Family fun in Phoenix

Get 'em outta the pool this summer ― and into the coolest kid spots around

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Phoenix water playground

Cooling fun at Splash Playground

Gina Sabatella

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Your kids can only bob in the water for so long before the chlorine turns their hair a luminescent green. To keep the troops entertained on a hot summer day, hit a variety of family-friendly attractions in east Phoenix and downtown Tempe, where a winning combo of air-conditioning, finger food, and hands-on museums awaits.

As for water parks, how about one with an educational focus? Your kids will learn a little something and, later, you'll get to sit long enough for a glass of Chardonnay.

Info. Check out the visitors bureau in Phoenix and in Tempe for more ideas.


Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting. Cool, cavernous galleries filled with shiny red engines and other fun firefighter paraphernalia. Kids can climb all over a '51 American LaFrance truck and listen to once-live 911 calls. Open daily. $6, $4 ages 6-17, $1.50 ages 3-5, ages 2 and under free. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix; or 602/275-3473.


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