It’s a familiar scene: your kids are out of school, and they’re on top of the world…for about ten minutes. Then it’s, “Mom, I’m bored!” Here are ten fun, family-friendly events and festivals you can do with your crew this summer that will keep everyone having a good time.
When: Every Thursday and Saturday night from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., May 27 – September 2
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Cost: Free with membership or paid garden admission (Adults- $24.95, Kids 3-17- $12.95)
While most things go to sleep at night, did you know some desert creatures are wide awake? Bring your flashlight to catch glimpses of nocturnal creatures (like tortoises, scorpions and tarantulas!) and beautiful night-blooming plants.
When: Tuesday-Saturday at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
Where: Superstition Farm, Mesa
Cost: $9.00 for adults, $7.50 for kids 1-12.
Have you ever wanted to learn about life on a dairy farm? Are your kids excited by cool tractors and feeding goats? Superstition Farm is a great place for everyone from your curious toddler to your sweet grandmother. Oh, and don’t forget the milk bar, where you can sample from a variety of milk flavors.
When: June 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gillespie Park, Holbrook
There’s a little bit of something for everyone in Holbrook’s Route 66 Festival: classic cars (including Herbie the Love Bug), games, vendors, food, and even an Elvis impersonator. Celebrate Historic Route 66 with your whole family, and, if you can’t convince the kids that it will be fun, just tell them it’s Radiator Springs (the town from the movie Cars). They’ll love it!
When: March 17-August 31 (closed Mondays)
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Cost: Free from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and all day on the second Saturday and Sunday each month
Is one of your kids a sports nut, while the other one is buried in sketchbooks all day? Thanks to the Phoenix Art Museum, you can have the best of both worlds with the Good Sport exhibition. The exhibit features art based on all kinds of sports–from baseball to bullfighting. Take advantage of the free hours every Wednesday afternoon to get away from the heat.
When: June 23, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Taking your family to the movies can easily set you back $50. Here’s a free option. Come out to Goodyear Ballpark and set up your blankets on the outfield grass at no cost (unless you want to buy concessions). Check the event link for movies and ratings.
When: Every fourth Sunday during summer, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Heard Museum, Phoenix
Take in some awesome American Indian art, along with free performances, artist demonstrations and family activities. This is a great way to not only get out of the house, but also learn about American Indian culture. Who says your kids can’t learn something new this summer?
When: July 15, 7:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix
Cost: Included with zoo admission (Free for members, adults- $19.95, kids 3-13 $9.95)
What better than to have a day of winter in the middle of July? On Saturday, July 15, bring your family into the middle of a blizzard at the zoo. There will be 35 tons of snow, snow targets, squirt gun targets and a toddler snow pile for kids 5 and under. Bundle up!
When: June 24 & 25
Where: Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Glendale
Cost: One-day, Two-day and family passes available
Does your family require a specific diet based on allergies or celiac disease? Come check out the largest gluten free and allergen-friendly expo in the U.S., where you’ll find free samples, classes, and over 100 brands showcasing the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Cost: 13 and older, $7 (pre-sale tickets until June 30), 12 and under are free.
Are you looking for a family-friendly environment for your 4th of July? Head to the Peoria Sports Complex for fireworks, eating contests, water zone, and bounce houses. Parking is free and seating in the outfield is first-come, first-serve (so bring your picnic blankets and stake your claim early!).
When: July 4, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
This is one of the biggest, most patriotic fireworks and freedom celebrations in the Southwest. This alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere features a large kids’ area, a classic car show, food and drink vendors, and live bands. Join over 100,000 of your closest neighbors to celebrate independence.