6 Phoenix/Scottsdale Indoor Play Destinations for Preschoolers

Hey mamas! Ready to hunker down for a long, hot summer indoors? (The correct answer is: NO.)

We’re lucky to have a lot of indoor play opportunities in the Valley, but when your little ones are, well, little, the choices become a bit slimmer. Two-year-olds don’t have the attention span for most museums, and it can be scary for preschoolers to share the trampolines and bounce houses with bigger kids. And yet, last summer’s stroller-bound infant is this year’s busy toddler, and we all know how much those little stinkers need to burn off energy and use their growing minds and bodies (otherwise they’ll find a way to do it at home… *shudder*).


Here are 6 Scottsdale and Phoenix indoor play destinations for toddlers and preschoolers – it’s by no means a comprehensive list, but enough to keep your busy kiddos active and save a shred of your sanity this summer. Enjoy!

Imagination Avenue

Indoor make-believe town (a store, a school, a house, a bakery, a dress-up shop, etc.). Toddlers and preschoolers LOVE this place, and they recently renovated and added a cafe. (602-765-3192 // 10614 N 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85028 // $9 admission)

Phoenix Children’s Museum

The Phoenix Children’s Museum is a go-to summer spot for kids of all ages (there is plenty for little kids to enjoy, and a separate area for ages 3 and under as well). (602.253.0501 // 215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 // $11 admission)

Play Factory

Play Factory in the Desert Ridge Marketplace has some big-kid stuff  (a climbing wall and big slide), but the smaller size of the place as a whole makes it less overwhelming for little ones (and easier for mom to keep an eye on kids of multiple ages). There is also a separate area for ages 4 and under. (480-473-PLAY (7529) // 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona 85050 // $9 admission – with special discounts for certain days/ages)

Paradise Valley Mall

PV Mall has a free play area (with a maximum height requirement that keeps bigger kids out), a carousel, a train, and enough of those awful “put a quarter in and ride a plastic germ-mobile” things to keep you busy all day. ((602) 996-8840 // 4568 E Cactus Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032 // Carousel = $2, Train = $3, Play Area = Free)

Your Local Library

Our Scottsdale and Phoenix Public Libraries have great programs for toddlers and preschoolers. (Free, until you forget to return your books for half a year.)

Arizona Sunrays Open Gym

Arizona Sunrays is one of the larger gymnastics studios in the Valley and offers Tumble Time for ages 1-6 on Sunday mornings through the summer (they do occasionally cancel open gym for special events, so always call ahead). (602 992-5790 // 3110 E Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032 // $5 cash admission)

About Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers is a freelance writer, sporadic blogger, and mom of three who now lives in Southern California after nearly a decade in Scottsdale. She is Managing Editor for The Happiest Home and has been published in Raising Arizona Kids magazine and online at The Huffington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, and Mamalode. You can find Sarah on Twitter, Instagram, and at her blog, Powers of Mine.

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One Response to 6 Phoenix/Scottsdale Indoor Play Destinations for Preschoolers

  1. Lynda May 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Paradise Valley Mall also has a free kids club (near Dillard’s) on Tuesday mornings from 10-11. Activities/crafts, etc.

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