Families and Kids

Spring Break Family Fun in Tempe

When you’re a child, you always wanted spring break to last a lot longer than a week. With so much to do in Tempe this spring, parents might wish for the same thing!

Here are seven fun things to do in the Tempe area this season:

  1. Visit the Phoenix Zoo: Voted one of the top 5 zoos for kids, this is an awesome place to spend the day. You can see all kinds of creatues, including elephants, Komodo Dragons, lions and bighorn sheep. And, there are some really cool interactive experiences such as the daily Giraffe Encounters from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., camel rides, Stingray Bay and the petting zoo at Harmony Farm. Also, don’t miss the new baby zebra!
  2. It might be a little cold to swim outside (at least for this Arizona native), but the Kiwanis Park Wave Pool will be open every Saturday in March from 1-5 p.m.
  3. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is launching a live coral tank, just in time for spring break. You can watch as the coral grows throughout the year and learn about protecting coral reefs at the same time. From March 8-24, there will be “Crazy for Coral” talks during the day, demonstrations and mermaid meet and greets. And, later this spring, SEA LIFE will introduce “Jellyfish Discovery,” the largest collection of jellyfish in Arizona. Check the SEA LIFE website for more details about both of these exciting new additions.
  4. Tempe Marketplace is a great place to visit all year-round, but it’s a perfect family destination in the spring. Kids can play in the water at the Splash Pad, while parents can relax with a cold beverage from Tea Infusion or a frozen treat from MoJo Yogurt. The Splash Pad is surrounded by tables where you can relax and watch your kids have the time of their life. There are lots of kid-friendly dining options here, as well as movies at Harkins Theatre and crafts at As You Wish Pottery.
  5. The Tempe History Museum makes it fun to learn about the history of our city. Their exhibitions cover subjects such as building our community, living in the desert and being a college town. And, they have a children’s area where they can explore and learn. Admission is free. On March 16, the museum will host LOUD II, an outdoor celebration of spring weather, brass bands, food trucks, and arts and crafts with sustainable themes. This free event takes place from 2-6 p.m.
  6. Take a hike! Warm weather, lots of sunshine and mountain trails…what more do you need? Try hiking at “A” Mountain, Papago Park or South Mountain Park and Preserve. Kids can learn about the desert and get exercise at the same time.
  7. Feel like you’re back in the Old West at Rawhide Western Town. Admission to Rawhide is free and there is a nominal charge for activities such as the petting zoo, burro rides and gold panning. Check the Rawhide website for spring break hours and more information.

For more ideas about family fun in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website or call 800-283-6734.

Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad
Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad
Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.