Summer Activities for Kids in Phoenix

In Arizona, standard outdoor activities are often not an option for kids during summer break due to the sweltering temperatures. Check out these fun activities for kids in the Phoenix area that beat the heat.

Make Meaning

Make Meaning

Make Meaning at Scottsdale Quarter is an award winning creative destination for fun with creativity, featuring over 50 activities for all ages within seven Creative Experiences: Glass, Candles, Ceramics, Paper, Jewelry, Soap and Cake Decorating. These indoor activities are a great way to get the kids out of the heat and using their creative minds while having fun. Make Meaning is a membership-based destination. Daily memberships cost $12 per person. The year-long “Smile High Club” membership is $36 per person or $149 for up to a family of five. All creative experiences range from $6 – $20. For more information visit

Big Surf Waterpark

Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe is home to Waikiki Beach, the original North American wavepool. In addition to the wavepool, Big Surf offers a variety of rides ranging from the otter slides (great for the smaller kids) to the hurricane slides (for the daredevils). Season passes are $49.95 and general admission is $26.95 – if you plan to go more than once this summer, the season pass is a great deal. Big Surf Waterpark is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For more information visit

AZ Air Time

At AZ Air Time in Scottsdale, kids (and adults) can play dodgeball, shoot baskets, jump into a huge foam pit, practice tricks or just jump for fun. This 25,000 sq ft indoor, air conditioned trampoline park will get3 kids off the couch, burning some energy and having a blast. AZ Air Time is open 7 days a week for the summer (starting May 21). Prices vary based on day and special offers. For more information visit

Uptown Alley

Uptown Alley, the new ultimate entertainment venue in Surprise, has fun for the whole family, including bowling, billiards, arcade games, laser tag, a full-service restaurant and more. Uptown Alley Surprise is open Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – midnight, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. For more information visit

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill, an in-theatre dining concept in North Scottsdale, is hosting a Children’s Summer Series featuring family-friendly movies at a discounted rate all summer long. The cost is $1 and $2 for adults for these special 11:00 a.m. showings Monday through Friday throughout the summer. The Children’s Summer Series movies include Shrek Forever After, Puss In Boots, Rango and many more. For more information visit

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