Favorite Spring Break ideas Phoenix

Teachers rejoice each March as they enjoy a little break from teaching. Parents, on the other hand, scramble to find activities to fill the week up so the kids don’t go crazy or complain about their boredom. The good news is that there are plenty of fun activities for families to do in Phoenix during this break. Here are some favorite spring break ideas for families in Phoenix.

Take them to the Sea

We’re talking about Odysea Aquarium and the surrounding fun activities at Butterfly Wonderland, Laser and Mirror Maze, Titanic Exhibition, Paradise Earth and Pangea. This place will have a fun-filled day, packed with sea creatures, activities and education. You can score many deals like Twilight @Odysea for only $25, 40% off of SeaTrek helmet diving and 50% off an annual pass should you want to come back all year long. This is one of our favorite spring break ideas for the whole family!

Spring training game

Phoenix is home to MLB’s spring training practice and games. One of only two locations, you can see a ton of action from many teams around the league. 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. Also, check out our article we wrote centered around only Spring Training in Arizona.

Go for a hike

With some of the country’s best weather happening right here in Phoenix in March, there’s no better outdoor activity to enjoy than a nice hike. 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.

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, Phoenix

Northeast entrance located at 2439 S. Central Ave.

Walk along the Salt River with 16 miles of paved and dirt trails over a 600-acre park. This area is home to more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife including beavers, muskrats, coyotes, jackrabbits, and javelinas. The park is open daily, from sunrise to sunset with 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.

Visit a museum

Phoenix is home to some pretty awesome museums. You whole family will enjoy these favorites:

Musical Instrument Museum

Arizona Science Center

Phoenix Children’s Museum

Arizona Museum of Natural History 

IDEA Museum

Check out the zoos

A great activity to start off your spring break morning is to take the kiddos to the zoo. Phoenix has two amazing options. The World Wildlife Zoo in the West Valley and The Phoenix Zoo.

Get a POGO pass

If you are a family that likes to check out multiple events, then the Phoenix POGO pass might be for you. This budget-friendly pass allows you to enter multiple attractions around the valley for one low price. Some places even allow you multiple visits.

Resort staycation

Soak up all the sun and pool time activities by opting for a resort staycation. The Phoenix Valley 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.