It's REALLY Hot outside right?! With temperatures soaring to almost 120 outside we can't really let the kids out to run and play, so what do you do with them and yourselves to keep busy and have fun at the same time.
Here are just a few fun ideas to do with the kids. For more ideas go here.
Indoor play centers
From one end of the Valley to another, there is an indoor amusement park right for the age group or interest of your child. Here are a few:
Makutu's Island: This multi-level indoor playground for kids of all ages includes several play areas, an arcade and a 35-foot slide (children 4 and younger must have supervision). Let the kids explore all the tunnels and mole holes in the 25-foot oak tree. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at the 20,000-square-foot play center. Socks are required to play.Details:6919 W. Ray Road, Chandler. $11.99 plus tax for ages 1-17; free admission for one adult per child; $6 plus tax for each extra adult. 480-344-3741, makutusisland.com.
Amazing Jake's Food & Fun: This indoor "fun factory" has a rock wall, go-karts, laser tag, bowling, mini golf and kiddie rides. Call or go online for more details; there are height and weight restrictions, and varied pricing. Bring your appetite, because a buffet purchase is required for entry. Details: 1830 E. Baseline Road, Mesa. A la carte prices run $6.99 to $9.99, though children ages 3 and younger can get in for free. amazingjakesmesa.com.
Museums are the perfect place to escape the heat, while priming a kid's languishing summer brain. The Valley has several museums to ignite creativity and inspire easy learning.
A look inside the i.d.e.a. Museum in MesaWochit
i.d.e.a Museum:Along with plenty of kid-friendly exhibits, little ones can enjoy a hands-on play area. Classes that anyone can attend are offered all summer long for ages 2-10. Advance registration is required and participants younger than 6 must attend with a parent or caregiver.Details:150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. $8 per person. ideamuseum.org.
Children's Museum of Phoenix: This hands-on play factory — aimed at kids 10 or younger — offers three levels of educational fun and an awe-inspiring climbing maze. Located in the historical Monroe School building — its alumni include painter Jackson Pollock — this place celebrates play in a way that's fun for kids and adults. There's a tricycle car wash, a room for fort-building and an art studio with free crafts and a castle to paint. There's also a special playroom for ages 3 and younger, a pool-noodle "forest," a nook with cozy round reading spots, and even a kids grocery store, pizza cafe and car-racing corner. Details: 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. $11, $10 for seniors. childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.
Arizona Museum of Natural History: The kids may call the former Mesa Southwest Museum "the dinosaur museum," but there's a lot more to dig here than dino bones. Pan for gold, experience a brief stay in an old-time jail cell or check out a monsoon-like downpour. Details: 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. $7 for ages 3-12, $8 for students 13 and older with ID, $10 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for adults.azmnh.org.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting:Get awestruck at firefighting history. There are 130 wheeled pieces, from hand- and horse-drawn apparatus to more modern engines, to marvel at, plus myriad other objects (such as thousands of arm patches from around the world). There's also a hands-on children's exhibit. Details: 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students 6-17, $2 for ages 3-5. 602-275-3473, hallofflame.org.
A roundup of free events for kids and families during summer 2017 in metro Phoenix.Wochit
The Phoenix area is fortunate to have not just one, but two science centers that cater to kids.
Challenger Space Center: The museum is packed with cool space exhibits and memorabilia, including a landing-gear tire for space shuttle Discovery. Special activities let kids become crew members on a simulated space mission and allow for evening stargazing.Details: 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. $8, $7 for ages 55 or older and military (with ID), $6 for ages 3-12, free for members.azchallenger.org.
Arizona Science Center: An ever-changing exhibit gallery keeps everyone engaged, while kids get a chance to explore with their hands at 300 "touchable" exhibits. The planetarium and IMAX theater are an additional charge. Details: 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $13 for children ages 3-17, $18 for adults, free for members. Admission to certain spaces, such as the CREATE challenge zones and workshops, vary in cost. 602-716-2000, azscience.org.
Does anything sound cooler than ice skating when it's triple-digit heat? We think not.
AZ Ice: There are public skate sessions, as well as skating and hockey lessons at three Valley locations. Public sessions are held daily, but check the online calendar, which is updated every day, or call for more information.Details: 3853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 15829 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria; 2305 E. Knox Road, Gilbert. Prices vary according to location: $5:50-$7.50 for ages 12 and younger, free for ages 3 and younger (with a paid adult admission), $6:50-$8.50 for 13 and older. Skate rental is $3.50 per person. arcadiaice.com.
Ice Den: Everyone can have a fun time in the always-cool Ice Den in Scottsdale. Between daily public skate events, birthday parties, figure skating practice and shows, and house hockey games, there’s something for anyone taking refuge from the summer sun. Details: 9375 E. Bell Road. Admission prices vary. Skate rentals are $4 for figure and hockey skates, and $3 for skate trainers. 480-585-7465, coyotesice.com. Ice Den Chandler, 7225 W Harrison St. 480-598-9400, coyotesicechandler.com.
Take a look at these aquariums around metro Phoenix: Odysea Aquarium, Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, WildLife World Zoo Aquarium, Stingray Bay and Dolphinaris Arizona.Wochit
We may be landlocked but we can still explore the ocean in the safe, indoor environs of an aquarium. And for a desert, the Phoenix-metro area has some super cool aquatic centers.
OdySea Aquarium:This 200,000-square-foot space features the Living Sea Carousel with five 114-seat moving auditoriums. Riders encounter sea turtles, including one that was rescued off the Texas coast and lost two limbs while tangled in a fishing line; plus sea lions, a seal and several species of sharks.Details: 9500 Via De Ventura, Scottsdale. $34.95, $24.95 for ages 3-12. odyseaaquarium.com.
Sea Life Arizona Aquarium: Sea Life Arizona takes visitors from the fresh waters of the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez. Exhibits include a 161,000-gallon ocean-view tank with an underwater tunnel. Watch sea turtles, sharks, cownose stingrays, jellyfish, clownfish, angel fish and more. This aquarium targets kids 12 and younger with lots of eye-level views. Details:5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. $18, $13 for ages 3-12. visitsealife.com/arizona.
Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium:Visitors can explore more than 80 exhibits, including alligators, jellyfish, a stingray-touch tank, an otter habitat, penguins and a sea lion exhibit. At Dillon's Restaurant here, you can dine next to a giant shark tank. Details: 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park. Aquarium-only admission is $16.99; $8.99 for ages 3-12. 623-935-9453, wildlifeworld.com.
Information Courtesy of azcentral.com
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