“Sunny” and “warm” are the words most used to describe the weather in Phoenix. Because of this, families find no shortage of things to do in Phoenix with kids, whether in or outdoors. From riding thilling coasters, to exploring ancient musical instruments, read on for some great things to do in Phoenix with kids—and find some family friendly restaurants to fuel up for your adventures.
When the whole family can participate, outings are even more fun—and memorable. For some inspiration for things to do that will please the entire brood, check out this list:
Families bond when they have to accomplish a task together. And what better task than a scavenger hunt with more than 100 objects to uncover and photograph. Designed for collaboration and players of all ages (kids age 12 and under play free).
Built for kids 12 and up, this family activity give parents and their teenage brood much-needed and rarely found time together, as they team up to solve puzzles and escape a room in just under one hour.
Since 1989, this stage has fostered the acting aspirations of kids age 7–19 in professional-level family-friendly productions of such shows as Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte’s Web, and How I Became a Pirate.
From mild rides to wild thrills, this amusement park has something for just about everyone in the family. And when you all want to enjoy having your two feet on the ground, you can putt around 18 holes of mini golf.
In this landmark building, puppeteers spin stories that address Arizonian themes to educate and engage spectators, young and old.
Nestled within Encanto Park’s 222 acres of lush greenery—among the trails and lagoon, the boat house and golf courses—lies Enchanted Island Amusement Park. Here’s a sampling of the traditional rides you’ll find at this park:
For families who want a cultural adventure, opportunities abound in the city of Phoenix. Whether you want a little science, a history lesson, or a chance to gawk at great artwork, here’s a list of museums you won’t want to miss:
For an idea of what Phoenix was like in the 1900s, take a guided tour of this historically restored home.
More than 6,800 instruments gathered from 200 countries and territories around the world populate the exhibits in this museum, where audio and video displays showcase what they sound like and how they’re played. The Experience Gallery allows guests to get hands on with some of these instruments.
With a collection focused on Native American art, cultural interpretations, and history, the museum’s signature exhibit showcases nearly 2,000 Southwestern artifacts, plus a sculpture garden.
With over 95,000 square feet sprawled over multiple floors, adults and children alike find space to expend mental and physical energy. Here are just a few of the 300 permanent exhibits to explore:
With farmer’s market produce, fresh-ground burgers, and lots of gluten-free selections, parents rest easy knowing that whatever dish their children choose will be nutritious.
This 10-acre farm is the home to three restaurants, the most kid-friendly restaurant being The Farm Kitchen, where after a picnic lunch, kids can cavort on the grass while their parents relax.
Meat-lovers, vegetarians, and vegans can dine together happily at this pizzeria with both inventive and traditional ingredients adorning the pies. Here are a few of the options you’ll find: