Disclosure: I was recently hosted in the Greater Phoenix area. All opinions are my own.
The weather was absolutely perfect during my recent trip to the Greater Phoenix area, but there are those infrequent times when that may not be the case. Whether it’s that very rare rainstorm or an excessively hot day, there may be times during your Phoenix family vacation where you’ll want to head indoors. Here are five things to do in Greater Phoenix in the rain and excessive heat.
During a trip to Phoenix a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I visited the Musical Instrument Museum, but was pleasantly surprised. The kid-friendly museum showcases musical instruments and music as a part of culture, and the exhibits focus on different cultures. Wearing headphones, you’ll hear the music of a culture as you approach each gallery. There’s also a hands-on experience room, which is great for kids, as well as the Artist’s Gallery, featuring musical instruments from popular musicians.
For some afternoon entertainment, head to the Tempe Center for the Arts. Childsplay, a professional theater company, offers kid-friendly productions year round. Everyone has a great seat in the small theater, and the actors often interact with the audience after the show.
Arizona Mills mall is a great place to spend the afternoon or evening. Located in Tempe, it’s an outlet mall that offers 175 retailers, as well as a GameWorks Arcade, a theater, a Rainforest Cafe, and a SEA LIFE Aquarium. You could easily spend a half-day or more.
Main Event Entertainment is a Texas entertainment chain that just opened their first Arizona location in Tempe. With dozens of arcade games, laser tag, bowling, two restaurants, and a gravity ropes course, there are plenty of things to dol
For a more traditional mall, head to nearby Chandler to the Chandler Fashion Square. It offers 180 stores, including Nordstrom and Dillards and kid-friendly spots like Build-A-Bear and the LEGO store.
Of course, all of these destinations are great even when the weather is perfect too, especially if you want to take a break from the sun. For more ideas on what to do in Phoenix, – see our things to do in Phoenix with kids here.