Arizona Family Fun Activities
Looking for Arizona family fun activities while visiting Phoenix, Arizona? There are many fun things to do and attractions to see that will entertain the kids.
From museums to desert hikes, to re-created ghost towns and bumper boats. A family vacation to Phoenix has something for even the youngest members of your family. This page is geared towards families with children under the age of 12, however many of the activities listed are fun for all ages.
Some fun indoor Phoenix activities include:
- Cerreta's Chocolate Factory
- Butterfly Wonderland
- Challenger Space Center
- Phoenix Children's Museum
- Hall of Flame Museum
- Natural History Museum - See dinosaurs
- Arizona Museum for Youth
- Odyssey Aquarium
Some fun outdoor Phoenix activities include:
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Phoenix Zoo
- World Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium
- Kid Friendly Hikes: Papago Park, White Tank Mountains, South Mountain
- Sahuaro Ranch
- McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
- Arizona Living Pioneer Museum
- Goldfield Ghost Town
- Rawhide Western Town
- Visit a Farm
- Horseback Riding
- Water Parks
- Amusement Parks
- See Petroglyphs
In Glendale be sure to visit Cerreta's Chocolate Factory downtown, take a free tour and buy some chocolate. Visit Sahuaro Ranch and see what it was like to farm in Arizona, don't forget to stop at that the incredible park to play.
Kid Friendly Hikes
Looking for some easy hiking spots for the kids? Arizona has so many beautiful places to explore and great hiking for all ages. Fun hikes with the kids include:
Arizona Family Fun | Zoos & Gardens
Whether you are looking to spend some time outdoors at the Desert Botanical Garden learning about our unique desert plants, take a scenic hike, or while you're in this area check out the Phoenix Zoo and enjoy some of the 1200+ animals in a gorgeous desert backdrop.
Visit the World Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium on the west side of the valley and see hundreds of animals up close and feed stingrays at Arizona's first public Aquarium.
Kid Friendly Museums
Maybe you want to spend some time indoors having fun with one of the many hands on exhibits at the Phoenix Children's Museum or try out some of the 300 hands on science exhibits at the Arizona Science Center.
Boys and girls alike have fun dressing up as firemen at the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix. Or see dinosaur exhibits and pan for gold at Mesa's Natural History Museum. While in Mesa you can also check out the Arizona Museum for Youth, an Art Museum for kids!
Family Fun Old West & Ghost Towns
So you've come to Arizona, and you want the experience the desert like in the old western movies? The best spots to visit in Phoenix to experience this would be Rawhide Western Town in Chandler,which is a wonderful recreation of an old west town just as the name implies, with daily shows, saloons and shops.
If you're on this end of the city, drive over to Queen Creek and visit the Lost Duchman State Park and Goldfield Ghost Town & Mine where you can pan for gold and take a miniature train ride around a real old ghost town.
If you want to see what it was like to live in Phoenix in the 1800's head up to North Phoenix, near Anthem and check out the Arizona Living Pioneer Museum. To complete your old western Arizona trip, you must go back horseback riding. Horseback Riding South Mountain is a family friendly spot to go and you're in the largest park in Phoenix.
Amusement Parks & Water Parks
All of our kids love the CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park located in Scottsdale. They have three miniature golf courses, bumper boats which are loads of fun, Go Karts for the bigger kids and miniature go karts for the little kids.
Castles & Coasters is a fun spot to take the under 12 age kids. They have four different 18 hole miniature golf courses to choose from with some cool water features, they also have a huge arcade area and several roller coasters,bumper boats and a couple water rides. Keep the kids cool at one of the Valley's water parks!
Day at the Farm
Farmer's play an important role in Arizona's past and present. Kids love a day at the farm. Arizona has several great farms to spend the day at including:
- Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek
- Superstition Farms in Mesa
- Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale
They all have events throughout the year for a great day with the family at the farm!
Maybe the kids aren't old enough to appreciate the Heard Museum, but they may enjoy see ancient petroglyphs at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center in north Phoenix. Another great spot to see them is at the White Tank Mountains
Salt River Tubing
Enjoy a lazy summer day river tubing down the Salt River.
Young sport fans will enjoy a trip to Phoenix, Spring Training Baseball games offers a chance to meet their favorite players, The Coyote's hockey games are exciting to watch offer affordable family packages
Kid's Performing Arts
Looking to add some cultural to your little one's day? Phoenix has several great spots to expose kids to the Performing Arts: The Great Arizona Puppet Theater features classic fairy tales, Childsplay is Arizona's professional theater for kids and families. Visit our Performing Arts page for more choices.
Youngest Kid Activities
Visiting Scottsdale with little kids, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is inexpensive and lots of fun for the little kids. The highlights of this park includes: a railroad museum, a miniature train ride, and an antique carousel.
Little kids enjoy the Freestone Railroad Park in Gilbert where they can ride a miniature train and the carousel and mini ferris wheel. The Riparian Institute often offers free family bird walks and other events throughout the year.
Save $$ on Phoenix area attractions. Many local magazines offer coupons for the museums or zoos. The Entertainment book offers many coupons for various attractions in the area as well. If you live here and frequent the same place such as a zoo or museum sometimes it is cost effective to buy an annual membership. Hickman's brand eggs often have two for one coupons for the World Wildlife Zoo in the egg cartons.
$$ If you are a resident of Phoenix and have a public library card there are many attractions you can get free admission to with a Culture Pass. Ask your librarian.
Several of the museums have free First Friday of the Month night.