Tucson for Tikes

Family-oriented indoor/outdoor adventures will get kids and grownups through the hot summer months

What to do, what to do? As kids and parents explore summer options, here are some must-do family adventures and must-savor sweet treats to get the most out of the long, sunny days.

Outdoor Fun in the Sun

Reid Park Zoo (©Reid Park Zoo)

Reid Park Zoo

Hop on the Reid Park Zoo express train, take a ride on the Cox Wildlife Carousel and feed the giraffes at the giraffe encounter at Reid Park Zoo, home to hundreds of animals and species on its 24-acre campus. Be sure to check the daily schedule for training demonstrations, chats with the zookeepers and children’s activities. 

Go-karts (©Golf N' Stuff)

Golf N’ Stuff

Two miniature golf courses, go-kart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, more than 100 arcade games and laser tag can be found at Golf N’ Stuff. These activities will keep the whole family entertained every day of the week, and a snack bar is on site for refueling. Pricing is based on activity; full-day passes can be purchased. 

Funtasticks Family Fun Park

Three levels of laser tag, go-kart racing, two miniature golf courses and bumper boats will keep the adults and older children entertained at Funtastics, while the Kiddie Land offers rides and go-karts for the younger ones.

Also new in spring 2019 is the Funtastics very own water park, Cactus Springs, with multiple levels of H2O fun featuring gigantic tipping buckets that dump 1,000 gallons of water on trembling fun-seekers, in addition to bubbler jets, water slides, water wheels, water curtains and waterfalls. 

Kid-Friendly Museums

Children's Museum Tucson (Courtesy Visit Tucson)

Children’s Museum Tucson

For inside fun, Children’s Museum Tucson’s Wee World is perfect for toddlers, while older children explore the “bodyology,” “electricity” and “imagine it” exhibits, among other educational activities. 

Pima Air & Space Museum (Courtesy Visit Tucson)

Pima Air & Space Museum

The whole family will take interest in the third largest aviation museum in the United States at Pima Air & Space Museum where more than 300 significant aircraft are on display. Each Saturday features a Soarin’ Saturday kids program. 

Museum of MIniatures (©Amy Haskell)

The Mini Time Machine: Museum of Miniatures

More than 275 dollhouses and room boxes are displayed inside this museum. Check out the Kids Create family fun program held the second Saturday of each month. 

Sweet Treats

The Hub Ice Cream Factory (©John Saunders/Arizona Business Photos)

Hub Ice Cream Factory

Famous for their handmade “Choco Tacos,” the Hub Ice Cream Factory also produces smoothies, ice cream scoops, signature sundaes, milkshakes and floats that will transport you from the heat of the desert to a cool internal climate. 

Isabella’s Ice Cream

Designed as an old- fashioned 1920 Ford Model T with the register located inside of the car, Isabella’s serves delectable ice cream pints, ice cream cookie sandwiches and ice cream sundaes in waffle bowls. 

The Screamery (Courtesy The Screamery)

The Screamery

The Screamery uses natural ingredients mixed with grass-fed milk to provide a pure sweetness you can taste. Try flavors such as the “Snickery Delight” and “Ooey Gooey Buttercake.”