Summer Activities for Kids in Arizona

It is HOT here in Arizona. I mean, the kind of hot where you can’t really go outside. This past weekend, it was 120 degrees at one point! With little ones around, you have to find other things for them to do because you can’t really say, “Just go play outside” like I would normally do. We need some activities lined up so that they aren’t getting too ancey being cooped up in the house. Here are some of the best summer activities for kids in Arizona that I have found.

summer activities for kids in arizonaWe found a whole bunch of fun things to do with kids in Arizona, and I think that these are great for kids of a lot of different ages. We, of course, always do the typical pool and sprinkler days a lot. But even water parks, pools, and things like that can sometimes be too much time outside in this kind of heat.

Summer Activities for Kids in Arizona

  • The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is probably at the top of the favorites list for all ages. There are so many different things to do there so all kids have something to do that they can enjoy. Not to mention, the place is HUGE. It has everything from a gigantic climbing fort in the beginning, to a noodle maze that even adults can get lost in… not that I ever have;)childrens museum of phoenix
    Not to mention, the photo booth, that might be more fun for the adults! arizona activities for kidsThere are rooms where the kids can do art,  a separate room just for 3 and under that is gated, and numerous themed rooms where kids can do things like grocery shop and pretend to plant their own flowers. cmop 1
    Needless to say, I would HIGHLY recommend this Arizona activity for kids of many ages. Plus, it’s air conditioned! 
  • The next favorite thing on the list is gelato. To me, it’s much more fun, and more delicious, than going to get plain old ice cream. The Gelato Spot in Old Town Scottsdale has such a big variety of flavors, is decently priced, and they let you try as many flavors as you want. What kid doesn’t love that? We have gone many, many times. It was my craving when I was pregnant in the Arizona summers. Plus, in 110 degrees, this cool treat was much needed! (I recommend the Pineapple, Vegan Coconut or Salted Caramel)the gelato spot scottsdale
  • Speaking of Old Town Scottsdale, this is one of my favorite areas to take kids and adults. There are so many cute little shops and fun things to see down there. Plus, there is a ton of shade and everything is air-conditioned. The kids all loved playing tourist and going to find little trinkets to bring home. old town scottsdale az
    My sisters and I love the Outrageous Olive Oils store where you get to try a bunch of different oils and vinegar’s that are all infused and/or aged. Yum!
  • You can’t really visit or live in Arizona without going to see at least one of the hiking areas. We have one that is pretty close to where we live that we love. It has stairs made out of the rocks itself. Make sure you go there in the morning, as early as possible, to avoid the heat of the day. Even when we have gone in the summer season, it is HOT and we only lasted for a little while. But, everyone enjoyed a quick climb and some fun pictures. arizona hiking
  • For nights when you want to get out, but you have young kids that don’t really have the best attention spans for nice restaurants, I recommend Dave & Busters. I know that this is not only in Arizona, but it’s such a great night out with kids. My girls are little and they still love winning tickets and picking a prize. My younger and pre-teen nieces loved going to play games on their own, and it’s also a fun play time for adults as well. Win for everyone! dave and busters with kids
  • If you are looking for a water activity, check out Slide Rock in Sedona, AZ. It is a little bit of a drive, but it is a great way to cool off during the hot months, and it has some gorgeous views.

What are your favorite summer activities to do with kids?

*Here’s to staying cool and having fun in the heat of summer*

joanna at motherhood and merlot

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  1. We have the same heat as Arizona. I can relate. Looks like you all found some great things to do. Glad you got to enjoy time with family! I’m helping my daughter right now for a week. It’s been heating up here too.

  2. It’s really tough to be outside when it’s that hot, with or without kids. I agree with your suggestion to do things outside early or late in the day. Great suggestions and thanks for reminding me of Slide Rock. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time.

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