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Best for Kids in Phoenix

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Corral West Horse Adventures provides a safe and fun horseback riding experience in the picturesque town of Goodyear, near Phoenix. They have several tour options to choose from, like the one hour sunset ride, where you'll experience a Sonoran Desert sunset on horseback. Or their campfire dining ride, complete with cowboys and views of the twinkling lights of the city. They also have wagon rides - an educational experience good for all ages, especially the young ones who'd rather not be on horseback. A true old west adventure, Corral West Horse Adventures is a unique Arizona experience.

Head out into the wilderness with Desert Wolf Tours. From the Phoenix area, take off into the Sonoran desert on an off-road adventure and get in touch with the history and natural environment. Also available for adults are recreational firearms experience, all done under the careful supervision of NRA certified staff. If you're looking for a new, exciting way to explore what's lies beyond the Metro area, contact Desert Wolf Tours.

Ahwatukee Children's Theatre is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of wholesome entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. By involving children in the performing arts, this establishment greatly contributes to their development as individuals, who will one day be able to contribute towards the betterment of the community. Not only do they put up many productions and fashion shows, but they also organize various classes, where children can hone their singing, dancing and comic skills.

This park houses a museum about the railroad history of the United States, thanks in part to the Arizona Model Railroading Society. Here, you will see train layouts of all scales in a trail around a whimsical little city full of details. It is a great location for birthdays parties and picnics - they have two party areas. Admission is free but they accept donations to help pay for operational costs. The Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park offers free rides in a miniature train through a trail around the desert outside the small museum. It is a great place for family fun.

Music lovers should head to the Musical Instrument Museum which has a collection of 15,000 musical instruments as well as multimedia exhibits. The collection of musical instruments comes from every corner of the world. Many so strange, they are exhibited along with an instructional video. Visitors get the opportunity to learn diverse music styles that exist around the globe. The museum also has live performances held at its theater.

The Children's Museum of Phoenix is a favorite destination for families with especially curious young ones. This museum provides a well-rounded educational experience, with hundreds of interactive exhibits and activities to encourage children to examine their environments in a new way. There is a range of activities to pique the interest of children of all ages.

More than just a store, this huge factory is actually where all the magical candy is made. Take a tour round and enjoy a fascinating video that explains how various businesses work together to create your favorite sweet. Browse the gift shop and pick bags of your favorite treats, from roasted peanuts to an Arizona gift box filled with tiny saddles, cowboy boots, hats and cactus made out of chocolate.

This fully restored home from 1901 exhibits toys, trinkets and dolls of years gone by. Located in Historic Heritage Square, this red brick structure was formerly known as the Stevens house. Apart from doll houses, miniature spaces resembling a pharmacy, candy store and hat shop make an interesting part of the museum. You can even purchase a gift item to take home with you. Also part of the Heritage Square, visit the Rosson House located nearby for more Victorian treasures.

The Phoenix Zoo offers a plethora of activities for family recreation. Sprawling over 125 acres (50 hectares), this privately-owned leisure facility is a must-visit when in the Valley. It is home to over 1,300 exotic species including lions, giraffes, baboons and meerkats, making it one of the country's largest zoos. Explore the verdant labyrinth of the Forest of Uco, take a hike along the African Trail and enjoy a tractor ride at the Harmony Farm. Also, the interactive programs on offer are both educational and entertaining.

One of Arizona's best water recreation sites just a few miles northwest of Phoenix. Desert terrain is rocky and shade is limited, so bring sturdy shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Popular activities include swimming, jet skiing, boating and fishing. You can also hire vehicles for a small fee. Bring cash or a check. No credit cards are accepted. Boat lovers be sure to check out the nearby Pleasant Harbor Marina, which offers full amenities for boaters.

The Valley Youth Theatre is an award-winning establishment located in Downtown Phoenix. The place boasts an environment that perfectly contributes to children's cultural growth. They manage to instill love for the performing arts in children of all ages by involving them in every aspect of a production. Children from the ages of 3 to 19 can develop their stage skills here and maybe even make a career out of it such as previous students Emma Stone and Jordin Sparks. Check website for schedules and more.

The Trunk Space is a prominent Phoenix performance venue, where a number of artists, musicians, performers, and painters gather. Avant-garde artists are high in priority as showcased by their featured events on kite design and experimental music. At Trunk Space, children's puppet shows are common along with concerts, drama and other performing arts events.

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