Our top choice for a kid-friendly Phoenix destination that even adults will likely enjoy in is the Arizona Science Center. This downtown venue has over 300 exhibitions, most of which are hands-on and interactive, as well as an IMAX movie theater and planetarium. Your kids will delight in exploring the seven themed halls, and pick up a few new fascinating science facts along the way.
If you're visiting Phoenix with younger kids, make sure to plan a stop at the Children's Museum of Phoenix, which is housed in a historic school building just across the street from the Arizona Science Center in downtown. The two-story climber, securely constructed out of a whimsical selection of recycled materials, is worth the price of admission alone.
If you want to give your kids a taste of Phoenix's historic past, plan a trip to Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park. The 1500-year-old archeological site, which is operated by the City of Phoenix, is easily accessible by the airport Sky Train and Light Rail. The site features a 2/3 mile trail that takes you through a partially excavated prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village platform mound, ballcourt, and replicated prehistoric houses.
For hands-on fun and learning, take the whole family to the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix, where kids can explore the musical instruments and traditions of every corner of the globe.