Indoor & Outdoor Activities in Arizona - Phoenix Metro AZ


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    Amusements (top)

  • Amazing Jakes With go-karts, laser tag, rock climbing wall, bumper cars, kiddie rides, video arcade, 12 bowling lanes and an all you care to eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet, this indoor activity place will entertain everyone in the family.
  • Cages Training Facility Enjoy the premier indoor batting cages for baseball and softball enthusiasts. This is a great way to get in out of the weather and improve your skills or just have fun with the family or your team.
  • Castles & Coasters Take the family to this exciting park for a day of fun-filled adventures. With roller coasters, water log ride, bumper boats, race cars, mini golf, an indoor arcade and more, nobody will get bored.
  • Crackerjax Family fun and amusement awaits at this miniature golf and family activity park in Scottsdale. You can ride the go-karts, bumper boats and more.
  • Enchanted Island Take the family out for a day of fun. This amusement park has train rides, a carousel, snack bar, carnival type rides, a small midway and area to rent for parties.
  • Gameworks at Arizona Mills With over 200 video games and interactive attractions, adults and kids will be entertained indoors for hours.
  • Golfland/Sunsplash - Mesa Come ride the amusement and water rides, play laser tag, eat in the pizza shop or play video games.
  • Imagination Avenue Play indoors in this child size imaginary town. This play and activity center with more than 3000 square feet of space, is the perfect place to beat the heat and let the kids have fun.
  • McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park A great park in Scottsdale, where the family can enjoy a ride on the small scale railroad, relax on a carousel ride, play in the great playground area, view historic exhibits, picnic and more.
  • Pump It Up Party - Arrowhead Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Pump It Up Party - Scottsdale Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Pump It Up Party - Tempe Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Speed Street Work on your driving skills on this 1/3 mile indoor track where the racers can achieve nearly 50 MPH.
  • Uptown Alley Uptown Alley has something fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, causal full service restaurant, Red Embers Bar & Grill, serving delicious chef-created Americana classics, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more.
  • Waterworld Safari Spend a day enjoying the water rides and cooling off during the hot summer days. There is a kiddie area for the real young children as well.

    Arts & Crafts (top)

  • Arizona Museum for Youth An indoor museum made for kids. There are also special events with Arts -n- Crafts type activities.
  • Kids N Clay - Chandler/Gilbert Bring your kids by the studio, for indoor fun, to create their own pottery masterpiece. A real nice gift for the grandparent that has it all. Have your child's next party here to experience something different.

    Cultural (top)

  • Chinese Cultural Center See the Chinese traditional architecture, taste authentic Chinese foods, shop for chinese goods, enjoy events, and learn more about the culture of the Chinese people.

    Educational (top)

  • Arizona Science Center A wonderful hand-on exhibit hall where the kids can interact with science, view an IMAX movie, visit the planetarium and see various traveling exhibits. Most exhibits are indoors.
  • Cerreta Candy Company Come indoors and see a quaint chocolate factory near downtown Glendale, and watch the workers create wonderful chocolate sensations.
  • Challenger Space Center Come visit a place dedicated to educating everyone on space travel, exploration and more.
  • Children's Museum of Phoenix This indoor museum provides hands-on exhibits and educational programs to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and their families.
  • Childsplay This is a theatre for young audiences and families and offers classes, educational experiences, school field trips and tours. The family is sure to enjoy this indoor activity.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Mesa) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Peoria) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Phoenix) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Imagination Avenue Play indoors in this child size imaginary town. This play and activity center with more than 3000 square feet of space, is the perfect place to beat the heat and let the kids have fun.
  • Tolmachoff Farms Tolmachoff Farms is a unique four generation family farm operated in Glendale, Arizona. This is a great opportunity to give the kids a feel of the farm and to see where the foods they eat come from, while enjoying some fresh produce and good wholesome fun.

    Farms (top)

  • Schnepf Farms Come out and visit a working farm on the edge of the Phoenix metro area. With many special events depending on the crop harvest, you will want to go back often.
  • Superstition Farms Come out and see how we get our milk and other dairy products. The farm staff invites families and more to enjoy a fun day at the farm!
  • Tolmachoff Farms Tolmachoff Farms is a unique four generation family farm operated in Glendale, Arizona. This is a great opportunity to give the kids a feel of the farm and to see where the foods they eat come from, while enjoying some fresh produce and good wholesome fun.

    Gardens & Preserves (top)

  • Desert Botanical Garden Come and learn about the different plants that grow in the deserts of Arizona, pick up tips on horticulture and gardening in the desert. Concerts and other events are held frequently throughout the year.
  • Riparian Institute Spend some time at the Riparian Institute and learn about native Arizonan plants and animals.

    Kid's Camps (top)

  • PlayGrounds Fun Zone Their 3,500 sf self-contained, indoor play space encourages kids 8 and under to explore, climb, crawl, and slide to their heart's content. The toddler area makes room for the little ones, and there is a cafe for parents to enjoy a coffee and gourmet foods.

    Mini Golf (top)

  • Castles & Coasters Take the family to this exciting park for a day of fun-filled adventures. With roller coasters, water log ride, bumper boats, race cars, mini golf, an indoor arcade and more, nobody will get bored.
  • Crackerjax Family fun and amusement awaits at this miniature golf and family activity park in Scottsdale. You can ride the go-karts, bumper boats and more.
  • Golfland/Sunsplash - Mesa Come ride the amusement and water rides, play laser tag, eat in the pizza shop or play video games.
  • Mini Golf Paradise This indoor miniature golf course offers family entertainment in all weather conditions. They also offer party deals and other special arrangements.
  • Waterworld Safari Spend a day enjoying the water rides and cooling off during the hot summer days. There is a kiddie area for the real young children as well.

    Museums (top)

  • Arizona Doll & Toy Museum Step back in time and view the toys and dolls used by kids in the past. This museum is set indoors in the Phoenix Heritage Square in the Stevens House.
  • Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park Exhibits contain various indian artifacts from the area as well as maps of the irrigation canals and more. You are sure to enjoy this indoor activity.
  • Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum Bring the kids and learn about the history of mining in Arizona. The kids will also enjoy learning about the different minerals that are found in Arizona, while staying cool indoors.
  • Arizona Museum for Youth An indoor museum made for kids. There are also special events with Arts -n- Crafts type activities.
  • Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Home of Sentimental Journey a B-17 that has been restored and is still flying today. See other restored aircraft from WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. Rides in a warbird may be purchased as well.
  • ASU Art Museum Art lovers will enjoy getting indoors and taking in the art collection at ASU.
  • Buckhorn Wildlife Museum This museum has one of the largest and most complete displays of Arizona wildlife. Come see the over 400 specimens on display.
  • Children's Museum of Phoenix This indoor museum provides hands-on exhibits and educational programs to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and their families.
  • Deer Valley Rock Art Center Walk the trails and view the rocks with more than 1500 petroglyphs. You can also visit the museum, participate in story time, and learn various facts about rock art.
  • Hall of Flame Come and spend some time viewing the spectacular vintage fire-fighting equipment and read the stories of our brave fire-fighters.
  • Heard Museum See the fine collection of native american artifacts and learn about the people that settled the Sonoran desert so early on.
  • Heard Museum North See the fine collection of native american artifacts and learn about the people that settled the Sonoran desert so early on.
  • Heard Museum West CLOSING 9/19/2009. Free admission last week. See the fine collection of native american artifacts and learn about the people that settled the Sonoran desert so early on.
  • Mesa Southwest Museum See the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state, visit a Spanish mission, search for the Dutchman's lost treasure, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and more.
  • Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix The museum welcomes the young and the old, the uninitiated and the knowledgeable, to explore and experience the rich diversity of the world’s music and musical instruments in a great indoor environment.
  • Phoenix Art Museum Stroll through the galleries containing more than 17000 works of art from around the world and enjoy lectures on various topics, all in a cool indoor environment. You can also check out other events, activities and movies happening at the museum, grab a bite to eat and shop in the gift shop.
  • Phoenix Museum of History Learn about the history of Phoenix and the Salt River valley including its earliest inhabitants and the many cultures that have shaped the growth of this region.
  • Phoenix Police Museum Come and see how the police department of Phoenix has changed over the past 125 years. Exhibits include an early 1900s police station and more.
  • Pioneer Arizona Living History Village Learn about how early pioneers in Arizona lived. The village contains numerous buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century.
  • Pueblo Grande Museum View replicas of Hohokam villages on ruin trail, learn about how archaelogists explore a site and study clues from the past. Look at the artifacts on display in the changing exhibits.
  • River of Time Museum Come and walk with us on our journey through time. Experience the majesty of the Lower Verde River Valley. From its geologic origins to its present day panorama, follow our timeline.
  • Rosson House Museum Beautifully appointed Victorian home built in 1895 for Dr. Roland Rosson and his family.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art The museum is the only museum in Arizona devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time.
  • Superstition Mountain Museum Come see artifacts and learn about the history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region, including information about the Lost Dutchman Mine.
  • Tactile Museum for the Blind and Visually Impaired Tactile museum for the blind.
  • West Valley Art Museum With over 4000 items from 90 countries in its permanent collection, it has a primary focus on ethnic dress and textiles. The collection also contains fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Parks (top)

  • Desert Breeze Railroad Come spend the day at the park and ride the carousel and train among other activities.
  • Eldorado Park Take some time to watch the kids skate at (The Wedge Skatepark) here, where there are ramps of various sizes.
  • Enchanted Island Take the family out for a day of fun. This amusement park has train rides, a carousel, snack bar, carnival type rides, a small midway and area to rent for parties.
  • Freestone Railroad Come enjoy the day and ride the train, carousel, wave runner and mini ferris wheel.
  • Freestone Recreation Complex The recreation complex has many sports and exercise options available. It also has a kiddy korner for 1.5 - 7 year olds. There is a climbing wall, racquetball courts, exercise room, sauna and steam rooms, game room and more.
  • Kiwanis Recreation Center Visit the indoor wave pool or enjoy the water slide. Participate in some drop-in sports in the gymnasium, play tennis, hit the batting range or get involved in aerobics.
  • McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park A great park in Scottsdale, where the family can enjoy a ride on the small scale railroad, relax on a carousel ride, play in the great playground area, view historic exhibits, picnic and more.
  • Rio Vista Park There is much to do at this park. With an urban lake, splash park and skate park to name just a few.
  • Tempe Town Lake - Beach Park There are many things to do at this park along the city lake in the Salt River. Keep an eye out for special events or bring the kids down to play in their extensive splash park or rent paddleboats.

    Physical Fun (top)

  • Airworx Avoid the summer heat in this indoor trampoline fun center.
  • Ape Index Rock Climbing Gym They offer Indoor rock climbing for individuals, groups, parties, scouts, and more. With a 10,000 square foot facility, a lounge for parents, and a 14 foot double-turn slide for the adventurous kiddies, your entire family is sure to have a great time.
  • AZ on the Rocks Spend a day of fun rock climbing in the cool indoors in a family friendly environment. A great way to beat the summer heat!
  • Cages Training Facility Enjoy the premier indoor batting cages for baseball and softball enthusiasts. This is a great way to get in out of the weather and improve your skills or just have fun with the family or your team.
  • Fence Busters AZ Escape the outside weather, and come inside to this 14,000 square foot indoor baseball and softball batting cage and training facility in Mesa.
  • Flip Dunk Sports FlipDunk Sports is 19,000 sq.ft. of indoor, high-flying fun! It's a one-of-a-kind recreational experience that offers fitness activities for all ages and skill levels found nowhere else in the Valley. You'll literally be bouncing off the walls! With trampolines on the floors and walls, bungee trampolines and tumble tracks with basketball hoops for a slam dunk finish, the sky’s literally the limit at Flip Dunk Sports.
  • Great Skate - Glendale Go roller or inline skating in this indoor roller skating rink and beat the summer heat. They also have a game arcade and the roller cafe for snacks.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Mesa) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Peoria) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Phoenix) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • K1 Speed Have some fun out of the heat while racing indoor karts at the Speedway. You can also play pool, air hockey, and video games.
  • MVP Zone An indoor baseball and software batting facility with training and instructional help, camps and other services offered.
  • Phoenix Rock Gym Spend some time climbing the rock walls, while avoiding the heat of the summer.
  • Phoenix Solid Rock Indoor Climbing A great way to get some exercise away from the heat, while having fun climbing the rock walls in safety. Consider having a birthday party here.
  • PlayGrounds Fun Zone Their 3,500 sf self-contained, indoor play space encourages kids 8 and under to explore, climb, crawl, and slide to their heart's content. The toddler area makes room for the little ones, and there is a cafe for parents to enjoy a coffee and gourmet foods.
  • Polar Ice - Chandler Go ice-skating with the family, take a skating lesson or even learn ice-hockey.
  • Polar Ice Peoria Go ice-skating with the family, take a skating lesson or even learn ice-hockey.
  • Ponderosa and South Mountain Stables Come ride the horses or plan a meal ride. In the cooler months, you can enjoy the beautiful desert and in the summer months, ride in the high-country of Arizona.
  • Pump It Up Party - Arrowhead Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Pump It Up Party - Scottsdale Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Pump It Up Party - Tempe Does your child love to bounce on inflatable play equipment? If so, this is a great place to get indoors and bounce on the numerous inflatables available. A great place to have a birthday party.
  • Rip City Batting Cages Practice your batting or compete with a friend.
  • Rollero Family skating center offering an indoor retreat from the summer heat while you enjoy an activity while getting exercise. Birthday and private parties available.
  • Skateland Chandler Go roller-skating or inline skating at this skate park. They also have a game arcade and snack bar. Special events are also held at this location.
  • Skateland Mesa Go roller-skating or inline skating at this skate park. They also have a game arcade and snack bar. Special events are also held at this location.
  • Stratum Laser Tag A 13000 square foot state of the art laser tag arena is the focus point at this family entertainment center. They also have an arcade and various foods and snacks.
  • Uptown Alley Uptown Alley has something fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, causal full service restaurant, Red Embers Bar & Grill, serving delicious chef-created Americana classics, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more.

    Science (top)

  • Arizona Science Center A wonderful hand-on exhibit hall where the kids can interact with science, view an IMAX movie, visit the planetarium and see various traveling exhibits. Most exhibits are indoors.

    Shows (top)

  • Goldfield Ghost Town Come see an authentic 1890s ghost town. A great place to take kids to experience underground mine tours, narrow gauge railroad (36 in), Jeep tours of Superstition Mountains, Horses, wagons, carriages.
  • Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass Yes, this is the original Rawhide Western town that was located in North Scottsdale. It has now moved, but still offers the same western charm and excitement.

    Theater & Concerts (top)

  • Childsplay This is a theatre for young audiences and families and offers classes, educational experiences, school field trips and tours. The family is sure to enjoy this indoor activity.
  • Great Arizona Puppet Theater Bring the family to watch a puppet show. Choose from the classics or some of the newer shows available.
  • IMAX Theater Watch a breath-taking 2D or 3D traditional IMAX film or enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster that has been remastered for IMAX.
  • Phoenix Symphony Engage the family in the performing arts and take them to a performance arranged by the Phoenix Symphony.
  • Valley Youth Theatre Sign up for acting classes or just come watch one of the productions they put on.

    Theme Park (top)

  • Goldfield Ghost Town Come see an authentic 1890s ghost town. A great place to take kids to experience underground mine tours, narrow gauge railroad (36 in), Jeep tours of Superstition Mountains, Horses, wagons, carriages.
  • Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass Yes, this is the original Rawhide Western town that was located in North Scottsdale. It has now moved, but still offers the same western charm and excitement.

    Trains (top)

  • Adobe Mountain Railroad Take the family out for an afternoon of fun. See and ride the 7 1/2" gauge trains on over 8 miles of track. The trains are operated by The Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Heritage Preservation Society.
  • Daisy Mountain Railroad at Anthem This 24in gauge railroad runs over a small bridge and through a tunnel as your family takes in the views of this park in Anthem Arizona.
  • Desert Breeze Railroad Come spend the day at the park and ride the carousel and train among other activities.
  • Enchanted Island Take the family out for a day of fun. This amusement park has train rides, a carousel, snack bar, carnival type rides, a small midway and area to rent for parties.
  • Freestone Railroad Come enjoy the day and ride the train, carousel, wave runner and mini ferris wheel.
  • McCormick - Stillman Railroad Park A great park in Scottsdale, where the family can enjoy a ride on the small scale railroad, relax on a carousel ride, play in the great playground area, view historic exhibits, picnic and more.
  • Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium Visit the west valley and enjoy a wonderful day at the zoo. There is a great play area for the kids. A train, boat and skyride to entertain, as well as a small carousel. As of late 2008, you can escape to the only aquarium in the Phoenix desert. The aquarium is a great treat to visit during those hot summer days.

    Water Park (top)

  • Golfland/Sunsplash - Mesa Come ride the amusement and water rides, play laser tag, eat in the pizza shop or play video games.
  • Kiwanis Recreation Center Visit the indoor wave pool or enjoy the water slide. Participate in some drop-in sports in the gymnasium, play tennis, hit the batting range or get involved in aerobics.
  • Waterworld Safari Spend a day enjoying the water rides and cooling off during the hot summer days. There is a kiddie area for the real young children as well.

    Water Sports (top)

  • Hubbard Swim School (Mesa) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Peoria) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Hubbard Swim School (Phoenix) An indoor swimming school with great programs for all ages. They occasionally host family movie nights where you can watch a movie from the pool.
  • Tempe Town Lake - Beach Park There are many things to do at this park along the city lake in the Salt River. Keep an eye out for special events or bring the kids down to play in their extensive splash park or rent paddleboats.

    Zoos (top)

  • Phoenix Zoo Come enjoy a day watching animals, eating at the snack bar or just people watching. Keep an eye out for special events such as Zoolights.
  • Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium Visit the west valley and enjoy a wonderful day at the zoo. There is a great play area for the kids. A train, boat and skyride to entertain, as well as a small carousel. As of late 2008, you can escape to the only aquarium in the Phoenix desert. The aquarium is a great treat to visit during those hot summer days.