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Vulture City Wickenburg

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In a quest to find outdoor activities that are also social distancing friendly in 2020, I stumbled across Vulture City in Wickenburg. Vulture City is a working mine in Wickenburg, but is also a historical mine that started in 1863. So, you can get a little bit of history mixed in with a currently operating…

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Tuzigoot National Park

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Tuzigoot National Park is Located in Clarkdale, Arizona and is approximately 2 hours from Surprise. It is also close to Cottonwood and not far from Jerome. One interesting thing about our trip out to Tuzigoot from Surprise. After getting off if i17 (rt 260), every mile to two miles there was a round about. I…

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Jail Trail-Cottonwood

Jail Trail

If you are looking for an easy trail that goes by Verde River, the Jail Trail is an easy out and back trail for kids and parents. The whole trail is about 1.5 miles. The trail is right off of Main Street in Cottonwood with easy parking nearby. You could also pick up a map…

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Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town-Jerome

Phoenix with Kids blogger Jana Tingom and I, with our children, decided to do a trip up to Cottonwood and Jerome and picked a few fun spots to hit. We decided to check out Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town as one of our spots. The Gold King Mine is actually located in Haynes,…

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Arizona Falls

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Did you know that there is a waterfall in the Phoenix metro area? Yes! Arizona Falls is located at 5802 E Indian School Rd in Phoenix. Before you get to excited, it isn’t a naturally occurring waterfall, but it is pretty and accessible to the public. AND it helps power homes in the area using…

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Tempe Marketplace Splashpad

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There are a lot of different splashpads in shopping areas around the Phoenix valley (like Desert Ridge and Westgate) . The Splashpad at Tempe Marketplace is very similar to the one at Westgate and is on a rubber matted surface. It is also the smallest one in the the shopping areas in the valley. Tempe…

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Gateway Park Splashpad-El Mirage

The remodel of the Gateway Park splashpad in El Mirage is awesome. The splashpad was remodeled. in the same space as the old splashpad. The new splashpad is interactive and has so many fun pieces to it! The parking for the splashpad and Gateway Park is off El Mirage Road and is across from the…

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Paloma Park Peoria

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Paloma Park is the newest community park in Peoria. It is located in way north peoria at Dixileta and Lake Pleasant Parkway. There is a traffic light at Dixileta and Lake Pleasant Parkway and the park is not visible from the street. The park is up a hill from Lake Plesasant Parkway and parking is…

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Montezuma’s Castle

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We had passed by the exit to Montezuma’s Castle way too many times and I finally said to my husband “This weekend” and we set out to go up and check it out. My husband is a Veteran who has a disability rating with the military and recently applied for a National Parks Pass. Because…

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Mansel Carter Oasis Park

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If you are looking for an amazing park in the far east valley, Mansel Carter Oasis Park has some amazing things for kids of all ages. With a baseball park, skate park, greenspace and most importantly for my readers and Splashpad and Playground! The park is also situated with a pond, and of course, my…

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Mavrix-Talking Stick Scottsdale


Are you looking for a family friendly place to bowl? Mavrix in Scottsdale is an awesome place to check out. Mavrix has food, laser tag, a full bar and a huge arcade as well. They have regular bowling lanes and VIP Spark bowling lanes. The VIP lanes have projected images on the lanes and more…

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Commemorative Air Force Museum Mesa

If you have a child (or adult) who loves military history or planes, this is a great place to go check some out! I do recommend that you go on a cooler day, as the area where the planes are located is not fully airconditioned and it can get pretty warm! The commemorative Air Force…

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What Indoor Places are Open?

Check out our Are Pools and Splashpads Open and Fall Events post as well. Here are the indoor places that are open for kids to play. If we missed one, please let me know! Harkins Theaters-August 28th-all in Arizona Arizona Science Center-August 28th to Members, September 4th to public. Self Guided Tours or Guided experiences.…

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Rush Park Phoenix

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If you have visited Rush Park in Peoria, you will love Rush Park in Phoenix! Rush in Phoenix is located at 3865 E Thomas Rd . The set up of Rush in Phoenix is a little bit different than the one in Peoria and is a little bit smaller, but has many of the same…

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Meteor Crater

I decided that we needed to get out of the valley, and I really don’t like driving north on weekends. I will just say that the traffic on i17 going north reminds me of i95, and if you are an east coaster, you might understand the pain. Or, for my California friends, think of LA…

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