By Molly Cerreta Smith
Photo Courtesy of Park West

Things are heating up in the Valley of the Sun and it looks like a long, hot summer Ahead. Don’t fret though as there are plenty of ways to keep cool and keep the kids entertained all summer long at Park West.

Kids’ Activities
Park West’s family friendly environment welcomes families all day, every day. The splash pad and play area is a popular place for little ones to run free and cool off as parents enjoy an iced coffee or a scrumptious cookie from nearby Mary’s Mountain Cookies.

For a post-play time treat, Creamistry’s cool concoctions are as delightful to watch being created as they are to enjoy. Little ones can watch the process as their custom ice cream dessert is made right before their eyes with an impressive “smoke show.”

What better way to chill out and be entertained than in the cool environment of the movie theater? Harkins Theatres Park West 14 serves as the anchor of the center and offers all the latest flicks in the comfort of ultimate rocker seating and stadium seating. Featuring an expanded snack bar and convenient online ticket and self-serve ticket kiosks, heading to the movies is easier than ever.

Harkins’ Summer Movie Fun Program is designed just for kids and families, featuring one kid-friendly movie a week for eight weeks — for just $1 per film. Summer Movie Fun Program passes can be purchased at the box office. Titles include “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Tom & Jerry,” “The Croods: A New Age,” “Boss Baby 2: Family Business,” “Sing 2,” and more.

Park West’s Kids Club takes place every Wednesday in June from 10 – 11 a.m. at the splash pad area. Sponsored by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, the event features a free craft each week.

for the grown ups
Park West isn’t just cool for the kids! Enjoy a sweat session at Smart Gym then hit Stretch Lab for some guided recovery. Or enjoy a relaxing massage at Massage Envy and some pampering True Touch Nails or Hello Sugar. Date night doesn’t get much better than steak and a glass of wine at Fleming’s or catch a game with some friends over cold beers at Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers. Creating one’s own perfect scent at Candle Chemistry makes for a fun girls’ night out or parent-child activity.
Naturally, retail therapy can be had at Park West with a plethora of shopping opportunities for every need. With Chico’s, Rolling Rack Boutique, Vans, Brighton and Victoria’s Secret all within steps of one another, shoppers can get their fix for whatever they are looking for — whether they are buying a gift for someone else or treating themselves. With so much to do and experience at Park West, families and neighbors can enjoy something new and different all summer long.

Park West is located at 9744 W. Northern Avenue. Check out for a complete list of tenants and upcoming events.