2018 Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Phoenix
Phoenix's favorite places to take kids for 2018
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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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.
Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center's mission is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science.
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!
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Bearizona Wildlife Park allows visitors to drive into "the wilderness" and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle.
Valley Youth Theater
Our mission is helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the most unique park of its kind in the country. The 30 acre park’s centerpiece is the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, a fully functional 15 gauge railroad with scale steam and diesel locomotives and riding stock. No trip to the park is complete without a ride on the 1950-vintage Allan Hershell carousel or a visit to the Scottsdale Railroad Museum.
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.
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.
i.d.e.a Museum inspires children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, technology, science, creativity and imagination.
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.”
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.
Dave & Busters
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.
Actors Youth Theatre
AYT maintains a high standard of excellence while providing participants with a safe, inclusive atmosphere and a learning environment dedicated to implementing positive self-discipline. While encouraging creativity, AYT cultivates opportunities to learn all facets of theatre and performance for lifelong growth and appreciation of the arts.
Fat Cats Gilbert is a fun center for all ages. Great event venue for birthday parties and corporate events.
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.
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!
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.
Arizona Railway Museum
We are open every Saturday and Sunday from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Typically visitors have access to 8 passenger cars, 1 caboose, and the SP 2-8-0 steam locomotive.
Family friendly coffee shop, restaurant & event space located in the historic Roosevelt neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. Our historic house has been beautifully restored and we have a lovely front and back garden for relaxing and playing in.