Chandler is a great place for kids. Whether you’re on vacation or looking for something to do with the kids for summer break, you’ll find plenty of fun summer activities guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Water fun

Temperatures on the rise? Cool off at one of Chandler’s six aquatic parks and pools: Hamilton Aquatic Center, Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center, Arrowhead Pool, or Folley Pool. In addition to lap pools, several offer amenities such as water slides, interactive aquatic play areas, and big buckets that dump water on those below. Mesquite Groves even has a lazy river.

Daily admission starts at 75 cents for kids and $2 for adults, but season passes are also available if you have the time to make them worthwhile. The city also offers beginner, intermediate, advanced swim classes at its pools. Check online for more information.

Swimming isn’t the only water fun in Chandler. The city has three spray pads with spurting, bubbling, and gurgling water features: Chuparosa Park Spray Pad, Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals, and Espee Park Spray Pad.  Chandler Fashion Center mall also features a great spray pad for refreshing fun!


Indoor adventure

Staying inside doesn’t mean you have to forfeit active play. Chandler has several venues where kids can run, jump, slide, and more, including Makutu’s Island (pronounced Ma-coo-two’s), one of the largest indoor play areas in the country. The island-themed family fun center features tunnels, tubes, mole-holes, fire-poles, slides, a bungee, and a toddler zone. During the summer, it also offers a summer camp with crafts, science, music, and playtime on the “island.”

Kids who seem to bounce off the walls will love Xtreme Air, an indoor trampoline park with dodgeball and slam ball areas as well an extreme obstacle course with ladders and monkey bars. Jumpstreet is a similar concept with trampoline courts and a dodgeball area. With a fun pass at Jumpstreet, kids can also stunt jump, play trampoline basketball, and ride a mechanical bull. Both facilities have zones reserved for younger children.


Active families will find plenty to do at Kids that Rip, a 60,000-square-foot facility with an obstacle course, huge skating park, and trampolines. Throughout the day, Kids that Rip also holds clinics on activities ranging from tumbling and cheerleading to skateboarding, parkour/ninja warrior, and beginning gymnastics. Day passes and monthly memberships are available.


Bowling and skating

For an activity that the whole family can do together, test your skills at one of Chandler’s three bowling alleys: AMF Chandler, AMF McRay Plaza, or Brunswick Kyrene Lanes. Pricing starts at $2 per person, per game plus shoe rental, but all three also offer a summer pass that allows the holder three free games and a pair of shoes every day, all summer long.

Or, try roller skating at USA’s Skateland. In addition to open skate times (check the online calendar for details), the brightly-colored rink holds beginning skate lessons for kids every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $6.50 and summer camps that include skate rental, breakfast, snack, and lunch.

Want to really beat the heat? Head to the Ice Den Chandler to ice skate. Public skate times vary, so you’ll want to check the online calendar before you go. If your kids have never ice skated before or want to improve their skills, the Ice Den Chandler’s learn-to-skate program is recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.


Legos, cookies, and art

You don’t have to be quite so active to have fun indoors during the summer. At the Lego Store in Chandler Fashion Mall, kids can complete a free mini-build that changes every month. If you go on a Wednesday afternoon, make your next stop in the mall Wildflower Bread Company, where kids can receive a free milk and cookie from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Chandler Fashion Center Mall itself partners with National Geographic kids to present an hour of music, games, and activities from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Gap wing. The program focuses on baby animals and runs through July 27

Have a creative kid? Burst of Butterflies Art Studio lets kids express themselves as they paint pottery, glass, or canvas walk-in projects. The studio also offers art classes for kids as well as summer art camps where kids ages 9 to 14 complete projects ranging from canvas painting to fused glass art, clay projects, and mixed media.

You can also sign your kids up for a variety classes, including art, cooking, dancing, and sports through Chandler Parks & Recreation. Some classes meet once; others are ongoing.




City of Chandler Aquatic Administration

(480) 782-2749


Makutu’s Island

6919 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

(480) 344-3740

Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $11.99 (ages 1-17), one adult per child is free, additional adults are $6


Xtreme Air

910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler

(480) 409-4555

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Check the calendar for closures and special hours.)

Cost: $12 for the first hour, $5 for additional hour; on weekends, $15 for the first hour, $6 for additional hour; $7 per hour for children $5 and under



455 E. Warner Rd., Chandler

(480) 270-8008

Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Pricing varies based on age and special promotions. Basic price is $12 for the 1st hour and $6 for each additional, for kids 8 and over. A Fun Pass is $3 per person and allows unlimited access to all other attractions.


Kids that Rip

KRT Family Action Sports Centers

1050 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler

(480) 718-5872

Hours: Open sessions begin at 4 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: Individual day pass, $30; family day pass, $50; individual monthly membership, $149; family monthly membership $249


AMF Chandler

1900 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

(480) 963-0150

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Prices range from $2 to $3.99 per person, per game, depending on day and time. Shoes not included.


AMF McRay Plaza

3825 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

(480) 899-2171

Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Prices range from $2.50 to $4.69 per person, per game, depending on day and time. Shoes not included.


Brunswick Kyrene Lanes

6225 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

(480) 961-3388

Hours: Monday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Prices range from $2.50 to $4.69 per person, per game, depending on day and time. Shoes not included.


USA’s Skateland

1101 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

(480) 917-9444


Costs: Admission varies ranges from $4 to $7 per person, depending on the day and specials. There’s an additional charge for skate and roller blade rentals.


Ice Den Chandler

7225 W. Harrison St., Chandler

(480) 598-9400

Hours: Public skate times vary. Check online calendar.

Cost: Public skate prices range from $5 to $8, depending on a number of factors and may or may not include rental skates.


Chandler Fashion Center Mall

3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

(480) 812-8488

Mall hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Lego Store (mini-build)


Wildflower (cookie and milk)



Burst of Butterflies Art Studio

141 W. Boston St., Chandler

(480) 559-8016

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Varies by project; summer camps are $99


Chandler Parks & Recreation classes

Main switchboard: (480) 782-2727