Indoor Playgrounds to Beat the Heat in Phoenix & Tucson Areas

The Climber at Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Phoenix Area

Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix •

This interactive museum designed for kids 10 and younger features a three-story climber and active play such as fort building, shopping in a mini market, painting a kid-size castle and much more. There’s a separate toddler area, too.

2988 N. Alma School Road, Chandler • 6042 N. 59th Ave Glendale.

Designed for children between 9 months and 6 years, Giggles has play houses, a stage, scooter race track, slides and climbing structures. Adults have their own area, too, with free coffee.

2160 W. Chandler Blvd., #18, Chandler • 7077 E. Bell Rd. #206, Scottsdale

Specially designed Gymboree Play & Music classes incorporate new technology with classic learning techniques to engage young minds. Choose from a wide range of early childhood classes for ages 0-5 years.

i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa •

Artville, the museum’s indoor playground for ages 4 and younger, includes soft fort-making blocks, a dress-up area, an art studio, a garden with Velcro veggies and more.

Jordan’s Corner 

15681 N Hayden Rd Suite 116, Scottsdale •

Jordan’s Corner is a 2,800 square foot indoor play space in North Scottsdale for infants up to six years old. Each week, children can participate in character meet and greets, engage in sensory activities, move their bodies in music and movement, engage in musical story time, and so much more, while caregivers are given the opportunity to rest and meet other caregivers.

Kids Empire
Locations in Gilbert, Phoenix, and Peoria •

Floor-to-ceiling climbing walls, play structures, and a drop-in ball pit. Special tots section including smaller slides, a mini trampoline, and structures perfect for little crawlers.

Legoland Discovery Center
5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #135, Tempe •

Aimed at families with kids ages 3 to 10, a giant kids-only play structure with staff supervision, a car-racing area and dozens of building stations. Two small-scale amusement park rides and a 4-D theater. Plus, a parents’ lounge and cafe.

3522 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria • 15495 W. Bell Rd. Ste. 104, Surprise

Three levels, includes crawl tubes, slides, tunnels, and more. For ages 0-12. Separated toddler area for ages 1-4 with interactive soft play and sensory play panels and toys and a baby crawling area. A full service café. Seating for adults with TVs and nursing areas, plus free WiFi.

Makutu’s Island
6919 W. Ray Road, Chandler •

An enormous tree filled with tunnels, slides, holes and tubes for kids to climb and traverse. Makutu’s play structures feature a child-size zip line, bungee jumper, a 35-foot-snake slide and explorable caves. Separate toddler area. A theater hosts storytelling and craft times, and there’s a cafe plus free WIFI.

8190 W. Union Hills Drive #110, Glendale •

PLAYzona of Glendale, AZ is the premier PLAY space for children (birth – age 12) and a family center for group music and art classes in the west valley.

Teeny Town Playland
12958 W. Indian School Rd B-8, Litchfield Park •

Filled with 8 different play houses filled with the high-end toy curated to cater to children ages 1 – 10 that are ready to play and learn. Cook a meal at the café, fix a car at the service station, be a firefighter or a teacher!

Whiz Kidz Playland
15425 S. 48th St., Suite 100, Phoenix • Coming soon 2nd Ave & Monroe location

A variety of play options depending on what parents need. The Stay ‘n Play option allows parents to stay and work or socialize while kids play nearby. The Drop-in Play lets parents drop off their kids for supervised play for up to four hours. Classes and daycare are also offered.

Tucson Area

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Packrat Playhouse
2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson •

Children can discover the desert through the eyes of a curious packrat. Slide down a Gila monster’s tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, find hidden objects, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more! Toddlers (Infant to 3 years old) will enjoy their own safe zone separated from bigger kids.

119 E. Toole Ave, Tucson •

An indoor parkour and play-based fitness program that helps kids build character and strength through play. There are colorful tumbling mats, obstacles and more. Open play, stories, games, and playtime for ages 0-6.

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
4811 E. Grant Rd Suite 141, Tucson •

A safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Open Play is offered daily where children ages 13 and younger can enjoy full use of sensory-safe gym and therapy equipment, an arts and crafts area, a calming room, and more. Parent supervision is required.

Wild Katz Children’s Adventure Playground
4629 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson •

Little ones can climb to new heights at Bearkat Boulder, test their ninja warrior skills in the BeastBox and get lost in the giant Jaguar Jungle playground! Parents can join in the fun or enjoy the action at one of the many parent seating areas.