Arizona Trippin’

We spent our Spring Break in Arizona.   For me, it was a chance to enjoy a lovely place and to relive memories of home.  Although I grew up in Minnesota, my family spent the better part of 20 years in Phoenix and Sedona and I enjoyed  sharing experiences old and new with my little ones in the Valley of the Sun.

If you have time in Phoenix, our family would highly recommend:

  • The Children’s Museum of Phoenix!  It’s an amazing experiential museum for children with the most lovely people who play all day for a living.  From the guy who helped little mama build a castle out of huge soft blocks to the women in the art studio they were amazing.   The kids ran, climbed jumped and read their way through.
  • The Musical Instrument Museum! I.love.this.place <full stop>!  The history of music contained in one building with a nod to current artists too (Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift have exhibits).  The halls are organized by culture and then country and they have the neatest self guided headphone tours that the kids followed along!
  • The Phoenix Art Museum. Lovely mix of historic and modern art.  We lucked up and found it on Wednesday afternoon (only donation for admission) and not too crowded.  It was great because they had a scavenger hunt for kids and that kept our little ones attention for almost 3 hours!

We also enjoyed:

  • Butterfly Wonderland — although little mama was disappointed that a butterfly didn’t land on her.  (I think it’s because it was too hard for the butterflies to catch her.)
  • The Rainforest Cafe– although kitschy–was a great way to use up some time and have dinner before our late night flight – consider my kids mind blown at the lightning and the moving animals!
  • Lots of time at the pool – making friends with business and leisure travelers  (whether they wanted to or not) and the hotel staff. My kids were making play dates to meet their friends at the pool (not one less than 45 yrs old).

And the last bit… we had some wonderful meals in Scottsdale and they were all super kid friendly:

  • The Breakfast Club for Brunch
  • The Mission for Lunch
  • The Sugar Bowl for Ice Cream
  • Soul Cafe (with a large selection of gluten free items too).

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