With many of you still experiencing freezing temperatures, it can be very tempting to pack up some bags for you and your kids and head to warmer climates.
Phoenix is a great winter sun destination with good transportation links and tons of activities for the kids to keep them entertained during your stay.
To help give you some inspiration, I’ve picked out the top 5 things to do with your children whilst you are out there!
This place had to go first on the list. You’ll look in awe as soon as you enter and see “The Climber” a three-story structure that allows kids to safe clamber all over it, using the high-sided walkways.
Another firm favorite is the “Whoosh” exhibit which is a maze of clear plastic tubes that are filled with rushing air. Children places colored scarves in the openings close to the floor and the air shooting through the pipes catapults the scarves through the winding tubes and sends them flying out 20 feet in the air! Once they float back down to the surface you can repeat the whole procedure again.
The museum has several more exhibits that are both physical and educational in nature which are great for kids of nearly all ages.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 9am – 4pm, but is sometimes closed on holidays. Admission costs $14.95 per person and children under the age of 12 months go free.
Head to their website for more information.
If you would prefer an outdoor day out with the kids, then Phoenix Zoo should be on your hit list. There is a wide array of animals on display including: lions, tigers, rhinos, baboons, zebras and much, much more!
But you don’t just have to look at the animals, for a small fee there are many additional activities available such as: camel rides, feeding stingrays, giraffe encounters, pedal boats and even a 4-D theater experience.
There really is something for everyone. This is definitely a place where the adults can get just as much enjoyment as the children!
This is one of those activities that is perfect when you’ve got kids in the 4-7-year-old range.
The zoo is open almost every day of the year, with hours varying with the time of year. During the winter and spring months, it opens 9am – 5pm. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $17 for children.
For more information, visit the zoo website here.
If you want to immerse yourself and your children in the wonderful world of science, then this is the place for you. This place has buckets for kids to do, but will also provide entertainment and interesting knowledge for the parents!
There are more than 300 total exhibits, spread over four floors. Nearly every single one of them is colorful and interactive in some way. A particular highlight is the W.O.N.D.E.R. Center which allows you to handle life-like brains of both animals and humans, and even witness brain surgery in action!
These exhibits are also accompanied by educational talks and presentations which take place all over the center during the day.
We took my son and my two nieces here in December, and they had a blast!
The science center is open every day of the year bar Thanksgiving and Christmas with hours of 10am – 5pm. Adult tickets are $18 per person and children are $13. Children under the age of 2 go free.
Head to their website for more information.
If you are more of an outdoorsy family, then taking a hike in the warmer Arizona air may be just the tonic you need after a long and miserable winter!
Located close to the zoo mentioned above, a short drive will take you out to the parking lot located beneath the sandstone mountain. The path to the top is easy going and well maintained, and therefore is truly suitable for all ages.
Once you get to the top you will be able to stand in awe and admire the huge sandstone buttes and all of the strangely-shaped holes they have created. The view of the phoenix skyline is spectacular and there is an additional toddler playground for afterwards if the kids still have loads of energy left!
This is a free activity (bonus!). Parking is located right next to the trailhead and you simply follow the signs to the top. There are also restroom facilities nearby if the need arises.
If you have children under the age of 10, this has got to be on your list of attractions to attend. This park was voted by Forbes as one of the 12 best city parks in America!
The main feature is a replica steam train, the C.P. Huntingdon, which takes you on a 7-minute tour of the island. There are great snack bars and pedal boats for the family too.
Finally, this park is home to the oldest continuously-operating carousel in Arizona which began operating in 1948, and underwent a full refurbishment in the later 1980s to restore it to its former glory.
The entrance to the park is free and you just pay to go on the rides (rides start at $1.25). The hours vary depending on the time of year but generally the park opens at 10am and can stay open as late as 8pm. An all-day ride pass costs $21.75.
For more information check out their website here.
Hopefully you have found some activities that you and your children can really look forward to if you do indeed decide to book a short (or longer) break to Phoenix.
Catching some winter sun can really rejuvenate both you and the children, and if you decide to visit the museum, science center or zoo you may learn a thing or two as well!
Where do you like to go to catch some winter sun and do activities with the kids? Let me know in the comments below!
Candace is a working Mom. She’s learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work. Sometimes the hard way. Both she and her husband work full time, while raising a relatively normal, if not rambunctious young boy. It’s tough being a working Mom, but she gets it done