Things to Do in Phoenix With Kids
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- The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is great fun for all ages ($11/person, under 1 free)
- The Phoenix Zoo is a great place to take the kids in Phoenix (free for kids under 2, and $10/children 3-12, $20/adults)
- Take the kids to Party Jungle (formerly Jambo, but under new ownership), an indoor amusement park for kids
- Encanto Park has an Enchanted Island Amusement Park with attractions geared towards 1-10 year olds
- Check local libraries for free music and story time classes
- Check your Barnes and Noble store for free children’s storytime classes (Friday and Saturday mornings)
- Go swimming in one of the many public pools in Phoenix
- Enroll in a local Gymboree class to play and learn music, art and sports (all ages, 1st preview class is free)
- Arizona Science Museum (under 2 free, $11/children 3-17, $14/adults)
- Baby Gym class at Arizona Sunrays (free, ages 6-18 months)
- Open Gym at Arizona Sunrays ($5 cash/$8 credit, all ages)
- Hike to Hole In The Rock, an easy walk/hike with kids
- Most malls have a play area for kids (up to age 8), including PV Mall
- National Geographic’s Kids Club is hosted weekly at many malls in Arizona, and it’s free!
- Take the kids to The Little Gym (first class is free, up to age 12)
- See historic fire trucks at The Hall of Flame Fire Museum
- The Desert Botanical Gardens has kids events every Saturday and Sunday
- Music Together in Phoenix is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners (read our review here)
- There’s a big play area at Desert Ridge’s “ultimate playground” called The Play Factory ($9 for kids, free for adults)
- Castles ‘N Coasters is an old favorite the older kids would enjoy, with roller coasters and more
- For older kids looking for fun, try go-karts at the K1 Race Factory
- Attend a PhxArtKids Days visit at The Phoenix Art Museum
- Check out Tot Town, which is a playgroup open to the community (bi-weekly during the school year, and twice a week during the summer)
- Family friendly bike rides in Phoenix
- Take the kids pony and horseback riding, or go on a wagon adventure!
- Enjoy the indoor play space at Imagination Avenue
- Take your children to EC Street Playtown which is a new indoor play area at 19th Ave.
- See a puppet show at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater
- New play area at the PV Mall
- Visit at Hohokam village at the Pueblo Grande Museum
- Whipples Fun Center is a new indoor entertainment place (mostly ages 7+, but some things for young kids)
- Visit the Idea Museum for indoor playtime, arts and crafts, and more.
- Take your kids to Howie’s Game Shack for computer or XBox gaming!
- Check out the Arizona Museum of Natural History.
- Take the kids to Amazing Jake’s Mesa for lots of indoor activities.
- Take an all day tubing trip on the Salt River
- Take the kids to Sunsplash for fun in the water!
- Brush up on your skating skills at Skateland.
- Pioneer Park is an epic playground that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
- Tour Native American ruins at Mesa Grande Cultural Park.
- Learn about the pioneers of Mesa at the Mesa Historical Museum.
- Wander around 9,000 rose bushes at the Rose Garden (at Mesa Community College).
- Explore the hiking trails and desert beauty at Usery Mountain Park.
- Desert Trails Park is perfect for beginners and experts with trails, pump track and kids skill track for biking.
- Build family camaraderie by working together at Escape Room Arizona.
- Be treated to a professional organ performance and yummy pizza at Organ Stop Pizza.
- Take swim lessons with Swim Kids!
- Visit the many valley Splashpads, like Scottsdale Quarter, Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge have shopping in the same complex.
- Looking for a park? There are lots! Try Northsight Park in Scottsdale or this list of parks
- AZ Air Time (trampolines) has lots to do for kids of all ages
- Find a miniature golf place! Cracker Jax has this, and go karts and more.
- Check out Pump It Up to get out the wiggles.
- Playtime Oasis is a great indoor play area for children under 6. They also have an awesome toy store!
- Take your family to Butterfly Wonderland to see butterflies.
- Take a nature hike and then play at Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park
- OdySea Aquarium has opened in Scottsdale! It’s the biggest aquarium in the southwest.
- Meet and swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris!
- Meet up with friends at Mini Social, an indoor play area for ages 6 and under in Old Town.
- Ride a train or carousel at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.
- Learn how to be a cowboy at Macdonalds Ranch. They also have a fabulous pumpkin patch every October.
- Take a family outing to the Sugar Bowl, a 1950’s style soda fountain, for lunch or ice cream snacks.
- Try ice skating any time of the year at Ice Den Scottsdale.
- Explore the many hiking trails at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. There is also a nature trail, perfect for toddlers.
- We have an American Girl Store! (located in Scottsdale Quarter)
- We Rock the Spectrum is the perfect indoor play place for autistic children, and any child under 10.
- Have a birthday party, or just visit and shop all things unicorn (including gourmet cupcakes) at Unicorn Cupcake Boutique.
- Mirror Maze
- Pangea: Land of the Dinosaurs is fun if your kids are REALLY into dinosaurs
- Check out Uptown Alley for bowling, arcades, and food
- Luv 2 Play in an indoor play area, perfect for the summer or a rainy day.
- Take a gymnastics class or join open gym time at Surprise Angels.
- Make and decorate a pottery dish at Mad Platter Pottery.
- Visit the two local libraries, Northwest Regional or Hollyhock Street, for books, events and more!
- Join open gym time or take a class at Bling Tour Cheer and Dance Company.
- Summer months are so fun at Surprise Aquatic Center with their water slides, pools, water features and more.
- Surprise has some fantastic playgrounds, some with splashpads as well.
- Year round swimming lessons are available at Aqua Tots.
- Sea Life Arizona is an indoor aquarium located at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe ($8 to $20)
- Learn about cardiovascular health at The Halle Heart Children’s Museum
- Take in a spring training baseball game at Tempe Diablo baseball stadium
- Go swimming at Big Surf Waterpark!
- The Kiwanis Wave Pool is extremely popular, and is perfect for kids!
- Sign your kids up for the high-school sailing program at Tempe Town Lake
- Check out Main Event Entertainment! Bowling, laser tag, video games, and food!
- Check out the indoor fun at Pump It Up!
- Visit the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center
- Childsplay is Tempe’s professional theater company whose chosen audience is children. Performances take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
- Movies in the Park at Kiwanis Park – Friday evenings in May
- First Saturdays for families at ASU Art Museum
- Tilt Studio is an arcade and party place for kids
- Enjoy the AZ Heritage Center Museum at Papago Park in Tempe with exhibits for adults and kids
- Take your newborn to 3-year old to Musicology and explore music and rhythm
- Makutu’s Island is a family fun center with a tropical theme and is one of Arizona’s largest indoor play places
- Desert Breeze Park has a train, carousel, play areas, and a lake with ducks… always popular!
- Visit Rawhide Western Town, for a real cowboy experience!
- Go ice skating in Chandler at Ice Den
- Take the kids to Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park in Chandler
- Go horseback riding at the Koli Equestrian Center
- Chandler has its own spring training with the Cactus League Spring Training program
- Check out the Airworx trampoline center
- Hit some baseballs at MVP Zone, a huge indoor training and sports facility
- Take the kids to Xtreme Air Park for some fun on trampolines
- Visit Playtopia at Tumbleweed Park, a free, 2.5-acre playground for kids.
- Go on a guided bird walk at Veteran’s Oasis Park (first Saturday of every month from November through April).
- Brush up on your skating skills at Skateland.
- The splash pad under the Gilbert Water Tower is really popular.
- Take the family on a walk around the beautiful Riparian Preserve, a true oasis in the desert. Guided bird walks are also held October-March.
- Get the wiggles out at Bounce U – they also host birthday parties!
- Meet friends at FlipSide Entertainment for bowling, laser tag, arcade games and more.
- Watch a movie for $5 at Fat Cats, then enjoy bowling, arcade games and yummy food!
- Have Game Truck come to your next birthday party to wow the kids with video games, laser tag and bubble soccer.
- Savor melt-in-your-mouth belgian liege waffles at Waffle Love.
- Enjoy the playground, train ride and walk around the lake at Freestone Park.
- Challenge your brain and try to exit at Cluemaster Escape Rooms.
- Touch a piece of the World Trade Center from 9/11 and learn about this important event in America’s history.
- Visit the PlayGrounds Fun Zone and Cafe in Glendale, AZ
- Check out the Glendale Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park
- Take the kids to Wet ‘N’ Wild Phoenix for a day of fun in the water!
- Take the kids to Estrella Mountain Regional Park for a hike or to visit the Gila River
- BMX or Mountain bike on the pump track at Foothills Community Park
- Take the kids to the playground or splash pad at Goodyear Community Park
- Check out the many activities at the local YMCA
- Jubeelieve Indoor Playland in Avondale is perfect for kids ages 0 to 5
- The new Valley Golf Center is a great place to hit some golf balls
- Visit Friendship Park and play in the playgrounds and pond
- Go bowling at Brunswick in Avondale
- Make cookies at The Cookie DoughJo
- Visit the Rio Vista Recreation Center and enjoy the awesome outdoor playground and splash pad
- Check out Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Peoria
- Check out the new Pioneer Community Park splash pad, and they also have a baseball area, pond, and walking trails
- Learn about space at the Challenger Space Center
- Have fun at the Pump It Up location in Peoria
- Kids Alive is the youth musical theater training program at Theater Works
- Check out Theater Works for fun theater options for kids
- Check out the old west at Goldfield Ghost Town
- Hike and explore at Lost Dutchman State Park
- Drive the Apache Trail to Lake Roosevelt!
- Continue on from Roosevelt Lake and let the kids explore Indian dwellings at Tonto National Monument.
- The 4th highest fountain in the world, at 560 feet, belongs to Fountain Hills
- Daisy Mountain Railroad, at Anthem Community Park, is great for kids
- Visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior where desert life isn’t all cactus and tumbleweed!
- Go for a hike at Gateway Desert Awareness Park
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