Children's Activities in Arizona

Children's Activities in Arizona
Arizona's climate makes it an ideal travel destination year-round. If traveling with kids, parents will have no problem finding activities that they can enjoy in the great outdoors. From nature trails to amusement parks, Arizona has what it takes to keep kids engaged--just be sure to pack sun block and water.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, kids can experience what life was like during the Renaissance times. Actors dress up in period costumes and give performances, such as musical performances, jousting performances and theatrical performances. Kids will have fun trying out some traditional rides--which are powered by men rather than electricity. Costumes are also available for rental.

Arizona Renaissance Festival
12601 East Hwy. 60
Apache Junction, AZ 85118
520-463-2700
royalfaires.com/arizona/

Usery Mountain Regional Park

At the Usery Mountain Regional Park, visitors will find the usual hiking and camping in nature that they would expect at a park, but there is also a lot more. They can also participate in horseback riding, archery and biking. The Wind Cave Trail is the most popular attraction. For a nighttime adventure, they can check the schedule for stargazing opportunities. While visitors are able to look at the stars any night, the park occasionally offers telescopes and lectures to help them learn about what they are seeing.

Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Road
Mesa, AZ 85207
480-984-0032
maricopa.gov/parks/usery

Mother Nature's Farm

Mother Nature's Farm is a real working farm that offers plenty of learning opportunities for children. In the fall, little ones will find a pumpkin patch where they can pick out a pumpkin to decorate. Visitors can also interact with and feed farm animals and take a hayride tour of the farm.

Mother Nature's Farm
1663 E. Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ 85233-1542
480-892-5874
mothernaturesfarm.com

Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden offers educational opportunities for children about the types of plants that grow in the desert. Youngsters can take a tour of the garden to see the wide variety of desert plants and they can also attend educational workshops in which kids can get their hands dirty learning how to care for desert plants.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
602-253-5000
dbg.org

Enchanted Island Amusement Park

The Enchanted Island Amusement Park offers rides and attractions for children. It is better suited for younger children. Rides include a train ride, bumper boats, a carousel and kiddie cars. Kids can cool off in the splash zone, which has water games.

Enchanted Island Amusement Park
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200
enchantedisland.com

Article Written By Maggie McCormick

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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