Dr. Patti Flint

Top Kid-Friendly Summer Activities Around Scottsdale

While children everywhere are rejoicing over the beginning of summer vacation, an equal number of parents are wondering how they are going to fill up the days. Temperatures may be hot here in Arizona, but there are plenty of fun things to do around Scottsdale to keep the kids cool, happy, and entertained.

Cool Off & Spend the Day Splashing

There are a number of fun things to do in Anthem for children and adults alike. One popular choice is Big Splash Water Park. This park offers a variety of refreshing choices, including a water slide, lap pool, and dive well, making it iStock_000055131134_Largean excellent option for cooling off.

For a little variety, you can also head over to the Liberty Bell Splash Pad. Enjoy the walking trails and sports fields, followed by cooling off in the sprinklers or eating lunch in one of the picnic areas.

Play Make-Believe at Imagination Avenue

Kids eight years and younger will love Imagination Avenue, a 3,500 square foot indoor play activity center located in Phoenix. This kid-sized indoor village contains nine different buildings where children can:

  • Play house or pretend to be teachers (or students) at school
  • Drive mini cars on the road
  • Play firefighter at the fire station
  • Bake toy bread at the bakery
  • Dress up at the clothing boutique
  • Plan their next home improvement project at a miniature Home Depot

Not only will you be out of the heat, the kids will loving being able to stretch their imaginations in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

Attend a Free Story Hour at the Library

Get the kids off the couch and away from screens by taking them for storytime or music and dancing at your local public library. Not only is the public library a great way to beat the heat, these activities are also completely free. Both the Scottsdale and Phoenix public libraries offer a wide variety of summertime events and activities.

Younger children will enjoy the family storytime activities that promote movement and language development, while children aged six to eleven can stop by the LEGO Lab for an hour of fun LEGO building time.

Discover the Phoenix Children’s Museum

Open Tuesday through Sunday with special hours for some exhibits, the Phoenix Children’s Museum offers a wide range of exciting exhibits to stimulate your child’s imagination and keep them learning. Stop by on the first Friday of every month to enjoy free admission from 5pm to 9pm at “Target Free First Friday Nights.”

If you have a budding artist in the family, they’ll love visiting the Art Studio for creative expression, while your little builder will have a blast at “Block Mania.” The “Grand Ballroom” exhibit’s interactive, audio, and visual play is not only a family favorite, it also offers educational and developmental engagement.

What are some of your favorite fun or educational summer activities for kids in the Phoenix area? Share in the comments below.


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