Hey guys how’s your weekend going? We are enjoying the last day of Spring Break over here. Last year we went to Disneyland and it was a blast. But let me tell ya – fighting the crowds with an active 6 year old boy and a baby stuck in a stroller was quite the challenge. This Spring break we took it easy and explored fun things around Arizona. One day we ended up driving to Phoenix for a little getaway and the kids had a blast! Read on to find out about top 5 family friendly things we love to do in Phoenix.
So my plan was to hit one point of interest before lunch, then eat and let Little Miss nap in the car while my son watched a movie. Then after a nap, we’d do another fun activity before heading home. This was going to be either a brilliant plan or a total disaster. There was no telling beforehand, and there was only one way to find out. Luckily, it all went smoothly and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip!
The first destination on the list was the Desert Botanical Garden. It’s definitely one of our favorite family friendly things to do in Phoenix! If you live in Arizona or come for a visit the Botanical Garden is a must-see. Thousands of lush dessert cacti and succulents greet you at the entrance and lead you to numerous trails. This landscape is certainly like no other!
There are seasonal exhibits, and this time we got to see the Butterfly Pavilion. Little Miss was mesmerized. She kept walking around in circles and refused to leave. It was pretty amazing to see these beautiful creatures up close, they were not afraid of us at all! Next we headed to the Wildflower Blossoms Trail.
Spring is truly the best time to visit the Gardens. The weather is perfect for being outside (it was in the low 80s this week), before it gets too hot in the summer. You will be rewarded with breathtaking sights of desert flowers in full bloom. I mean how often do you get to see cacti blooming? These two gladly walked around the trails holding hands… heart melt <3
Next we headed to the Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail. This one is packed with real life exhibits, such as Indian wigwams, open roof kitchens and plenty of opportunities to play and dirty. Definitely a big hit with the kids! It took us less than 20 minutes to get through the trail but you can easily spend an hour here. A reward for those little feet walking through trails – coming face to face with local squirrels 🙂
Following a quick lunch stop at First Watch (we love their kids menu and lots of healthy options) and a nap, we headed to Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, a.k.a. one of my favorite places on earth. We browsed around the shops, enjoyed self-serve frozen yogurt and spent a good deal at It’s Sugar which is pretty much any kids dreamland 🙂 But the highlight of the trip was this fun little splash pad.
As much as I tend to over pack for road trips (lots of “just in case we may need it” items because you never know where you might get stuck.. anyone else? LOL), I didn’t bring swim suites for the kids. Total mom fail. They didn’t seem to mind though! Getting these two out of the water was Mission Impossible 🙂
Since we visit Phoenix quite a bit, I thought I’d share some of our favorite things to do with ya.
Top 5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Phoenix
- Children’s Museum – one of the top three children’s museums in the country, it’s definitely a must see. There are thousands of educational and physical activities for all age groups. Plan on spending at least a few hours here. Bonus – indoors air conditioning makes is a perfect place to escape the summer heat!
- Desert Botanical Gardens – learn, explore and gain a new appreciation of all that the Sonoran desert has to offer. Fun activity for the entire family, best for cooler months of October through April. Make sure to check out their events calendar published on the website. Chili pepper chocolate fair a few years ago was as good as it sounds with lots of samples and souvenirs to take home!
- Phoenix Zoo – one of the nicer parks we’ve been too, although not as big as the San Diego Zoo. Lots of close up exhibits, play areas and activities for kids including splash pads (perfect for hot summer days). Bring your water bottles, sunscreen and snacks if you are on the budget.
- Arizona Science Center – another favorite place to explore during hot summer days. Lots of fun STEM oriented exhibits and interactive experiences. Check out their schedule for workshops and daily demos. We always find something new here!
- Kierland Commons Shops splash pad – a fun and free activity for younger kids on hot summer days, while you kick back in a lounge chair under beautiful palm trees. Let your kids splash for a while then head over to Menchie’s for some of the best self serve frozen yogurt you’ll ever try (all the flavor without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors!)
Hope you it helpful and enjoy this beautiful city as much as we do!
Now tell me friends, how do you usually spend your Spring break? What are you favorite “staycation” things to do in your city?