Whenever someone talks about places for kids to have fun, most of the time an outdoor place comes to mind. Although Phoenix has many outdoor places to take your kids, it is also full of museums that combine learning and fun, and a lot of indoor places where your kids can stay all day long and they will not want to leave. Check out this indoor and educational places that your kids will love and adults will enjoy as well!
The IDEA Museum welcomes children of all ages and inspires them to experience their creativity and imagination through art, science and technology. The exhibitions and hands-on activities focus on engaging families, nurturing creative thinking and supporting early learning.
150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa
AZ 85201, USA
Under Age One: Free
Tuesday- Thursday: 9 am – 4 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm
AZ Heritage Center is an interactive museum focusing on Central Arizona history. Besides having both permanent and changing exhibits, it is also a cultural center that hosts workshops, lectures and a different variety of events. Your kids will have a great time while they learn about the past and present life of Arizonans.
1300 N College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
AHS Members: Free
General Admission: $12.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Students (14+) with ID: $10.00
Youth (7-13): $6.00
Children 6 and younger: Free
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
The whole family will love Butterfly Wonderland. An indoor butterfly conservatory (the largest in America) where you will find butterflies, reptiles, fish, birds and much more! You will enjoy many educational and interactive exhibits until you get to the best part: you will have the chance to walk among thousands of species of butterflies.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers unique exhibits for kids to play with their creativity and imagination and motivate their curiosity. There are no instructions on how to interact with the exhibits so that each kid can have their own experience based on their developmental level…it is not one of the top three children’s museums in the nation for nothing!
At the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes your family will learn about fire history with many national and international exhibits from countries like England, Japan, Austria, France and Germany. You will also see some fire apparatus, equipment, uniforms and much more!
6101 E Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Students 6-17: $8.00
Ages 3-5: $4.00
Children under age 3: Free
Over age 62: $8.00
Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4 pm
The Heard Museum central focus is American Indian Art, making it the central topic of the collections and exhibitions. The whole family will learn about Arizona’s past with the changing exhibitions and shows!
12301 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Heard Museum Members: Free
Seniors (65+): $15.00
Students (college with ID): $9.00
Children 6-17 years: $9.00
Children 5 years and younger: Free
American Indians (with tribal ID): Free
First Fridays: Free general admission each first Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. except March (specially ticketed exhibitions/events are extra)
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
First Friday of each Month (except March): 6:00 pm – 10 pm
From musical performances and interactive technology to experiencing the different instruments’ sounds, the Musical Instrument Museum is a must-visit place. You will see more than 7,000 instruments from around the world, including those from Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash among others.
4725 E Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Teens (ages 13–19): $15.00
Children (ages 4–12): $10.00
Children (ages 3 and under): Free
Open Daily: 9 am – 5 pm
This is the perfect indoor place to learn about diverse sea life. It combines entertaining, educational and interactive experiences such as walking underwater, feeding fishes, views of sharks and turtles and so much more!
It is needless to say that Art in all its forms is the star of the Phoenix Art Museum. Modern and Contemporary art, fashion design, photography and works from all over the world are gathered here to impress every visitor. If you’re lucky, you may catch a program of your interest: films? lectures? tours? Find it at Phoenix Art Museum.
1625 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Military Access Program sponsored by APS: Free
Adults: $18 – $23
Senior Citizens Ages 65 and older: $15 – $20
Students with ID: $13 – $18
Youth Ages 6–17: $9 – $14
hildren Ages 5 and younger: Free
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Thursday-Friday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
First Friday of each month: 10am – 10pm
Sea turtles, sharks, jellyfishes, clownfishes, seahorses…find all of these sea animals and more at Sea Life Arizona. Besides being closer to these creatures than ever before, you will get the chance to learn about each of them and discover new things at the daily talks!
If you’re looking to spend quality time with your family, in a nice place where everyone can equally have fun and learn or perfect a skill, As You Wish is the right place. Let your inner artist have fun while building family memories painting pottery.
MudPie Studios provides family fun at a good price. Here, art is seen as a therapy and a healer for stress, trauma or simply as a way to have fun painting pottery! It also welcomes special needs children or anyone seeking to heal through art!
Phoenix Center for the Arts offers a great variety of classes for adults and youth such as ceramics, dance, fine arts, photography and much more. You can also catch an exhibition or performance or even attend a special event.
Arizona Capitol Museum is the right place to visit if you are interested in social, cultural and political history. Kids will love the Arizona Flag created from Lego bricks, and the entire family will enjoy the different exhibitions and the Wesley Bolin Plaza Monuments.
Arizona Science Center offers exhibits of different types such as how the human body works, the science of flight and even interactive exhibits to experience what’s like to be in the middle of a natural disaster. The Dorrance Planetarium is a must-see!
Lovers of dinosaurs’ paradise. This educational center is home to many interactive exhibits, animatronic dinosaurs and recreations of prehistoric habitats. After enjoying family-friendly activities and educational rides, you can have dinner with the family and talk about everything you learned!
9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale
AZ 85256, USA
Child Admission (Ages 2-12):
$11.95 In Advance
$13.95 At The Door
Adult Admission(Ages 13-64):
$14.95 In Advance
$17.95 At The Door
Senior/Military Admission(Ages 65+/Valid ID Required):
$14.95 In Advance
$16.95 At The Door
Monday: 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: Available For Private Events!
Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday : 10 am – 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Visit Phoenix’s first Marshall Office and Jail history, learn about the changes that police work have gone through after World War II, from uniforms to weapons. You will even have the chance to be sworn as a Police Officer in a Police uniform!
Learn about the Lower Verde River valley’s history and it’s people: the Hohokam, the Yavapai, early ranchers and modern day settlers. With different and special exhibits, this interactive museum will teach and amuse you at the same time!
12901 North La Montana Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, USA
Child (age 6-12): $3
Student with ID: $3
Senior Adult (age 65+): $4
Summer Schedule (June through September)
Thursday – Saturday from 9:00 am to Noon.
Regular Schedule (October through May)
Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This is not a simple art class. Rachel’s young at art helps children of all ages to use art as a self-expressive tool. There are many different types of classes such as ‘’Mommy and me’’ where moms can watch their little ones create, sensory play classes and much more!
The premier natural history museum in Arizona is a place for family fun and learning. A flash flood cascading down a mountain inside a museum and a real territorial jail experience are among the many things you can see and do at the museum. Exhibits for all ages and something new to discover every time. Kids will love it, and parents too!
53 North Macdonald
Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
Children 3-12: $7
Seniors 65+: $10
Students 13+ with ID: $8
Children 2 and under: Free
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm