- Muesum of Northern Arizona, “Discovery Program”
- Lowell Observatory, explore the night sky
- Meteor Crater, pieces of space on Earth
- Lava tubes, some underground fun out of the sun
- Movies in the square, enjoy a family movie outside with other families
What can I do in Flagstaff with my kids?
The better question is what can’t you do with your kids in Flagstaff. Flagstaff is a very kid-friendly, family oriented town. It has plenty of activities for kids no matter the season or the weather, which is good because the weather can be unpredictable.
Rainy Day Activities
Museum of Northern Arizona
Every second Saturday of the month the Museum of Northern Arizona hosts the “Discovery Program” from 2p.m. to 4p.m. Every program covers a different topic ranging from Earth Day, Fossil Day and Tales of the Southwest. Kids are involved in exciting activities that make learning about these topics fun. The “Discovery Program” is included in the price of admission and is open to Flagstaff residents and visitors.
Lowell Observatory is another great indoor activity for kids to learn and explore. Throughout the year there are guided tours and regular planetary viewings. During the summer, there are additional musical performances and telescope viewings. On Mondays visitors can meet a Lowell Observatory astronomer. This location is great for your little Space Cowboy or Space Cowgirl.
Get the Kids Outdoors
The Meteor Crater is, situated between Winslow (20 miles West) and Flagstaff (35 miles East), just off the I-40 at exit 233. It is a fun and exciting place with plenty of exhibits for kids and parents to explore. And of course there is also the crater itself. While not as awe inspiring as say the Grand Canyon, it’s a must see while in Northern Arizona.
Reminiscent of the cave in the Indian Jones ride at Disneyland, the Lava Tubes are an exciting underground adventure, ideal for letting kids’ imaginations roam. It’s good, not-so-clean fun. So make sure the whole family has shoes, long pants, old shirts and flashlights.
If visiting Flagstaff in the winter when the snow is falling and hot chocolate just sounds good all the time, then take your kids to the Arizona Snowbowl for some skiing or snowboarding lessons.
Sledding and Snowballs
If your children are a little bit younger then take them to a local park in Flagstaff or one of the practice fields on the Northern Arizona University Campus—a popular place in town—for some snowfights, Snowmen building and sledding. Shops all around town such as Target and Walmart sell sleds for $5 making this a fun, exciting and affordable activity. Let it snow!
Movies in the Square
Movies in the Square are a summer time traditional for Flagstaff locals. Every summer, from late May to September, locals gather at Heritage Square in the center of downtown Flagstaff with their families and watch cartoon and kid friendly movies. Bring take-out dinner, a blanket, and some folding chairs to enjoy a fun movie classic such as Lady and the Tramp. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, your family and a good laugh all at the same time.