Before those of you who have been dealing with freezing temperatures and copious amounts of snow think I’m bragging, just remember this is our reward for surviving our 120 degree days in July. So how do we take advantage of this time of year with our kids here in the Phoenix area? Here are nine of my favorite places to hang out!
SEA LIFE – Tempe has a really cool aquarium inside the Arizona Mills Mall. Not only do you and the kids get to see all kinds of colorful fish, there are some really fun hands-on stations too.
Superstition Farm – Your family can see a working dairy at this Gilbert farm. There is also a petting zoo and yummy hamburger stand.
Superstition Mountain Museum – In the shadow of Apache Junction Superstitions, is a quaint little museum on 12.5 acres with a barn, stamp mill and even an Elvis Chapel.
Mesa Community College Planetarium – The first Friday night of the month, MCC hosts a free astronomy night which includes a show and activities. While tickets are free, get there early to get them.
Organ Stop Pizza – This is a Mesa institution! The pizza is good and the show is even better. With pipes and gizmos surrounding the dining area, you will literally be in the middle of the action.
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Desert Botanical Gardens – This is definitely the best time of the year to enjoy outdoor venues like Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Gardens. Now through May 18 you can experience beautiful glass art with Chihuly in the Garden exhibit.
Phoenix Zoo – Right next store to the Desert Botanical is the Phoenix Zoo. Like the Botanical Gardens, the zoo is best enjoyed before things heat up here in the valley.
Arizona Science Center – This Phoenix museum is totally interactive; not only will the kids be immersed in the activities, so will you as parents.
Jesterz Improv Comedy Show – Isn’t the old adage “The family that laughs together stays together”? This family friendly comedy club in Scottsdale is a great way to laugh it up.
Now you know my favorite places to spend time with my kids, I’d love to hear yours.
After a busy day of fun, you might need a few ideas of where to feed them: