thanks! He really loved this snow day! 🙂

  74. This is such a neat idea. It’s like going to a completely different world. Great photos- looks like he had a blast!

    1. Thanks Jonathan! 🙂

  75. That is an interesting concept. I think I’m cool, therefore I am. I love the snow. I detest the sun. Bring on the Winter holidays!

    1. Lol Joseph! Yes I’m with you on that one… I can’t wait for all the holidays to start!! 🙂

  76. I love a (fake) snow day! Looks like a great time 🙂

    1. LOL! Thanks Christine! 🙂

  77. How cool! That is how I’d rather see snow rather than living in it lol.

    1. Thanks Danielle! 🙂

  78. Yolanda

    Such a great event! I can’t believe they do this in the middle of the summer and that snow doesn’t melt in minutes. What fun.

    1. Hi Yolanda! It was almost magical with all this snow! 🙂

  79. I can imagine the coolness was a relief in 115 degree heat. I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but how did they do that? Similar to a snow machine for skiing? It seems like it would melt really fast!

    1. Hi Karla… I don’t really know how they do it…. It was all set up when we got there …. and so much of it! Just tons and tons of snow! 🙂

  80. This sounds like such a fun day! I always love when places do a snow day during summer. My old uni used to do a snow day at the start of term and it was always so much fun! Looks like Boo had a blast!

    1. Hi Stephanie! Boo was so excited to go be a part of this! He had such a great day!! 🙂

  81. Ashley Cook

    What a wonderful opportunity. I understand that driving in the snow can be very scary. I am happy your didn’t skip on the chance to have him experience the snow!

    1. Thanks Ashley!! 🙂

  82. Chastity

    This looks like so much fun. I can’t imagine winter in July I am not a fan of snow. However if it’s fun like this I am totally down. Thanks for sharing this great post.

    1. Thanks Chastity! 🙂

  83. Wow what a fun idea!! Playing in the snow in the middle of summer sounds awesome. Looks like you guys had a blast!

    1. Thanks Angela! It was so fun!! 🙂

  84. What a neat idea that the Zoo put on and it looks like you two had a great time! Those pictures are priceless. We need a snow day…going to be in the high 90’s in PDX this week!

    1. Hi Katie! It was so awesome that the zoo put this fun event on! 🙂

  85. Ebrian Fox

    Wow that looks fun!. Wish I can visit that place.

  86. You guys must have lots of fun… great fun idea!!! Thanks for sharing the post

    1. Your welcome Niharika! 🙂

  87. This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to play with some ice like that in the hot summer months 🙂

    1. Hi Jojo! It made for such a fun summer day!! 🙂

  88. This looks like you have enjoyed a lot. So glad you guys had a wonderful time together.

    1. Thanks Radif! 🙂

  89. Jen S

    Looks like your kids had a ton of fun! This is so weird to me since I grew up in Michigan and looking for extra snow is never something I’d ever do haha.

    1. Hi Jen! I can only imagine…. LOL we get excited about it because…. well… Phoenix LOL….

  90. This looks like so much fun! We are definitely wishing for a snow day right now too lol!

    1. Thanks Lindsey! 🙂

  91. Wow, this is so neat! I’m one of those odd people who likes winter more than summer, so I’d have a blast myself, haha!

    1. Hi Brandi! I totally had so much fun with my son! 🙂

  92. This is awesome!! We played in a bunch of waterfalls-I think this was our highlight!

    1. Wow Morgan!!! Waterfalls sound so AMAZING!!!! 🙂

  93. Jenn JG

    Winter in July looks like so much fun! We are in South Florida so the summer heat is rough here too. I wish we have a snow event like this!

    1. Hi Jenn! This would totally be a hit in your area!! 🙂

  94. Ryan

    This is so cool (pun)!

  95. Nat

    It must be so much fun to have a snow day in August! Not so much in winter though 😉 I don’t like winters…

    1. Hi Nat! It was so much fun for a hot summer day! 🙂

  96. How cool! We don’t have anything like that up here in Michigan (probably because we get plenty of the real stuff!). Very neat that everyone gets to experience snow.

    1. Thanks so much!! 🙂

  97. That looks like so much fun! I’m sure it was such a treat! We live in MN, so we’ve all seen plenty of snow, but I think even my snow bunny kiddos would love to see snow in the summer.

    1. Hi Kristin! It was absolutely a treat for these Phoenix kiddos 🙂

  98. The only thing that I did this summer was redecorating my bedroom 🙂 I am waiting for the autumn season to start travelling and make it up for my lost summer.

    1. Hi Elena! I love redecorating rooms in my house!! I re did my bedroom in the spring with a beach theme and I totally love it!

  99. Wow it looks so much fun and enjoyable place for kids in hot summers.

  100. What an incredible experience for both of you! Our city puts on a snow day once in a while, and I love to give the kids a taste of what it’s like in cooler climates.

    1. Thanks! It really was such a fun experience for the kiddos!! 🙂 … and us grownups too 😉

  101. We will gear up for the real thing around here in the next couple months.

    1. Hi Rachel 🙂 For these Phoenix kiddos…. this is the closest some of them will get to snow 🙂 my oldest son goes to college in upstate NY and no longer has any thrill for snow….

  102. Sounds like a whole lot of fun. Here in Vienna we get enough so and get so excited when we have a day off work for Snow days.

    1. Hi Sheri! Snow days must be great! When I was a kiddo in California they would sometimes call off school for fog days…. we loved it LOL!

  103. This makes me miss living in Phoenix so much! Such a cool thing to do!

    1. Hi Emily! It was such fun!

  104. A zoo trip is always a perfect way to spend a Saturday. My kids love seeing all the animals.

    1. Hi Katie! We love it too 🙂

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