Are you looking for an Indoor Place for your kids to Play during the hot weather? We have them all lined up for you according to age and location in the Phoenix Valley!
Indoor Places West Valley
Indoor Places for the Younger Crowd (under 12)
Playgrounds Fun Zone– Located in Glendale, Playgrounds Fun Zone has a full coffee shop and cafe, which makes the coffee drinkers drool. There are lots of gross motor activities and spots for different ages in this play area. There is also lots of seating for parents! Some deals can be found on their website.
Bling Tour Do your kids want to take a few classes for tumbling, gymnastics, dance or cheer? Or, you just want them to get out some of their energy? Bling Tour is the perfect place and is easily accessible by being right in Surprise. Located At Litchfield and Greenway Rds in Surprise AZ right behind CVS, you’ll find instructors that not only teach but also have competed or performed professionally themselves! There are open gym times (check their website for more options), but kids Middle School and teen also perform and practice with Bling Tour.
Aqua Tots Surprise AZ-The indoor pool invites children 4months and older to learn how to swim. There are “mommy and me” swim classes offered, as well as private lessons and a beginner swim team! All classes are offered inside in a climate controlled environment, with a beautiful waiting area foryounger siblings and a nice seating area for caretakers! Date nights, birthday parties and open swim time is also available!
Aqua Tots is Also located in Peoria, AZ
Luv 2 Play in Surprise, located at Reems and Bell Rd is sure to be a hit for any kids 10 and under, and even for the parents! There is a variety of different opportunities to play, climb and interact. With a separate toddler and baby area, as well as games for everyone to play, Luv 2 Play is a place you can stay and play all day!
Peter Piper Pizza, right in Surprise, is great for Birthday parties or the special treat. Similar to Chuck E Cheese Pizza, this location offers lots of video games and entertainment for kids. You can find discount coupons on their website, but check out our review here first! Peter Piper is also has locations in Peoria, Avondale, Phoenix, Glendale, Buckeye, Laveen, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Prescott and Casa Grande
Jumper’s Jungle-Located right near the 101 exit for Olive Ave, this play area is great for a morning of fun or a party. I love the area and how I can see where my kids are at all time. The staff is excellent and the kids have a blast running, jumping and flying down the slides. There is even an area for toddlers to stay away from the big kids mayhem, as well as a small snack bar to purchase snacks for hungry parents and kids!
Pump it Up Peoria-Located in Peoria, Pump it up has lots of different types of bounce areas for kids of all sizes, with some challenging with slides and climbers, and some just plain old bounce areas. There is also an area that is not closed off for children (with foam puzzles) who are too young to jump or may need to take a breather! Deals can be found on their website, for groups and occasionally on Groupon or Living Social.
Pump it Up is also located in Tempe and Scottsdale
We reviewed the Goodyear AZ Location of Chuck e Cheese, but there are also locations in Glendale, Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix. Items available may vary by location. Pizza, young child fun games and more are available at each location!
Looking for an indoor place to play on the West Side of Phoenix that is good for older and younger kids?
Speaking of Playgrounds, Playgrounds Fun Zone opened “Playgrounds Dart Zone” two doors down. While your little ones are playing at Playgrounds Cafe, your big kids can have a dart gun war at Playgrounds Dart Zone! Located in Glendale, kids 4 and up can play. However, it is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Uptown Alley-Surprise-If you are looking for a good place for the whole family, Uptown Alley has a wide variety of food, fun and entertainment. State of the art bowling, laser tag and video games are available for kids and adults!
Elevate Trampoline Park-Goodyear-If you have a kid that likes to jump, bounce, climb and enjoy some heart pounding fun, Elevate is the place to go for cool times this summer. Teens and toddlers will love every bounce as they enjoy different obstacles to tackle at Elevate.
Main Event-Avondale-Multiple locations in the Valley-Avondale was reviewed-With video games, a bowling alley, laser tag, a climbing feature, restaurant and billiards, Main Event is a huge place for you to have your friends with kids meet up! With fun for the whole family, Main Event also provides summer camps for kids as well as a great place for camps and groups to go!
Sky Zone is a great, clean and fun trampoline place for the whole family. They offer group team building events, homeschool days and a toddler jump area. The staff is fantastic and the area is very clean and well kept. There are dodgeball tournaments, teen nights and more. They often have deals on their site as well as on Groupon and Living Social. Check out our review here!
Ape Index Peoria– Great for kids who love to climb and need an indoor place to monkey around! Ape Index has climbing clubs, a multitude of different ways to climb-And they have a cool slide too! Climbing clubs are great for anyone who wants to learn how to climb, plus there are professionals to help you!
If you are looking for a cool place to be, the zoo has a few great aquarium buildings! With penguins, touch tanks and lots of neat animals, the Aquarium is a popular hang out spot during the summer at Wildlife World Zoo! Plus, Dillon’s Restaurant is attached to the zoo and has a view of the shark tank!
Are you looking for a fun place to exercise with your kids? Looking for teens and kids to get out of the house and get moving? Looking for a date night activity with your spouse? Check out GreatSkate In Glendale. Make sure you sign up for their email list and check out their Facebook Page to get some great deals!
Central Valley/Phoenix Indoor Places to Play!
Central Valley has lots of museums that have play areas! We only included Museums that we have reviewed that have a dedicated child area.
Younger kids 12 and under (unless noted)
Ready, Set, Play in the Paradise Valley Mall is going to be a great spot for our central Phoenix friends-nicely located in the Dillard’s area of the mall, this great play space for six and younger will have them enjoying active play, quiet play and dramatic play! Grab some of your mom friends, a coffee and some snacks, and enjoy all day admission to this great play place!
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a great spot that you can spend the whole day. With a cafe on the second floor, a huge baby and toddler area on the third floor, and a three story climbing apparatus, you can’t ask for a better way to spend the day. Programs and camps are also offered for additional fees, but if you are doing a staycation in the Valley during the summer, this is a must go. Occasionally there are discounts offered on Living Social and Groupon, and there is always a military discount. Groups also get discounts, so get your friends together and go as a group!
The Play Factory in Desert Ridge is a great place for kids to get their wiggles out. If you have a toddler up to age 12, this place is great for running, bouncing, climbing and sliding. They also have text message alerts for when they are having deals! There is also a separate toddler area so that your little ones won’t get bounced around by the big kids, a few video game stations if you have a teen that is “too cool” to play a cafe, plenty of seating, wifi, video games and candy stations. Desert Ridge also has a lot of shopping available and a splashpad not too far away. See our review here!
Located in a Renovated church, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater hosts tons of productions year round. Not only do they do shows for kids, but they also have adult humor puppet shows as well. The puppet shows are sure to captivate, and the theater is located in downtown Phoenix by Margaret Hance Park and the Japanese Friendship Garden
If you are looking for an indoor amusement park with laser tag, rides, a play scape, food and more-Party Jungle has it! The owners livened up the old Jambo made it a lively place to play, hang out and eat. Rides are all included with admission, games are extra! Laser tag is little kid friendly! Great for the 10 and under crowd.
Located in North Phoenix, Whipples Fun Center is a parent and kids dream. With bumper cars, trampolines, a play area, laser tag and a great menu, the kids will want to come back here for a cool birthday party! Great for kids 4 and up! (But they also are offering toddler times!) Check their site for more details on times!
Indoor Places in Central Valley that are good for ALL ages!
Do you have any music lovers in your family? Do you need an indoor place that kids can play and adults can discover? The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix has tons of different musical instruments from different countries around the world, different bands and different eras! There are classes, concerts and even places for kids to try out instruments, a children’s room to relax for a bit and a full restaurant and cafe!
Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is great for the whole family (and they even offer adult date nights too!) We love how big the Science Center is, and there are often discounts on Groupon and Living Social for a membership, which often is less than the cost of one visit for our whole family. There are lots of exhibits that are permanent and some that change ever few months. The planetarium is a great dark place to hang out and look at stars on a sunny hot day. A new section was added in an adjoining building to do woodworking, computer graphics and other classes. One of my kids’ favorite things is the water area! (Make sure you bring a change of clothes). There is also a cafe available on site so you can stay all day. You can see our review
The Kroc Community Center in Phoenix has so much available, you have to read the review. In addition to classes and camps, a teen room, a rock climbing wall-they also have this amazing indoor pool! There are some amazing camps and community events available as well.
Do you have a kid who loves everything fire trucks? Check out the Hall of Flame museum near the Phoenix Zoo! Tons of different fire trucks from around the world, patches from different states, a Hall of fame for those who died in the line of duty plus a cool kids area, the Hall of Flame Museum is a great place for kids and adults to learn about the history of Fire Fighting!
Located in Phoenix, the Pueblo Grande Museum is great for all ages. Offering classes and a children’s room, as well as trails around the museum and information about the Hohokam tribe, this museum is an important place to check out if you live in the area!
With circus trampolines, dodgeball courts, foam pits, rock walls and regular jumping squares, you’ll find that Altitude in Central Phoenix has all the indoor fun you have imagined. Plus, they have one of the friendlies staffs around!
East Valley Indoor Places to Play!
Indoor Places to Play for the 12 and under crowd (unless noted)
Giggles in Chandler is a new indoor play area that is great for kids 6 and under. With a trampoline, two large indoor playsets, a adult sized frame house, toddler areas, and nursing area, this is great for families with little ones-especially multiple little ones!
If you liked Ready, Set, Play in Phoenix, you’ll love it in San Tan Valley too! Check this wonderful indoor play area for kids six and under! Ready, Set, Play is specifically great for those 4 and under or those kiddos who are 6 and under and have a younger sibling!
Speaking of Museums, The I.D.E.A. Museum in Mesa is a great place to go on the east Side. . The I.D.E.A. Museum has a great area for 5 and under, and also has craft activities for the whole family to enjoy. Discounts can often be found on Living Social and Groupon as well. You can see our review here!
Makutu’s Island-Located in Chandler, Makutu’s Island is perfect for your independent age kid. There are lots of things to climb, swing on and explore. There is a baby area, but Makutu’s Island is best for those who are able to climb independently and explore. There is a cafe on site. They occasionally have Groupons and also have a Summer camp for ages 5-12.
If you are looking for a cool adventure in the OdyeSea Complex. check out the Bumper Boats at Odysea
The bumper boats are best for kids under 10!
Another great indoor place to play is the Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs exhibit. Check out Dinosaurs, gift shop, do crafts, bounce around in a bounce house, do a few fossil digs and ride a dino and moer!
Lego Discovery Center in the Arizona Mills Mall is going to be the “hot place” this summer. With a 4D movie theater (lots of special effects), classes for all ages, a Merlin’s Magic Ride and a Laser Ride, along with lots of opportunities to build and design your own Lego creations, this is the place to be! There is also a climber for the most energetic youngsters!
Adult only nights are available.
Sea Life Aquarium-Arizona Mills Mall is a great aquarium for the kids. The size of the aquarium is great for little ones to learn about everything in the water. There are interactive shows, the ability to interact with sea creatures and a climber at the end of the exhibits. Sea Life also offers classes, homeschool classes and groups and a camp!
Indoor Places on the East Side that are Great For Adults and kids of all ages
Halle Heart Museum in Tempe is great for a kids day out, an educational day for adults, fundraisers and so much more. This Museum is connected to the American Heart Association building and has a great place for kids and adults to learn about the heart, eating healthy and exercising. They also have events, classes (such as cooking classes) and tours. We really enjoyed our time learning about healthy eating and “shopping” at their grocery store. You can read our review here
Odysea Aquarium in Scottsdale– is the newest aquarium in the Phoenix Area. A huge aquarium right next to the Odysea Mirror Maze, along with new restaurants and attractions that are being added. There are also penguin encounters, the chance to swim with sting rays and see sharks in the bathroom!
Another place for teens and adults is the OdySea Mirror and Laser Maze. This can take you as long as you can go, and they sometimes will let you do it all backwards. Groupons are often available!
More than just butterflies, Butterfly Wonderland is another one of those awesome places to go with visitors of any age. While there really isn’t a play area, the garden with the Koi Pond, the Rainforest Reptile area and the small aquarium area make this an exciting places to visit. Plus, there is a cool 3d movie too!
If you are yearning to feel the cold in the midst of summer, check out Polar Play. Imagine yourself in the freezer at your favorite grocery store with a full bar, some fun games and some icy seats. The “cabin” area of Polar play has family friendly games as well as a small arcade. Good for families during the day, and a night hang out for 21+ at night!
Located in the OdySea Complex in Scottsdale
Bounce U is located in Gilbert and in Scottsdale. If you are looking for a climbing and jumping experience for toddler and up, check out Bounce U. Kids up to 14 were bouncing around!
Uptown Jungle formerly known as Urban Jungle–Mesa- With rock walls, trampolines, a huge climbing structure and a parents lounge, as well as a fenced in toddler court, Urban Jungle is the place to be on the east Side!
Urban Air Ahwatukee-If you are looking for a great place for your toddler through teens to all play and have fun, Urban Air has it all. From a zipline, to a ball pit, to trampolines, your kids of all ages will play hard and leave tired!
Located on the Phoenix/Chandler boarder
American Girl-Scottsdale-With shopping, a restaurant, doll salon and weekly special events and arts and crafts, the American Girl Store in Scottsdale Quarter will entice girls of all ages to get on the fun side of play. Dolls, dress up for girls and dolls and so many accessories, you will be reliving your youth in no time.
AZ Air Time in Scottsdale is located on Scottsdale road right near Playtime Oasis. Your teens can play while your little one plays just a few doors away! With Trampolines, an area just for smaller kids and a lot of referees, AZ Air Time is sure to tire out your whole family.
Another Huge trampoline park on the East Side is Krazy Air, in Mesa! Krazy Air also owns Elevate in Goodyear (see above). This is a great place for teens and toddlers, with separate areas, toddler pit, a mini rock wall, birthday rooms and storage for shoes plus a cafe!
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We Love our Libraries!
Looking for a cool place to go that has an educational component, has programs and is free? The Libraries have it all. You can even have a library card for libraries that aren’t in your city.
Here are links to ones we have been to. Check out the fun library programs for babies through adulthood during the summer!
- Northwest Regional Library (Surprise)
- White Tank Library
- Peoria Public Library
- Sunrise Mountain Library (Peoria)
- Phoenix Public Library
- Scottsdale Library
Other great libraries in your area can be found below!
- Aguila Branch-51300 W U.S. 60, Aguila, AZ
- El Mirage Branch-14011 N 1st Avenue, El Mirage, AZ
- Fairway Branch-10600 W Peoria Avenue, Room 144 Sun City, AZ
- Fountain Hills Branch-12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ
- Gila Bend Branch- 202 N Euclid, Gila Bend, AZ
- Goodyear Branch-14455 W Van Buren St, C-101 Goodyear, AZ
- Guadalupe Branch-9241 S Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ
- Hollyhock Branch-15844 N Hollyhock, Surprise, AZ
- Litchfield Park Branch- 101 W Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ
- North Valley Regional-40410 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem, AZ
- Perry Branch-1965 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert AZ
- Queen Creek Branch-21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ
- Robson Branch-9330 E Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ
- Southeast Regional 775 N Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ
- Sun City Branch-16828 N 99th Avenue, Sun City, AZ
- Main Library 5959 W Brown Street, Glendale
- Foothills Branch-19055 N 57th Avenue
- Velma Teague Branch Library-7010 N 58th Ave
- Main Library-8463 W Monroe Street, Peoria
- Sunrise Mountain Library=21109 N 98th Avenue
- Downtown-310 N 6th Street, Buckeye
- Coyote Branch-Sundance Crossings 21699 W Yuma Rd 3116
- Avondale Civic Center Library-11350 W Civic Center Drive, Avondale
- Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library-495 E Western Avenue, Avondale
- Burton Barr Central Library-1221 N Central Ave
- Ironwood Library-4333 E Chandler Blvd
- Acacia Library-750 E Townley Ave
- Juniper Library 1825 W Union Hills Dr
- Agave Library-23550 N 36th Ave
- Mesquite Library-4525 E Paradise Village Parkway N
- Century Library 1750 E Highland Ave
- Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center 102 W Southern Ave
- Cesar Chavez Library-3635 W Baseline Rd
- Palo Verde Library-4402 N 51st Ave
- Cholla Library-10050 Metro Parkway E
- Saguaro Library 2808 N 46th St
- Desert Broom Library 20710 N Cave Creek Rd
- South Mountain Community Library-7050 S 24th St
- Desert Sage Library-7602 W Encanto Blvd
- Yucca Library 5648 N 15th Ave
- Harmon Library 1325 S 5th Ave
- Appaloosa Library-7337 E Silverstone Drive
- Arabian Library-10215 E McDoweell Mtn Ranch Road
- Civic Center Library-3839 N Drinkwater Blvd
- Mustang Library-10101 N 90th Street
- Palomino Library-12575 E Via Linda Suite 102