Plan Your Family Staycation in Tempe

Staycation in TempeMany families are opting for a "staycation" this year, with rising fuel costs and inflation affecting travel budgets. If that's you, you will love our ideas for planning a fun family staycation in Tempe this summer. We have put together a list of some of our favorite things to do with kids in Tempe, because there is no better way to fall in love with your hometown than to enjoy it like a tourist.

1. Rent a boat at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake is a great place to rent a boat and get out on the water this summer. The kids will love taking a swan, duck, or dragon paddle boat out on the lake for the afternoon. There are also kayaks, donut boats that hold up to 10 people, and stand-up paddle boards to try out. You can even rent them at a discount on summer weekdays, perfect for your staycation plans.

2. Visit The Lunar Exploration Museum

The Lunar Exploration Museum at the University of Arizona Tempe campus is inspiring, educational, and fun for the whole family. A guided tour can be booked in advance, or you can simply stop by for a self-guided exploration of the exhibits.

3. Explore Butterfly Wonderland

Just 15 minutes away in Scottsdale is Butterfly Wonderland, a one of a kind experience the whole family will love. Explore in a rainforest habitat surrounded by thousands of butterfly species from around the world. Watch a captivating 3D movie, observe a live chrysalis as a butterfly emerges, and stroll through the conservatory to immerse yourself in the experience. Guests even have the opportunity to taste edible insects and get up close and personal with unique rainforest reptiles.

4. Get brunch at Daily Jam

Looking for a fun place to eat out with the kids? Going out for brunch is perfect, since it does not require anyone to get out of the house early or be out during nap time or bed time. Brunch at Daily Jam is one of the best in Tempe, with a menu offering something for everyone. The kids will love French Toast or a Mickey Pancake, while Mom and Dad enjoy chilaquiles, croque madame, or a red velvet waffle with a housemade spin on a Bloody Mary.

5. See a play at Childsplay Theater

Visit the award winning Childsplay Theater, where performances based on favorite childhood stories or brand new original plays will entertain the whole family. The theater has been winning hearts in Arizona for over 40 years, with entertainment that suits every interest and sense of humor; this is the perfect introduction into performing arts for young children, with age appropriate performances and showtimes that are perfect for kids.

6. Engage in some friendly competition at Doge Haus

Doge Haus is an indoor Nerf arena that is perfect for some friendly competition. With over 4,000 square feet of free play space and unlimited ammo with every general admission ticket, you can play here for hours. No reservations are required, and you can bring your own Nerf blaster if you prefer! For an extra memorable day at Doge Haus, splurge on a new Nerf blaster for everyone in the family to keep at the end of the day.

7. Cool off at Kiwanis Recreation Center

It's no secret that Tempe is a city of sunshine and high temps. When you are ready to beat the heat, head over to Kiwanis Recreation Center, where guest enjoy the Valley's only indoor wave pool, a batting range, gymnasium, and tennis and fitness centers. You just might discover that the rec center becomes a favorite place to play all year round while exploring Tempe on your staycation.

To learn more about living your best life in Tempe, contact us any time.

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$450,000
Neighborhood: Margo Manor
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,274
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6515761
MLS
Check out this amazing completely updated & remodeled single story block house with great curb appeal in the heart of Tempe. walk in the well laid out home featuring tile flooring in all the main...
$249,000
Neighborhood: Brentview Condominiums
2
Beds
1
Baths
884
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6516126
MLS
Nicely remodeled Condo! Features new flooring throughout, granite counter tops in the kitchen, newer appliances(2019), and new ceiling fans in living room and bedrooms. Also has a beautiful brick...
Open 2/5
1524 W 5th Place Tempe,  AZ 85281
$475,000
Neighborhood: Lindon Park 9
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,397
Sq.Ft.
1961
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6515156
MLS
Updated home in West Tempe features an open floor plan with room to entertain. Kitchen is complete with gas stove, Quartz countertops, self closing cabinets, and subway tile backsplash. There is...
$682,500
Neighborhood: Papago Parkway 6
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,851
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6515355
MLS
Gorgeous & chic home located in beautiful Papago Park. This 3/2 (plus an office) was completely remodeled in 2022 and owner has spared no expense. Thoughtfully planned kitchen w/ SS appliances, white...
$619,900
Neighborhood: Sandahl Homes Tempe Amd
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,287
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6515420
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Rare find in the heart of South Tempe - Single story, 4 bedroom/2 bathroom block construction home on .25 acre with no HOA. Bright, open floor plan with a lovely Arizona room, wood burning fireplace,...
$1,150,000
Neighborhood: Graystone Lt 1-77 Tr A-E
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,929
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
2
Days on Site
6515426
MLS
Great family (SMART) home in Gated Community. Home on large lot, 3 car garage, Front courtyard double doors entrance. Entry welcomes you to relax in formal living room, slate and wood flooring,...
Open 2/3
1345 E Todd Drive Tempe,  AZ 85283
$385,000
Neighborhood: Knoell Tempe
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,068
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
1
Day on Site
6515646
MLS
Welcome to this charming two bed, two bath home with two car garage located in the heart of Tempe. This property features a spacious living room with a vaulted ceiling and large windows allowing for...
$405,000
Neighborhood: Marlborough Park Villas Amd
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,128
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6514570
MLS
You are not going to want to miss out on this beautiful townhouse in a wonderful neighborhood! Spacious 2 bedroom with 2 full baths, vaulted ceilings, inside laundry room and all appliances included....
$415,000
Neighborhood: Lindon Park 9
4
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,701
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6514780
MLS
Clean, move-in ready, this four bedroom is open, fresh and airy. Solid block home with all the essential upgrades.
$265,000
Neighborhood: La Tierra Condominiums
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,065
Sq.Ft.
1985
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6514884
MLS
Location! Minutes away from ASU. This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo features a community pool, fitness center, and 2 parking spaces!! Fresh paint and new carpet throughout. Unit has wood plank flooring...
$249,500
Neighborhood: Greenbriar Condominiums
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,020
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6514947
MLS
Consider location, size, features, & HOA to discover this is the best condo opportunity in Tempe! Directly across the street from the prestigious golf community of Shalimar, this condo has a 2019 AC...
$385,000
Neighborhood: University Royal
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,385
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
3
Days on Site
6515014
MLS
Looking for the perfect starter home or investment property? Look no further! This charming, vintage home had only one owner and is ready for its next chapter. Efficient layout and spacious backyard,...

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