Families and Kids

Indoor activities in Tempe to stay cool this summer

What is the best way to stay cool in Tempe during the heat of the summer, you ask? Enjoy one of Tempe’s many stellar indoor activities and attractions! Tempe has lots of indoor activities, from museums to arcades to bookstores, that offer tons of fun for the whole family, with a bonus of amazing air conditioning.

Shop at Arizona Mills
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 491-7300
You can easily spend the whole day at Arizona Mills. This indoor mall is home to a mile of retail stores, outlets and entertainment venues including an IMAX Theatre, LEGOLAND Arizona Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium.

Alcatraz Escape Room Games
1290 N. Scottsdale Rd., #103, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 719-1234
At Alcatraz Escape Games you and your teammates are locked in a themed room, filled with puzzles and riddles that will guide your escape. With only 60 minutes on the clock, it is up to you and your teammates to work together to decipher clues and free yourself from the room.

As You Wish at Tempe Marketplace
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-9100
Located within the District at Tempe Marketplace, As You Wish is a place where you can discover imaginative possibilities. At As You Wish, you pick out a piece of pottery and decorate it as you please with store-provided paints. Classes are available for special projects for adults and kids. And, because seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended.

Changing Hands Bookstore

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 730-0205
Changing Hands Bookstore is one of the best independent bookstores around. It has a wonderful selection of children’s toys and books. Check their event calendar for online events.

Dave & Busters
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 281-8456
There’s always something new and exciting waiting for you at Dave & Buster’s. Don’t miss their Eat & Play Combo, drink specials and large variety of games.

Escape Zone
414 S. Mill Ave. Suite #112, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 744-6469
The time is now to test your skills at Escape Zone in Downtown Tempe. You will have the choice to stop a compromised train from crashing, breakout from a jail cell or try to uncover a hidden inheritance that your grandparents left behind. Each theme has its own story line, puzzles and a series of problems to solve.

Hall of Flame Tempe

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008 | (602) 275-3473
If your child dreams of being a firefighter, the Hall of Flame Fire Museum is the perfect stop. See fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 18th century.

Inferno Escape Room
1415 E. University Dr., A-105, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 567-0190 
It’s a live action game and you are the hero! You’ll have to use teamwork and communication to solve clues and puzzles before 60 minutes is up. Each room has its own theme and objective. Reservations are private and are only for you and your friends and family — you won’t be matched up with anyone else.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Ste. 135, Tempe, AZ 85282
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, located inside Arizona Mills, is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
Lumberjaxes Tempe

LumberJaxes Axe Throwing
3105 S. Fair Ln., #100, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 773-6551
This summer, try your luck at wielding an axe! Lumberjaxes is an indoor axe-throwing facility very similar to a shooting range, except your weapon of choice is an axe! Each bay has a Lumberjaxes axe throwing specialist to insure all participants are safe and learn proper axe throwing techniques.

Main Event Entertainment
8545 S. Emerald Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 753-1200
Main Event is home to 26 high quality recreational bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity high ropes course, billiards and shuffleboard tables, more than 125 interactive games and a tempting array of food and beverage.

Main Event Tempe
Phoenix Rock Gym

Phoenix Rock Gym
1353 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-8322
Experience the vertical world of climbing as never before – indoors at the Phoenix Rock Gym. Explore the thirty foot high walls with over 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing surface.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Ste. 145, Tempe, AZ 85282
Explore SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, located inside Arizona Mills. Encounter a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more. There are more than 30 display tanks with 5,000 sea creatures.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Tilt Studio
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Ste. 669, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 648-1222 
Tilt Studio’s two-story 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a unique combination of food, fun and refreshments in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. Guests will enjoy fun at full blast with a dynamic roster of 150+ interactive video, redemption and arcade games.

ASU Art Museum
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 965-2787
Plan a visit to the ASU Art Museum this summer. Located on the ASU Tempe Campus, features rotating exhibits with national and international contemporary artists, with a focus on Latin American art. The Museum houses the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. and an award-winning print collection. Admission is free.

Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.