Top 15 Things to Do with Kids in Chandler, AZ

If you are traveling with the family, you'll have lots of things to do with kids in and around Chandler. In Chandler, families can explore the world of color at Crayola Experience, see vintage rail cars at the Arizona Railway Museum, enjoy a desert walk with the family or visit one of Chandler's family attractions. Within a short drive of Chandler, families will find family fun exploring the desert, getting up close to see the wild animals at the Phoenix Zoo, interacting with sea creatures at aquariums, more than 300 engaging hands-on-activities at the Arizona Science Center and more!


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1. Crayola Experience 

The Chandler Crayola Experience is where the magic of Crayola comes to life! With 20,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Arizona's most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play! 

The Chandler Crayola Experience is a colorful, one-of-a-kind family attraction featuring 19 hands-on activities where families can come together to create, learn and…


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2. RUSH Xtreme

Rush Xtreme is an indoor adventure park offering extreme entertainment for the whole family. The amusement center features 12,000 sq. feet of trampolines for freestyle open jump, a dedicated kids trampoline for those 42" and under, Xtreme Basketball trampolines and Xtreme Dodgeball courts for kids and adults.

Rush Xtreme is an indoor adventure park offering extreme entertainment for the whole family. The amusement center features 12,000 sq. feet of trampolines for…


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3. Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is Arizona’s largest collection of mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds and reptiles and one of the most successful zoos in the United States.

The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and has grown to 125 acres of land, 2.5 miles of walking trails and 1,200 animals. The Phoenix Zoo is Arizona’s largest collection of…


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4. Arizona Museum of Natural History

Kids will enjoy the reenactments of a desert flash flood at Dinosaur Mountain as well as an exploration of Arizona and the Southwest region from creation until now at the Arizona Museum of Natural History


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5. Arizona Science Center

With five galleries, an IMAX theater, the Dorrance Planetarium, and more than 300 hands-on exhibits – the Arizona Science Center is an excellent outing for your up-and-coming scientist.

The mission of the Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate, and entertain people about science. Located in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center…


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6. Children's Museum of Phoenix

Kids can get creative in the art studio or travel through the Noodle Forest at this museum full of hands-on fun.


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7. Hall of Flame Fire Museum

What kid doesn't fantasize about being a firefighter? This museum will give them a chance to dream those dreams full of firefighting equipment, engines, and even a hands-on area where kids can learn valuable safety lessons.


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8. i.d.e.a. Museum

museum dedicated to art and children. Don't miss ArtVille, an experiential play place designed for young crawlers to curious toddlers who keep busy in a town built to cultivate awareness of color, line, shape and texture. 

The i.d.e.a. Museum is the place to explore your imagination through design in art, science and technology! We support "your child and the child within you" by…


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9. SEA LIFE Aquarium 

Where ocean meets desert-- Check out SEA LIFE Aquarium! Visitors are transported into the amazing ocean world through close encounters with a fast array of sea creatures, including Sea Life's newest resident, Ziva, the sea turtle.

The ocean meets the desert in this highly themed aquarium that was built specifically for kids, but is truly an experience for all ages. Visitors are transported…


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10. OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium largest aquarium in the Southwest, it features six attractions you won’t find anywhere else, including 12 tanks suspended from the lobby ceiling, an acrylic tube-enclosed escalator through a 2-story tank, and the Living Sea Carousel, a 20-minute show that rotates like a carousel.

OdySea Aquarium is Arizona's largest and newest aquarium featuring more than 2,000,000 US gallons of water and over 30,000 animals for viewing. The aquarium is open…


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11. Musical Instrument Museum

The world's first global musical instrument museum celebrates the world's cultures as expressed through music.  Families will enjoy the Experience Gallery where you can play unique instruments from all corners of the world.  

This one-of-a-kind museum is the largest music instrument museum in the world. The facility showcases thousands of instruments from around the world in addition to…


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12. Desert Botanical Garden

Featuring five thematic trails, a seasonal Butterfly Pavilion each fall and spring, and flashlight tours in the summer there are numerous activities and events that highlight native plants and unusual cacti in the Desert Botanical Garden in Chandler.

Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical…


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13. Arizona Railway Museum

The Arizona Railway Museum is a great place to explore the past. View antique rail cars from the days when rail transportation was in its heyday. Kids can climb in and ring the train's bell!

The Arizona Railway Museum features restored train cars from different time periods in our country’s rail history. The main building is a re-creation of the original…


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14. Goldfield Ghost Town

Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and buildings, tour through the mine, visit the Goldfield Superstition Museum, pan for gold, take a narrow gauge train ride or witness an old west gun fight.


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The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is great for the whole family! The attraction features two LEGO rides, a 4-D cinema and large scale LEGO models featuring local landmarks including ASU Gammage and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a great, indoor attraction perfect for an outing with the kids. The attraction features two LEGO rides, a 4-D cinema and large…

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In addition to world-class parks and aquatic centers, Chandler is home to great indoor activities where kids can stay cool all summer long and burn off some extra energy (or a sugar rush).

There is so much to see and do on a visit to Chandler, Arizona and that can make you hungry.  Whether you opt to stick with childhood favorites like macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets or dazzle your young, adventurous foodie, Chandler is home to a number of restaurants…

Do you want to take full advantage of Chandler's 330 days of sunshine a year? You and your family can play, explore and learn in our outdoor venues. 

Explore some of the best parks and trails in the Chandler area. Find information on nearby parks that are perfect for hiking and biking, or find more laid back options for a leisurely walk or jog.