10 outings for families during spring break

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Families enjoy a mini-train ride around McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Photo: Facebook.com/McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

Staying in town over spring break? There are several opportunities for families to enjoy fun activities all over the Valley. Take some time to visit these places with your kids—and make some lasting family memories.

Arizona Science Center. Discover something new and inventive together. Try some hands-on experiments, check out displays and learn how certain scientific phenomena work. 10am-5pm. $10 to $12. 600 E Washington St, Phoenix. 602-716-2000 or azscience.org.

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Pottery plates at As You Wish’s Mesa Grand Studio location. Photo: Facebook.com/As You Wish.

As You Wish Pottery. Have a desire to channel your inner artist? Paint pottery or try your hand at painting a canvas—and create a memorable experience with your family. 10am-9pm. $8 adults or $6 kids 12 & under, plus cost of pottery. Seven Valley locations. asyouwishpottery.com.

Baseball. March means spring training! Savor beautiful weather and a baseball game together. Eat hot dogs, soak in the sun and watch your favorite player score a home run. Fifteen teams practice in the Valley, so make a day of it by hopping from stadium to stadium. $9 to $34. cactusleague.com.

Castles~n~Coasters. Three seekers will enjoy this local amusement park where you can ride roller coasters, bumper boats or go-karts, play carnival games and indulge in cotton candy. 10am-9pm. $8 to $35. 9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix. 602-997-7575 or castlesncoasters.com.

A young driver enjoys a go-kart ride at CrackerJax Speedway. Photo: Facebook.com/CrackerJax.

CrackerJax. Laser tag, anyone? Or would you rather try bungee jumping, driving a go-kart or relaxing with a round of mini golf? There’s something for everyone at CrackerJax. 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 10am-10pm. $15 to $25. 480-998-2800 or crackerjax.com.

Kiwanis Park. Grab your picnic basket for a day at the park. Those who love swimming can rent rafts or inner tubes for the indoor wave pool. For the sports-minded family, there is a gym and tennis courts. $4 to $5. 6111 S All-America Wy, Tempe. 6am-11pm. 480-350-5201 or tempe.gov.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Ride the train, hop on the carousel or enjoy some ice cream. Encourage your kids to learn something new by introducing them to model trains or help them identify more than 100 plants in the arboretum. 10am-6pm. $2 to $10. 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. 480-312-2312 or therailroadpark.com.

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A baboon mom keeps a close eye on her baby at the Phoenix Zoo. Photo: Facebook.com/Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Zoo. Families will have a great time strolling through the zoo, which is home to more than 1,400 animals and 30 endangered species. There’s also a splash pad, a safari train, theater, carousel and camel rides to keep your kids entertained. 9am-5pm. $14 to $20. 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. 602-286-3800 or phoenixzoo.org.

Sugar Bowl. When was the last time you visited an old-fashioned ice cream parlor? The Sugar Bowl has been serving food, drinks and ice cream treats in Scottsdale since 1958. Relive some of your childhood memories and create new ones. 11am-10pm. 4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-946-0051 or sugarbowl.com.

Verde Canyon Railroad. Want an escape but don’t want to drive too far? Visit the historic train depot right outside of Sedona, where your family can experience a 20-mile journey on a renovated vintage train through natural landscape—and you might catch a glimpse of some wildlife along the way! $45 to $75. 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale. 800-582-7245 or verdecanyonrr.com.


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