Family Fun

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Whether you’re traveling with toddlers, teens or kids in between, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had in Scottsdale.

Saddle up at MacDonald’s Ranch and take a horseback tour of the Sonoran Desert! Kids will love the petting zoo and free pony rides (for little buckaroos under 5).
The hands-on “Dig It: Explore Archaeology” exhibit at Pueblo Grande Museum& Archaeological Park lets kids study clues from an ancient Hohokam village.
Belly up to the Sugar Bowl’s 1950s-style soda fountain and enjoy creamy frozen treats like the Buster Brownie Sundae and Gosh-Awful Gooey Banana Split.
Bang a gong or strum a Burmese harp in the Musical Instrument Museum’s Experience Gallery, which features exotic instruments from around the world you can touch and play.
Explore the Young@Art Gallery at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring creative works by youth.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a train- lover’s paradise that boasts an exact 5/12-scale replica of a Colorado narrow-gauge railroad. Train and carousel rides, railroad museum, playgrounds and the Snackstop Caboose round out the fun.
Visit more than 1,100 animals at the Phoenix Zoo! Daily activities include the Safari Train, Monkey Village, Wild About Animals Show and a petting zoo.
Kids got you climbing the walls? Head over to AZ on the Rocks, Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym. Expert instructors can help new climbers of all ages learn the ropes.
Cowboy storytellers, Native American inspired crafts and desert activities are all in a day’s fun at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Camp Hyatt Kachina, a day camp for kids ages 3 to 12.
Join the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ mascot, Bobcat Billy (above left), for fun and interactive games and activities that explore the culture and wildlife of the great Sonoran Desert.
Surfing in the desert? You bet! After a short intro lesson, even novices will be able to hang ten on short boards or body boards at the FlowRider at the Westin Kierland Resort.