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.
Welcome summer! Higher temperatures are coming in fast, so these offerings focus on some last-chance outdoor activities and other air-conditioned escapes. Find some time to experience a Bible museum tucked away in a hotel lobby, take a tour of a local dairy farm to meet the animals, swing a baseball bat, view some art, or take your pup for a walk in the park!
If Spring Training inspired your family, take them out to the batting cages! AZ Grip-N-Rip is an indoor facility in Queen Creek. Prices vary depending on the activity and length of time, offering an escape that won’t break the budget in small doses. This is an awesome way to keep kids active during a sweltering day.
Location: 183955 186th Way. Suite # 104. Queen Creek.
Contact Information: (480)545-4747
Price: Varies. 15 mins in batting cages/$15. 30 mins in batting cages/$25.
Pocket Park for Pups
If you’re near Chandler, or looking for something new, this small dog park is a great place to explore. It is open daily 7am until 10pm, 12noon until 10pm on Tuesdays. Take some time during an open evening to get outside and let your pup meet some new friends.
Location: 22526 S. Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek.
Contact Information: QueenCreek.org
This indoor art gallery often holds events and activities for kids! Admission is free, and the hot summers can be a wonderful time to help kids (and yourself) appreciate the time and detail that is put into each art piece. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, 10am – 4pm on Saturdays. Exhibits change, so families can visit this gallery often.
Location: 10 E. Chicago St. Chandler.
Contact Information: (480)782-2695
Price: Free. Kids’ activities may vary in price.
Animals and local business wrapped up in one bundle! This dairy farm in Mesa offers tours and a petting zoo. A wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the hard work that goes into the dairy aisle at the grocery store. The petting zoo is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am until 1pm.
Location: 3440 S. Hawes Rd. Mesa.
Contact Information: (602)432-6865
Price: $3.75/Adults $2.75/Kids. This price does not include tax.
Small Bible Museum
This museum is located in an unlikely facility: the lobby of a Hampton Inn & Suites. Give your kids impactful indoor experiences and head on over to this small museum in Goodyear. The lobby is open 24 hours for viewings of ancient and unique Bibles. Museum attendants are available Monday through Friday from 9am until 4pm to answer your questions. The museum has room for about eight people, and if you schedule a time, your group can reserve a 90-minute history lesson from a museum guide.
Location: 2000 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear.
Contact Information: (623)536-8614