July 17 celebration will be really cool

It’s the time of year when snowmen would melt even before they get built—unless, of course, you’re at Tempe’s annual Downtown Cooldown celebration, scheduled Saturday, July 17.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tempe Beach Park will be filled with water games, water slides and a sight not often seen in the Valley: snow.

Fifty tons of the frosty, white stuff will be brought in so that children of all ages can play and frolic, even if it’s 100-degrees-plus outside.

There will be two snow piles, one for younger children and their families, the other for older kids.

Throughout the event, parents and children will be able to sit and relax while watching live entertainment on the main stage. From start to finish, community entertainers will dazzle the audience with dizzying dances and sensational singing.

Entertainment schedule

Here’s the schedule:

8-8:45 a.m., Stage Door Dance Center; 9-9:45 a.m., Gloria Rich School of Voice; 10-10:45 a.m., Talent Team; 10:45 -11 a.m., Julia Ortiz; 11-11:45 a.m., The Kidmans; and noon-12:45 p.m., Tausala.

Participation in all activities will require the purchase of a $1 wristband. A portion of all wristband sales will go to the Caitlin Robb Foundation, a charitable group that supports local pediatric cancer-research programs.

Tempe Beach Park is located just north of downtown Tempe on the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Drive.

The event is produced by Downtown Tempe Community, a non-profit, business improvement district located in the heart of Tempe.

Information: (480) 921-2300.