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Bringing the kids to Spring Training? Don't worry about how you'll spend the time between games. The Phoenix area offers a range of things to do for children of all ages — and parents, too. Whether it's learning about distant lands or discovering the people and animals of the Sonoran Desert, these family destinations make learning hands—on and exciting.

If you're visiting one of Arizona's many outdoor attractions, remember to bring your sunscreen.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Enjoy the largest concentration of American Indian petroglyphs in the Phoenix area at this fun family museum on the north side of the city. Everyone will enjoy walking the easy and wheelchair—accessible trail. Here you can see more than 1,500 petroglyphs — some as old as 7,000 years — along the quarter-mile path. Inside the museum you'll find amazing archeological and anthropological exhibits. For a real treat, pack a lunch and dine in the sunshine at the center's picnic and amphitheater area.
Arizona Science Center
Located right downtown — just off the Valley's light rail line — the Arizona Science Center mixes hands—on exhibits that teach about the body, music, energy and more with engaging shows at its planetarium and IMAX theater. Watch your kids scale a rock wall, build their own ham radio and even walk through a larger—than—life human stomach. Check for the latest visiting exhibition schedule before you go.
Fort McDowell Adventures
Bring the whole family out for Friday Night Franks, our weekly cowboy cookout and wiener roast over an open fire with s'mores, live music and free admission. Our weekly "Sign Up for Adventure" series includes four great adventures every Friday afternoon including trail rides, Jeep tours, Green Zebra Tomcars, a cattle drive, desert Segway tours, kayaking The Verde River and The Yavapai Experience; an educational and fun Native American cultural tour of the desert Southwest.
Cerreta Candy Company
Vacation never tasted so sweet as at Cerreta Candy Company, a family-run candy company specializing in chocolates, caramels and more. Stop in Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a 30—minute guided tour, or Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a self—guided video tour. Your kids' faces are sure to light up at the sight of gooey caramel becoming neatly wrapped candies, creamy filling being dipped in fresh chocolate and other behind-the-scenes treats.
Musical Instrument Museum
Hear the sounds of musical instruments from around the world at this one—of—a—kind museum. Thanks to an innovative audio guide, you can wander from display to display freely, the soundtrack following your every move and offering examples of each instrument in action. For a real hands—on experience, make sure you stop by the Experience Gallery, where you and the kids can try your hand at the ukulele, bang a gong, strum a Burmese harp and more.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Located in downtown Mesa, the Arizona Museum of Natural History puts billions of years of history at your fingertips. The kids are sure to love the larger—than—life Dinosaur Hall, where these mesmerizing ancient creatures are on display. Or take a "Walk through Time," where you'll stroll through Arizona history from the origins of the universe 4.5 billion years ago to the Pteranodon, a 75—million—year—old flying reptile whose wings could span as much as 30 feet!
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum
Spark your kids' excitement at this museum next door to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Explore fully restored fire trucks and wagons dating from 1725 to 1969, as well as a wide collection of firefighters' helmets. Make sure to also visit the Hall of Heroes, where you can remember and honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Not far from Goodyear Stadium, this West Valley attraction is a zoological treat. See crocodiles, penguins, Gila monsters and more. Take the African Safari Train through plains of gazelle and antelope, ride the carousel or even feed a giraffe. Plus, the little ones will love the petting zoo, where they can feed deer, goats, chickens and other kid-friendly animals.
Phoenix Zoo
Get up close and personal with the animal kingdom at this Phoenix institution in the heart of Papago Park near the Desert Botanical Garden. Hop aboard the Safari Train for a guided tour of some of the park's biggest attractions, take a camel ride, spin around on the carousel or even rent a pedal boat and get out on the zoo's own lake. Don't miss the Monkey Village, where you can walk amid the zoo's collection of squirrel monkeys.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
All aboard! This train—themed attraction near Salt River Fields features historical train cars and locomotives, as well as a fun-filled train ride aboard the Paradise and Pacific Railroad, departing every half hour on weekdays and continuously on weekends, starting at 10 a.m. You can also marvel at the vintage carousel built in 1950, which is still a major attraction.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Just down the street from Phoenix Municipal Stadium, this museum is a monument to the prehistoric and native cultures of the Valley of the Sun. Take a stroll on the interpretive trail, where you can see prehistoric ruins from the Hohokam people, as well as replicas of housing, canals and agriculture. Inside the museum, watch an introductory video or visit the museum's three galleries featuring hands—on exhibits that kids will love.

FAMILY

Bringing the kids to Spring Training? Don't worry about how you'll spend the time between games. The Phoenix area offers a range of things to do for children of all ages – and parents, too. Whether it's learning about distant lands or discovering the people and animals of the Sonoran Desert, these family destinations make learning hands—on and exciting.

If you're visiting one of Arizona's many outdoor attractions, remember to bring your sunscreen.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Enjoy the largest concentration of American Indian petroglyphs in the Phoenix area at this fun family museum on the north side of the city. Everyone will enjoy walking the easy and wheelchair-accessible trail. Here you can see more than 1,500 petroglyphs – some as old as 7,000 years – along the quarter-mile path. Inside the museum you'll find amazing archeological and anthropological exhibits. For a real treat, pack a lunch and dine in the sunshine at the center's picnic and amphitheater area.
Arizona Science Center
Located right downtown – just off the Valley's light rail line – the Arizona Science Center mixes hands—on exhibits that teach about the body, music, energy and more with engaging shows at its planetarium and IMAX theater. Watch your kids scale a rock wall, build their own ham radio and even walk through a larger—than—life human stomach. Check for the latest visiting exhibition schedule before you go.
Cerreta Candy Company
Vacation never tasted so sweet as at Cerreta Candy Company, a family-run candy company specializing in chocolates, caramels and more. Stop in Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a 30—minute guided tour, or Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a self—guided video tour. Your kids' faces are sure to light up at the sight of gooey caramel becoming neatly wrapped candies, creamy filling being dipped in fresh chocolate and other behind-the-scenes treats.
Musical Instrument Museum
Hear the sounds of musical instruments from around the world at this one—of—a—kind museum. Thanks to an innovative audio guide, you can wander from display to display freely, the soundtrack following your every move and offering examples of each instrument in action. For a real hands—on experience, make sure you stop by the Experience Gallery, where you and the kids can try your hand at the ukulele, bang a gong, strum a Burmese harp and more.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Located in downtown Mesa, the Arizona Museum of Natural History puts billions of years of history at your fingertips. The kids are sure to love the larger—than—life Dinosaur Hall, where these mesmerizing ancient creatures are on display. Or take a "Walk through Time," where you'll stroll through Arizona history from the origins of the universe 4.5 billion years ago to the Pteranodon, a 75—million—year—old flying reptile whose wings could span as much as 30 feet!
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum
Spark your kids' excitement at this museum next door to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Explore fully restored fire trucks and wagons dating from 1725 to 1969, as well as a wide collection of firefighters' helmets. Make sure to also visit the Hall of Heroes, where you can remember and honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Not far from Goodyear Stadium, this West Valley attraction is a zoological treat. See crocodiles, penguins, Gila monsters and more. Take the African Safari Train through plains of gazelle and antelope, ride the carousel or even feed a giraffe. Plus, the little ones will love the petting zoo, where they can feed deer, goats, chickens and other kid-friendly animals.
Phoenix Zoo
Get up close and personal with the animal kingdom at this Phoenix institution in the heart of Papago Park near the Desert Botanical Garden. Hop aboard the Safari Train for a guided tour of some of the park's biggest attractions, take a camel ride, spin around on the carousel or even rent a pedal boat and get out on the zoo's own lake. Don't miss the Monkey Village, where you can walk amid the zoo's collection of squirrel monkeys.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
All aboard! This train—themed attraction near Salt River Fields features historical train cars and locomotives, as well as a fun-filled train ride aboard the Paradise and Pacific Railroad, departing every half hour on weekdays and continuously on weekends, starting at 10 a.m. You can also marvel at the vintage carousel built in 1950, which is still a major attraction.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Just down the street from Phoenix Municipal Stadium, this museum is a monument to the prehistoric and native cultures of the Valley of the Sun. Take a stroll on the interpretive trail, where you can see prehistoric ruins from the Hohokam people, as well as replicas of housing, canals and agriculture. Inside the museum, watch an introductory video or visit the museum's three galleries featuring hands—on exhibits that kids will love.
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