Four Fun Things to Do in Phoenix with Toddlers this Fall
It's finallllly cooling down here in Phoenix (and by cooling down, I mean it's under 100. 97 degrees today, hello!). With the cooler weather we've been opening our windows and venturing out to some of our favorite spots again. There seems to be a lot of fun and kid friendly events happening this fall. Here are four that we've been to and I can personally vouch are good for toddlers and little kids.
This has been my son's favorite place for the last two falls. This fall festival of course has pumpkins, but it also has a giant bouncy pad, awesome giant slides, a train/tractor ride, a corn maze, giant barrel rolls, little zip lines, animals, hay bales, and more. If you have toddler age kids it's perfect for them because it's not crazy crowded and they can participate in all the activities, everything is really close together, and (the best part) there are almost no lines. The other best part is it's only $9 on weekdays to get in, $10 on weekends. I've been to the Schnepf Farms Fall Festival, and that one is really aimed for older kids and adults. I'd say at least 5, or however old they are when they can walk farther between activities and when they don't mind waiting in line to go on a ride. I went before I had kids, but with some friends who had toddlers (the age my kids are now) and it was sort of a headache. Although they did have pig racing, which was cool. And actual rides. Also, it was double the price. With a three-year-old and a one-year-old, we'll stick to Vertuccio Farms. The fall festival at Vertuccio runs through November 5.
I have literally been looking forward to the fair all summer. Ironically there was one happening in both the San Juan Islands and in Oregon when we were there this summer, but neither fit into our schedule. I went last year with my son on a free kid day and we saw some fun shows (bikes! pirates!) and of course saw the animals and went into a petting zoo. I'm not sure when the free kids day is this year, but I did find this article with lots of info on how to save money getting into the fair. We accidentally did the Free Fry's Friday deal anyway and I'm doing the kids bibliophile deal as well. My whole goal at the fair is to see the animals, take the kids into the petting zoo, RIDE THE FERRIS WHEEL, eat some cotton candy and fried pickles and an elephant ear if we can find one, and call it a day.
Also, when we went on a weekend two years ago, there were kangaroos in the petting zoo. No joke. I'll let you know if they have them this year. The fair runs through October 29 this year.
I am so excited.
So we went to this a few weeks ago on a member preview day, and my three-year-old has been talking about it ever since. They gave you a "field journal" when you get there (basically a little stapled hand out with pictures and info about the dinosaurs in it. It looks nice, but it's not anything fancy). Of course I threw it in the recycling when we got home and of course he started looking for it the next day. He's been asking to go see the dinosaurs again every day since, and this morning he said, "And I can tell them I lost my dinosaur journal so they can give me another one."
Break a mom's heart or what?
This exhibit is robotic dinosaurs on a trail at the zoo. They make noise and their heads and arms might move. It's pretty cool. There are some activities at the end, but we didn't do them (lines). They looked fun though! Face painting! Bean bag toss! If you're a member of the Phoenix Zoo admission is $4 and if you're not it's $5 on top of your regular zoo admission. Also, if your fall is just too full of fun activities, I just checked and this actually runs through the end of April next year.
Okay this is my favorite thing at all times of the year, but I LOVE the Botanical Gardens. And don't forget the second Tuesday of each month is free! My favorite trails are the wild flower trail and the edible garden trial. They also have their fall butterfly exhibit happening now through November 19, from 9:30-5 p.m. It's included in admission or your membership (and also totally free on the 2nd Tuesday of each month). We went to this in October and my kids loved it.
Any fun events I'm missing? And does anyone know where I can pick apples in Arizona?
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