Things to Do With Kids in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Looking for things to do with kids around Phoenix and Scottsdale? Whether you’re painting ceramic figurines at an art studio, observing endangered animals at the zoo or discussing a science exhibit at a museum, traveling with the family is time well spent together, and the Valley of the Sun offers unlimited ways to learn, create and explore. 

Children are encouraged to play and use their imaginations at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and i.d.e.a. Museum. Visitors scope out species from all over the world at Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Crafters find inspiration at Pinspiration and As You Wish Pottery, while gamers seek challenges at Main Event and FlipSide.

Create your family-fun itinerary with these fun places for kids—from toddlers to teens—around Phoenix and the Valley. 

Children's Museum of Phoenix

A zany steel climbing apparatus is the first attraction beyond admission, and yields views of lots of other cool stuff (like a foam noodle forest) on upper floors. Tactile, noisy and imaginative activities abound.

i.d.e.a. Museum

Multimedia projects and exhibits engage children and get them thinking about their families, friends, interests and futures. Reinvented from the former Arizona Museum for Youth, with a new name that stands for imagination, design, experience and art. Closed M.

Phoenix Zoo

Home to some 1,300 animals, including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles. Visitor options include a Safari Train with commentary, carousel of endangered species, and a Discovery Farm tailored to ages 18 months to five years.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Explore a 95-acre Wildlife Park with Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals. Find over 600 species on exhibit with 80 aquarium exhibits, Dragon World reptiles, the Safari Park, a petting zoo and 10 rides, including a family coaster, zip line, train and tram rides, sky ride and a carousel.

Butterfly Wonderland

Largest butterfly pavilion in North America. Features things-with-wings gallery within a tropical rainforest setting and 3-D theater. Examinations of ants, honeybees and sea creatures.

AZ Air Time

Indoor trampoline park featuring a 5,000-square-foot main trampoline with angled walls, a large foam pit, two dodge ball courts and two dunk basketball courts. Host to Club AT kids’ nightclub, a party for kids and teens with entertainment on F and Sa nights. Closed M.

Big Surf

A 28-acre park with features ranging from an enclosed pipe slide to a toddler wading pool. The two-million gallon reservoir here, Waikiki Beach, was built in 1969.