Families and Kids

Spring Break Family Fun in Tempe

Spring break is the best – it’s that little taste of summer that you need to get you through the rest of the school year. This year, spend your weeklong vacation right here in Tempe, AZ! It is the perfect place to enjoy some fun in the sun and relax without any schoolwork. To make the most out of your time, we have compiled a list of things to make spring break a memorable one.

Nine fun things to do in the Tempe area during spring break:

  1. Visit the Phoenix Zoo. Voted one of the top 5 zoos for kids, this is an awesome place to spend the day. The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species like the African Lion, Golden Eagle, Orangutan and the Jaguar. 

  2. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, located inside Arizona Mills, is built for kids of all levels with tons of exhibits, creatures and hands-on experiences. Discover the only 360-degree ocean tunnel in Arizona and come face to face with sharks, stingrays and more! Make it a day of exploration and purchase a combo ticket to visit SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona, located next door.

  3. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona, located inside Arizona Mills, is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground complete with thousands of LEGO® bricks in themed play areas.

  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, open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., while parents can relax with 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 also lots of kid-friendly dining options and shops located inside Tempe Marketplace. Check out our Tempe Marketplace dining blog or family-friendly restaurant blog for more options.

  5. Experience the vertical world of climbing as never before – indoors at the Phoenix Rock Gym. Explore the thirty-foot high walls with over 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing surface.

  6. Create memories all spring long by painting pottery, canvases, and more at As You Wish or Painting with a Twist (they have family day and afternoon classes for kids as young as 7). Both As You Wish and Painting with a Twist have to-go options to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. New projects are added daily at both locations too!

  7. Get out on the water at Tempe Town Lake. Rent a pontoon boat, pedal boat, or stand-up paddleboard with Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake. For a bit of extra fun, rent their swan, duck, or dragon-themed pedal boats or test out their new donut boat that can fit the entire family. If you’d rather experience the lake on dry land, rent a surrey bike to cruise the perimeter. They have both two-person and four-person bikes available for rent.

  8. Take a family-friendly hike. Warm weather, lots of sunshine and mountain trails…what more do you need? The spring temperatures are an excellent time to bring your kids in tow and go for a family-friendly hike in Tempe or nearby Phoenix. Kids can learn about the desert and get exercise at the same time.

  9. Get into the game – the arcade game that is! Tilt Studio, located inside Arizona Mills, Dave & Busters and Doge Haus Nerf Arena, located inside Tempe Marketplace, and Main Event, located in south Tempe, deliver fun for the whole family. From arcade games to bowling to delicious eats, each location has something unique to offer, so check them all out.
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium | Photo by: @TrulyTerah

For more ideas about family fun in Tempe, visit our Spring Activities page.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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