Things to do in TEMPE with kids

No doubt about it - Arizona is an incredibly beautiful state, and synonymous with those family RV trips through the stunning desert landscapes - and as it should be - it’s an incredible place! 

Grand Canyon National Park- possibly the most famous natural wonder in the whole country sees thousands of families a day admiring how vast it is.  Monument Valley and those famous mittens feature on most road trip itineraries.  But is there more to Arizona than spectacular canyons and deserts? Of course there is!

Swimming in Arizona? You betcha! Parks like Wet N Wild Phoenix and Big Surf are ready and waiting to cool off water lovers of any age.  

A wildlife safari in Arizona? Why not! Out of Africa Wildlife Park will transport you to the plains of Africa as you encounter lions, tigers, and bears (Oh my!)

Fishing, beaches and hiking? Just say the word! Stunning National Parks like Catalina State Park and Lake Havasu State Park are perfect camping spots where families can immerse themselves in babbling brooks, tranquil forests, picnics, fishing and beaches.

So while it’s important to experience the Arizona the world knows, make sure you spend time getting to know the Arizona the locals know!

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  • Childsplay

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    (1 miles) Tempe

    Arizonas Strikingly Original Theatre for Young Audiences. Childsplay welcomes you to its 360 degree theatre experiencesâ

  • Detours Arizona

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    (1 miles) Tempe

    Professionally Guided Tours of the Southwest and so much more...As the leader in professionally guided tours of the Southwest, Detours offers the most comfortable and memorable tours since 2001.

  • Hall Of Fire Museum

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    (2 miles) Phoenix

    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire ...

  • Phoenix Zoo

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    (2 miles) Phoenix

    Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!

  • Apache Palms RV Park

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    (2 miles) Tempe

    Located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, Apache Palms RV Park is your family's ideal Arizona base for visiting Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.

  • Big Surf

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    (2 miles) Tempe

    Body slides, tube slides, and even water basketball at this very fun family friendly water park - perfect for those water loving kids in Tempe! Enjoy your splashing family day out!

  • Desert Botanical Garden

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    (3 miles) Phoenix

    Take the kids to the desert with the Desert Botanical Garden - a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, where the can even encounter rare, threatened and endangered species.

  • Pueblo Grande Museum

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    (3 miles) Phoenix

    Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin site in the heart of Phoenix. Along our trail the museum features a platform mound, ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. ...

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    (3 miles) Tempe

    Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!

  • Kiwanis Park Recreation Center

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    (4 miles) Tempe

    The Kiwanis Park Recreation Center is a beautiful 54,000 square foot complex that is owned and operated by the City of Tempe. The facility is located in the scenic 125 acre City of Tempe Kiwanis ...

  • Sport Zone Park Family Fun Center

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    (5 miles) Aurora

    Experience the challenge of the 18-hole inspired falls mini golf as it wraps its way around magnificent waterfalls that dot the course. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Laser Quest

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    (6 miles) Mesa

    Laser Quest is an entertainment Centre for the young and young at heart. It is perfect for birthday parties, team parties, day camps outings, as well as corporate events, teambuilding. Laser ...

  • Arizona Museum for Youth

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    (6 miles) Mesa

    As a semi-permanent art activity space for visitors, ages 5 and older, ArtZone is a great place to relax and explore art fundamentals. Emphasizing the elements of basic art, activities are open-ended ...

  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

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    (6 miles) Mesa

    A place where dinosaurs come back to life though fun and educational exhibits, as well as a fascinating insight into our planet!

  • Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

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    (7 miles) Mesa

    Water fun in Mesa with thrill slides, family slides and gentler options for those smaller kids. There is even mini golf, lazer tag, indoor play, raceway and dry rides!

  • Xtreme Air Park

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    (7 miles) Chandler

    Formally Airworx, this trampoline park is wall to wall fun with so many more features for those active kids in Arizona!

  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    (7 miles) Chandler

    Fun at one of Arizona's largest indoor play places, where fantasy and adventure await for kids of all ages!

  • Arizona Science Center

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    (7 miles) Phoenix

    Science AND fun at this Arizona Science Center, with exploration, and education for all ages. Four levels of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theatre.

  • Ice Den Chandler

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    (8 miles) Chandler

    Great indoor pubic ice skating for the whole family in Chandler, with hockey and classes too!

  • McCormic-Stillman Railway Yard

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    (8 miles) Scottsdale

    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most unique park of its kind in the country. Take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique ...

  • Heard Museum

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    (8 miles) Phoenix

    Today, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a must-see Arizona landmark -- a place of learning, discovery and an opportunity to share Native traditions that will touch your heart. With ...

  • Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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    (8 miles) Phoenix

    With top quality puppet shows ranging from the classics like Cinderella and Goldilocks to more unusual fare such as 'The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly Foot Troll', you're bound to find ...

  • Jumpstreet

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    (9 miles) Chandler

    The entire family (yes parents too!) can enjoy this indoor trampoline and fun center - the perfect way to have fun and stay active!

  • Chandler Museum

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    (9 miles) Chandler

    A learning environment where families can come together and share stores of the community, and learn of the history of Chandler

  • Amazing Jakes Fun and Food

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    (9 miles) Mesa

    Fun filled attractions in Mesa for the whole family, with amusements, food, video games, and much more!

  • Enchanted Island

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    (9 miles) Phoenix

    Perfect for those kids aged 1 to 10 years, Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Arizona offers charm and magic, as well as those exciting rides!

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (10 miles) Scottsdale

    A one of a kind experience at the LARGEST indoor butterfly pavilion in the entire USA!

  • Rawhide

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    (11 miles) Chandler

    Explore the Wild West! he western frontier town of Rawhide is situated in the Gila River Indian Community. The history of this vast, majestic area of the Sonoran Desert and its people dates back to ...

  • Freestone Park

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    (11 miles) Gilbert

    Within the park are bright, varied playground areas for multiple age groups beside the lakes; batting cages, basketball courts and sand volleyball pits; miniature train; tennis courts; cycle paths; ...

  • Imagination Avenue

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    (12 miles) Phoenix

    Want to be the kid about town? You can! Imagination Avenue is a child size town complete with schools, a market, hospital, bakery....and so much more to indulge a childs imagination

  • Arizona Railway Museum

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    (12 miles) Chandler

    A great experience looking at real railroad artifacts and equipment from Arizona and the Southwest.

  • Tumbleweed Ranch

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    (13 miles) Chandler

    A great historic experience for the family in Chandler, with a collection of historic homes, farm equipment and buildings.

  • Jambo Indoor Amusement Park

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    (13 miles) Phoenix

    A super fun indoor amusement park with flying elephants, jungle swings, safari trains, pirate laser tag, wildlife mini golf and so much more!

  • AZ AirTime

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    (13 miles) Scottsdale

    Enormous trampolining facility with angled walls, basketball hoops and dodgeball as well as a large foam play pit.

  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery

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    (13 miles) Chandler

    An art gallery that focuses on Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. A great collection with FREE entry to inspire kids in Chandler, Arizona.