4 Can’t-Miss Outdoor Family Events in Phoenix

Photo courtesy of Arizona Cactus League Spring Training

Let’s be honest – the sweltering days of summer will be here before you know it. Why not take advantage of our near-perfect winter and spring temps with these kid-focused outdoor events? You won’t regret it.

65th Annual Parada del Sol
Feb. 10, 2018

Well worth the trip to downtown Scottsdale, the Parada del Sol is a kiddo’s dream with one of the world’s longest horse-drawn parades – complete with floats, bands and individual riders. Make sure you stick around after the parade, too, for The Trail’s End Festival and its Kid’s Area with games and pony rides. You won’t want to miss this one.

Cactus League Spring Training
Feb. 23-March 27, 2018

It’s every Phoenician’s favorite seasonal rite of passage! Cactus League Spring Training brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to the Valley of the Sun with games hosted all across Greater Phoenix. Catch top stars and the league’s most promising up-and-comers from the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and more.

Flutterfest at Desert Botanical Garden
March 10-11, 2018

New this year to the Desert Botanical Garden, Flutterfest inspires whimsy and creativity through story and song. Walk the garden’s scenic trails and hear tales about nature, make a treat with your kids for the butterflies, even visit the butterfly exhibit and dance like you have wings of your own. Children will love learning all about these important pollinators and the environment.

Dinosaurs in the Desert at Phoenix Zoo
Now thru April 30, 2018

Awaken your child’s curiosity with this self-guided expedition through the Phoenix Zoo’s man-made land of the lost. The design – inspired by Arizona’s natural colors and patterns – coupled with a truly impressive collection of dinos make this a downright breathtaking experience. Catch up-close looks of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Brachiosaurus, just to name a few.