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Things to do in Central Phoenix

If you are looking for things to do in Central Phoenix with your kids, you are in luck! There are so many amazing things to do that will amaze and impress your kids (and the kids inside of you!). We have visited so many of these local gems over the years that we put together this amazing list for you with links to our full reviews!

Check out our post on Things to do in North Phoenix and East Phoenix!

Comerica Theater

Comerica Theater in Phoenix has many different productions throughout the year. If you are looking for adult shows or kids shows, they might be show at this huge indoor auditorium.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The cream of the crop when it comes to Children’s Museums, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix has three floors of fun for kids 0-12. There is tons of opportunity for play using big muscles and fine muscle control as well. Along with imaginative play, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers camps, classes and educator days as well as adult only nights!

Kroc Corps Community Center Phoenix

Kroc Corps Community Center

The Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix has an amazing indoor pool, but also so much more. With a preschool, high school set up, along with sports fields, teen center, sports and indoor gym workout area, church, library and so much more, you will never want to leave this huge community outreach center. While technically more in “South Phoenix” We put this in the Central area. Kroc Corps Community Center is run by the Salvation Army and offers discounted rates (sliding scale) for members of the community. There are also camps, after school programs and much much more.

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tours

Amazon Fulfillment Centers circle the city, so you can find them almost everywhere. Certain fulfillment centers offer tours at different times of the year (but not fourth quarter). You can follow our links to find out how to sign up for a tour. They are really interesting, but you must be able to walk for at least an hour and participants must be 6 and up.

Enchanted Island

Enchanted Island is located within Encanto Park in Phoenix. There is water surrounding this “Island” and inside is a small amusement park for young children run by the city of Phoenix. Inside the park there is a small splashpad and train. Enchanted Island also hosts different seasonal events throughout the year.

enchanted island

Japanese Friendship Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix is a great place to go with older kids or those who are a bit calmer or want to learn Japanese culture or history. With gorgeous scenery and paths, you won’t feel like you are in Phoenix but that you have been transported into Tokyo.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Central Phoenix puts on amazing and funny productions for kids and even adults. Charming adaptations of time treasured classics are put into kid friendly 45 minute stage performances that kids and adults will love at this renovated LDS church in Phoenix.

Margaret Hance Park

Margaret Hance Park is a large Park in Phoenix that is right near i10 and i17 and sits in the heart of downtown. With dog parks, playscapes and lots of green grass, it is also a place for community. Holding tons of events during different seasons, you’ll see many people enjoying the parks throughout the year.

margaret hance park

The Teapot

The Teapot is a charming home turned coffee and tea spot in Central Phoenix with a backyard that is a playspace. This fun area for community and playdates has turned into a great get together for moms and families throughout the years. Closed during the summer, enjoy the Teapot during the cooler seasons.

Burton Barr Public Library

The Burton Barr Public Library in Phoenix is the Central Library to Phoenix. Located right off of the Light Rail, there are so many levels to explore. With an indoor waterfall, just be careful of little footsies climbing in. There is a whole teen floor and kids floor for events and get togethers. The Burton Barr Library in Phoenix also holds many special events.

Chase Field

Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB team, is a wonderful stadium that can be used for indoor our semi-outdoor play. The field also hosts other events throughout the year, but is also known for having an indoor playscape for excited little baseball fans that need to run off energy during long games.

view of chase field

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Talking Stick Resort Arena, right next door to Chase Field, is a huge indoor arena used for events such as basketball games, concerts, circus events, and other live shows. There are restaurants that are located within the arena as well.


CitySkate is located within the central part of Phoenix! When Christmas time comes, Central Ave and Washington St is magically transformed into an ice rink with a christmas tree. During the summer, City SCAPE has a splashpad.

Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is floors upon floors of special fun and science adventure for kids. There are special movies, exhibits, and other shows you can also see as well as an amazing outdoor water area that kids always love playing in (save this for your last stop). A full cafe is also available for hungry visitors. Plus, the Arizona Science Center has expanded in the past few years to other buildings for more fun. The Science Center offers break camps, special field trip classes, and other STEM programming.

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum Focuses on American Indian Art and is well known in the community for its generosity to American Indians (free with Tribal ID). There are many different art exhibits and traveling exhibits. We went during a Lego exhibit, but this Museum is best for older elementary children and up.

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