Your kids can only bob in the water for so long before the chlorine turns their hair a luminescent green. To keep the troops entertained on a hot summer day, hit a variety of family-friendly attractions in east Phoenix and downtown Tempe, where a winning combo of air-conditioning, finger food, and hands-on museums awaits.
As for water parks, how about one with an educational focus? Your kids will learn a little something and, later, you'll get to sit long enough for a glass of Chardonnay.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting. Cool, cavernous galleries filled with shiny red engines and other fun firefighter paraphernalia. Kids can climb all over a '51 American LaFrance truck and listen to once-live 911 calls. Open daily. $6, $4 ages 6-17, $1.50 ages 3-5, ages 2 and under free. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix; www.hallofflame.org or 602/275-3473.