Toni Smith, Director of Communications
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The Tempe, Ariz. Tourism Office team is looking forward to welcoming visitors again. In the meantime, we have found many ways for you to get a feel for our vibrant college town as you dream of future travel. Watch relaxing, scenic Tempe videos, enjoy performances by local musicians, take a yoga class or let your creativity flow with coloring pages from the ASU Art Museum and Four Peaks Brewing Company. And, take time to experience our famous sunsets on Instagram for now, with hopes that you can see them in person sometime soon.
Here are a few online experiences from Tempe, Ariz.
You’re invited to take a break, relax and just breathe. Watch our #BreatheWithTempe series, a collection of short video clips that showcase peaceful nature scenes and the sights and sounds around the city. Visit our YouTube Playlist, Instagram or Facebook to see the latest video.
It’s a fact – coloring reduces stress and boosts creativity for both children and adults. Get your colored pencils and crayons ready and unwind with Desert Botanical Garden coloring pages. If you can’t see the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscapes at the Garden in person, you can at least design your own scenic views at home. To download, visit their website and click and drag the coloring pages to your desktop computer, print and color away.
Check out Tempe History Museum for a coloring session with historical significance. Enjoy coloring pages of historic sites such as the original ASU Gammage auditorium and the Hayden Flour Mill. When you’re finished, you can compare your artwork with the original photograph featured at the Tempe History Museum.
Maybe you can’t visit one of Tempe’s beloved breweries, but your friends at Four Peaks are thinking of you. Coloring isn’t just for kids, so Four Peaks Brewing Company created a series of coloring pages featuring artwork inspired by your favorite beers.
Learn Something New
We’ve compiled a list of educational, and just plain fun things to do, in our Virtual Tours blog.
You can view videos from some of favorite attractions in the Tempe area such as the Phoenix Zoo, Hall of Flame Fire Museum, Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts and ASU Art Museum. Or, choose from a wide variety of online classes from Arizona State University’s ASU for You program. The Tempe at Home series from the City of Tempe includes all kinds of activities for adults and kids such as fitness classes, arts activities, music and gardening tips.
The Tempe History Museum has also created fun online games to help you fill your time and learn about Tempe’s past. Visit the eMuseum and use the digital Bingo cards found here to guide your search for photos and artifacts that match the squares on the card. Print the cards or just reference them on your screen. On their website, you can also find the Museum’s Memory Match Game, a digital memory game where you flip cards to find matching historical images.
Connect with family members via Zoom and use our Tempe backgrounds
We can’t visit with our friends and family in person, but we can connect via a FaceTime, Skype or Zoom video call.
The Tempe Tourism Office created custom Zoom backgrounds so you can share sunny Tempe with friends and family from around the country. Download the Tempe Zoom backgrounds from our blog.
Listen to music – the Tempe way
Who doesn’t love grooving to live music? We can’t see a concert in person, there are a few ways to experience music from Tempe.
The ASU School of Music has a collection of streamed concerts from Katzin Concert Hall and Recital Hall. Watch them on their YouTube channel.
Low Key Piano Bar broadcasts a performance from their talented, fun-loving musicians every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. on their Facebook page. You can even send tips to their talented crew via Venmo or Paypal during the show.
Live music on the weekends is currently cancelled at Tempe Marketplace, but you can listen to “A Little Bit Live,” clips of live music created by musicians who have played on The District Stage. Check out these special live performances on the Tempe Marketplace Instagram page.
Tempe’s own Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have created a series of videos, the Quarantine Sessions, presenting some of their most beloved songs on their YouTube channel. Their feel-good songs will make you think of better days ahead.
We are looking forward to the 20/21 Desert Financial Broadway Across America- Arizona season at ASU Gammage. This exciting line up of shows begins in October with everyone’s favorite, HAMILTON. The season also includes FROZEN, MY FAIR LADY and JERSEY BOYS. Download the soundtracks on Apple Music or Spotify and get ready for Broadway magic.
Take a yoga class from a Tempe instructor
Breathe in. Breathe out. Feel better? Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you want to get started, this is the perfect time to reduce your stress and get some exercise at the same time. Start or end your day with a class taught by a Tempe yoga instructor. Relax with a Yin class or work up a sweat with a Vinyasa practice. There are several yoga studios in Tempe that are sharing classes from their awesome teachers online. Options include CorePower Yoga, Yoga to the People and One Tribe. Some studios are streaming classes for free. Other classes are offered for a minimal fee or a donation. Check each website for details. Namaste.
Take a class from the City of Tempe
Our friends at the City of Tempe have recently added a variety of classes and online activities to their website and social media channels. The Tempe at Home series of virtual content showcases things to do from Tempe’s parks and recreation team, the library and the arts. The series is guaranteed to help you practice social distancing and maybe even find your new favorite hobby.
There are daily activities, videos, arts and crafts and game ideas to help keep the whole family entertained. You can subscribe to the Tempe at Home playlist on YouTube so you won’t miss a single video. Also, visit the city’s things to do page and click on “Tempe at Home” for a list of all of the social media channels that will continue to provide content to help entertain both kids and adults.
Be inspired by the sunset
No matter what is happening in the world, you can count on one thing in Arizona. It’s a beautiful place. The sun rises and sets each day with an awe-inspiring array of colors from cotton candy pastels to the brightest oranges and purples. Until you are able to visit Tempe in person, follow our Instagram page for some of the best examples of the setting sun.
To learn more about Tempe, Ariz., visit www.tempetourism.com.