Phoenix offers plenty of fun, educational museums that will appeal to both kids and adults. The Children's Museum of Phoenix, located in a conveniently in downtown Phoenix, is a two-story historic building that is jam-packed with fun activities. On the first floor, an enormous climber constructed from recycled materials invites children and their grown-ups to explore the whimsical structure and all its secret twists and turns. The museum also features an art studio, pretend grocery store, and popular noodle forest.
For more hands-on fun, head aross the street from the Children's Museum to the Arizona Science Center. This popular downtown attraction has more than 300 interactive exhibits that explore geology, physiology, weather, physical forces and much more. There is also a giant-screen IMAX theater and planetarium.
If your kids love trains, be sure to plan a stop at the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler. The museum features restored train cars and a nice collection of railway lanterns.
The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, located in the Papago Park area, is another family-friendly destination that highlights more than 100 restored pieces of historic firefighting equipment. There's also a restored fire truck that children can explore and climb. Your young, would-be firefighter can even dress up in authentic firefighter garb during their visit!