, Arizona is a wonderful place to vacation. You don't have to leave the kids at home to have an enjoyable vacation in Phoenix! Phoenix offers a range of activities to keep the youngsters happy while you are away on business or holiday, with something to accommodate every kid's individual preferences.
If it's too hot, head indoors for some kid-friendly activities. Head to the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium and see interesting animals from around the world. Visit one of Phoenix's many museums; some notable destinations include the Arizona Museum for Youth (offering art galleries and hands on activities), the Chandler Museum about cotton technology, the Children's Museum of Phoenix (where kids can touch everything), the Desert Botanical Garden (featuring threatened and endangered plants) or the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting. Head to AMF Bowling for indoor fun during inclement weather.
You can bask in Arizona's sunshine with outdoor, kid-friendly activities and experience Phoenix to the fullest potential. Let the children run amok at the Kiwanis Park in Tempe, which offers 125 acres of space and a huge recreation center. Borrow or rent a skateboard and head down to the valley skate parks. Hike Piestewa Peak, Waterfall Trail in the West Valley or bike South Mountain; or try Lake Pleasant and Usery Mountain Regional Park for a picnic or some playtime. Go for a swim in one of the community pools for a small fee. Head to the Castles N' Coasters Amusement Park for a day of thrills and screams.
There's nothing like a free activity! The Stuffington Bear Factory and Cerreta Candy Company offer free tours to show kids the behind the scenes of product production. Bring the kids to local libraries for story time, weekly events and programs. Check out a concert or festival in the area. Look online on the city council's webpage for upcoming events. Grab a complimentary cookie and milk at the Wildflower Bread Company on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Drive down the Apache Trail for a spooky and scenic ride. Check when the City of Phoenix's Office of Recreation offers free summer sports clinics for kids and get them involved in tennis or golf.
Nikki Fiedler started writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in "The Vegetarian Journal," "Collegebound," "The Sandspur," "Orlando Style Magazine" and "Rollins Alumni Record." Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with a double honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and studio art.