Not everyone plans a big vacation trip when the kids are out of school during Spring Break. It is, however, a great opportunity for some family time, especially if you can get a day or two off for a special adventure with the family.
If you need to keep children occupied while you are working many of the area cities and towns have Kids' Clubs for Spring Break; contact your city's Parks Department to see what programs they have available.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Images © Judy Hedding unless otherwise stated.
There are several organizations around town that usually offer a short camp program during Spring Break. If you can't stay with the kids and take them here and there, at least maybe they can have some fun at camp.
Everyone knows that March is the month for Cactus League baseball. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and the ten Spring Training stadiums around town are easy to get to. There are usually six games or more scheduled on any day in the month of March! If you can't take off from work, there are evening games, too.
Golfland/SunSplash will have race cars, bumper boats and their six water slides open in 2014 from March 8th through March 30th from noon to 6 p.m. and on weekends until May 23rd when the full waterpark opens. Thunderfalls will be open Saturdays in March from 1 p.m. tp 6 p.m., and in April weekends only and Good Friday. (Map)
Two pools in Chandler, the Hamilton Aquatic Center and the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, will be open. The Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center features a lap pool, diving area, two slides, water vortex, lazy river with tumble buckets, and a play area for kids. The Hamilton Aquatic Center features a lap pool, diving area, two slides, water vortex, current river and a play area for kids. Mesquite Groves will be open beginning March 8, 2014. Check here for Mesquite's hours. Admission prices range from $1 to $2.25 per person. Hamilton will be open from March 8 - March 22, 2014. Hours will be Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm. Admission prices at both Chandler pools range from $1 to $2.25 per person.(Map)
Some other municipal public pools are also open. Check with your neighborhood parks and recreation department.
The Arizona Science Center has 16 days of outrageous and crazy science fun: a Beach Party that lasts three days where you can learn about the ocean and sea life; “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®”; “Flight Zone”; watch “The Last Reef 3D” in the five-story IMAX® theater. Special events include Unbelievable Brain Day, a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Step Into Spring Day. The last weekend, Ick & Eeek Fest will host gross and freaky unbelievable science. March 8 – March 23, 2014, Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Phoenix.
The Phoenix Zoo is located in Papago Park in central Phoenix. It's easy to get to from all directions, and it is a lovely zoo, especially on a day when it isn't too hot (Map). Get there early on those warmer, sunny days. See the video.
If you haven't been to Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, you might want to give that a try for a change of pace. They are more focused on exotic animals. Wildlife World Zoo is on the west side of town in Litchfield Park.
The fish are jumpin' at SeaLife Arizona where you can get up close and personal with seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and the sea turtle, Ziva. SeaLife Arizona is in Tempe. You can watch a short video about SeaLife Arizona.
The farms are slowly but surely disappearing in Maricopa County, and as development continues it's getting harder and harder for kids to see a real cow around here! Problem resolved at Shamrock Farms, where you can see thousands of them, and take a cool tour of this huge, high tech operation. There's no petting zoo, but if you bring the little ones there is a playground, and you can bring your own snacks for a picnic.
At Superstition Farm you'll experience the family dairy farm, take a tour, and pet some of their resident animals. It's a more casual, close-up experience!
Amazingly enough, Castles and Coasters in Phoenix is the closest thing to a theme park that we have in the Phoenix area. The water slides and features are only available during the summer, but the miniature golf courses, large arcade, and the rides -- including roller coasters -- are always popular.
Rawhide is extending their hours for Spring Break 2014 at Rawhide. They will be open March 19 – 23 and March 26 – 30 from noon to 10 p.m. A hay ride, petting zoo, panning for gold, shooting gallery, gun fights, stunt shows, live country music, a real blacksmith and more. Admission is free, individual attraction tickets are $4.95+tax each, Town Pass (one-day unlimited usage wristband) $14.95+tax. Parking $5.