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Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

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Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

We'll be heading to Scottsdale with our 2 kids (ages 8 and 5) at the end of March/beginning of April 2019. We're mostly looking for a tad warmer weather then our Washington weather and pool time at our timeshare but was also looking for other fun things to do with kids? Hikes? attractions? Favorite restaurants? Also, would be up for any day trips. We'll be there for 7 nights 8 days then heading to Tucson to see family after that. Thanks for your help!!

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1. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, at Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend, is a great amusement park for the kids. The Sugar Bowl, at Scottsdale Road and 1st Ave., is an ice cream parlor for both kids and adults. Does serve burgers, etc. The Phoenix Zoo, on Galvin Parkway just south of McDowell, is a place to visit. I normally would not recommend a museum for the kids, but the Musical Instrument Museum is an exception. They give you an audio device so you can hear the instrument playing. The kids might enjoy the drums, etc. in the African section.

End of March/early April can be a congested time in Scottsdale and the Phoenix area. Baseball spring training in March is a major attraction and brings lots of visitors here. Since you apparently have a time share, getting a reservation should not be a problem.

As for restaurants, Scottsdale has loads. What part of town is your time share in?

As for day trips, there are several options. Grand Canyon is a 4-hour plus drive one way. A trip there calls for at least an overnighter. Prescott is an hour or so away. It was the first Territorial Capitol; it has a lovely courthouse square with lots of grass and stautes where the kids can run and play. A block west is the Sharlot Hall Museum with the first Governor's Mansion, a restored log cabin. Payson, northeast of Scottsdale, is about an hour, and a but cooler. You can make a run up the Mogollon Rim.

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2. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

The Children's Museum in downtown Phoenix is worth a visit.

https://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/

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A nice day trip is to go to Goldfield Ghost Town. It's about an hour from Scottsdale. It is a restored gold mining town. There are a lot of activities there for the kids from panning gold to a short train ride and small zip line. Perfect for your kids ages. On weekends from noon to 4pm they have a gunfight in the street which is interesting. We like the Saloon for lunch or places to get ice cream and other snacks.

http://goldfieldghosttown.com/

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4. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

Thanks for the information!!! Sorry for the delay in reply, posted and then got distracted and forgot to check back :) We're staying at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club in Scottsdale and yes, we do already have reservations. We have to book so far in advance to get a spot, but I'm a planner so it works for our family.

Would Sedona be a possible day trip?

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5. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

We're at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club, never been before so not sure on area of town!

Edited: 08 August 2018, 22:24
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Butterfly Wonderland is supposed to be good for younger kids. The Phoenix Zoo is ok, centrally located, but go early. The west side Wildlife World Zoo is a little bit more “open”. Bearizona in Williams is a drive-thru zoo worth checking out but it’s probably a 3-hour drive up north.

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7. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

Sedona is an awesome day trip to answer that question.

Of those mentioned above, I like the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park and Goldfield the best for your kid ages. Your TS is very centrally located, kinda midpoint in the city. For good dining check out Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter. Lots of options up at the Promenade Center SE corner of Frank L Wright Blvd / Scottsdale Rd.

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8. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

If you go to the Wildlife World zoo plan to eat at the BBQ restaurant on-site. Decent food but you can view the aquarium's sharks while eating.

Try Cave Creek on a night when there is bull riding or if the timing is right Parada del Sol (rodeo).

Cracker Jax with a stop at Rocket Fizz afterwards.

Edited: 11 August 2018, 20:04
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9. Re: Scottsdale in the spring with kids?

I forgot the obvious, which is take in a Spring Training baseball game. Both Scottsdale Stadium and Salt River Fields have lawn tickets which are affordable (relatively) and allow the kids to run around on the grass.

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