5 ideas to keep kids busy this summer in Arizona
PHOENIX – If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy during the summer months, while also keeping their brains active, ABC15 has put together the following list.
Take a road trip in a national park
The parks are busy right now, but did you know that all fourth graders get in for free? Through the “Every child outsideChildren graduating or entering fourth grade can purchase a pass that takes them and their families to federal Crown lands at no cost.
the Petrified Forest National Forest, which is about three hours from Phoenix, not only contains all kinds of fossils and artifacts, but also has a young ranger program.
“Kids can come and ask the visitor center for a junior ranger booklet and they can fill out that booklet and show it to a ranger and we swear them as junior ranger,” said Sarah Herve of Petrified National Park. Forest.
Register for camp with the Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center offer virtual and in-person camps in June and July. The camps focus on STEM concepts through practical challenges designed to build confidence and problem-solving skills.
Read books and win prizes
Maricopa County has a free summer reading program you can register online. When you earn 740 points, you get an Arizona State Park pass or tickets to a Phoenix Mercury game. Earning 1,000 points entitles you to a free book. Other prizes including raffles for tickets to the Phoenix Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium or Legoland Discovery Center.
Visit a museum
Indoor play is back at Phoenix Children’s Museum. They also have camp options for kids in June and July. The Idea Museum and Mesa Natural History Museum are also interesting to explore.
Explore the water in complete safety
ABC15 has a list of swimming pools and water parks that are open this summer. Many swimming pools offer swimming and swimming lessons that are open for registration.
Tempe Town Lake offers boat rentals
Hit the lake without driving. Tempe town lake offers kayaks, pontoons, ducks and, more recently, Donut Boats for up to 10 people.
There is also several community lakes around town where people can fish.