A Family Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale

Adventure awaits! Discover some of our favorite kid-friendly activities in Arizona. From exceptional museums to splash pads and mermaid school (yes, mermaid school!) we've got your summer plans covered with a refreshing getaway to one of the desert's most popular cities.

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Music Instrument Museum

Embark on a journey through the history of music, as seen through the different generations and cultures of the world. Recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 20 museums in the United States and rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix by reviewers, MIM is a one-of-a-kind musical experience you'll have to see for yourself. All ages welcome.

Surfing in the Desert at The Westin Kierland

From gathering at Kierland Kampfires to roasting marshmallows and building S'mores around a fire pit, to a Kids Club Pajama Party hosted while parents enjoy a dinner date, opportunities for family fun are endless at this Scottsdale resort. The most popular attraction, Kierland FlowRider, is a jet-propulsion wave simulator letting kids and adults alike surf or bodyboard like they’re on the ocean!  Discover all of the great family activities and more - click here to view all resort activities and plan your stay. 

Scottsdale Quarter Splash Pad

Voted as one of the Valley's most popular splash pads, the Scottsdale Quarter provides lots of refreshing fun for your little kids. Located at Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road, the Scottsdale Quarter splash pad is open daily and is surrounded by many retail shops, restaurants and seasonal live music concerts. 

Butterfly Wonderland

Step inside America's largest butterfly conservatory and watch as your kids eyes light up. From a 3-D movie to educational learning centers and a large conservatory where kids can get up close and personal with butterflies from around the world, this is a must-visit museum for your next vacation.

The Phoenix Zoo

Featuring more than 1400 animals, including the new tiger exhibit, and interactive experiences such as the popular Monkey Village, Stingray Bay, and Giraffe Encounter, The Phoenix Zoo is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Check their event calendar for special events happening while you're in town.

AquaMermaid School at The Phoenician Resort

Introducing a new activity at The Phoenician this summer. AquaMermaid School teaches guests, ages 7 and up, to learn how to swim like a mermaid, wearing a specially designed, colorful “tail.” A fusion of synchronized and monofin swimming, these one-hour sessions are a fairytale come true for children as they master various moves and techniques. For adults, it offers a fun and unique core workout.

McCormick-Stillman Train Park

This 40-acre railroad park is located in the heart of Scottsdale and allows your little kids' imaginations to run wild. Admission is free, and you pay a small fee to take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique carousel, or to walk through the historic train car exhibit. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy concessions at the park while the kids run around and play.

The Children's Museum of Phoenix

Kids will rediscover the joy of learning in this educational, expansive museum with 300-plus interactive play areas for babies to kids up to age 10. Located in downtown Phoenix, plan on spending a few hours exploring all of the different exhibits and interactive experiences with your family.

Riverboats at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Discover a variety of family activities happening all summer long at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with a focus on cultural activities that include; Interactive Chemeith Making Class, Jewelry Making Class, S'mores and Storytelling and much more. Riverboats, paddle boards and horseback riding make for an unforgettable experience.

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