Kids Activities in Tempe


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  • Big Surf Waterpark
    In 1966, Big Surf Waterpark founder Phil Dexter built his first model of a wave machine in his backyard, a place he affectionally named Tahiti Phil's. With some help, and several models later—including one assembled inside an abandoned billiards hall—he perfected the contraption, making it the centerpiece of his newly opened waterpark in 1969. Dexter's invention instantly snagged press from Time, Sports Illustrated, and Life, and today, it remains Big Surf Waterpark's 2.5-million-gallon keynote attraction. One of Big Surf Waterpark's newest attractions is the Mauna Kea Zip Line, which starts high in the air before zipping over the wave pool. Over the years, despite Arizona's lack of rain or gigantic sprinkler, the park has managed to grow around the wave pool, and its current 20-acre campus features dozens of slides, rides, and areas for all ages. Big Surf's real estate has also played host to entertainment events, including concerts from Pink Floyd, Elton John, and the Beach Boys.
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    1500 N McClintock Dr.
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Tempe Theaters
    Autographed headshots, life-size cutouts of celebrities, and vintage movie posters all contribute to the classically indie vibe that permeates Pollack Tempe Cinemas. The movies, however, are surprisingly mainstream—blockbusters that arrive just a few weeks after their runs at full-price theaters. Go on Tuesday, when tickets are usually only $2.
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    1825 East Elliot Road
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Oceanside Ice Arena
    An electric, zero-emission Zamboni roves over Oceanside Ice Arena’s 200′ x 89′ rink, readying the ice for the facility’s hockey leagues, broomball competitions, and open-skate sessions attended by throngs of casual skaters. Open since 1974, the arena has built a solid reputation over the years, one that’s largely a result of hosting the practices and games of Arizona State University’s hockey teams. When the rink’s not being occupied by hockey and broomball players or Zambonis carving messages of hope into the ice, the skating public is encouraged take to the ice during designated open skate sessions.
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    1520 North McClintock Drive
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Imax
    A good movie is never hard to find when checking out Imax's movie show times in Tempe. Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this theater has the restaurant just for you. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this theater — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad. Breathe fresh air as you take advantage of the open-air screenings of your favorite movies at Imax. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    5000 South Arizona Mills Circle
    Tempe, AZ US
  • American Carousel
    For a breath of fresh air and some summer rays, head to American Carousel in Tempe to be at peace with the world. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    5000 S Arizona Mills Cir
    Tempe, AZ US
  • Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
    There’s little left in Tucson to suggest that back in the mid-19th-century the city served as the Southwest’s hub for highway robbers. But it's a fact that the area hosted a string of stagecoach holdups and served as the starting point for Wyatt Earp’s infamous vendetta ride. At the Arizona History Museum, relics stand testament to this harrowed past, including an original Concord stagecoach, not unlike those whose occupants were forced to surrender their valuables to roadside brigands. The museum doesn’t only explore infamy, though; it illuminates all the forces that took part in Tucson’s transition from Paleo-Indian hunting ground to Spanish colonial outpost to the commercial center it is today. Exhibits cover this vast span of time creatively, including a full-size replica of an underground mine that provides a glimpse into early-20th-century working conditions, hands-on exhibits that recall the day-to-day lives of Native Americans, and archaeology displays that detail the surrounding environment's history over the past 4,000 years.
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    1300 N College Ave
    Tempe, AZ US

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