Whether creating a work of art, panning for gold, or feeling your way through a dark cave, Mesa offers an enriching experience for every family. Mesa is recognized as offering one of the most family-friendly communities in the nation. Year-round, Mesa attractions offer visitors interaction both indoors and out at museums, play centers, parks, shopping centers and more. Whether your child seeks out an action-packed adventure, or more a laid-back affair, families have countless options to make memories in the Sonoran Desert.
ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - 2 hours
Known locally as the place “where dinosaurs roar and so much more”. Don’t miss the three-story waterfall that simulates a flash flood in the Arizona desert. Galleries feature Arizona’s cosmic night skies, Native peoples and geology. Gold panning and the Paleo Dig Pit are must-do activities for kids.
i.d.e.a. MUSEUM – 1 hour
This interactive play place is designed for all ages including mom and dad. Kids are encouraged to explore their imagination through design in art, science and technology. The museum schedules hands-on daily activities in three exhibit areas.
OFF-ROAD FUN & ADVENTURE – 2+ hours
Get dusty and dirty on a Green Zebra off-road tour. Low-profile Tomcars race across the rolling desert floor with incredible agility and speed, promising tons of fun. Tack on more desert adventure with a night-vision off-road tour with Stellar Adventures. Hummer and ATV tours include educational tours of the Sonoran Desert landscape – and stargazing tours!
SWEET TREATS ON MAIN STREET – 1 hour
Wander along Main Street and pop into Sweet Cakes Café at Mezona Market. Rows of cookies, brownies and other desserts line the back wall of the bakery. Decorate your own cookies at Smitholator Cookie Shop or indulge in an ice cream sandwich at Slickables featuring fresh homemade cookies.
STRATUM LASER TAG – 2 hours
Experience the most action-packed fun in the city at the world’s largest technotainment arena. Plan for family bonding time with 15 levels of laser tag, 90 ramps, towers and bridges. Laser tag is perfect for the high-tech and adventurous family.
MESA RIVERVIEW PARK - 2 hours
Two playgrounds featuring slides, spinners and swings allow for hours of play time for little ones. On the edge of the park, curious climbers can test their skills and scale a 300-foot natural linear climbing wall complete with a covered fort. The biggest attraction here is the world’s tallest rope climbing tower that stretches 50 feet into the air. A 75-foot zip line and oversized splash pad complete the park’s playground amenities. The five-acre urban lake has three bridges and numerous access points.
The palm tree-lined walkway leads visitors to and from the adjacent Mesa Riverview shopping complex and Sloan Park, home to Chicago Cubs spring training.
JAKE'S UNLIMITED – 1 1/2 hours
Jake’s Unlimited is a 90,000 square-foot indoor entertainment venue for all ages - kids, young adults, adults, and families - offering over 170 arcade games, dual-level laser tag arena, 12 bowling lanes, VIP bowling suites, 6 mini-bowling lanes, thrilling amusement park rides and attractions, carnival-style midway games, an unlimited buffet open until 8 p.m. and a-la-carte dining.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM – 2 1/2 hours
This award-winning global museum features MIMkids Musical Adventures. Families can engage in interactive musical activities and learn more about instruments and cultures from around the world.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE – 1 1/2 hours
Head to OdySea Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The two-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water, over 50 exhibits, and 500 different species. There are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea home.
MESA RIVERVIEW – 2 1/2 hours
The largest outdoor retail mall with defined retail districts. Outdoor patio dining is abundant with options from BBQ and breweries to steak and sushi. For families, be sure to anchor yourself next to the Disney Store and Children’s Place. Just outside these family-friendly storefronts are two age-defined, shaded play spaces and a seasonal splash pad. Steps away are Grimaldi’s Pizza and the award-winning Frost Gelato.
DANA PARK VILLAGE SQUARE – 2 hours
This fashion-focused lifestyle center is a reflection of some of Mesa’s most affluent neighborhoods. Wide pedestrian walkways, spacious patios for outdoor dining, fountains and palm-tree-lined driveways are surrounded by upscale retail stores. Fucshia Day Spa offers spa treatments for visitors.