Indoor or water activities are a must for kids, teens and adults this summer while the scorching temperatures continue to rise. Here are some family-friendly activities right here in Mesa including museums, pottery classes, laser tag and bowling that can help keep everyone entertained and out of the heat.
Urban Jungle Fun Park
Kids, teens and parents can have a fun-filled time at Urban Jungle Fun Park, and choose to try out the trampoline court, indoor rock climbing or an inflatable obstacle course. The park also has inflatable slides, climbing walls and a 14-level play structure.
Details: Urban Jungle Fun Park, 5471 E. McKellips Road. Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $10-$18 depending on time/day. Visit: urbanjunglefunpark.com/mesa.
KTR (Kids That Rip)
This facility boasts over 40,000 square feet of indoor skatepark, and hosts gymnastics, parkour and cheer space. The skatepark includes a street course, desert bowl, ramps and trampolines. KTR also has classes and clinics for their activities.
Details: KTR (Kids That Rip), 1927 N. Gilbert Road. Hours and cost vary. Visit: kidsthatrip.com/aboutus.html.
Little ones can enjoy learning about some of their favorite creatures at i.d.e.a. Museum’s “My Favorite Monster” exhibit on display until Sept. 10. The exhibit features hands-on activities including art projects and games about fantastical creatures. The museum also offers a week-long Monster Mayhem summer camp July 10-July 14 for kids ages 5-10 to work on art activities, science experiments and learn about monster behavior and history of mythical and magical creatures.
Details: i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Cost varies. Visit: Ideamuseum.org/monsters.html.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Adventure awaits kids and adults alike at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Enjoy learning about dinosaurs, Southwest cultures, Mesoamerica and South America, Arizona History and more. Kids can also have fun participating in varies activities, digging for fossils in the Paleo Dig Pit and pan for gold in the history courtyard.
Details: Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $7-$12, free for children 2 and under. Visit: arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org.
Mesa Public Libraries
Summer reading is in full swing at Mesa Public Libraries. Pre-readers (ages 0-5), kids (ages 5-11), teens (ages 12-17) and adults (ages 18 and over) are welcome to create an account to participate in summer reading programs through Aug. 1. Participants can earn points by reading books and earning prizes.
Details: Mesa Public Libraries, locations vary. Visit: mesalibrary.org/events/summer-reading.
Mesa Family YMCA Events
On July 8, Mesa Family YMCA is offering a Country Heat/Line Dancing Clinic from 9-11 a.m. For those who enjoy water activities, on July 15, Mesa Family YMCA is hosting Water Fitness Clinic and Aqua Zumba from 9-11 a.m. Participate in a Kickboxing Clinic on July 22 from 8-10 a.m. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
Details: Mesa Family YMCA, 207 N. Mesa Drive, Hours: Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Call: 480-969-8166. Visit: valleyymca.org/mesa.
Harkins Theaters-Summer Movie Fun and Summer Series
Stay out of the heat with Harkins Theatres’ Summer Movie Fun for kids 13 and under until Aug. 4. Kids can watch some of their favorite animated features including “The Angry Birds Movie,” “Norm of the North,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” and “Storks.”
Details: Harkins Theaters, Superstition Springs 25, 6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Cost varies. All movies begin at 9:45 a.m. Visit: harkinstheatres.com/smf.
Bowling Summer Games at AMF and Brunswick Lanes
AMF and Brunswick’s Mesa Lanes are offering a summer game bowling pass that includes three games of bowling every day until Sept. 4.
Details: AMF Mesa Lanes, 2115 E. Southern Ave.; Brunswick Mesa Lanes, 1754 W. Southern Ave. Hours vary by location. Visit: bowlsummergames.com.
Stratum Laser Tag
An entertainment staple since 1999, family owned and operated Stratum Laser Tag has provided a fun, interactive experience for kids, adults, families, and groups. Summer special: open at 2 p.m. everyday and unlimited laser tag is available from 2-6 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. for $20.
Details: Stratum Laser Tag, 1455 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 11. Summer hours vary. Visit: stratumhq.com, 480-376-2920.
As You Wish Summer Classes
Kids ages 5 and up can let their creative sides come to life with As You Wish’s Summer classes. Until July 21, kids can decorate select pieces including a Minions canvas, a spider piggy bank, a marble type die box, and a darling dog bank.
Details: As You Wish Pottery Painting Place, 1649 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 101, 9-10:30 a.m., Cost: $25, Register for a class at: Asyouwishpottery.com/summer-classes.
Barnes and Noble Storytime
Barnes and Noble at Dana Park Village Square has the perfect fix for children who love books. Their storytimes each week feature a different book through the end of August. Books to be read include “Antoinette,” “BE QUIET!,” “Little Excavator,” “What Do You Do With a Problem,” and more.
Details: Barnes and Noble, Dana Park Village Square, 1758 S. Val Vista Drive, Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit: barnesandnoble.com, stores and events, search for Dana Park location.
This is Arizona’s premier family fun destination in Mesa. Featuring over 30 exciting rides and attractions in one location. From thrilling waterslides to award-winning miniature golf there is something for everyone.
Details: Mesa Golfland-Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave. Hours vary. Visit: www.golfland.com/mesa/.
– Mesa resident Alyssa Tufts is a freelance reporter for MyNewsMesa.com.