10 Great Things to Do with Kids in Metro Phoenix

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. 



Located in Papago Park, this garden features the world's largest outdoor desert plant collection. A vast array of colorful wildflowers has been strategically placed to create a spectacular display and delight visitors in the springtime, and...  Read More

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park


This museum and its adjacent park are built on the site of 1500-year-old Hohokam Indian ruins. Exhibits showcase lifestyles of the Hohokam and of other Southwestern tribes, and visitors learn about Phoenix's cultural heritage through displays of...  Read More



Presenting the world's largest display of firefighting equipment, this museum highlights 100 restored pieces of hand-to-hand, horse-drawn, and mechanized firefighting equipment from 1725 to 1961. Additional exhibits include a fire truck for...  Read More

Litchfield Park


This friendly zoo, located 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, is home to over 1300 rare and exotic mammals, fish and reptiles. Special attractions include a tropical bird aviary, a children's carousel and petting zoo, animal feedings, and train...  Read More



The Musical Instrument Museum, also known as the MIM, celebrates art, music and culture by documenting the history of musical instruments from around the world. Everyone from Carlos Santana to Tony Bennett have sung the praises of this bright,...  Read More



In a city with scorching summer temperatures, it's no surprise that Phoenix has plenty of water parks to help stay cool under the blistering summer sun. One of the best water park destinations in the city is Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, a massive...  Read More

Pioneer Living History Village


Arizona's territorial days are recreated on this 85-acre property, where costumed craftspeople work among authentic and reproduced buildings. Special events like a lively bluegrass festival, a Civil War reenactment, and an antique tractor show...  Read More



Plan to spend a day with the animals, over 1200 of them (including many endangered species), in this expansive park. The animals live in spacious enclosures, similar to the habitats they would have if they were in the wild. in addition, visitors...  Read More



The Children's Museum of Phoenix, located in the 70,000 square foot historic Monroe School building in downtown Phoenix, offers three floors of exhibits designed to engage young children and the adults who love them. Exhibits are hands-on and...  Read More



Housed in a dramatic building, the Science Center offers well over 300 interactive exhibits. A giant-screen theater shows educational films, and the planetarium boasts one of the largest domes in the west. Exhibits are organized into galleries...  Read More


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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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