Whether you’re vacationing near Phoenix or a native, you’ll love these free activities that are fun for any age. Keep your wallet closed this summer and use that extra money for another vacation!
Fourth of July: You’ll find a ton of free Fourth of July festivals and celebrations in and near Phoenix. Many have free music, fireworks, and even water activities for kids and adults alike. Check out the Ahwattukee, Chandler, Florence, Glendale, or Litchfield Park celebrations. In past years, all have had free fireworks, music, and free ways to cool down. Food and drinks always do cost a little something, but you can take a cooler and go have fun without spending a fortune.
Get Wet: There are free splash areas all over the place in Phoenix. Some of the splash areas you can visit for free are the Edison Park Spray Pad, Mountain Vista Spray Pad, Harmon Park Spray Pad, or The Civic Space Park Spray Pad. There are more, this is just to get you started. You won’t find deep swimming pools or lifeguards at these areas, so do keep an eye on the little ones. I recommend flip flops with a rubber sole. Some splash pads are nonslip but others are concrete.
The Chandler Center: The Chandler Center is a great place to find a free concert in the summer. The concerts are indoors and it’s nice and cool. I do recommend getting there as early as you can, because it fills up fast. The music ranges from jazz, to pop, to rock and roll. You can park for free and should plan on most concerts lasting about an hour on average. It’s an absolutely beautiful theatre. Visit their website, here for a listing of events.
Rio Salado Habitat: If you are looking for an outdoor activity that’s educational and fun, visit the Rio Salado Habitat near Phoenix. This beautiful habitat is located along the Salt River and is a wonderful example to show your children about preserving our planet and it’s ecosystems. This habitat used to be full of junk and is now gorgeous. You can also find educational programs for the kiddos and your family can even volunteer to help out if you’d like.
I don’t recommend doing a lot of hiking in the summer months in the Phoenix area, especially with small children. The weather can be brutal. There are tons of beautiful trails and sights to see if you feel like you can deal with the heat. Have a great summer.