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Tempe Is A Treasure Trove Of Fun Activities

You don't have to travel far to fill the summer with great experiences.


August 1, 2018

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Whether you're visiting from far away or nearby, Tempe, Ariz. has lots to offer families looking to have some fun. From the squirmiest little travelers to tough-to-please teens, kids, parents and grandparents will find plenty to enjoy in Tempe. Tempe's wide range of family oriented attractions and restaurants are up to the challenge of satisfying the pickiest of palates. Tempe is a treasure trove of fun activities.

See beautiful fish and other creatures of the sea at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, located in Arizona Mills. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is a unique excursion for the whole family. SEA LIFE creates an environment where little ones can have face-to-face encounters with seahorses, rays, sharks, tropical fish and more.

Combine your visit with lunch or dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, Garcia's or Joe's Crab Shack.

Budding master builders will love the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center at Arizona Mills mall. Families with children aged 3 to 10 will experience a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Your gang can spend hours enjoying the build and play areas with thousands of LEGO bricks, 2 LEGO rides, the 4D cinema and MINILAND with Arizona's iconic buildings and attractions made from LEGO bricks.

Visit the Dino Explorer experience, a JURASSIC-sized adventure featuring a ton of Dino activities and playful learning activities. Kids can also learn LEGO building tips from the experts at the Model Builder Academy.

Tilt Studio, also located inside Arizona Mills, is a blast from the past where you can play some of the original video and pin ball games. Pac-Man, anyone?

Tempe Marketplace is a shopping and entertainment destination home to H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Dave & Buster's, California Pizza Kitchen and a 16-screen Harkins Theatre. Relax with an iced tea while the kids enjoy the Splash Pad. And, on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy live music at the District Stage.

Pedal or paddle around Tempe Town Lake where you can rent a pedal boat, stand-up paddle board, kayak and other watercraft. Landlubbers can stretch their legs on the art-lined paths surrounding the lake.

You'll be amazed at the collection of more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire-fighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969 at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-17 and $2 for ages 3-5. Children under 3 are free.

Have a roaring good time at the Phoenix Zoo, one of the nation's top five zoos for kids with more than 1,000 animals and interactive exhibits. Isle of the Tiger includes two exhibit yards for the Zoo's tigers, Jai and Suriya, and two viewing areas featuring Sumatran architecture.

For some creative family togetherness check out the fun ASU Art Museum's programs for kids and families, including Creative Saturdays and Family Fun Days. Supplies are provided and you can take home your art.

Main Event Entertainment, located in south Tempe, is a 58,000 square foot fun zone, home to 26 high quality recreational bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity high ropes course, billiards and shuffleboard tables and more than 125 interactive games.

Get wet and wild at Big Surf Waterpark all summer long. Arizona's best waterpark is the best place to spend those hot summer days. Enjoy waterslides, America's original wave pool at Waikiki Beach or kid friendly water park attractions like Bora Bora Bay or Captain Cook's Landing.

Learn all about that most miraculous organ–the heart–at the Halle Heart Children's Museum, the only hands-on, interactive cardiovascular learning facility in the nation. Exhibits and fun activities educates children and adults on a variety of health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and the importance of not using tobacco products.

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