For a few brief hours this summer, visitors to the zoo will be treated to a chilly winter wonderland, as the Phoenix Zoo celebrates its annual Winter in July Festival.
More than 60 tons of snow will be trucked into the zoo for the occasion. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of chilly weather activities, including a snowball target area and a toddler snow pile for kids five years and under.
Over at the zoo's Stone House Pavilion, there will be hourly magic shows and demonstrations featuring native Arizona animals. Get up-close and personal with Arizona rattlesnakes, and meet the zookeepers who take care of them.
Kids can also meet the authors of the book Zoology for Kids and make Sonoran Desert-inspired crafts.
Some of the best photo ops at the Winter in July Festival happen during the Chilly Creature Features, which happen throughout the zoo during the event.
During the demonstrations, visitors can chat with trail guides and watch zoo animals as they enjoy icy treats.
Some of the animals featured will include coyote, javelina, Galapagos tortoise, coati, condors, prairie dogs and warty pigs.
One of the most popular animal viewings is Reba the elephant's special fire hose shower, which will be provided by the Phoenix Fire Department. The shower is scheduled for 11 a.m. on the Tropics Trails, and it's usually a crowd favorite.
Watch as Reba squeals with excitement as she enjoys a cooling summer shower.
Near the front of the zoo, on the Arizona Trail, guests can also enjoy a special winter photo op near the Stingray Bay.
Admission to the Phoenix Zoo is $20 for adults and $14 for children. All Winter in July events are included with admission.
Winter in July is an annual event. This family-friendly playday is scheduled to take place this year on
Bring your mittens and prepare to cool off – if only for a few hours.