Avoiding wasteful spending while establishing routine family time is tricky to accomplish. Diversify your family activities by getting out of your comfort zones. It’s time to wake up and explore your area! This month it’s time to try something new. Below are five budget-friendly options for your next family activity. There are hikes, movies and even batting cages in the East Valley for your family to enjoy.
#1 Historic Hiking in Gold Canyon
The history of Arizona is exciting, and showing your family ancient hieroglyphics can bring history to life! The Hieroglyphics Trail is a free hike just under three miles long with a waterfall destination (aim for a spring visit to catch the waterfall). This family-friendly hike is a fun challenge for children. Dogs on leashes are welcome. At the end of the hike the family can explore the rock formations decorated with ancient drawings.
Location: 4467 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
#2 Baseball Bonanza in Gilbert
Get your family ready for Spring Training by practicing together! Rip City Batting Cages provides budget-friendly baseball inside Freestone Park. Families can purchase by pitches, rent out a batting cage, or sign up for the live pitching tunnel. After spending time at the bat, take a walk as a family around Freestone Park’s lovely pond. Prices for batting cages range from $1-$20, and specifics can be found at their website: http://www.ripcitybattingcages.com/
Location: 1045 E Juniper. Gilbert AZ 85234 (inside Freestone Park)
Price: $1-20/ person
#3 Free Camping Near Queen Creek
Oak Flat Campgrounds are a free, first-come-first-served family campground. A few miles northeast of Superior, Arizona, families discover quiet, roomy and clean campsites. With no marked address and no way to reserve sites, questions can only be resolved through Google or pioneering the experience yourselves!
Location: When traveling from Superior, travel east on U.S. 60 (3 miles) to Forest Road 469 and turn right, travel 1 mile to the campground entrance on the left.
#4 Pocket-Friendly Movies in Mesa
Going to the movies is a unique and memorable experience, but families often avoid the Big Screen due to skyrocketing theatre prices. Picture Show at Superstition Springs is the answer! This incredibly priced movie theatre is also very well kept. At two dollars a ticket, families can catch fairly recent movies on the big screen. Half-priced Tuesdays allow even large families to enjoy the theater experience without breaking the bank!
Location: 6555 E Southern Ave #1002, Mesa, AZ 85206
Price: $2/ticket or $1/ticket on Tuesdays
#5 Hiking With Strollers in Queen Creek
Moonlight Trail Loop is stroller-friendly hiking at its best. Just outside of Queen Creek, the San Tan Mountains are ready to be explored. After paying the six dollar entry fee into the hiking area, there are many hikes that are children- and stroller-friendly. At almost four miles, the Moonlight Trail Loop is a cheap way to spend the day as a family. Many other trails are linked to this loop—the hiking challenges they’ll present are varied.
Location: 65333 W. Phillips Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Price: $6 entry fee