Free Things to do in Phoenix With Kids: Mall Edition

Free Things to do in Phoenix With Kids: Mall Edition

Time for a quick list of indoor play areas at malls in Phoenix! If you’re looking for a simple indoor (and free!) play area for your little ones, try these at various malls across the Valley:

Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler (near Barnes and Noble), 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

Arizona Mills in Tempe (near Old Navy), 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe, AZ 85282

Superstition Springs Center in Mesa (near Sears), 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206

Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale (near Forever 21), 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale, AZ 85308

Desert Sky Mall in Phoenix (near Curacao), 7611 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85033

A few tips when you visit:

  • most play areas are closed around 2-3pm for cleaning.
  • there is a height limit of 48″ and under to play.
  • the play areas are usually available before the mall shops officially open! This is super handy for early risers.
  • the Arrowhead, Paradise Valley and Superstition malls also offer the free monthly Kids Club events. Songs, stories and crafts are all aimed at children 6 and under. We did this program for a couple years while our oldest was a toddler and she loved it.
  • there are restrooms near every play area; sometimes it might in a store (i.e. Barnes and Noble at the Chandler mall).
  • the train and carousel rides mentioned below cost anywhere from $2-3/person

Other Indoor Mall Activities, costs vary

Arizona Mills Mall – Legoland Discovery Center, SeaLife Aquarium, Tilt Studio, Bounce Mania, carousel, train

Chandler Fashion Center – Crayola Museum, train, splashpad (free)

Superstition Springs Mall – The Play Factory

Scottsdale Fashion Center – Desert Stages Theatre

Don’t miss Part Two in this series: Free Things to Do in Phoenix With Kids: Museum Edition.


  • Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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    1. We have two posts, one about free mall play areas, and one with free museums. A third post about free activities has been on our list!

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