For most kids attending to public school in the greater Phoenix area, spring break is just around the corner. While some families are lucky enough to swing spring break vacations, not everyone will be able to. For any nanniesor stay at home parents who are wracking their brain for what to do with their kids during spring break, here’s a list of potential activities:
The Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is among the most unique attractions in the state. A vibrant 140-acre garden, the Desert Botanical Garden has dozens of trails, events, activities, and tours for visitors of all ages. Some attractions you and your children may be interested include:
● The "Birds in the Garden" Tour is a great way to introduce your children to wildlife indigenous to Arizona. Excellent for first time bird watchers, you won't want to forget your binoculars for this one.
● The Electric Desert Exhibit is a limited-time-only exhibit that will be on display through early May. Using plant-friendly lights, this exhibit is an immersive, experiential, and experimental art exhibit that marries light and sound art with the vibrant cacti and flowers in the garden. It's a once-in-the-life-time experience children will never forget. Not only will they have the opportunity to learn about Arizona plant life, it's also an engaging age-appropriate introduction to contemporary art.
The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the United States. With cafes, gardens, and a wide array of animals, it's the perfect destination for any animal lover.
One of the best parts of the Phoenix Zoo is its special emphasis on education. Curious about giraffes? You won't only see them at the Phoenix Zoo, you'll get to truly experience them. With some of the foremost animal experts in the country, the Phoenix Zoo isn't just the place to see animals, it's the place to ask questions about them, too.
The Phoenix Zoo also has a wide array ofdaily events and exhibitions, including a bug exhibit, an art gallery, and a teen career conference for any young person considering a career in animal conservation.
Papago Park is great for experienced and beginner hikers. It's also an excellent destination to teach your children about hiking, the Arizona terrain, and Arizona wildlife. There are plenty of trails you can do on your own, as well as guided tours of the Park. It's close by to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo for families who are extra ambitious. Think you can see all three attractions in one day?
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Dreaming of a safari? Now you can experience one at home in Arizona! A unique experience, Bearizona Wildlife Park offers a drive-through animal sightseeing tour all from the comfort of a passenger car. Kids get the chance to learn about a variety of animals, including:
● Rocky Mountain Goats
● Alaskan Dall Sheep
● Alaskan Tundra Wolves
● Black Bears!
The Bearizona Wildlife Park also offers shows and guided bus tours for people who want a more in-depth experience.
For more information on family-friendly . events and attractions in the Phoenix area, be sure to check out Kids Out and About Phoenix. Their searchable calendar allows users to plug in zip codes and see if there are any events of interest happening in your own neighborhood.