Kids at Play

Summer is soon coming to an end and school will be back in session. What better way to say good-bye to the warm summer months than to soak up the outdoors with the range of parks and playgrounds in the city, indoor and outdoor games for children to play, and a variety of local outdoor recreation experiences that will bring joy to all.

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    Espee Park

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    Let the kids cool off at Espee Park Spray Pad, where there's a water tower, candy can-shaped showers, spray rings, and ground spray.

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    Jake's Unlimited

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    Both kids and kids-at-heart find plenty of entertainment at Jake's Unlimited, which has games, rides, laser tag. mini bowling, bowling, and more. 

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    Makutu's Island

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    Explore mysterious caves; have fun on a zip track; marvel at the magnificent indoor tree filled with tunnels, tubes, slides; and more at Makutu's Island.

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    Arizona Boardwalk

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    Make a day of it at Arizona Boardwalk, where there are seven attractions ranging from the Southwest's largest aquarium to The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not.

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    Swingin' Safari Mini Golf, LLC

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    Glow have fun at Swinging' Safari Mini Golf, LLC, where each round of mini golf is a glow-in-the-dark adventure. 

  6. Ktr Global

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    Ready, set, action! At KTR, find everything from trampolines to parkour, to skateboard areas, a sport court, and even a preschool experience for the young ones.

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    Hall of Flame

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    Does your child love firetrucks? Take them to Hall of Flame Fire Museum, with thousands of items on display, from firetrucks to fire helmets.

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    Desert Botanical Garden

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    Bring your flashlights for a self-guided post-sunset tour of Desert Botanical Garden’s night-blooming plants. Check out the farmers' market while you’re at it.  

  9. Altadena Park

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    Keep it casual at Altadena Park’s splash pad, playground and ramada picnic areas.

  10. Glow Putt Mini Golf

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    For a twist in traditional miniature golf, hit a few in the dark amidst neon at Glow Putt Mini Golf.

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    Topgolf

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    Let them channel their inner Tiger Woods or Nelly Korda by hitting a few at Top Golf

     

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    Great Wolf Lodge

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    Hit Arizona’s first indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale and cool off in waterslides, play pools, and fountains galore.

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    Butterfly Wonderland

    Get up-close and personal with colorful beauty on wings at Butterfly Wonderland.

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    Mccormick Stillman Railroad Park

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    Take a ride on a Paradise & Pacific Railroad at McCormick Stillman Railroad Parkwhich features playgrounds, museum, rides, and Harley’s General Store

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    AZ on the Rocks

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    They can test out their strength and coordination skills at AZ on the Rocks indoor rock climbing studio.

  16. Pump It Up Scottsdale Kids Birthdays and More

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    Let them release any excess energy and get a good dose of exercise with the inflatables at Pump it Up.

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    iFLY Phoenix

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    Get their adrenaline going at iFLY, when they experience the thrill of skydiving—indoors.

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    McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center

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    Float down the lazy river or grab a tube and slide down the water slide at McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center.

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     CrackerJax

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    See how many times you can make it around the go-kart track at CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park, or enjoy bumper boats, mini-golf, and more.

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    Octane Raceway

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    Drive at speeds up to 45 mph around a 1/3, indoor-outdoor track at Octane Raceway. The location also offers Velocity VR, an arcade, and more.

  21. Photo By: Photo by Brandon Sullivan/Courtesy Visit Phoenix

    Childrens Museum of Phoenix

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    Run through a noodle forest and play in The Market at the Children's Museum of Phoenix. 

  22. Arizona Sea Life Aqaurium

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    The perfect opportunity to keep the kids busy at this local indoor aquarium with a variety of fascinating species including sharks, rays and octopus!

  23. Imagine 3D Mini Golf

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    Imagine a world where one of a kind, hand-painted 3D art looks so real and you can play black light mini golf.

  24. Arizona Science Center

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    Rediscover the world of science and imagination with your kiddos at the Arizona Science Center. Create a hands-on, memorable experience for all ages!

  25. San Tan Village

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    Make it a family outing! Mom can shop and the kids can keep cool in the splash pad in the center of the mall.

  26. Altitude Trampoline Park Gilbert

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    Trampoline parks may be the most popular Summer activity yet! Keep your kids cool while also helping them release that summertime energy.

  27. Golfland Sunsplash

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    Mesa Golfland Sunplash has a host of water thrills, slides, and attractions, as well as those more gentle rides, which means there will be something for everyone in the family, no matter what age! 

  28. Scottsdale Quarter

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    Spend your Friday mornings splashing around in the quad with a DJ, snow cones and water toys out by the splash pad!

  29. Fat Cats Gilbert

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    All Out Fun family entertainment center that includes a luxury, first-run movie theater with reclining seats, 20 bowling lanes, miniature glow-in-the-dark golf course and arcade.

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    Topgolf

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    Topgolf Glendale is great for family fun with more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays. Full-service restaurant and bars serving up family- and kid-friendly bites. 

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    Scorpion Bay Marina

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    Take the entire family to Lake Pleasant for the day. Rent a pontoon boat with all the water toys from Scorpion Bay Marina.

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    Ape IndeX Rock Climbing Gyms

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    Kids have you climbing the walls? Go for a fun wall-climbing adventure at  Apex Index Rock Climbing Gym. Get an orientation, harness up, and climb!

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    Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

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    Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a thrilling waterpark with more than 30 rides. Water fun for the entire family and plenty of food options.

  34. Uptown Jungle Fun Park

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    Peoria Uptown Jungle Fun Park specializes in wearing kids out! So many attractions: trampolines, obstacle course, Ninja course, slides, climbing walls and more. 

  35. Luv 2 Play

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    Luv 2 Play lets kids use their imagination. Indoor playground, pretend area, video games and kiddie rides. A full café with options for parents and kids.

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    Pioneer Arizona Foundation

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    Only 20 miles north is Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, a 90-acre, open-air museum that takes you back to the 19th century. Open Wed-Sun mornings in August.

  37. CowTown Range

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    Book a SPLATMASTER low-intensity paintball package at CowTown Range. The SPLATMASTER is for kids 6 to 9 years and is 100% fun and no pain.

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    Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

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    Urban Air Adventure Park is indoors, making it perfect for August in Arizona. Test your skills on ropes courses, go-karts, or Warrior Obstacle Course.