Fashion and Splashin’

Amid centers of consumerism in the Valley of the Sun, a free summer perk makes quite a splash. The water features in several shopping-center courtyards become splash pads: barrier-free fountains that allow supervised boys and girls to wade right in and play. Parents with serious shopping goals might offer play time as a reward for patient tagging-along. Find splash pads at Kierland Commons (Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Pkwy.), SanTan Village (Loop 202 & Williams Field Rd., Gilbert), Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Hayden Loop), Desert Ridge Marketplace (Loop 101 & Tatum Blvd.), and Tempe Marketplace (McClintock Dr. & Rio Salado Pkwy.).