To help stay cool this summer, take the kids for a treat at one of the top ice cream shops in Phoenix. Make it a special treat as a reward for doing their chores or just as a fun summertime activity. All of these ice cream shops in Phoenix serve premium ice cream that may be a little pricier than you normally want to spend, but when you make it an occasion, you’ll make memories while spending quality time with your children.
Cold Stone Creamery. This premium ice cream shop has stores nationwide and more than 35 stores in the Phoenix metro area, including one centrally located at 455 North 3rd Street. If you and the kids head downtown to the main library, the children’s museum, or Chase Field, this would be a great place to end the day before heading home. This location’s hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Cold Stone has ice cream cupcakes in three flavors: Sweet Cream, Cake Batter Delux, and Double Chocolate Devotion. These ice cream treats are available in 6-packs.
Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream Parlor. Step back in time and take the kids to a real ice cream parlor. They make their own ice cream in more than 25 flavors, all made on the premises. The ice cream is also available to take home in half-gallon containers. A full menu is also available if you want to enjoy a meal. For a big bowl of ice cream to share, order The Hill, enough for at least 5 people, or The Mountain, which is 7 pounds of ice cream, enough for at least 10. Mary Coyle’s is located at 5521 North 7th Avenue in Phoenix between Camelback and Bethany Home. Their hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Birthdays can be celebrated at Mary Coyle’s. Call 602-265-6266 to make arrangements.
Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale has a fun old-time soda shop feel with big pink booths and soda parlor chairs. Going to the Sugar Bowl for a bowl of ice cream is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces. With 11 flavors plus a “flavor of the month,” everyone will find a favorite flavor. Sugar Bowl is located at 4005 North Scottsdale Road, just south of Indian School Road. They are open Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Artwork by Paradise Valley resident Bil Keane of “The Family Circus” fame adorns the walls. Some of the cartoons even feature Sugar Bowl in the drawings. Next door to Sugar Bowl is Fiesta, a game room with pinball games and more.