Surviving Arizona summers is no small feat, especially with young kids. This month’s 5 for $25 include tips from the pros: those families who know how to stay busy without insane spending. This survival guide show families where the water, shade, and cheap indoor activities are hidden away.
Free Kids’ Bowling
This is not unlimited free bowling, but families can sign up and get two free games each day for anyone under 17 years old. This offer can help save some cash, especially if you are already fitting bowling into your budget. Unfortunately, there are only two participating locations in the Phoenix area, but if you love bowling, it may be worth the trip.
Locations: Glendale: Glenfair Lanes, 6110 N. 59th Ave.
Phoenix: Let It Roll Bowl, 8925 N. 12th St.
Contact Information: www.kidsbowlfree.com
Price: Two free games each day for kids under 17 years.
This is a commitment. It’s more expensive, closer to $25 a person, but can be a great deal with the right mixture of planning and commitment. Amazing Food & Fun is an indoor gaming area with unlimited buffet access included in the admission price. When trying to be careful with money, check out the a la carte options. Each person pays an admission fee of $10.99. This is the unlimited buffet fee, so to make it worth the money this should be an all-day commitment. The cheapest additional activities are kiddie rides and mini bowling ($3 each). Family bowling is $9 a person ($5 for the game and $4 for the shoes). In the pricing below, the cheapest packages are listed.
Location: 1830 E. Baseline Rd. in Mesa.
Contact Information: Phone: (480) 405-7806; Website: www.amazingjakesmesa.com Click on the pricing and specials link to mix and match the best family package.
Prices: Noob Package with Rides
$22.99 / each-two hours of Unlimited Attractions
Noob Package with Games
$22.99 / each- two hours of Unlimited Video Games (excludes-prize and ticket games)
Splash Pad in Peoria
Come to Pioneer Community Park in Peoria! This area opens at 10:00 AM. The heat is getting excessive, so be sure to watch for times when the temperatures spike and take the necessary precautions to protect skin! This area has several benches and life-saving shade.
Location: 8755 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria
Contact Information: (623) 773-7137
Splash Pad in Mesa
This area opens a little earlier at 9:00 AM. Riverview Park is open every day and closes at 10:00 PM. Kids can run around this large splash pad and play on the shaded playground. Riverview Park also has the luxury of large grassy areas.
Location: 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa
Contact Information: www.Mesaparks.com
Indoor Play Center
Makutu’s Island is an indoor playground. It includes an arcade area and a large slide. This nature-themed play structure is perfect for imaginative exploration. Kids must be wearing socks as they crawl under, over, and around the giant tree.
Location: 6919 W. Ray Road in Chandler
Contact Information: Phone: (480)344-3741; Website: www.makutusisland.com
Price: $11.99 (plus tax) for kids 1-17 yrs. One free adult admission per child. $6 (plus tax) for each extra adult.