Visiting Phoenix for Spring Training? We’ve got all the fun family friendly activities for kids in Phoenix!
‘Tis the season for the All American month that brings baseball fans from around the United States, to enjoy Phoenix’s gorgeous weather! This year I was so excited to receive not one, not two, but three messages from friends from South Dakota, Colorado and California letting me know they were on their way to enjoy a couple of spring training games and asked for suggestions for some fun things to do with kids in Phoenix while visiting and boy did I have some fun ideas!
Top Things to Do In Phoenix with Kids
- Spring Training Game
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Arizona Science Center
- Phoenix Zoo
- Top Golf
- Arizona Renaissance Festival
- Arizona Museum of Natural History
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum opened in 2010, and has been a regular attraction for locals of all ages, so if you are visiting Phoenix, this is a must do! The 6800 musical instruments and objects will take you on a journey around the world and back. And whether you are an Elvis or Maroon 5 fan, memorabilia from all decades and genres take you back to some fun memories.
Make sure you check out the calendar of events and enjoy a live performance in their 300 seat theater and if you are hungry, stop by Café Allegro.
Arizona Science Center
Calling all you Einstein’s out there! The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix is an itch that will scratch all of the curiosity your kids have. Fly on over to the American Airlines Flight Zone Exhibit and try your hand at being an engineer or experience a little high wire thrills through a physics lesson. From one interactive exhibit to the next, enjoy a day exploring this awesome find!
Although they have many permanent exhibits, they also have rotating or visiting exhibits as well so make sure to check out the events and programs before you go! And after your visit, enjoy many of the great restaurants within walking distance from the Arizona Science Center.
No visit to Phoenix would be complete without visiting the Phoenix Zoo. Whether your little one is on the lookout for an African Safari full of Lions, Giraffes and Zebras or they lean a little more towards the tropical side of adventure with Orangutans, Tropical Birds and Anteaters their adventure will be unforgettable.
Remember when you visit Phoenix to pack lots of water. You can almost always take closed water bottles wherever you go and although the Phoenix Zoo has several options for food like Farm Café or Jungle Java, you can also bring a cooler with your own picnic and lay claim to one of their picnic tables. Make sure you check out the hours as many of their food options are open as needed.
Top Golf is a family favorite. My kiddos are in their teens and are not golfers but this is still one of their fave activities! The price is really reasonable and one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning! Fair warning…I find their website a little bit of info overload so when you check them out, try not to get overwhelmed.
An hour and a half to two hours is a good amount of time for this activity. A bay rental will allow for 6 people to play, however if you have a couple non-players then a couple more can join and watch. Advanced bay reservations are not generally needed, except on weekend evenings.
The food is also good, they have a really great menu whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. With three levels to golf from, I definitely recommend either of the top two levels.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
If you are here for the Spring Training Games, you are here at the right time for the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Each year this medieval festival graces us with their 14 stages full of comedy, music and theater acts, jousting tournaments, fried turkey legs, handmade crafts and more! It will take you all day to explore this 30 acres of fun! Fry’s grocery store is one of their big sponsors and often can get discounted tickets at the grocery stores before you go. I suggest bringing cash to this particular festival for convenience.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
I have been taking my kids for our free days, chaperoned school field trips and attended birthday parties of my nephews here for years and it just doesn’t get old – and it doesn’t get old for them either! Panning for gold, waking through the old jail cells and watching dinosaurs roar, this is a great time!
If you happen to be visiting Phoenix in March for another reason other than the spring training games, then hitting a game is a must! Even if you aren’t a big baseball fan, attending one of these games, sitting on the lawn, eating a hotdog is just a great way to spend a day with the family and take advantage of our beautiful weather! It isn’t the same experience as attending one of their regular season games, I think it’s better.
Welcome and I hope you enjoy these fun things to do in Phoenix with kids!
Have other suggestions to add to the list? Or questions? Please leave them in the comments!
About the Author:
Candice Rice: First and foremost, Candice is a mom of two teenagers, her toughest and most rewarding job. Candice is a travel lover ready to take you on adventures! Check out her blog and follow her on Instagram!