I always love finding new things to do with the kids. We have tried out a lot of different places around the valley, and some have become our favorites that we enjoy visiting frequently.
I have put together a list of our 5 favorite places around the valley that we love to take our kids.
1. PLAYGROUNDS FUN ZONE & CAFE • GLENDALE, AZ
Ideal for ages 8 and under. There is a section for babies, a section for toddlers, and then a playground for all ages. Cash and Sawyer absolutely LOVE it here. It’s very open and clean, and they offer a great cafe menu with a large range of items to chose from. We like to get there early and grab coffee and breakfast while the kids play.
2. THE TEAPOT • PHOENIX, AZ
We actually just visited The Teapot for the first time last week. It is now one of my new favorites! This is an adorable little cafe located in downtown Phoenix, and has a “hipster” vibe. There’s some toys inside for kids to play with, and outside there is a large grass yard with a playground and other activities for the kids. The place is pretty tiny, but we got there early on a Tuesday and it wasn’t too crowded.
3. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX • PHOENIX, AZ
There are so many things to do at the Children’s Museum, the kids have a blast exploring the 3 story historic Monroe School building. There are more than 300 play experiences throughout the entire museum. The 3- and-under room is one of Cash & Sawyer’s favorites. It’s full of things to climb, slide down, and crawl under. Cash also really likes the 2 story jungle gym, and running through the noodle-forest. There’s seriously a whole days worth of things to do, you and your kids will not get bored!
4. SEA LIFE • TEMPE, AZ
We have been to a few aquariums around the valley, and this one is our favorite. It’s not a huge aquarium, so don’t plan a whole day around it. However, Sea Life is located at Arizona Mills in Tempe, so you can enjoy it before or after doing some shopping or seeing a movie in their IMAX theater. Cash (3) loves it, and screams “WHOA!” at every single tank. While Sawyer (1) isn’t as amused. Sea life is located right next to the “Legoland Discovery Center”, which is next on our list.
5. LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER • TEMPE, AZ
The Legoland Discovery Center is located right next to the Sea Life Aquarium at Arizona Mills. Usually we buy tickets to both, because there is a discount! We like to walk throughout the aquarium, then let the kids play at Legoland. Some areas are more geared towards older kids, (I would say 6 and up?), but Cash and Sawyer love the area for younger kids. And Cash has a blast on the two “rides” there. (They are very low-key, but he enjoys them.) There’s also a little cafe area, with items such as sandwiches and chips.
I’m sure there are gems we haven’t discovered yet, but so far these 5 places are our favorite. I’d love to hear what your favorite kid-friendly places are!