Mesa was named one of America’s most playful cities – 8 times running – by Kaboom!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids. Such distinctions bode well for travelers seeking out unique and different ways to keep children entertained and engaged on vacation. Here are just a few highlights for those traveling with kids or kids at heart:


• Arizona Museum of Natural History – Dinosaurs and So Much More!


Panning for Gold at Arizona Museum of Natural History

• i.d.e.a. Museum – Engage the senses through creativity


• Amazing Jakes’ Indoor Family Fun – 90,000 square feet of you name it & then some!


• Children’s Garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum – an Arizona State Park


• Golfland/Sunsplash – 450,000 gallon wave pool!


Golfland Sunsplash Thunder Bay


• Planes & Trains: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona and Freestone Railroad Park


• Organ Stop Pizza and the World’s largest Wurlitzer Pipe Organ


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• Musical Instrument Museum (The MIM) – the world’s only global museum featuring MIMkids Musical Adventures


• Sea Life Aquarium – Arizona’s closest ocean with seahorses, sharks, rays, and guided interactive games


• Usery Mountain Nature Center featuring Creature Theatre, animal hide-and-seek hunts, stargazing


• LEGOLAND Discovery Center – hands-on attraction with 4D cinema, rides and more