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15 Activities in the Phoenix Metro Area

15 Activities in the Phoenix Metro Area

Are you looking for a fun way to entertain your family while in town or a local looking for something fun to do?  Well you have come to the right place. I have two kids and all my friends know that we are a very active family.  I am constantly being asked  at the gym, texts/emails from friends and family, etc what are my suggestions for kid/family friendly activities in the area. Well, I finally had the time to compile the following 15  activities in the Phoenix Metro Area.  Get ready to have a good time!

First, I would highly recommend a Pogo Pass for your entire family (if you live in Arizona, Texas & Nevada).  You can use my code: KellyLuvs.  The Pogo Pass is 49.98/ea (with code, normally $124.95) and gives you discounts many venues in the area.  Read my blog post for more information on the pogo pass.

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Lets start with one of my favorite activities:

1. Hiking: (All trails are around 3 miles or under)

  • San Tan Regional Park (SanTan Valley/Queen Creek Area):
    • Little Leaf Trail or Goldmine trail (can lead up a hill but a good challenge for kids)
    • Hiking
  • Lost Dutchman in Superstition Mountains (Apache Junction Area):
    • Hieroglyphic Trail or Treasure Loop Trail
  • Usery Mountain (Mesa)
    • Wind Cave Trail
  • Papago Park (Tempe)
    • Hole in the Rock

I also recommend bringing a  kids backpack while hiking with kids.  It gets very hot in the valley, bring plenty of water & snacks during your hike.  We have the same ones for our kids.  It fits a snack and plenty of water.  My kids also love these shoes 

2. Family Bike Ride

We have the perfect weather and tons of trails.  Look up trail systems in your area.  Here are some links too:

Queen Creek Trails

Gilbert Trails

Chandler Trails

3. Parks

Every neighborhood has great parks. Some of our favorites are in the Gilbert/Queen Creek/Chandler Area are:

  • Desert Mountain: Queen Creek: Great bike ride to this one too
  • Freestone: Gilbert (also has splashpad)
  • Discovery: Gilbert (Great picnic areas)
  • Orange Monster (Mesa: EastMark neighborhood)
  • The Ranch House Clubhouse, Carriage House & Community Park and The Barn & Trailside Community Park (Great bike rides connects both park within Power Ranch neighborhood)
  • Riverview Park (Tempe: aka Cubs Stadium Park)
  • Tumbleweed (Chandler)

4. *Phoenix Zoo

They currently have a Dinosaurs in the Desert that is a must see. If your in town over the holidays Zoo lights is an absolute must too.

Phoenix Zoo

5. Phoenix Children’s Museum

Expansive museum with 300-plus interactive play areas for babies to kids up to age 15.

6. AZ Science Center

During the hot summer months, we can swim outside or have indoor fun. Here are my top suggestions on how to keep your family sane during 110 degree temperatures.

7. Pools:

Mesquite Groves Park or Perry High School Pool

8. Trampoline Park

*AZ Airtime, Jump Street, Krazy Air, Extreme Air, KTR

9. Indoor Park/Entertainment

Makutus Island, Urban Jungle, *Fat Cats, BounceU

Family Fun at the Trampoline Park

10. Splash Pads

Queen Creek, San Tan Mall, Espee Park, EastMark, Tempe MarketPlace

Queen Creek Splash pad

11. Baseball Game

Spring Training games (March) or the *AZ Diamondbacks

AZ Diamondbacks

12. AZ Cardinals Football game

Check Groupon for Ticket deals.  We found a deal this year for 4 tickets for under $100.

Family fun at the AZ Cardinals game

13. AZ Coyotes Hockey

14. Local Farms: Vertuccio or Schnepf Farms

Both are a great outing for families. They also have specials during Halloween and other holidays.

15. OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland (Next to each other)

*Venues on the Pogo Pass

Phew, I think this list will keep your family busy for awhile with these 15 activities in the Phoenix metro area.  Remember to click on the links to check for hours, prices, directions, etc.  Enjoy the time with your family!  To receive a pdf of the activities please comment below or subscribe to Kelly Luvs for future blog posts and read about the perfect day in Tucson, great ideas for date night and Yellowstone National Park

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