Kids & Family

Kids & Family

Kid-tested, family-approved fun in Tempe

Tempe is a favorite destination for family travel, from toddlers to teens. Check out kid friendly things to do in Tempe such as entertaining and educational museums, exhilarating arcades, scenic hiking trails, the Phoenix Zoo, indoor attractions like SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and Main Event, waterparks, splash pads and fun-filled festivals.

Family Friendly Restaurants

Which restaurants are the best to take my family? Here’s our list of family-friendly restaurants in Tempe, offering a kiddo approved menus and atmospheres where everyone can have a good time.

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Fun times for the whole family

ASU Innovation Gallery

Located on the ASU Tempe campus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building, the Innovation Gallery is a public space in which students prototype conceptual exhibits and programming, drawing from faculty research.

School of Human Evolution & Social Change Bldg.
900 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

(480) 965-6215

ASU Lunar Exploration Museum & NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Operations Center (LROC) Visitor Gallery

The Lunar Exploration Museum includes the LROC Visitor Gallery where visitors discover the excitement of exploration, learn about America’s  incredible space program, watch dedicated scientists charting the amazing lunar frontier, explore the Moon, and see a real Moon rock!

Arizona State University
Interdisciplinary A Building
1100 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

Big Surf Waterpark

Big Surf is CLOSED for the 2020 summer season. Big Surf Waterpark is America’s original waterpark boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world. Other features include children’s fun zones, 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides and surfing and boogie boarding sessions plus party, corporate outings and catering services!

1500 N. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85821

(480) 994-2297

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, America’s largest butterfly conservatory, houses 3,000 butterflies, a 3-D theater, Butterfly Emergence Gallery, Tropical Waters of the World exhibit with a stingray and shark observation pool, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Spineless Giants and Rainforest Reptile exhibit.

9500 E. Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 800-3000

Changing Hands Bookstore

This legendary independent bookstore has served the Tempe community since 1974, with thousands of new and used books and unique gifts including ceramics, chimes, chocolates and much more. The popular community gathering place also hosts author events and workshops regularly.

6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 730-0205

Childsplay Theatre

Childsplay is Arizona’s award-winning, professional theatre company for young audiences and families. From adaptations of popular children’s books to brand new stories, the 42-year-old theatre company performs September through May at the Herberger Theater Center and in schools throughout Arizona.

Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8497 (box office)

D-BAT

Enhance the experience for players at all levels from little league up with batting practice at this premier baseball and softball training center.  Pitching machines use baseballs and softballs from 40-70 mph. Developmental youth camps, private lessons and parties available.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9109 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 591-3228

Desert Botanical Garden

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(480) 941-1225

Gallery at TCA

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers engaging experiences with curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. Free admission. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues. and Weds., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sat.

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 350-2867

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Over 70 classic pieces of firefighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 2004. Fire safety exhibits, games and activities for kids.  A full-sized fire engine available for boarding. Open Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun., open Mon. by appointment for guided group tours.

6101 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 275-3473

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, exhibitions, educational programming and festivals. The Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, and offers exhibitions that showcase traditional and contemporary art.

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8840

iFLY

There’s absolutely no other feeling in the world like indoor skydiving. Get your heart racing and make the dream of flight a reality in this safe and reliable environment. Safe, fun and awesome experience for all flyers from 3 to 103.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9206 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 712-4359

Imagine 3D Mini-Golf

Hand-painted 3D murals enhance your black light mini-golf experience transporting you to a fantasy world of dragon caves, sunken pirate ships and magical unicorns! 3D glasses are the difference maker, keeping you challenged as you try to sink the putt.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9180 E. Talking Stick Way, #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 291-7906

KOLI Equestrian Center

KOLI Equestrian Center is located on the Gila River Indian Community, just minutes from Tempe. KOLI offers miles of breathtaking scenery and horseback trail riding adventures, hay wagon rides, cattle drives, birthday parties and other special and corporate events.

6940 W. Broken Ear Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

(602) 796-3495

KTR

Indoor Action Sports Playground where kids of all ages and abilities have the freedom to learn and play.  Introduce your kids to parkour, scootering, skateboarding, BMX, Ninja Zone, trampoline and tumbling. Toddlers only zone, classes and parties available too.

Taking Stick Entertainment District
9009 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 291-5999

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center 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 the thousands of LEGO® bricks in themed play areas.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Ste. 135
Tempe, AZ 85282

Main Event Entertainment

Our 58,000 square foot center is home to 26 high quality recreational bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity high ropes course, billiards and shuffleboard tables, more than 125 interactive games, flexible meeting and event spaces and a tempting array of food and beverages.

8545 S. Emerald Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284

(480) 753-1200

Marston 3-D Theater

Located inside the ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration, Marston 3-D Theater presents high-definition documentary movies with earth and space science themes and 3-D planetarium-style shows (on a flat screen). Marston 3-D shows are presented on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

ASU Tempe Campus – ITSB4 Bldg.
781 E. Terrace Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-5081

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Imagine the pageantry and excitement as a guest of the royal court ten centuries ago. A hearty four-course feast is served while six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Spanish horses at North America’s #1 dinner attraction.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9051 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(888) 935-6878

OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium features more than 65 exhibits and 370 species. The largest aquarium in Arizona, it offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life.

9500 E. Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 291-8000

Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

Interactive exhibit that specializes in education with a twist of entertaining exploration featuring more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that roam through exhibits and true-to-life recreations of prehistoric habitats. Designed to transport you back to the age of the dinosaurs. 

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9500 E. Via De Ventura, C-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 362-3466

Phoenix Premium Outlets

Phoenix Premium Outlets® is an impressive outdoor village-style center conveniently located 15 minutes south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Shop more than 90 designer and brand name outlet stores. Enjoy exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25-65%.

4976 Premium Outlets Way
Chandler, AZ 85226

(480) 639-1766

Roadhouse Cinema

Arizona’s only locally-owned and operated, dine-in movie theatre!  An extraordinary restaurant menu, impressively created full bar featuring Arizona craft beers, and overwhelmingly comfortable recliners are yours to enjoy while experiencing state-of-the-art projection and 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound!

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9090 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 750-7295

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona! Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through our incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level bubbles and interactive touch pools.

5000 Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Singh Meadows

Singh Meadows is a scenic spot sprawled on 75 acres of greenbelts, trees and walking trails. It features a 100% organic café, coffee and juice bar and a farmer’s market. The farmer’s market and cafe are open Fri.-Sun. Oct. through May.

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 225-7199

Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace

Open year-round and daily until 11:00 p.m., the Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace is the ideal family-friendly spot for children to splash, play and cool off outdoors. Parents are not to be left out with nearby fashion-forward shops, enticing eats and entertainment stops.  

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 966-9338

Tempe History Museum

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. The museum explores Tempe history through collections, research services, exhibits and programs that captivate and connect with audiences throughout the community and beyond. Open Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. Photo credit Bill Timmerman.

809 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 350-5100

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park has 5,000 square feet of water play, including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars. The one-of-a-kind structure also provides shade from the summer sun, while featuring unique lighting and sound shows throughout the day. Open April through October.

Kiwanis Park
5233 S. Ash Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5200

Tilt Studio

Tilt Studio’s 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a unique combination of food and fun. Guests enjoy 150+ interactive video and redemption games, a retro gaming area with pinball and vintage games and a mouthwatering menu of American cuisine.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Ste. 669
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 648-1222

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