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Summer activities valley wide keep teens out of the heat

Compiled by Eric Villanueva ’11

 No travel plans, summer school or video games?

 Want to avoid the heat wave?

 No sweat. The Roundup columnists and staff have come up with a list of activities to keep you  cool and entertained this summer.  

 Water Parks

What: Big Surf (

How much: 1-day adult pass: $26 Season adult pass: $69 H2Overload: $15

When: Opens May 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  H2Overload: Friday nights, starting June 4 through end of season from 7-11 p.m.

Where: 1500 N. McClintock Dr, Tempe

Why: Third largest wave pool in country.

What:  Sun Splash (

How much: Friend’s Day Wednesday (7 – 10 p.m.) $11.10 for unlimited video games, mini golf and laser tag. General admission (over 48 inches): $25.90. After 4 p.m. general admission: $19.90. Season pass: $54.99 (without tax).  

When: Waterpark opens May 15. Golfland opens 11 a.m. year round.

Where: Take US60 to Country Club Drive and go one block north to Hampton Ave. 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa

Why: Slides and wave pool, as well as, miniature golf, laser tag and arcade.  

What: Wet ‘n’ Wild (

How much: Season Pass: $59.99 plus tax until May 31 General admission (taller than 42″): $34.99 at the gate but less online. Season passes: $86.63 with parking and $64.97 without parking (tax included)

When: Opens June 1 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  

Where: Take I-17 North and exit at Exit 217 Pinnacle Peak Road. 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale

Why: Extreme water slides galore.

Admission pricing, dates and attractions were taken from water parks’ Web sites April 22. Check parks’ Web sites for updates and changes.

 Summer Reading

 Social Studies:

 World History (Freshmen): “The Epic of Gilgamesh” (ISBN: 0141026286)

 Western Civilization and AP European History (Sophomores): “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli (Mansfield Translation) (ISBN:  0140449159)

 U.S. History (Juniors): “Devil’s Highway” by Luis Alberto Urrea (ISBN: 0316010804)

 AP U.S. History (Juniors): “Revolutionary Characters” by Gordon Wood (ISBN: 0143112082)

 Psychology: “Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research” by Roger Hock

Religious Studies:

 Understanding Catholic Christianity (Freshmen): “The Fifth Week” by William O’Malley  (ISBN: 0829409289)

*Study guides are due the first day of class (see Brophy’s Web site), and there will be a reading test on the book.

Scripture (Sophomores): “Pharaoh’s Daughter” by Julius Lester (ISBN: 0064409694) 

Gospel in Action (Juniors): “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David O. Relin (ISBN: 0143038257)

Study guides are due the first day of class (see Brophy’s Web site), and there will be a reading test on the book.

Senior Synthesis (Seniors): “The Shack” by William P. Young (ISBN: 0964729237)


Study guides for all books are due the first day of class (see Brophy’s Web site), and there will be a reading test on the book.

 Honors and Regular English I (Freshmen): “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie (ISBN: 0316013692)

Honors and Regular English II (Sophomores): “Life of Pi” by Yann Markel (ISBN: 0156027321)

AP and Regular English III (Juniors): “Flight” by Sherman Alexie (ISBN: 0802170374)

All Senior English Classes: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer (ISBN: 0385486804)

All the summer reading assignments were taken from Brophy’s Web site, and were updated March 15, 2010. See the Web site for updates and changes.


During the school year, museums are for field trips and cobwebs. However, during the summer, museums become a cool place to stay during the heat of the day and perhaps learn something new. Here are three museums in the Valley that offer both of these amenities:

  1. Arizona Science Center – ( 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Features planetarium, IMAX theater and science exhibits

Adult Non-members admission: $12 (IMAX and planetarium not included)

Open every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  1. Heard Museum – ( On Central Avenue between McDowell and Thomas roads at Encanto Blvd. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Student admission with ID: $5

Open Monday – Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays

With more than 10 exhibition galleries and a calendar full of events, there’s something new to do here all summer long.

  1. Pueblo Grande – ( 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The Museum is located on the southeast corner of 44th Street and Washington, north of Sky Harbor airport and just west of the SR 143 (Hohokam Expressway).

Children (6-17): $3 Adults: $6

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., May – September. 

Visit the 1,500 year-old village, which Phoenix is built upon, and how people could live in the desert without today’s amenities.

Mac’s Top Summer Meals

  1. Sens Asian Tapas—705 N. 1st St. #120, Phoenix.  Grab a few friends and head over to Sens Asian Tapas, watch out though, large parties ordering a lot of food can get expensive.  $6-10 a plate. 
  2. Lola Tapas—800 East Camelback Road. More traditional Spanish Tapas.  A little bit cheaper than Sens, still, watch out for large parties getting really expensive.  Lola also has coffee bars spread around the city. 
  3. Lux Coffeebar and Pane Bianco –Located right next to each other 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Lux and Pane Bianco are great places to loiter with your friends, drink some coffee and eat some sandwiches. 
  4. Maizie’s Café & Bistro—4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.  Can turn any Monday around with their Burger Mondays, $3 dollar burgers.

–          James McElwee ’10/THE ROUNUDP “Mac’s Meals”


Summer Songs


  1. “Crescendolls” – Daft Punk (Dance/House)
  2. “Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Folk Rock)
  3. “Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear (Indie)
  4. “An Eluardian Instance” – Of Montreal (Indie Pop)
  5. “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” – She & Him (Folk Rock)


–          Michael Mandeville ’11/THE ROUNDUP “The Music Sounds Better”


 See “A Man and His Movies” online at for a list of this summer’s must-see movies.

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