Whether you have a young tot in tow or a curious teen, these Valley museums inspire all ages.
Arizona Science Center
Located in downtown Phoenix, this interactive and inspiring destination features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium (one of the largest in the country) and a five-story giant screen theater. Great for guests of all ages, the center is a playground of exploration for the curious. There’s also a community space adjacent to the museum called CREATE at Arizona Science Center where kids can participate in an array of fun workshops from laser cutting to sewing.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
For tots aged birth to 10, this nearly 50,000-sq.-ft. museum was designed to be an interactive haven for all senses where everything is meant to be touched. More than 300 play experiences are accompanied by a range of classes and programs, from music to art and more. Moreover, the museum is housed inside the historic Monroe School Building in downtown Phoenix and was even named one of the Top 10 Children’s Museums in the Country by Parent Magazine.
Musical Instrument Museum
Great for kids and adults alike, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) houses more than 7,000 instruments from over 200 countries and territories. Guests can enjoy everything including playing instruments in the Experience Gallery, learning about music and instruments from all over the world in the Orientation Gallery, immersing themselves in “hot spots” around the museum through wireless headsets and even take a peek at instruments from music icons like Elvis Presley, Maroon 5, Johnny Cash and more in the Artist Gallery. For kids, the museum offers various programming for all ages up to grade 12. Kids learn things like world cultures, how to lead a museum tour and more.
Located in Mesa, i.d.e.a. features art and art-inspired activities, along with science, engineering and design-thinking to inspire kids to experience the world through creativity and imagination. More than 20,000-sq.-ft. of engaging space includes exhibitions encouraging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts; HUB, designed for activities like collaborative making and more; and Artville, a larger-than-life art town.