Who said Winter was made to stay at home? If you are having trouble trying to think of an activity or a new game to entertain your kids in this cold weather, we have a list of indoor cool places that will keep your kids warm, entertained, and happy! From educational places to fun and themed playgrounds, you have plenty of options to enjoy with the family.
Where: 9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA
This land of dinosaurs is the perfect educational center for kids who are interested in dinos!
It features many interactive exhibits, family-friendly activities, educational explorations and so much more! Kids will definitely have a lot of fun, and will be learning a lot at the same time!
Tuesday: Available For Private Events!
Wednesday to Monday: 10am – 6pm
Desert Foothills Library
Where: 38443 N School House Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
What better combination than a cold Winter day and a book? A cold Winter day and A LOT of books.
From your kid’s favorite stories to educational books, Desert Foothills Library is a great destination for reading lovers!
Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm
KTR Family Action Sport Center
Where: 1050 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA
If you’re looking for good prices and good fun, KTR is the right place to visit.
From trampolines to a skateboarding park and so much more, kids will have a blast! You won’t even remember it’s cold and grey outside.
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 9pm
Friday: 12pm – 1pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Glendale/Peoria family YMCA
Where: 14711 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306, USA
There are plenty of activities to choose from at Glendale/Peoria Family YMCA.
You can do some swimming in the pool, enjoy the fitness center, or join some of the classes offered at YMCA. Spend your day exercising and having fun!
Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday: 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 5:30 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Arizona Science Center
Where: 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Explore the Arizona Science Center and learn about the science of flight, the human body, nature, and so much more.
Enjoy the different exhibits, some of them interactive! The Arizona Science Center is also home to The Dorrance Planetarium.
Daily: 10am – 5pm
AZ Cake Shoppe
Where: 4601 E Carolina Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA
Winter and cakes, what a great duo!
Take a class at AZ Cake Shoppe and learn how to make your own cakes. Classes are for everyone: professionals and first timers. A great idea to spend a cold day!
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 7pm
Friday: 8am to 6pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Sunday: 10 am to 4pm
Laser Quest Phoenix
Where: 3335 W Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ 85029, USA
Visit this live action laser tag game and have some family fun!
The multi-level maze with fog, lighting and space age music will guarantee you an amazing fun time for both kids and adults.
Monday: Available for pre-booked private events.
Tuesday to Thursday: 4pm to 9pm
Friday: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday: Noon to 11pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Where: 53 North Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
This is a place you must visit with kids!
Experience a real jail experience or see a cascade inside the museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History has these and many more exhibits for all ages! Kids will be fascinated!
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Mesa Arts Center
Where: 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
You will find a variety of events throughout the year, and also the Mesa Art Center Museum where you can enjoy amazing collections of art, art workshop for all ages and more!
Learning and enjoying art sounds like a good plan to spend the cold winter!
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Where: 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
The Lowell Observatory offers both day-time and night-time viewing, tours of the campus and two famous telescopes: the Clark Refracting Telescope and the Pluto Discovery Telescope.
Explore the galaxy with the interactive exhibits and more!
Monday – Saturday Admission: 10am – 10pm
Sunday Admission: 10am – 5pm
Rachel’s Young At Art
Where: 6990 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
This art studio provides kids a creative and loving atmosphere to inspire kids with their imagination and their social and emotional growth.
You want to entertain your child enriching his or her mind? Take them to Rachel’s Young at Art!
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Where: 1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
If you are in the mood for a cool art exhibition, a performance, or maybe for learning something new, Phoenix Center for the Arts is the place to visit!
It offers a wide variety of classes like dance, photography, ceramics and many more art-related.
Monday to Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm
The Phoenix Theatre Company
Where: 1825 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
With programming that spans all generations, The Phoenix Theatre Company is an excellent idea for a winter day.
Look for a play you want to see with your child and spend a nice family- day out. You can finish your day dining at the Theatre restaurant, which has kids-friendly menus!
Box Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Where: 215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA
There are no instructions on how to interact with the exhibits at this museum, it is made especially for kids and their curiosity and imagination.
It offers unique exhibits for the kids to have their own experience. A perfect plan to keep them genuinely entertained this winter!
Tuesday – Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Where: 302 West Latham Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA
Children love puppets, and Great Arizona Puppet Theater loves kids!
With productions changing regularly and showcasing new stories, children as young as two years old can enjoy these amazing shows!
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Musical Instrument Museum
Where: 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Experience different instruments through the magic of technology, interactive exhibits, more than 7000 instruments from all over the world, and some instruments belonging to famous musicians!
Of course, musical performances are also part of your visit.
Open Daily: 9am-5pm
Playgrounds Dart Zone
Where: 8190 West Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308, USA
This special playground offers Arrow Tag, Dodge Ball courts and Arizona’s largest Nerf. It’s perfect to burn some energy when kids can’t play outdoors.
In case you were looking for a place to celebrate a birthday party this winter, Playgrounds Dart Zone also offers party packages!
Monday to Sunday: 11.30 am – 7 pm
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
Where: 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA
Most children’s favorite place: a room full of Lego bricks.
With 12 different attractions for kids to enjoy, including rides, 4D movies, a Space Mission attraction, and hundreds of Lego bricks! An amazing choice to spend the day having indoor fun.
Friday to Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm