Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Phoenix
Phoenix's favorite places to take kids for 2017
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in the Phoenix area! Each year, we survey Phoenix parents to find out where they love to take their kids.
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Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale is a one-of-a-kind experience, and one of the best activities for families and visitors of all ages. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America, and should certainly top your list of “Things to do in Arizona” whether you’re a tourist or a local.
The non-profit Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world.
Luv 2 Play
Luv 2 Play offers an indoor playground and arcade for children ages 0-12 as well as many great menu options for parents and kids alike!
Castles 'N Coasters
From the thrilling sky–high roller coasters and exciting water rides, to the exotic countries of the world class miniature golf course and enchantment of an old fashioned carousel, there’s magic and new adventures waiting for you and your family at Castles N' Coasters.
PlayGrounds Fun Zone & Cafe
PlayGrounds is a neighborhood place for families and friends to gather on any day of the week. It is an all-in-one café, fun zone and party place.
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Learning is a joy at the Children's Museum of Phoenix with three floors of hands-on, interactive, educational, and fun exhibits for children ages birth to 10. This is not your typical Museum; here we want you to touch EVERYTHING!
Dave & Busters Phoenix
At Dave & Buster's you can play hundreds of the hottest new arcade games in our Million Dollar Midway and win tickets for epic prizes.
Wildlife World Zoo
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is home to Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with more than 600 species. The Aquarium features over 75 indoor exhibits including stingrays you can feed, penguins, otters, and sharks plus rides & a petting zoo.
OdySea Aquarium offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry. The facility includes a 3D theater, SeaTREK™ underwater ocean walking, and a one-of-a-kind voyage through the “Living Sea.”
Arizona Science Center
More than 300 hands-on exhibits, the Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater, a state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium are fun for all ages.
A real working family farm that includes farm tours, Country Store & Bakery, train rides, UPICK Organic gardens and peach orchards, petting zoo and more.
Each of our locations have over 20,000 square feet of wall to wall trampolines, trampoline dodge ball, unique fun pass activities (bull ride, foam pit, maze, obstacle course, snow slide), designated play area for kids 7 and under and the best birthday parties in town!
Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix
Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix is Arizona’s biggest ‘n’ best water park. Located on Pinnacle Peak Road, off I-17, the park is the largest in the state featuring more than 30 exhilarating attractions for families and thrill seekers alike.
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
Desert Botanical Garden
For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.
Big Surf Waterpark
Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark boasting one of the largest wave pools in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres in Arizona on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf has remained an Arizona icon for over 40 years and features dozens of other thrilling water features all in a safe and family friendly atmosphere.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
What could be cooler than an indoor, 3-story mountain complete with a waterfall and simulated flash flood? Dinosaurs, of course! The Arizona Museum of Natural History has all this and more. Get out of the Arizona heat and spend a day at the coolest place in Greater Phoenix.
OdySea Mirror Maze
Can you find the true path through the mirror maze, discover the elusive butterfly and escape the perils of the forest to seek your next adventure? Or will you wander lost, never to be found again?
Golfland Sunsplash is Arizona’s premier family fun destination. Featuring over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location! From thrilling waterslides , to award winning miniature golf, Golfland-Sunsplash has something for the whole family! We can’t wait to see you here!
AZ Air Time
Air Time is an indoor trampoline jump center in Scottsdale where the whole family can have good healthy fun. Jump for fun or exercise on trampolines separated by age. Little kids can play on one of our blow up bounce houses or the exclusive trampoline for ages 6 and under. Older jumpers can jump into our huge 4 lane foam pit, try their hand at dodgeball, or dunk a basketball with the help of a little extra bounce. When you get tired, relax at our snack bar and use our free wifi to surf the net.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEButterfly Wonderland
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEPhoenix Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumHalle Heart Museum
Favorite Performing ArtsChristian Youth Theatre
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmThe Farm at South Mountain
Favorite Nature CenterHayden Butte Preserve Park ("A" Mountain)
Favorite Sports TeamArizona Scorpions
Favorite Arts EducationThe Mad Platter
Favorite Sports EducationHubbard Family Swim School