Hiking the Badger Springs Trail with kids is a fantastic day trip option from Phoenix. The in-and-out hike is less than a mile to the gentle beginnings of the Agua Fria River, and offers shallow water and swimming holes that will delight toddlers to teenagers! #hikingadventures #arizona
Note that this is a SEASONAL water hike. There is usually no water here past the end of June.
More info including photos and Jana’s comments can be found here.