Chances are that at almost any playground you will find some kids for your child to play with and parents for you to chat with. You can take some food with you and have sort of a picnic or just let the kids run around and get some much needed rest .
Overall, there are hundreds of public parks with playgrounds in the Valley. You can find a playground near you at your city/town department of parks and recreation websites.
In addition, almost every elementary and middle school in the area has a playground or two that may be open for the public after school hours and on weekends.
2) Mall Playgrounds
Many malls in Phoenix area have a playground or children's play area inside. During weekends or in the afternoon they are usually pretty packed, but if you come before 10 a.m. you have a good chance to beat the rest of the crowd .
Metrocenter has Childrens Play Area.
9617 N. Metro Parkway w., Phoenix, AZ 85051
Paradise Valley Mall has Play Area
4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Scottsdale Fashion Square has Play Area
7014 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Chandler Fashion Center has Play Area
3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85225
There are also "Wet" outdoor playgrounds (Spray Pads) in some of the malls in Phoenix.
SanTan Village, Gilbert
The children's play area at SanTan Village has an outdoor pop jet water fountain. There is no charge at the wet play area.
Westgate City Center, Glendale
Fountain Park is located at Westgate City Center near AMC Westgate. There is no charge to enjoy the fountains.
Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix
The Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace is located in The District near the AMC Theatre and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round.
Kierland Commons, Scottsdale
The fountain/splash pad at Kierland Commons is located in the center of the complex.
The fountain/splash pad is located in the center of the shopping area on the ground level.
3) "Wet" Playgrounds / Spray Pads.
A great option during summer months is a wet playground, Spray or Splash Pad
Spray pads in Chandler parks.
1) The Chuparosa Park has Spray Pad.
2400 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ
2) Desert Breeze Park has Spray Animals
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler, AZ
3) The Espee Park has Spray Pad
450 E. Knox, Chandler, AZ
Goodyear Community Park splash pad
3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona
Tempe Parks Splash Playgrounds:
1) Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground is the biggest.
Mill Ave. & Rio Salado Pkwy.
2) Jaycee Park has a splash pad
5th St. & Hardy Dr.
3) Esquer Park has a splash pad
McArthur Dr. & Lebanon Ln.
4) Hudson Park has a splash pad
Cedar St. & Spence Ave.
Phoenix parks with Spray or Splash Pads:
3711 E. Altadena Avenue.
Civic Space Park
444 N. Central Ave
901 N. 19th Street.
Francisco Highland Park
2702 E. South Mountain Avenue.
1425 S. 5th Avenue.
Laveen Village Park
3146 W. Vineyard, Phoenix.
Mountain Vista Park
13647 S. 50th Street in Ahwatukee Foothills.
1433 S. 9th Street
17010 South 48th Street
For hours of operation, call the provided phone number.
Glendale Aquatic Playgrounds
Western Area Regional Park
83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road
Glendale, Arizona 85303
Sycamore Grove Park
86th Lane and Emil Rovey Parkway
Glendale, Arizona 85305
Rio Vista Community Park
has Splash Park
8866-A W. Thunderbird Rd.
Has spray pads and spray poles in the following parks:
Agua Linda Park
8732 E. McDonald Dr.
4565 N. Granite Reef Road.
Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park
8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Road
3210 N. 66th Street
8600 E. Thomas Road.
Vista del Camino Park
7700 E. Roosevelt St.
Heritage (Marley) Park has a splash park.
15073 W. Sweetwater Ave.
The Hollyhock Community Pool has a spray pad with play features.
15808 N. Hollyhock Street
There is a small entry fee to the facility.
The Phoenix Zoo
has a "sprayground" called Leapin' Lagoon, Yakulla Caverns, and a splash pad area.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park has Splash Zone