The Arizona Mills mall in Tempe isn’t the largest mall in the Valley by a long shot, but it contains a whopping four family-fun activities.
First up, you definitely want to pay a visit to the LegoLand Discovery Center. In true LegoLand style, you can marvel at the miniature Lego versions of Arizona buildings and attractions, play with Lego, ride two indoor rides and take in the 4D Cinema that shows a follow-up adventure to the epic Lego Movie.
LegoLand Discovery Center
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily
Admission: $20 per person (must be accompanied by a child 10 or under)
When you’re done with LegoLand Discovery, walk next door to the Sea Life Aquarium, which boasts sharks, rays, seahorses, clownfish, a sea turtle and more sea creatures. Plus adventurous kids can touch some of the sea life in the interactive rock pool.
Sea Life Aquarium
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10.50 per person; $30 for combined ticket to LegoLand and Sea Life
Next up, eat lunch (or dinner) at the always-fun Rainforest Cafe. If you aren’t familiar, the restaurant looks like it got dropped in the middle of a rainforest, complete with animatronic animals, a waterfall and occasional thunder and lightning. Finally, catch a family-friendly movie at Arizona Mill’s Harkins IMAX theater with its massive 5-story screen and body-shaking sound system.
You can also just wander the mall and look at the Disney Store, let the kids ride the train or animal-themed scooters, play in the play area, or — for the parents — take advantage of the chair massage area.
Location: 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org