WE’RE BACK with a whole new outdoor experience!
Adventure Play
100% Outside 100% FUN!

Advance reservations are required for all guests including members. Reserve your spot ONLINE!

Fridays through Sundays, 9am-4pm
Not a member? Become one today and you can visit for free all year long!

Please note:

  • To ensure proper social distancing, we’ve limited capacity and implemented timed entry.
  • All guests ages 3 and up are REQUIRED to wear a cloth face mask.
  • There is no eating permitted in Adventure Play. Please plan to eat either prior to or after your visit.
  • Our indoor exhibits remain closed.

Check out all of the health and safety modifications we’ve made to
ensure safer play: In English. En Español

What is Adventure Play?

Encompassing the entire front yard along 7th Street as well as over 15,000 square feet of new space created in the Museum’s north parking lot, Adventure Play gives children the opportunity to do what they do best, learn through play and movement. This whimsical learning environment invites active exploration, robust imaginative play, physical activity and thought-provoking discoveries that lead to meaningful learning and delightful memories!  The Adventure Play exhibits are designed to be unique, to arouse curiosity, and to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of our visitors, making us one of the best places to take kids in Phoenix!

Come play in…

The amazing COLOSSAL CASTLE and STRAW MAZE built entirely with straw bales…400 bales to be exact!
THE WORKSHOP complete with hammers, nails, wrenches and other tools to build with.
THE SCRAP YARD – an area which includes tires, crates and other items to climb over, on and through.
ROCK PAINTING – 10 tons of rocks for kids to paint and spread happiness in the community. Children and adults will be able to paint a rock to take home and/or to leave somewhere in the community for others to find.
PAINTING “ALFA” – as in Alfa Romeo. Much like painting the Robot in the Art Studio, this space invites kids to paint a classic Alfa Romeo.
EXPLORE-A-TRUCK – Kids are invited to explore a fire truck and a mail truck, up close and personal, inside and out.
SOCK SKATING – Yes it’s back, only this time it’s bigger! Slip, slide, glide your way to fun.
THE BASES – Watch as your child leaps and maneuvers up and over this multi-level playscape.
THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN – An oasis in Downtown Phoenix, built for kids! Help us plant, water, and harvest our crops.
FROST KITCHEN –  Explore the features of ice in our frosty kitchen and make some unique creations along the way.
RETRO RECESS:  Perfect your jump rope skills and become a hula-hoop champion on the playground!
THE SNAKE – Climb over and under and through The Snake
THE SAND PIT – It’s not your typical sandbox…this one’s shaped like a rattlesnake!
TMX (Tyke Motocross) – Zoom around the bike track!
TOTEM FOREST – Find your way through a maze of Totem Cacti



We are grateful for the support of our Reopening Sponsors:

ABC Sand & Rock
American Fence Company
Arcadia Color Garden Nursery
Arizona Grain Inc.
Bales Hay
Cactus Mat Manufacturing Co.
Construction Tool & Supply
Danzeisen Dairy
Dig It Gardens
Discount Tire
Kidstop toys & books
LGI Homes
Oketo Construction, Inc.
Paloma Ready Mix & Materials
Reliable Forklift Sales
Rovey Farms
Santa Rita Landscaping
Sunbelt Rentals
Albertsons Companies Foundation
The Steele Family Foundation
Valley Towing