Things to Do With Kids in Tucson

Traveling with children oftentimes means compromise at every turn. Tucson offers entertainment fit for the whole family and a chance for the adults to reconnect with their inner child, you just need to know where to find it. 

Children's Museum of Tucson entertains and challenges growing minds, and a second location in Oro Valley recently opened offering even more opportunities for hands-on learning. AZ Air Time and Rocks and Ropes let little monkeys jump high and scramble up rock walls, and bigger mammals are observed at Reid Park Zoo and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Attention-grabbing exhibits and displays at the UA Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and Pima Air & Space Museum are geared toward children and adults of all ages, and toy-train enthusiasts enjoy time wandering the Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum.

Find educational activities, big and small wonders, and plain old fun times at these 12 Tucson attractions.  

Reid Park Zoo

A full-flight, walk-through aviary, two white rhinos, and the opportunity to feed giraffes from eye-level platforms are among the lures of this city zoo.

Children's Museum Tucson

Play-based learning experiences that illustrate principles of science, technology, engineering and math, with dedicated zones for guided art-making, construction activities and lessons in wellness. Guided activities are geared for ages four and younger.

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

The Planetarium Theatre offers sky shows and programs for all ages. Exhibits include hands-on science demonstrations, a major mineral display and a global meteorite collection. Sky shows for all ages.

Pima Air & Space Museum

One of the largest non-government funded aviation and space museums in the world, featuring over 300 historical aircrafts and more than 125,000 artifacts, including a moon rock. The exclusive tour of the U.S.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Antique and contemporary miniatures from the vast private collection of founders Patricia and Walter Arnell. Exhibiting more than 400 miniature houses, room boxes and teeny objects in three areas: the Enchanted Realm, The History Gallery and The Exploring the World Gallery.

Old Tucson

Visit famous movie and TV sets and enjoy Wild West-style entertainment such as gun fights and musical reviews. Guided tour highlights park scenery and movie history, and a miniature train ride into the nearby desert. Variety of dining venues offering BBQ, brews, ice cream and more.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Botanical garden, zoo and natural-history museum, all set on 21 acres of desert. Visitors encounter more than 300 animal species, including such Sonoran Desert animals as Gila monsters, mountain lions and prairie dogs, as well as 1,300 plant varieties.

Golf N' Stuff

Two courses of miniature golf, plus batting cages, a rock climber, laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts and more than 100 arcade games.

Rocks and Ropes

Indoor rock climbing facility; standard top-rope belay walls at the downtown location and an expansive free climb area, fitness gym and yoga/pilates studio at the Foothills location.

AZ Air Time

An indoor trampoline park with an 800-square-foot foam pit, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and dedicated play areas for younger children.