3 Kid-Friendly Activities for Your Scottsdale Vacation

February 17, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

Kid-Friendly Activities

Scottsdale is one of the best places to visit with a family because the weather is beautiful there are tons of kid-friendly activities to enjoy. The first way to ensure your family vacation in Scottsdale is great is to rent a luxury vacation rental home instead of a hotel. When you stay at a hotel, you are confined to your room or you must share hotel amenities with other people and are restricted to the hotel hours of operation and amenity availability but at a vacation rental, it is all yours to enjoy however and whenever you want

At HolidayRental.com’s properties, your family will not only have a gorgeous home to enjoy but the property’s features as well, including lush landscape and top-tier amenities like a sparkling pool and spa, outdoor kitchen/grill, putting green, home theater, game room, gourmet kitchen, home gym, and more! You never have to leave the property to enjoy an incredible vacation, but if you are looking for family-friendly activities, Scottsdale and Phoenix have tons to offer!

3 Kid-Friendly Activities in Scottsdale

  • OdySea Aquarium
    • The OdySea Aquarium is an excellent option to enjoy any time of year in Arizona. This state-of-the-art facility is the largest aquarium in Arizona and has more than 65 exhibits and 370 species on display to see and experience. There is something for all ages to enjoy and if you want a truly one-of-a-kind experience they have a special experience called SeaTREK Underwater Helmet Diving where you get to put on an OdySea Aquarium wetsuit and SeaTREK helmet and walk underwater among the fish, stingrays, and sharks. 
  • Butterfly Wonderland
    • Butterfly Wonderland is located right next to OdySea Aquarium so it can be fun to do both in one day but is a fun experience all on its own. Visit the largest butterfly conservatory in America where you learn about conservation and enjoy a truly immersive experience where you not only see but are surrounded by thousands of butterflies of various types as well as other insects and birds. 
  • Phoenix Zoo
    • Spanning 125 acres and boasting approximately 1,200 animals on display, there is plenty to do and see at the Phoenix Zoo. Whether you simply want to walk around and see all of the animals, feed a giraffe, ride a camel, or walk amongst the monkeys, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is also a splash pad for kids to enjoy when it is hot out and tons of food and drinks to keep everyone full and happy!

Top Holiday Events and Activities in Scottsdale, Arizona

December 1, 2020 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers


Though 2020 has presented many challenges, there are plenty of safe activities and events in Scottsdale, Arizona to brighten your spirits for the holidays. See our list of events below that are sure to inspire Christmas cheer this year.


World of Illumination


Invite your favorite people along to cruise into the Christmas spirit. World of Illumination is a drive-thru animated light show extravaganza that’s set to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It’s the perfect socially distanced activity activity for date nights, a cruise with friends, or a family outing.


Christmas in the Rainforest


Featuring an abundance of butterflies from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia, Christmas in the Rainforest promises a wonderland decked in festive décor at Butterfly Wonderland. Live music by violinist Jonathan Levingston adds to the festive ambience. After experience a lively rainforest packed with beautiful winged creatures and holiday merriment, you can stop by the Butterfly Treasures gift shop for unique holiday presents for the whole family.


Las Noches de Las Luminarias


Experience the simple beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden this season with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the landscape. Enjoy a festive drink while listening to beautiful holiday melodies. This annual event provides a peaceful, socially distanced holiday activity that’s sure to help you feel the holiday spirit.



“Tis the Season” at the Musical Instrument Museum


Celebrate musical traditions from around the world with festive performances and holiday-themed activities. Following mask and social distancing guidelines, Tis the Season at MIM offers a meaningful, safe, and fun experience from December 19 – 20.



A Christmas Story at Desert Stages Theatre


The classic Christmas dramedy is presented onstage for all to enjoy. Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. A Christmas Story at Desert Stages will be presented with social distancing guidelines in place.



Jim Brickman “Comfort and Joy”


A popular piano playing powerhouse is back to perform, touching the hearts of many who have seen him perform. He has revolutionized the popularity of piano music. Enjoy heart-warming holiday music by Jim Brickman at the Musical Instrument Museum this Christmas season.





Scottsdazzle Artwalk


The streets come alive with beautiful lighting, decorated windows, traditional southwest luminarias and festive food. The most popular attraction is sure to be the art, as galleries display lively exhibitions and pieces that are perfect for holiday gifts. The Scottsdazzle ArtWalk is part of the Gold Palette ArtWalk Series, produced by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale.



Cruise Zoolights


For the first time in the history of the Phoenix Zoo, you can gaze at millions of sparkling lights and stunning animal sculptures from the comfort of your own care. Start your Cruise ZooLights adventure by waving at the many animals (including Jengo and Tortuga) at the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater. Next, cruise the Outer Tropics Trail and partake of the festive scenes of Polar Paradise in the Forest of Uco. Lastly, cruise through the Africa Trail and check out the brand new Wildlife Lantern Safari, which features over 6o animals, including kangaroos, polar bears, koalas, and much more!


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