Did the summer heat depress not only your spirit, but your family activities? This fall is the perfect chance to bounce back and make lasting memories! The kids are back in school, and it’s a great time to plan active weekends. This is the time of year when gratitude for an Arizona lifestyle heals our hearts. After all, the sun is still shining, the heat is finally burning off as people head outdoors for hiking and playing. Wonderful deals abound to get families up and moving! Try each of these activities with your family and make this fall memorable.
This Queen Creek park is worth any commute! Get outdoors and head over to Founders Park to explore their 11-acre space from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. The park boasts horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and even a lighted skate park for adventurous families.
Location: 22358 S Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek
Contact Information: (480) 358-3000
Depending on the ages of your kids and their commitment to intense play, Air Time in Scottsdale may be your perfect retreat. For more than one hour of play, on Tuesdays and Thursdays you can snag the BOGO (buy one hour, get a second hour) deal. For young kids (six years and under), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays have a special for $5.99/hour. For the complete pricing guide, visit their website.
Location: 13802 N Scottsdale Road, Suite 145, Scottsdale
Contact Information: Website: www.azairtime.com/scottsdale; Phone: (480) 427-2000
Indoor Play Areas
If you are a family with kids under six, here are two great indoor play areas where kids can gather in safe social situations. Giggles in Chandler and Ready, Set, Play! in Gilbert are your go-to destinations! They charge one child $10 for the entire day and allow re-entry. Siblings cost an additional $8 for the day.
Giggles: 2988 N Alma School Road #2, Chandler
Ready, Set, Play!: SanTan Village Mall at 2270 E Williams Field Road, Gilbert
Giggles website: www.giggleskidz.com; Phone: (480) 476-9565
Ready Set Play website: www.readysetplayaz.com; Phone: (480) 855-7998
Price: One kid: $10/day. Additional kids: $8 each/day. For more pricing information, visit the associated websites.
Pueblo Grande Museum
This historic museum contains thousand-year-old archaeological displays. There is a hiking trail through a prehistoric village with unique housing structures. Adults pay a $6 entry fee, children six and up pay $3, and anyone six and under has free admission. The museum, which contains displays and prehistoric Hohokam artifacts, opens at 9 in the morning and closes at 4:45 in the evening.
Location: 4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix
Contact Information: (602) 495-0901
Price: Free-$6 depending on age.