Summer has officially arrived and school is out! This means the main focus of parent and child alike over the next few months will be trying to find a way to deal with the heat. 

One of the most popular options is taking advantage of all the world-class resorts that sit in our own backyard, and we’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly activities that are taking place at some of these local hideouts over the next few months (page 28). If you just need to fill a couple hours instead of a whole weekend, a local splash pad might do the trick (page 22). As the Grayman brothers showed our photographer (cover, page 3, page 22), few things are as much fun as jumping through fountains at full speed!

Harkins Theatres is bringing back their Summer Movie Fun program (page 36), where ten weeks of kid-friendly movies are offered for just $7. If relaxing with a book is how you’d rather spend your day, a local librarian has selected summer reading options for both parents and kids (page 44). 

One of my favorite stories from this issue is our piece on local chefs who have taken their culinary skills into the Chopped kitchen (page 26). Five contestants, who each made their name at some of the most well-known restaurants in our area, gave us a behind-the-scenes tour on what it was like to avoid the chopping block on America’s favorite cooking show. 

We’re also starting a new series for the summer entitled “Postcards from the Past.” Our Publisher will be unveiling his collection of historic postcards over the next few months, giving us an in-depth look at what life was like at some of Phoenix’s most recognizable locations. 

As always, I encourage you to reach out to me with any story ideas, suggestions or feedback. Many of our best neighborhood stories are made possible by loyal readers who contact us. We hope you enjoy this June 2018 edition – and thank you for reading the Arcadia News!

— Nick Smith