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Things To Do With Kids in Flagstaff

Flagstaff is one of Arizona’s cultural hubs and unlike any other desert city. Booming with tourism and student life, the city somehow manages to keep its quaint, small-town feel making it the perfect family destination year-round. Flagstaff is surrounded by one of the largest pine forests on the planet and the highest point in Arizona, Humphrey’s Peak, sits just 10 miles from downtown. Plan an unforgettable afternoon in Flagstaff for a family vacation the kids will always remember.

Best Things To Do With Kids in FlagstaffView All

Top kids activities in Flagstaff include indoor amusement centers, beginner hikes, ski lessons, and events downtown. Consider these other fun activities for kids in Flagstaff:

  • Walk along the cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Teleport to Santa’s workshop with the North Pole Experience at Little America Hotel
  • Go underground and see Flagstaff from a different perspective in Lava River Cave
  • Learn to ski with an instructor at Arizona Snowbowl
  • Try locally sourced food at the Flagstaff Community Farmers Market

Family-Friendly Things To Do in FlagstaffView All

This mountain town thrives on family fun boasting adventure courses, glorious restaurants, and unique kids activities for every season. Find more kid-approved attractions in Flagstaff:

  • Keep everyone entertained while they eat with model trains at Crown Railroad Cafe
  • Find a new favorite family board game at The Geekery
  • Save on high ropes course admission at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
  • Test your communication and teamwork at Flagstaff Escape Rooms
  • Catch the latest blockbuster at Harkins Theater

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Sightseeing & Free Activities for KidsView All

Leave your wallet at home while you visit these world-renowned spots in Flagstaff. Check out some of most popular Flagstaff landmarks to visit with kids:

  • Go for a drive along the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic drive for gorgeous views
  • Take a leisurely stroll on the well-maintained trails at Buffalo Park
  • Check out historic architecture in downtown Flagstaff
  • Sit back and relax with the community at Movies on the Square
  • Look into the night sky and ponder at the Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered

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Fun Things To Do With KidsView All

Grab a sweet treat from one of the best ice cream shops in Flagstaff like Peak Sweets and Popcorn or the Flagstaff Nut House. For more fun activities to do with kids, try the following:

  • Rent kayaks and paddle around Lake Mary
  • Skate or enjoy the playground at Bushmaster Park
  • Knock down some pins and enjoy some indoor fun with the family at Starlite Lanes
  • Grab a breath of fresh air and enjoy the scenery at Thorpe Park, one of Flagstaff’s many city green spaces
  • Learn how to ride mountain bikes at the Flagstaff Nordic Center

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Family-Friendly Things To Do With GroupsView All

Flagstaff has several kid-friendly group tours including the Puzzling Adventures scavenger hunt and Merry-Go-Round Carriage Rides. Consider the following group activities to do with the kids:

  • Escape the summer heat at the Aquaplex
  • Tour Flagstaff in style with AZ Segway and Pedal Tours
  • Explore the Coconino National Forest on horseback with Hitchin' Post Stables
  • Spend the afternoon skating at Jay Lively Ice Skating Rink
  • Rent bikes from Cosmic Cycles and check out the plethora of trails this mountain town has to offer

Educational Activities for KidsView All

Flagstaff offers educational experiences for kids that isn’t limited to museums. Explore volcano monuments, historic mansions, nature centers, and more in Flagstaff:

  • Witness how medicine was practiced in the early 1900s at the Pioneer Museum
  • Learn about the region and its history at the Museum of Northern Arizona
  • See the power of mother nature firsthand at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Step into the past at the Riordan Mansion, where the rooms look like they did in 1904
  • Watch wolves, bears, bison, and more animals in their natural habitats at Bearizona Wildlife Park

Creative & Performing Arts ClassesView All

This mountain town is no stranger to art and music either. Flagstaff is riddled with artistic inspiration from the street decor to its residents and visitors. Sign the kids up for pottery, acting classes, self-defense, or another fun art class for kids:

  • Teach your children self-defense and muscle control at Sleeping Lion Martial Arts
  • Stir an interest in acting with the Theatrikids program at Theatrikos
  • Paint your own pottery with three easy steps at the Book Nest Toy Store
  • Create art in several mediums at the Coconino Center for the Arts
  • Book a paint party with an instructor led course at Creative Spirits

Escape the weather at one of Flagstaff’s indoor amusement centers or go for a swim at the community pool. Check out other fun indoor activities for kids in Flagstaff:

  • Fly and tumble at Summit Gymnastics open gym
  • Learn to rock climb at the Flagstaff Climbing Center
  • Unleash your competitive side for a few games of laser tag and fuel up with pizza after at Cabin Fever
  • Take the kids to the Flagstaff public library for a relaxing storytime
  • Exercise and play team sports at the YMCA