Things to do in Scottsdale with kids
Scottsdale is beautiful family-friendly city where kids find themselves visiting over and over again! What are these amazing kids fun activities that keep them coming back?
Maybe it’s the McCormick-Stillman Railway Yard with fun train rides and an antique carousel? Maybe it’s the incredible 20 acres of fun indoor play, go-karts, bumper boats and even a weeeeeee roller coaster with Fiddlesticks?
Maybe it’s the amazing indoor rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland with it’s own freshwater aquarium, or maybe it’s AZ AirTime with the fun sports of basketball and dodgeball AND its enormous trampolining facility!
We’re not done yet! We haven’t even mentioned the ice skating at Alltel Ice Den, or the beautiful rehabilitated animals at Southwest Wildlife.
And of course - it’s Arizona, which means incredible scenery! Head out with McDowell Sonoran Preserve where kids can get out on horseback, river floats, and even hot-air balloon rides, or saddle up at MacDonald’s Ranch with a petting zoo and stagecoach rides!
Didn’t we tell you that Scottsdale has PLENTY of fun places to go with kids! Get going!
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.
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 carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museum or play in o....
Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!
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!
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 130 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus, dating from 1725 to 1969!
Great for kids who want to experience live theater, Arizona's Childsplay welcomes you to its 360 degree theatre experiences!
Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old village ruin site at the National Historic Landmark of Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park!
A one of a kind experience at the LARGEST indoor butterfly pavilion in the entire USA!
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.
Kids can learn through play at the fun i.d.e.a Museum in Mesa, with hands-on exhibits to engage their brain and help them learn & play!
A place where dinosaurs come back to life though fun and educational exhibits, as well as a fascinating insight into our planet!
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
Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!
Enormous trampolining facility with angled walls, basketball hoops and dodgeball as well as a large foam play pit.
Experience the amazing Southwest with these professionally guided tours of iconic places such as The Grand Canyon - personally recommended by Family Days Out!
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 exhibitions of cultural objects and fine art to jewe....
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.
A great indoor play space for kids in Phoenix, with carnival style rides, lazer tag, mini golf, jungle gym and more!
A 125 acre park with lake, recreation complex, indoor wave pool, tennis courts, and lots more family fun in Tempe!
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!
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 something which appeals.
CrackerJax is Arizona's largest Family Fun & Sports Park with over 27 acres of excitement, with laser tag, go-karts, bumper boats and more!
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!
Modern indoor climbing experience with extensive range of routes. Parents can attend a short friendly tuition session to learn to belay the ropes, they can then suprvise and support their own child as they explore vertically, up to some 30ft!
Ice Den Scottsdale offers family friendly public skate sessions, with lessons, hockey, birthday parties and more fun on ice!
Fun filled attractions in Mesa for the whole family, with amusements, food, video games, and much more!
Formally Airworx, this trampoline park is wall to wall fun with so many more features for those active kids in Arizona!
The entire family (yes parents too!) can enjoy this indoor trampoline and fun center - the perfect way to have fun and stay active!
Fun at one of Arizona's largest indoor play places, where fantasy and adventure await for kids of all ages!
The ultimate indoor adventure park in Phoenix, the trampolines are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun things for active kids at Urban Air!
Enjoy thrill rides, mini golf, family entertainment and lots of adventures at this Arizona theme park with a ton of fun for the kids!
Great indoor pubic ice skating for the whole family in Chandler, with hockey and classes too!
Active kids over 10 yrs will can work as a team at one of the largest indoor paintball facilities in the country! Paintball fun in Phoenix!
An 88 acre community park with mini amusements, skate park, fishing, rec center, and playground for kids!
A learning environment where families can come together and share stores of the community, and learn of the history of Chandler
Explore the Wild West at the western frontier town of Rawhide where you can enjoy 1880s style family entertainment at this western-themed attraction!
A fascinating look at history with one of the oldest ranches in the area, with 13 original buildings, gardens and historic tours - all FREE
A great experience looking at real railroad artifacts and equipment from Arizona and the Southwest.
A great historic experience for the family in Chandler, with a collection of historic homes, farm equipment and buildings.
Rollero Family Skating Center is the oldest skating rink in the valley, with lessons, Pro Shop and snack bar!
A great RV Park option for family members of all ages in the always beautiful Phoenix, Arizona!
A unique four generation family farm in Glendale, Arizona, with corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and petting zoos....just to name some of the farm fun!
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.
Spend the day tubing down the beautiful Salt River rapids in beautiful Tonto National Forrest near Mesa, Arizona. Great fun for kids over 8 years!
Slides, river, surfing, tubes, and tunnels - get ready for family water fun at Wet n Wild Phoenix! A VERY cool family day out option in Arizona!
A beautiful center that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. Great for the animal loving family.
An amazing 1,185 acre park in Glendale, dedicated to preserving the desert environment. With trails and wildlife for those outdoor loving families.
Indoor trampoline fun for active kids in Arizona, with open jump, dodgeball, sky slam and foam pits! Let's get bouncing!
A fun 3,500 square-foot imaginative soft play facility covered in colorful animal characters with family cafe. Suitable for under 10s with designated area for toddlers.
A fun outdoor community aquatic center featuring pools, slides, lazy river, shaded areas & more! Great water fun for all ages
It's all Wild West Fun at this Texas ranch, with horse back riding, Chuck Wagon tours and tours of the area. Yee haw fun!
The Mission of the Arizona Challenger Space Center is to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live!
Take to the water in the desert with Desert Belle Cruises, and let kids can see the desert from a completely new perspective!
A fun indoor playspace in Arizona for kids up to 5 years of age, with play areas, toys, climbers, and much more for those growing kids!
Head back to the 1890s at Goldfield Ghost Town with historic buildings, pan for gold, explore the saloon, boarding house, and learn all about it's fascinating history!
The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
Historical fun in Phoenix with over 90 acres of an old 1800s town, without cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions.
Fun, family-friendly guided horseback trail rides through Estrella Mountain Regional Park. You can add to the fun as you dress up in our boots, hats, & chaps. So don't horse around, mount up and come riding with us! Also available for whole family ....
Fabulous water park with both flume and tunnel slides, vortex whirlpool, diving well and boards, and a zero depth water play area for the little ones!
10,000 acres of beautiful lower Sonoran Desert, with hiking, wildlife, and a visitors center
Visit the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona, with over 6,000 individual animals to experience, with an aquarium, Safari Park, rides, and Dragon World!
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat.
A fun outdoor paintball facility for kids over 10 years, where they can enjoy combat style fun - with a bit of mess!
The aquatic center features a twisty slide, 2 fountain play areas, a zero-depth pool, diving board and more! Aquatic fun in Arizona
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden!
Just 45 minutes from Phoenix is Saddle Mountain RV Park - a place with great amenities where you can relax and enjoy the stunning Arizona desert.
Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years.
Animal fun in Arizona on this working ostrich ranch. Also waiting for the kids are donkeys, goats, deer, and more!
An amazing journey into the wonderful wildlife of Africa, without having to leave the beautiful Arizona! Lions, giraffes, black bears, zebras, hyenas....amazing animals to make your family day out extra special! Great animal shows for kids to enjoy a....
Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Montezuma Castle National Monument.
The Smoki Museum was built in 1935 with exhibits offering an understanding & respect for indigenous culture of the southewest.
The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, with exhibits on the rich cultural history of the state!
Features include Wild West Mini Golf, the Crazy Train Roller Coaster Simulator, Laser Frenzy, Laser Maze, the Niagara Rush climbing wall, bumper cars and Freddy's Freedom Playhouse!
Explore the art and heritage of the American West at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
Nestled along the Verde River, this RV Park is just 15 minutes south of the amazing red rock mountains of Sedona, and features free yoga!
Over 1.3 million gallons of water park excitement with the largest wave pool in Arizona! Cool off with the family at this fun water attraction!
Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, ....
Historic and spooky tours in the LARGEST ghost town in the USA, with mystery, fun and maybe some scares!
The "Billion Dollar" Copper Camp Jerome's modern history began in 1876 when three prospectors staked claims on rich copper deposits. They sold out to a group which formed the United Verde Copper Company in 1883. The resultant mining camp of board ....
This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the interior portion of this tour is not wheelchair or stro....
The Verde Canyon Railroad is often referred to as the finest train ride in Arizona and acclaimed as Arizona's longest-running nature show. The remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon, located west of Sedona and below Jerome, is renowned for its towerin....
An entertaining evening of astronomy under the canopy of Sedona’s brilliant starry sky with Sedona Star Gazing
The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona's famous O....
Oracle State Park is nearly 4,000-acres of oak grassland, riparian woodland, and mesquite scrub habitats, with a historic home, self-guided tours and beautiful Arizona nature!
More than an incredible State Park, this piece of Arizona nature also offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, concerts and family programs! A great way to get back to nature for your Tucson family day out!
A fun and thrilling experience to see Sedona from a completely different and unique viewpoint!
Fly high across Sedona's stunning views in these fun helicopter tours! Amazing views of Arizona!
Great fun in Oro Valley with this children's museum filled with hands-on exhibits for kids, so they can learn through play!
Family fun bowling, billiards, restaurant and arcade in Tucson's largest entertainment center! Tucson's largest entertainment center! Friendly staff take care of your party needs while you have a rockin' great time. Enjoy bowling, billiards, arcade,....
Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered California Condor. Travel in total comfort as you tak....
Explore the night sky with night vision goggles in the dark skies of Sedona, where you might just spot some UFOs! Kids under 14 years go free too!
Over the Edge Sedona, your one-stop bike shop offering the best in rentals, sales, service, and fun.
Looking for Sedona, Arizona RV Parks and Campgrounds, Resorts or Accommodations that is open all year? We are here to provide you accommodation where you can have an incredible Sedona experience!
Fun jeep tours around Sedona for the family - a great and unique way to see this magical Arizona city! Great for kids over 18 months, and fun horse-riding adventures for kids over 8 years!
At A Day in the West we offer a wide variety of tours, including: Jeep Tours, Horseback Rides, Jeep / Helicopter Combination, Jeep / Spa Combination, and Jeep / Winery Combination Tours.
Get adventurous with scenic tours, and magnificent sunsets whilst enjoying off road jeep fun in Sedona!
The Sedona Heritage Museum explores the people who pioneered this community, from 1876 to the present.
Fun classes for creative and active kids from 6 months to 13 years, where they can learn, play, develop, and make friends!
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!
If there's a little trainspotter in your household they're in for a real treat with this FREE entry museum, with displays of unique and extremely rare examples of toy trains and other railroadiana in Tucson!
Wild West Fun with gunfights and entertainment in Tucson, Arizona! Enjoy a day out with all things BBQ, saloon, and cowboy excitement!
Tons of entertainment to choose from for your entire family, including miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages, and more!
International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge & appreciation of diverse wildlife, & is home to 400 species of from around the globe!
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pi....
Munds Park RV Resort is a 370 space RV Park and campground immediately adjacent to the Coconino National Forest, located 14 miles South of Flagstaff, Arizona in the cool pines of Munds Park.
Celebrate the cultures of the Southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum - an educational and interesting family day out in Tucson!
The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is home to fun antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts!
All things locomotive at this transportation museum in Southern Arizona. With depot tours, and actual locomotives for the kids to explore.
The Standard Program includes a visit to the Design Garage's hands-on, interactive exhibits; a self-guided tour of our spectacular collection of gems and minerals in the Mineral Museum; and a Planetarium show geared toward your group's grade level an....
A visit to the Tucson Childrens Museum will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.
Indoor climbing and Outdoor guided trips with certified professionals. Rocks and Ropes is pleased to host individuals, groups and birthday parties.
32 lanes of fun bowling, with bumpers, ball ramps, birthday parties, and pizza! Get that strike in Tucson, Arizona with the family!
24 acres of animal fun in Tucson, where kids can experience and learn all about species from all over the world!
An authentic wild west day out with vintage rides, cavalry museum, stunt shows and more, all in Tucson!
offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, ....
Great for those active kids, BLOC climbing + fitness is 20,000 square foot of fitness fun, with over 7,000 square feet of just bouldering walls and other climbing experiences.
Bowling at Brunswick is family fun at its best with 32 bowling lanes, arcade, billiards, video games, food, beverages - there is something fun for everyone!
Skating fun for all ages in Tucson, Arizona with Skate Country, with skating lessons too!
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest Air and Space Museums in the country, with over 350 aircraft on display!
Within this beautiful and historic park are ruins, prehistoric petroglyphs, an old military cemetery, the Apache Culture Center, and a recreated Apache Village showing life in this historic period.
All ages and experiences are welcome at this pony and horse riding trail experience in Arizona. Desert rides, sunset rides and kids camps too!
Adventure in the trees with this adventure course and zip line experience in Flagstaff. Great for active kids over 7 years and parents who want to challenge themselves!
Come to Meteor Crater and Experience the Impact! With visitor center and interactive exhibits that showcase this amazing natural wonder out in the Arizona desert
Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, the Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure - a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring....
Located just one mile west of historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell's scenic Mars Hill campus is the site of our 6500-square foot Steele Visitor Center. We offer daytime guided tours at 15 minutes past the hour from 9:15 AM through 4:15 PM, an....
Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a very popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too.
A great gymnastics center with open play and classes, as well as birthday parties! Great for those active, tumbling kids! They offer Parents Night Out too!
Fun family bowling in Flagstaff, with open bowling, bumpers, and cosmic bowling!
Explore nature in the most popular urban trail in Flagstaff, with a 2 mile loop within the park that lies on an ancient lava flow!
Incredible rock formations, curved canyons, and former homes of ancient inhabitants can be explored in this stunning Arizona national monument.
Visitors to MNA can view exhibits relating to the Museum's four main disciplines: anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has permanent exhibitsin five galleries and changing exhibits in three additional galleries.
Zipline right across the famous Route 66 during your Grand Canyon holiday!
All aboard to Grand Canyon National Park! Book your Grand Canyon Railway reservation online on one of five classes of service on our vintage train from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park. Or, select a hotel package that includes lodging at our ow....
A North American wildlife park for those animal lovers in the family, where families can enjoy the wilderness and witness beautiful herds of wildlife roaming free around them - all from the safety of a car.
Oh Deer! A sweet and fun Deer Farm where kids don't just look at the deer, but walk among them, and touch them!
Adrenaline pumping and relaxing Grand Canyon river tours - from motorized and oar powered rafting, to kayaks. Great adventurous family fun in Flagstaff for kids!
Amazing cave tours to explore the underground. Large numbers of insect eating breeds of bats can be seen here in their natural habitat embarking at dusk of an evening and returning en masse at dawn.
Homolovi State Park is rich in history and a fascinating day out for the family who love the great outdoors!
Amazing natural wonders formed over 700,000 years ago, that the family can explore year round in Flagstaff, Arizona!
Skiing fun, musical events, hiking, mountain bike trails...all super fun activities to do whilst at Flagstaff Nordic Center with the whole family!
A stunning waterfall higher than Niagara falls at the Little Colorado River, accessible by unpaved dirt road then trail. Great for those outdoor and adventure loving families!
After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake are not only inviting, they're invigorating! Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a few hours. Desert vegetation, a peaceful lake and a v....
Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recr....
The church and the military were the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout New Spain. The Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, established missions from 1687 to 1711 to christianize and control Native Americans in the area. He established nea....
A unique, fragile and not often visited cave in Arizona, with beautiful and delicate formations. Visit via reservation only to protect it.
Explore the fascinating underground world of Arizona at this cavern 330 million years old, with a great state park above ground for the kids to enjoy.
Hear stories of a Western writer's life at Butterfly Lodge Museum. A historic day out, with original furnishings, artifacts, & more!
Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal Mine Spring watersheds, this is the State of Arizona....
A guest ranch operated continuously since 1926. Celebrating 82 years of excellence, the Circle Z Ranch is situated on 6,500 acres at 4,000 feet altitude. Guests ride ranch-bred horses through the foothills of the historic Santa Rita Mountains and und....
The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Cattail Cove State Park offers you and your family ....
Beaches, boat ramps, campsites, and nature trails...all waiting for the family at Lake Havasu State Park! Watersport loving families - this is your family day out in sunny Arizona!
Pick a tour type to suit and explore the caverns 21 stories down, including a ghost walk option, plus above ground there is a 9 hole frisbee golf course to enjoy, and one can also arrange trips from here to Supai waterfalls.
Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, this 1,200-acre park encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is fed by snowmelt from the slopes of Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mounta....
Cozy cabins and spacious campsites away you at Stampede RV Park - a popular choice for those enjoying a Tombstone camping trip!
Petrified Forest State Park is one of the worlds largest concentrations of petrified wood, with 225 million year old fossils too!
Tombstone reached its pinnacle of riches and then faded, all within the short span of eight years. The West's wildest mining town owes its beginning to Ed Schieffelin, who prospected the nearby hills in 1877. Friends warned him that all he would eve....
Visit a beautiful sanctuary that rescues, care and rehabilitate exotic and indigenous wildlife. Animal adventures for the kids in Arizona!
Open gym sessions for active kids who love to trampoline and tumble. Great way for kids to stay fit in Arizona!
Indian petroglyphs thousands of years old, pioneer cabins, steamboat landings, and old mining towns. These historic sites, still accessible only by river, make a spectacular living museum you simply can't find anywhere else. Standard tour is by jet b....
Experience amazing one or multi-day canoe and kayak trips on the Colorado River and Tri-State area with Jerkwater Canoe Company!
The infamous Grand Canyon is waiting for kids and families to be amazed by it's incredible grandeur! A great place to explore the roads, hike the trails or even get deep into the canyon itself and float the Colorado River! A must-do experience for an....
We offer fun and informative educational classes and tours for everyone, from thrill-seekers to chill-seekers. On day hikes, backpacks, and whitewater rafting trips, GCFI’s expert instructors share the must-see wonders of the Grand Canyon with park v....
A fascinating national memorial - a varied surface terrain and visitor centre plus Coronado Cave 600 feet in length. Amazing underground adventure.