Photos: 25 cool places for kids to beat the heat this summer

Photos: 25 cool places for kids to beat the heat this summer

Pump It Up 1325 West Auto Drive , Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85284 9378 East Bahia Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Cost: $7.50/child Description: Private indoor arenas, filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more. More Info: http://www.pumpitupparty.com

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by Nicole Moon

azfamily.com

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:09 AM

INDOOR PLAY PLACES

Bounce U
1166 S. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85296
Cost: $8.95/child
Description: Indoor inflatable playground, arcade, party rooms.
More Info: (480) 632-9663 or  http://www.bounceu.com/

Imagination Avenue
10614 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85028
Cost: $9/person; Under 1 free
Description: This 3,500 square foot indoor play center contains a child sized town /
More Info: 602-765-3192 or  http://www.imaginationavenue.us

Jump Street
455 E. Warner Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225
5665 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, AZ 85308
Cost: $8-10/person
Description: The valley’s first and only indoor trampoline parks and family sports fun centers
More Info: http://www.gotjump.com/

Makutu’s Island
6919 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226
Cost: $8.50/kids; $3.50/adults; Under 1 free
Description: Makutu’s Island is a 20,000 square foot, multi-level indoor playground in Chandler, AZ. Made for children and adults
More Info: (480) 344-3741 or http://www.makutusisland.com/

Play Factory
4180 S. Arizona Avenue - Suite 3 - Chandler Arizona 85248
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona 85050 (Located inside "The District" at Desert Ridge Marketplace)
Cost: $4.50 - $9/person
Description:  Indoor open play and party experience with slides, bounce houses and more.
More Info: http://www.playfactoryparty.com/

Pump It Up
1325 West Auto Drive , Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85284
9378 East Bahia Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: $7.50/child
Description: Private indoor arenas, filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.
More Info: http://www.pumpitupparty.com

WATER PARKS / THEME PARKS

Big Surf Waterpark
1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Cost: $19.50/ 3+; $26/adults; $3/under 3
Description: Wave pools, waterslides and more
More Info: 480-994-2297 or http://www.bigsurffun.com/

Castles ‘N Coasters
9445 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051
Cost: $8-32/person
Description: Roller coasters, water rides, mini golf, theme park adventures.
More Info: 602-997-7575 or  http://www.castlesncoasters.com/ 

Golfland Sunsplash Mesa
155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210
Cost:$10 - $30/person
Description: Water slides, wave pool, toddler pool, mini golf, laser tag, bumper boats and more
More Info: http://www.golfland.com/mesa/

McDowell Mountain Ranch Park
15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: $4-9/per person
Description: A 35-acre park that has a skatepark, 4 soccer fields, 2 ball fields and restroom; some fields have lights.  This facility offers swimming to the general public, high schools teams, competitive teams, water exercise, recreational teams, swim lessons, aerobics classes, and fitness classes.
More Info:  http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/mmr

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center
 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr, Chandler, AZ
Cost: $1/children; $2.25/adults
Description: Water playground, lazy river, lap pool, diving pool, toddler pool, splash pad and water slides.
More Info: http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=733

Tempe Town Lake, Splash Playground
Located at the south bank of Tempe Town Lake at Tempe Beach Park near the entrance to the park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
Cost: Free
Description: One-acre playground for children
More info: (480) 350-8625 or  http://www.tempetownlake.com

Wet ‘N’ Wild
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale, AZ 85310
Cost: $27.99/child; $34.99/adults; under 2 free
Description: Wave pools, waterslides and more
More Info:  http://www.wetnwildphoenix.com/

INDOOR SKATING / ACTIVITIES

Great Skate
10054 N. 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
Cost: $6/children; $7 adults
Description: Roller skating and inline skating for all ages
More Info: 623-842-1181 or http://www.greatskateglendale.com

Ice Den
9375 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: $5/children; $7/adults + skate rental
Description: Bundle up and enjoy crisp 53° ice rinks during one of the Ice Den’s great public skating sessions
More Info:  http://www.coyotesice.com/

MUSEUMS & ZOOS

Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Cost: $7/person; under 2 free
Description: Hand-on art, learning and music exhibits
More Info: 480-644-2467 or http://www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com/

Arizona Natural History Museum
53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201
Cost: $6/ children; $9/adults; under 2 free
Description: Dinosaur water exhibit, art projects, walk-through jail, etc.
More Info: 480-644-2230 or  http://www.azmnh.org

Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $10/child; $12/adult
Description: Participate in interactive exhibits, watch 5-story tall movies, or take a trip through the stars at the planetarium
More Info: (602) 716-2000 or  http://www.azscience.org

Challenger Space Center
21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,  AZ  85382
Cost: $5/children; $8/adults
Description: Stargazing, interactive exhibits and more
More Info: 623-322-2001 or http://www.azchallenger.com

Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85034
Cost: $11/person; Under 1 free
Description: Dozens of hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness
More Info: 602-253-0501 or http://www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/  

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Cost: $9/child; $18/adult; Under 2 free
Description: Animals, rides, splash pads, etc.
More Info: 602.273.1341 or http://www.phoenixzoo.org

Sea Life Arizona
5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 145 Tempe, AZ 85282 (located at the northeast corner of Arizona Mills Mall)
Cost: $11/children & $18/adults
Description: Providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more
More Info: http://www.visitsealife.com/Arizona/

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Cost: $14.25/child; $27.50/adult; under 2 free
Description: Some 75 indoor exhibits featuring fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles located in three buildings
More Info: 623-935-9453 or http://www.wildlifeworld.com/

MISC COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Ceretta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
Cost: Free
Description: Tour Phoenix’s 70-year-old family owned and operated candy company and see how their products are made.
More Info: (623) 930-1000 or http://www.cerreta.com

Stuffington Bear Factory
2302 East Thomas Road Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Cost: $4-12/person
Description: Visit one of the last remaining stuffed animal factories in the United States and make your own stuffed animal
More Info: (602) 225-9513 or http://www.stuffington.com
 

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