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Phoenix---Entertaining Two Kids

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A March 2005 trip to Phoenix by VickiFunes

Enchanted Island Photo, Phoenix, Arizona More Photos
Quote: When my daughter and two grandchildren, ages 5 and 9, visited Phoenix over spring break 2005, we looked for ways to entertain the kids without spending a lot. Here's what we came up with. Your kids might enjoy these things, too.

Enchanted Island

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Attraction | "Enchanted Island Amusement Park"

Enchanted Island Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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The Enchanted Island Amusement Park is a small "kiddie-land" type ride center meant for children aged 2 to 10. It features nine rides, four of which can accommodate adults. There are also arcade games, coin-operated rides (of the variety found outside of some grocery stores), and a snack bar. In addition, the little amusement park is set within the much larger---and free---Encanto Park (run by the city of Phoenix). So you can combine a trip to the rides with a picnic lunch and some playground time, if you wish. Enchanted Island may not be large, but it's important, nevertheless. Phoenix is a city that REALLY needs more family activities---from tots to teens. (What in the world is a metro area o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Enchanted Island
1202 West Encanto Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
+1 602 254 1200

Encanto Park

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Encanto Park Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Encanto Park is a beautifully landscaped and maintained Phoenix city park. Its attractions are: pedal boating on a large, man-made lake; golfing on a nine-hole, executive golf course; swimming in the large public pool; picnicking; and playing various sports, like basketball, softball, or raquetball. The little children's ride center, Enchanted Island Amusement Park is set within Encanto Park. For golfers, a second course with 18 full-length holes is located nearby and is also run by the city of Phoenix. Other than just enjoying the beautiful trees and landscaped greenery of the park (because Phoenix is a desert city, and those aren't things we can see all of the time!), my favorite activity...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Encanto Park
2605 North 15th Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
+1 602 261 8994

Deer Valley Rock Art Center

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Deer Valley Rock Art Center Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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The Deer Valley Rock Art Center preserves, protects, and showcases over 1,500 ancient Native American petroglyphs. Most of the museum is outdoors, where you stroll along a dirt trail (don't wear high heels!) marked with signs pointing out a few of the petroglyphs and also species of native plants. The outdoor nature of this museum is what makes it most attractive for bringing children--they can walk, skip, hop, etc., instead of having to stand still. There is, however, a nice indoor exhibit area, in addition to the trail. The displays explain facts about petroglyphs, Native Americans, and desert plant and animal life. A short film gives a history of the area. My grandkids, however, were anxious t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Deer Valley Rock Art Center
3711 West Deer Valley Road
Glendale, Arizona 85308
+1 623 582 8007

Castles -n- Coasters

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Attraction | "Castles N' Coasters"

Castles -n- Coasters Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Castles N' Coasters is a small amusement park. If it were in a smaller town, I'd probably be thrilled with it. Unfortunately, this little place is not only Phoenix' largest amusement park, but all of Arizona's as well! Phoenix' several million people deserve more! But enough for the park's shortcomings. Plenty of local kids do have fun here. The rides are: (1) Desert Storm, a steel-track, looping rollercoaster; (2) The Patriot, a tamer adult rollercoaster; (3) The Sky Tower, which lifts you up, then drops you 120 feet down; (4) Splashdown, a log flume ride; (5) Sea Dragon, a swinging-pendulum-type ride (seen in many amusement parks); (6) Free Fall, another tower that raises, then drops yo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Castles -n- Coasters
9445 North Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, Arizona 85051
+1 602 997 7575

Christmas Light Viewing on Cacti and Palms

Attraction | "Christmas lights on Cacti and Palms!"

Christmas Light Viewing on Cacti and Palms Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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After 50+ years of looking at Christmas light displays, I thought I'd seen everything. Then, I moved to Phoenix! This is a very UN-Christmasy city, in the traditional sense. The sun is shining and the temperature is balmy. There's no snow, and no pine trees. But, the locals decorate enchantingly with the native desert plants. Twinkling lights are hung in the palms and palmettos, and around the saguaros and barrel cacti. A fascinating plant, the ocotillo--which looks like an octopus buried with its head down in the sand and its limbs waving up in the air--is quite difficult to string up with lights, but they do it anyway. Another tree that I immediately fell in love with is the GREEN-TRUNKED Pal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Christmas Light Viewing on Cacti and Palms
Throughout Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona