Family Activities in Arizona

This year, spring break 2021 might look a little different. While many students and families like to get out, stretch their feet with a getaway, many people will be staying put. The good news is that Arizona is the perfect place for a staycation. Parents may still need to scramble to find activities to fill the week up so the kids don’t go crazy or complain about their boredom. Here are some family activities in Arizona for your 2021 spring break.

  1. Take a Trip to the Sea
    You might be scratching your head right now knowing that Arizona is nowhere near the sea, but it is home to Odysea Aquarium located in Scottsdale at the Arizona Boardwalk. Your kids will love a day packed with sea creatures, activities and education. In addition to the aquarium, the boardwalk offers the Titanic Exhibition, Butterfly Wonderland, Laser and Mirror Maze, Paradise Earth and Pangea.
    We’re talking about Odysea Aquarium and the surrounding fun activities at Butterfly Wonderland, Laser and Mirror Maze, Titanic Exhibition, Paradise Earth and Pangea. Check their website for deals, annual passes and discounts. There may be additional requirements and precautions to take note of before you visit.
  2. Spring Training Game

The Cactus League makes Phoenix it’s home every spring. This means that the MLB practices and has a full spring training game schedule. Only Arizona and Florida host spring training, so this is truly a unique opportunity.  It is the perfect event for any baseball fan in your family. Visit the Cactus League Spring Training schedule to find a game fit for your family. There will be no shortage of popcorn, hotdogs, beer, and cheer.

  1. Go For a Hike
    There are places around the entire state of Arizona with beautiful hiking trails at every level of ability. People flock to Arizona for the best winter weather around and hiking is a huge bonus.. Here is just a sample of hiking trails that the whole family can enjoy:

    Bajada Nature Trail
    18333 N. Thompson Peak Road, Scottsdale

You can find this trail at the Gateway entrance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is a paved and easy to navigate trail that you can even bring a stroller to cruise along with. There are over 30,000 acres and 150 miles of trails. Build on your child’s education by checking out the interactive exhibits along your way. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset with free admission. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
37615 E. US Highway 60, Superior

Enjoy more than 3 miles of trails among 100 acres of natural areas. You will enjoy a chance to reconnect with nature and your family. There is a Children’s Garden designed to stimulate your senses. Your kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge when they complete the Junior Ranger kit found at the admission desk or gift shop. 

The park is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m from October-April. The admission fee is $10/day; $5 for ages 5-12. 

Hayden Butte Preserve Park
Southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

Many people recognize this park as the “A” Mountain because it is home to the 60-foot letter symbolizing ASU pride. This is also a great place to hike with your family. The best part is that the trail is paved and rather short, but you can still enjoy great views. The trail is open daily and there is no entrance fee. 

Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa

This park is located in the East Valley of Phoenix and is a sprawling 3,648 acres. Your family can enjoy this short, easy hike on Merkle Trail. There are also special events that are dedicated to kids, like Storytime in the Desert and Movie Night in the Park. 

The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday-Thursday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The entrance fee is $6/vehicle. 

White Tank Waterfall Canyon
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd Waddell

Located in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park, the hike to Waterfall Canyon is a hike you won’t want to miss. The hike itself is flat and easy. To see the waterfall at the end will require climbing to see the plunge pool. 

  1. Visit a Museum
    Arizona is home to some pretty awesome museums. Your whole family will enjoy these favorites. Check each website for updated information on hours and any precautions to take before visiting. 
  1. See the Animals
    A great activity to start off your spring break morning is to take the kiddos to the zoo or wildlife park. Arizona is home to several places to catch glimpses of animals. These include:
  1. Get a POGO pass
    Are you thinking about partaking in multiple spring break events? If so, then a POGO pass might save a bit on your wallet. This is a budget-friendly pass that allows you and your family to enter multiple attractions around the valley for one low price. Some places even allow you multiple visits. Check out what the pass offers and if it makes sense for your plans this year.
  2. Resort Staycation

Soak up all the sun and pool time activities by opting for a resort staycation. Arizona entertains thousands of Spring Breakers each year, but you don’t even need to hop on a plane to enjoy the party. 

Bottom Line

Spring break is a very nice time to unwind, entertain and change up your weekly routine. There are tons of events and activities for you and your whole family to enjoy.