We headed out to the Tempe Marketplace on Saturday to 1). go for a drive to get the kids to sleep (we were three for three, just in case you are keeping score), and 2). to check out the area we had just quickly passed through when we had visited Dave And Buster’s a few weeks ago.
It was pretty hot when we went, but Tempe Marketplace was a great place to cool down! There were tons of misters cooling us and the air, plus a lot of shade!
There were a lot of people shopping, but not too many that it felt like that it was crowded.
A plaza that had a large TV and a stage had entertainment and live music. We saw a group of young students playing drums and bells.
But the best part of the trip for the kids was the splash pad by Barnes and Noble.
Giggles had a great time playing with the warm water. The water was 16 different spigots shooting from the ground, on a nice rubberized ground (like the type used on playgrounds).
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the kids bathing suits with us, so we ended up changing their clothes in the bathroom nearby. There were a lot of other kids in regular clothes running around, but I do recommend bringing a bathing suit for the kids and some water shoes as well!
The area around the splash pad is really nice. There are a few places to get a drink for the adults (smoothies) and lots of shaded areas for parents to watch the kids splash. I was very excited about this area (other than forgetting the kids bathing suits).
There are a lot of great restaurants in Tempe Marketplace, as well as a sweet shop for kids and parents alike. We had a great time playing there on a hot day, and really appreciated the restrooms being adjacent to the splash pad. Plus, planes were constantly flying over the area where the splash pad was which was very exciting to Giggles!
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