Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W Glendale Ave, Glendale
623-930-9000 • cerreta.com
Activities: Factory tours (guided and self), taste testing, and candy pizza making.
Hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Sat; guided tours, taste testing, and pizza making at 10am & 1pm Mon-Fri.
Pricing: $7/person guided tour.
Stuffington Bear Factory
2302 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
602-225-9513 • stuffington.com
Activities: Tours and stuff your own stuffed animal.
Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat; drop-in factory tours 1pm Mon-Sat.
Pricing: Free drop-in tours; $4 private tours or $12 tour plus 12” bear (by appointment).
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-257-1222 • phxart.org
American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, fashion and photographer. To make your visit more meaningful for kids, pick up a Scavenger Hunt card at Visitor Services. 10am-5pm Tuesday, 10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5pm Sunday; closed Monday. $18; $9 for ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and younger. There are multiple Free Days so make sure to check the website
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-252-8848 • heard.org
Celebrates traditional and contemporary American Indian art and cultures. “It’s Your Turn” is a hands-on interactive art experience for children that reflects themes in current permanent and traveling exhibitions. 9:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday. $18; $7.50 ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and younger.They have free days so make sure to check their site.
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-716-2000 • azscience.org
More than 300 hands-on exhibits plus a SkyCycle, IMAX theater and planetarium. Permanent exhibits focus on the body (how it works and functions), the science of flight, forces of nature, the brain, financial literacy, electricity, digital communication technology, renewable energy and more. 10am-5pm daily. $12; $10 ages 3-17 (additional charges for SkyCycle, IMAX and planetarium shows).
Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N. Macdonald, Mesa
480-644-2230 • azmnh.org
Exhibits exploring Arizona through time: Dinosaur Mountain, Southwest cultures, the Spanish in Arizona, Lost Dutchman’s Mine, Terrritorial Jail, a gold-panning experience and more. 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday. $12; $7 ages 3-12, free for children younger than 3.
35 N. Robson St., Mesa
480-644-2467 • ideamusuem.org
Art education and creative play designed to instill a lifelong appreciation for art. It has exhibitions and activities focused on discovering art, nurturing creative thinking and engaging families. Exhibitions and activities incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).9am-4pm Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 9am-6pm Friday, noon-4pm Sunday; closed Mondays and most holidays. $9; free for infants younger than 1.
Arizona Capitol Museum
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix
602-926-3620 • azlibrary.gov/museum
Four floors and more than 20 exhibition areas describing Arizona government past and present. 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday (September through May). Free; donations welcome.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th St., Phoenix
602-253-0501 • childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
Hands-on, interactive, learn-by-play exhibits designed for ages 10 and younger. 9am-4pm daily. $12; free for infants (under age 1).
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
480-478-6000 • mim.org
More than 6,500 instruments from around the world, classes for kids, concerts, signature cultural events and more. 9am-5pm daily. $20; $15 ages 13-19, $10 ages 4-12, free for children 3 and younger.
Grand Canyon Railway
Travel 65 miles from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Year round.
Seasonal: Polar Express.
Verde Canyon Railroad
800-582-7245 • verdecanyonrr.com
They have different tours and adventures so check their website