Whether you live in the Mesa area or are just visiting, there are several activities around town that the entire family can enjoy. Let’s discuss some of these activities and why they’re so fun.
1. Butterfly Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland is home to over 3,000 beautiful butterflies, making it the largest butterfly conservatory in the country. You can observe them as they flutter among tropical plants and flowers. You might even see one land long enough for you to take a perfect photograph. In the butterfly emergence gallery, you might find a butterfly emerge from a live chrysalis and make its first flight. Butterfly Wonderland also features a rainforest reptile room, home to creatures such as the Asian water dragon, tomato frog, and dwarf caiman. Other animals you might spot during your visit include centipedes, millipedes, and spiders.
Butterfly Wonderland isn’t just a sanctuary for wildlife that lives on land. In the center’s aquarium, you’ll discover African Cichlids, Amazon Pacu fish, and other tropical species. If all this discovery makes you work up an appetite, stop by the cafe for a snack. If you’re feeling especially daring, you can try chocolate-covered ants, coconut brittle mealworms, or chips made with cricket protein. These unique snacks are available for purchase at the edible insect station. Before you head home, be sure to stop by the gift shop for a T-shirt to commemorate your trip.
2. Castles N’ Coasters
For thrills and chills that parents and children alike can enjoy, head to Castles N’ Coasters, a fantastic amusement park filled with a variety of rides and games. Roller coaster enthusiasts will want to take on the challenging Desert Storm with its vertical drops, spins, and flips. The XD Dark Ride takes you through a landscape filled with monsters and zombies as you compete with your friends to fight them off. Cool off on the Splashdown as you journey through the logging town of Splash Down Falls. Just make sure to keep an eye out for water cannons.
The littlest family members will enjoy a gentle ride on the flying bugs, the spinning tops, and the miniature Ferris wheel. The entire family can enjoy a little friendly competition on the Castles N’ Coasters mini golf course. If all this fun makes you work up an appetite, you can enjoy a pizza, hamburger, taco, and other treats from one or more of their eateries.
3. Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix allows kids of all ages to learn through play. The museum’s area for children ages 3 and under encourages age-appropriate development. Baby zones allow younger family members to enjoy the exhibits with their older siblings. These interactive exhibits teach kids about core subjects, such as arts and culture, health and wellness, environmental awareness, and tolerance. The museum also hosts themed summer camps and a special foam party exhibit.
These are just some of the fun family-friendly destinations in the Mesa area. No matter which one you visit, you’re sure to have a wonderful time creating special moments and memories.