Beat the heat: Enjoy Tucson’s best attractions & events after dark

The monsoon has barely tamed the summer heat, but you don’t have to sit inside all day and night. Many of Tucson’s key attractions are opening in extended hours.

Mission Garden (946 W. Mission Ln.) is holding Summer Sunsets on the third Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m. There will be games, live music and a food truck.

The Children’s Museum Tucson (200 S. 6th Ave.) is hosting Discovery Nights every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. On July 11, kids can make a sun catcher with contact paper and pressed flowers and leaves.

The University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium (1601 E. University Blvd.) is hosting Science at Sunset: Into the Past with JWST on Friday, July 12, from 6-9 p.m. It’s an event in celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Kevin Hainline from the JWST team will give a talk, and there will be a planetarium showings, special activities and telescope stargazing.

Tohono Chul (7366 N. Paseo del Norte) has Chill at the Chul every
Friday and Saturday until August 31 from 6 -9 p.m. On Friday, July 12, Erik Grillo will provide live music. On Saturdays, the kiddos can
enjoy games organized in partnership with Children’s Museum Tucson. Under the garden’s
trees, it’s usually 10 degrees cooler.

Pima Air and Space Museum (6000 E. Valencia Rd.) has Night Wings on Saturday July 13 and Saturday July 27 from
5:30-8:30 p.m. July 13 theme is Astronomy Night
while July 27 will be Photography Art Night. People can explore the aircraft and there will be
special activities for the kiddos.

Children’s Museum Tucson also holds Art After Dark from 5:30-7:30 pm every
second Saturday of the month. Kids can enjoy art-based play. On
Saturday, July 13, The Drawing Studio will be featured guests.

Reid Park Zoo (3400 Zoo Court) is holding Summer Safari Nights every Saturday until August 10. On Saturday, July 13, the zoo
will highlight reptiles, and singer Mamma Coal will be live. The zoo will be open through 8 p.m. with special feature keeper chats,
animal encounters, giraffe feedings, carousel rides, and games. For the
little ones, face painting and glitter tattoos are available for
purchase, and for the adults, there is dinner and drinks at the Flamingo
Grill restaurant, as well as live music.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (2021 N. Kinney Rd.) is hosting Cool Summer Nights every Saturday until August 24. Saturday, July 13 will be Caturday Night Live. Bring a flashlight (or your charged phone flashlight) and explore the grounds until 9 p.m. The museum has an aquarium, animal exhibits, a gallery, gift shop and a restaurant to grab dinner and drinks.

Sabino Canyon Crawler’s night tours (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.) are every Saturday evening from 7:30 pm, through October.

Watershed Management Group (1137 N. Dodge Blvd.) is hosting Family Saturdays every third Saturday of the month from 6-9 p.m. Saturday July 20 is Monsoon Night. Families can explore their Living Lab, enjoy monsoon-oriented activities and a song and story time in both English and Spanish, plus learn about the Santa Cruz River. Registration online is required.

Happy Hive Market (2727 W. Club Dr.) is hosting Movies on the Lawn every Second Sunday of
the month from 6:30 pm onwards. On Saturday, July 14, they will be showing “Star
Wars: A New Hope.” Apart from the movie, there are lawn
games, a bounce house, drinks, food and more. Every ticket purchased
comes with a BBQ meal.