Kid-Friendly Spring Break Stops in Mesa, Arizona

I took my family to Mesa, Arizona, for spring break this year to see some family and was so impressed with how many options there were for affordable family fun! I got amazing recommendations prior to our departure; so many that we barely skimmed the surface during our stay. Here's what our family did and a few other options to make your trip to Mesa fun-filled!

We flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and were quickly shuttled to their rental car area for our Alamo reservation. It does take about 10 minutes to get there from the terminals, so be sure to factor that travel time into your pick up and drop off.

We grabbed our rental car and headed straight for Pioneer Park, which has recently been renovated and has something for all ages. The park kept my three kids (ages 8, 7 and 1) happily entertained!

Pioneer Park in Mesa, Arizona Pioneer Park

Plan B: Riverview Park has a “splash pad” park option that came highly recommended.  Mesa is hot nearly all year, so be sure look for lodging options that include a pool. This makes the trip much more enjoyable when babies are napping, or you need some down time.

My family loves baseball,  so we knew we had to catch an Arizona Diamondbacks game while we were in town. The dome features a retractable roof, which they use to protect fans from the summer heat. Mesa is the home to many team’s spring training facilities, so baseball fans gather there to see them in action before the season starts.

Just about 20 minutes away in Scottsdale, you will find the Butterfly Wonderland. Tickets are $15 for kids and $25 for adults, or you can also buy package tickets to enjoy other attractions on the property like their Aquarium.

Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona Butterfly Wonderland

If you like quirky, kitschy adventures, don't miss Organ Stop Pizza, a pizza joint with the world's largest Wurlitzer organ -- so you get to enjoy dinner and a show. We have never seen anything like it, with sing-alongs and wild renditions with pipes surrounding the entire dining area, including both floors of the restaurant.

Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona Organ Stop Pizza

If you're looking for amazing food, check out one of the many Mexican options like Backyard Taco (drive thru and delicious!) or a trendy sit down spot like Gadzooks. Grab a burger and onion rings at VinBurger, a fresh pizza at Sauce, BoSa donuts, or the Elvis ice cream concoction at Churn. You are sure to leave Mesa full and happy!

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Emily Frame runs the popular family-friendly blog Small Fry. Filled with ideas for modern, on-trend parents who love cooking, DIY, fashion, home inspiration or her favorite: traveling!