It’s too hot to play outside in the summer. So, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite indoor activities around the Valley. There’s plenty to choose from for any age group, all family-friendly and perfect for staying out of the heat.
AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers. From birthday parties to corporate events, fundraisers to club, league and bowling for fun, bowling at AMF creates a sense of community, miles of extraordinary memories and plenty of just plain fun. AMF offers traditional bowling on 32 lanes. You can relax in their bar/lounge area while watching sports on TV or play some games in the arcade room. Children (ages 15 and under) can partake in AMF’s Summer Games for three free games of bowling every weekday from open until 6:00 p.m. all summer long! Let’s bowl!
3424 W. Union Hills Drive in Phoenix, amf.com
AZ Air Time
Play dodgeball, shoot baskets, jump into a huge foam pit, practice tricks, or just jump for fun. This is what AZ Air Time is all about. There is a 5000 square foot main trampoline, separate jump areas based on age, two dodgeball courts, basketball hoops, snack bar, and free WiFi so parents can stay productive while the kids jump. The great thing about jumping on a trampoline is that it provides a low impact, aerobic exercise. So next time your kids want to do something fun, bring them to bounce on the trampoline to play and get some unintentional exercise.
13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 145 in Scottsdale, azairtime.com
AZ Science Center
Arizona Science Center features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater. Kids and adults can learn more about how their body works and functions, from the inside out! Walk through an enormous “working” stomach, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the digestive process. Experience the thrill of a high-wire physics lesson. Suspended nearly 15 feet in the air, the Evans Family SkyCycle teaches riders about the principles of counterbalance and center of gravity, while taking a ride on the 90-foot cable. The Forces of Nature exhibit is devoted to understanding and respecting earth as a dynamic planet. Visitors will experience the shaking of an earthquake, the force of hurricane winds, the heat of a forest fire and the eruption of a volcano. There is so much to see and do at the AZ Science Center!
600 E. Washington Street in Phoenix, azscience.org
Butterfly Wonderland is one of the newest attractions in the Valley with a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America. The Butterfly Wonderland experience begins in the state-of-the-art theater to learn about the life of butterflies by a specially-edited 3D version of “Flight of the Butterflies.” Stroll inside the 10,000 square foot atrium and watch thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, perch on a flowering plant, and even land on your arm or shoulder. The glass-enclosed atrium shelters a rainforest environment with lush tropical plants, trees, waterfalls and a large Koi pond.
9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Deer Valley Rock Art Center is an archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve. It has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. The 1/4-mile trail takes visitors to a place where for thousands of years people have left their mark on the hills by pecking over 1,500 symbols we call petroglyphs into the black basalt boulders. Enjoy an incredible variety of plants found throughout 47-acres of desert preserve. Signage on the trail identifies plant species and the ethnobotanical garden showcases some of the crops that Native Americans may have cultivated at this site long ago. The Center is home to many wildlife including roadrunners, quail, squirrels, cottontails, javelina, owls, hawks, coyotes, snakes, lizards and bobcats.
3711 W. Deer Valley Road in Phoenix, dvrac.asu.edu
Going to the roller skating rink is old fashioned, good clean fun. Great Skate in Glendale, Arizona’s largest and finest roller skating center offers roller skating, speed skating, jam skating, a game room, café, birthday parties, and fundraisers. They have skate lessons every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. for $5.50 admission including skate rentals.
10054 N. 43rd Avenue in Glendale, unitedskates.com
Stay cool on the ice this summer. The Ice Den is a 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ice skating and entertainment center and home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes Hockey club who practice at the facility on a regular basis. Bundle up and enjoy the crisp 53° ice rinks during one of the public skating sessions scheduled throughout the week. For a skating experience you’ll never forget, don’t miss the live DJ and light shows! The Friday Night sessions and Saturday Night (Family Night) provide a unique skating atmosphere and a set price for all ages.
9375 East Bell Road in Scottsdale, coyotesice.com
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a great place to go for fun activities for kids. The Museum features three floors of hands-on, interactive, educational, and fun exhibits for children ages birth to 10. This is not your typical museum; they want you to touch EVERYTHING! With hands-on, interactive exhibits, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.
215 N. 7th Street in Phoenix, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
SEA LIFE Aquarium
SEA LIFE Arizona transports visitors into the amazing ocean world, providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more! This aquarium was designed specifically for kids where they can interact with creatures at the touch pools, follow an interactive quiz trail, read fun facts throughout the aquarium, discover an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, and admire 30 displays and more than 5,000 sea creatures.
5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 145 in Tempe, visitsealife.com/arizona