Phoenix, Arizona is bustling with teen-friendly activities and sports. Whether you join your teenager on an area adventure at a museum, water park or amusement park, or let them explore some fun with friends their own age, the city certainly has plenty to keep your teens busy, entertained and active.
Amusement and Water Parks
Castles 'n Coasters offers mini golf, bumper boats, an arcade and exciting thrill rides for every adventure level. During the sweltering Phoenix summers, teenagers can cool off at area water parks like Wet 'n' Wild and Golfland Sunsplash, both of which offer water slides and raft rides for thrill seekers as well as more relaxed activities like wave pools. Each amusement and water park also offers less adventurous rides for younger members of the family who are accompanying their teen siblings.
Museums in Phoenix break the boredom barrier for teenagers. The Arizona Science Center, located in downtown Phoenix, boasts a planetarium as well as endless hands-on permanent and featured exhibits for scientists in the making. For budding musicians, the Musical Instrument Museum offers an earful of musical entertainment for the teen set. The museum offers lectures, workshops, special exhibits, concerts and an artist gallery featuring some of today's most popular musicians among teens like Taylor Swift.
Shopping Malls and Movie Theaters
Desert Ridge Marketplace is one of the most teen-friendly malls around. This open-air mall boasts stores like Wet Seal and Hot Topic as well as entertainment like Dave and Buster's arcade, AMC movie theater, As You Wish Pottery Painting and many restaurant options. Paradise Valley Mall offers teens a variety of fast food dining choices as well as Picture Show movie theater, which at the time of publication, offers Family Flick Fridays for just $1.
Sports options abound in Phoenix for every skill level and interest. The City of Phoenix offers group and individual sports from softball to tennis for beginners as well as more advanced teen players. The Valley of the Sun YMCA has a complete list of teen sports programs throughout the Phoenix area like cheerleading, golf, volleyball, flag football, gymnastics and martial arts. The YMCA offers sports tournaments, clinics and camps throughout the year.
- Mesa Golfland Sunsplash: Attractions
- Castles 'n Coasters: Attractions
- Arizona Science Center: Featured Exhibits
- Musical Instrument Museum: MIM Experience
- Desert Ridge Marketplace: Things To Do
- The Paradise Valley Mall: Events
- City of Phoenix: Sports, Teams and Leagues
- Valley of the Sun YMCA: Kids and Teens Sports
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