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Arizona Science Center 

600 E. Washington St., Phoenix 

Admission: Adults $20; kids 3-17 $15; two and under free. Members are free. Explore an entire building full of interactive science exhibits, including an IMAX theater and a trip to the stars in the planetarium. Permanent exhibits include the American Airlines Flight Zone, where guests can experience the science behind flying. With limited daily capacity, guests are required to reserve timed tickets in advance.

AZ Ice Arcadia 

Desert Palms Power Center 3853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix

Admission: Adults 13 and up $9.50; 12 and under $8.50; adults over 55 and students with an ID $6.50. Veterans and active members of the military skate for free. All skate rentals are $3.50. Cooling off happens instantly in AZ Ice Arcadia, where you can strap on your skates and fly around the ice. Public skating, lessons, youth hockey league and day camps are available.

AZ on the Rocks

16447 N. 91st St., Suite 105, Scottsdale

Admission: Adults $29; kids $25.50.

Test out your strength and endurance at AZ on the Rocks indoor rock climbing studio. After a short training course, visitors can climb across 14,000 square feet of space and up to 20 feet high. AZ on the Rocks also offers yoga classes for children and adults who want to find their inner zen. Visitors must complete a Gym Liability Waiver and a COVID entrance survey before entering the gym.

Big Surf 

1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe 

Admission: Adults $34; kids $24.

Open daily from May through August. Wash off the summer heat with the cold waters of Big Surf. The local water park offers visitors the chance to ride waves in the wave pool, slide down several thrilling slides or float down the lazy river.

Butterfly Wonderland

9500 E. Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale 

Admission: Adults $24.95; kids 2-12 $17.95. Next door to OdySea Aquarium is a chance to learn about the beautiful lives of butterflies. Visitors can get up close and personal with butterflies and the reptiles and amphibians that coexist with them in the rainforest. Butterfly Wonderland also offers Yoga in the Rainforest and painting classes on certain days. 

Castles N’ Coasters

9445 N. Metro Pkwy. East, Phoenix

Admission: Unlimited pass is $50, just rides is $34 with $5 add-ons. Hours vary. Castles N’ Coasters boasts 20 rides and attractions, mini-golf, 150+ arcade and pinball games, plus five different places to get food and drinks. Folks can get an unlimited pass and head to the roller coaster, interactive rides, go-karts, a funhouse, bumper boats and then grab a bite to eat to settle your stomach from all the fun.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St., Phoenix

Admission: $14.95 per person, 62 years and older $13.95. Free for members and children under the age of one. This museum focuses on learning through play, with an emphasis on early childhood education and school readiness. The indoor play area is closed at this time, but the museum offers a 15,000 square-foot outdoor adventure area with hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for kids up to 10 years old.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

Admission: $30 for adults, $15 for kids. Along with a plethora of signature events, there’s always something going on at Desert Botanical Garden. Guests can walk along five different trails while admiring the flora and fauna of our environment. Check out the Cactus Clubhouse for kids or the Spring Butterfly exhibit, and when you get hungry, there are a couple of restaurants on the grounds.

Escape the Room AZ 

7017 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Admission: From $40. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 12-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Put your brain muscles to work and test your skill at Escape the Room AZ. There are five themed rooms at this location: Jurassic Escape, The Agency, Western Bank Heist, Submarine and The Dig. Each room will have instructions and clues to help you escape, but you must hurry: you only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and make it out.

Great Wolf Lodge

7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

Admission: Starts at $55 for a half-day pass. Head to the Valley’s indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge for a day of fun. Folks can enjoy the 84-degree park and over 50 different activities. Swimming pools, basketball hoops, floating lily pads, slides, a lazy river, hot tubs and kids play place are just a few of the amenities guests can enjoy.

Hall of Flame Fire Museum

6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix 

Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for students 6-17, $6 for ages 3-5, free for children under three. This museum houses various fully restored pieces of fire apparatus, dating from 1725 to 1969. There are multiple exhibits at the near-acre facility, including a gallery dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the United States and a 9-11 exhibit. The museum also offers tours.

I.D.E.A. Museum 

150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa 

Admission: $9 a person. Free for members and children under the age of one. Closed on Mondays. This children’s museum contains over 20,000 feet of engaging interactive space, including ArtVille, a larger-than-life art town designed to help children develop their artistic side. The current exhibit is Art of the Story, which feature stories told through various mediums, such as visual arts, spoken word and film.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving 

9206 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale 

Admission: Packages start at $99 for two flights. Through the science of wind tunnels, attendees can skydive without having to leave the building. Before you fly, trained instructors will show you the proper techniques and give you the gear you need for an excellent experience.

Legoland Discovery Center 

5000 Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe 

Admission: Adults and kids $24; free for children up to age two. You don’t have to drive to California to enjoy the fun of Legoland – there’s one right in the Valley. The Legoland Discovery Center has two rides, 10 build and play zones, exhibits, a 4D cinema (with limited capacity), a Lego store, a factory tour and creative workshops.

Main Event Entertainment 

8545 S. Emerald Dr., Tempe

Admission: Per person and depends on activity and package rates, but starts at $20. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking for a place with a little variety and a lot of fun, Main Event might just be it. This establishment has 26 bowling lanes, arcade games, mini-golf, laser tag, gravity ropes, a rock-climbing wall and karaoke. There’s also a full-service restaurant.

Medieval Times

9051 E. Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale

Admission: Adults $46; kids $36.

Transport yourself to a time long ago. Guests will get up close and personal with the queen and her royal staff while enjoying a four-course meal. But that’s not even the best part: Guests can watch as brave knights battle it out with jousting and weaponry shows, as well as a falconry and horse show.

Musical Instrument Museum 

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 

Admission: Adults $20; ages 13-19 $15; children 4-12 $10. Children three and under are free. The Musical Instrument Museum displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 countries. Guests experience the instruments through audio and video technologies, allowing visitors to see, hear and observe the instruments. For a more hands-on experience, guests can play instruments from all over the world in the Experience Gallery.

Phoenix Police Museum

Historic City Hall, 180 W. Jefferson St., 1st Floor, Phoenix

Admission: Free. Hours are 9 a.m.-

3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Phoenix Police Museum houses over 130 years of history starting in 1881 when Henry Garfias was elected as the first city marshal. There are multiple exhibits, old school police vehicles, weapons, a replica of the very first jail cell, and you can even try on a Phoenix police uniform.

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

Admission: Adults $25; children $17. Children two and under are free. The Phoenix Zoo is home to over 1,400 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened. Some of the occupants you can run into include African lions, flamingos, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, coyotes and several different kinds of monkeys.