By Gabriela Martinez
- Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center has four levels of one-of-a-kind exhibits. Kids can learn about science through hands-on activities and watch a film at the Dorrance Planetarium or at the Irene P. Flinn Theater. Visit its website, azscience.org, for ticket prices. Libraries offer culture passes, which grants free admission for two people.
- Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers many exhibits and hosts summer camps. Kids can build with blocks at the BlockMania! exhibit, role play at The Market exhibit and pedal through imagined roadways at the Pedal Power exhibit. Visit its website, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, for ticket prices.
- Makutu’s Island
Makutu’s is an indoor “island” with climbs, caves, a zipline and much more. Kids can play inside the large tree or at any of the three play structures, which include the Blue Fantasy Tree, Pirates Cove and the Palm Slide. Visit its website, makutusisland.com, for ticket prices.
- Chandler Public Library
At the Chandler Public Library kids can participate in activities while staying out of the sun. The Chandler Public Library has many events in the summer including STEM Jr. and Chandler Drum Circle. Kids can also take time to read a book. Visit its calendar, chandlerlibrary.org, for a list of events.
- Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center has 12 kids’ attractions including Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, Kingdom Quest and Creative Workshop. They also have a Lego-themed cafe. Make sure to visit its website for a list of events and ticket prices; legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
OdySea offers kids the chance to take part in hands-on activities at the Kids’ Cove and explore other exhibits. OdySea also offers many experiences where kids can walk among sea life, get near African Penguins or enjoy a 30-minute tour about sharks. Visit its page, odyseaaquarium.com, for more information and prices. OdySea also hosts many events.
- Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad
If you’re looking for a free and fun way to cool off in the summer visit the Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad. Kids can play in the water and beat the heat. The Splash Pad is located near Barnes & Noble in The District.
- McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a 30-acre facility featuring a museum, playgrounds, large grass areas to hang out and the opportunity to take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad. Admission is free; ticket prices for the train and carousel can be found here. The park also has fireworks and live entertainment on certain days. Check its calendar for all the details.
- Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs
At Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs kids can explore in any of the 18 dinosaur exhibits, play at the T-Rex Obstacle Course, Magnet Wall and at other attractions. You also have opportunity to shop and eat. Visit its website, pangaealandofthedinosaurs.com, for ticket prices.
- Chandler Fashion Center
Have a great time with the kids at the mall. At Chandler Fashion Center kids can play at the indoor play area on level two. You can also grab lunch at the food court or at any restaurant at the mall.