Get Outside and Play!

Lately, we are absolutely LOVING being outside and spending time at different parks and attractions around the valley before it heats up too much. I wanted to let everyone know about some of my absolute favorite parks around the valley and places to spend the days outside before it gets to be 100 (and we all know it's coming soon...).

1. Desert Breeze Park

Located off of Ray Road between McClintock and Rural roads, this is one of my absolute favorite parks to take Baby J to. A bunch of us have been there for our Stroller Strides classes, but if you go on a weekend, it turns into a little mini amusement park with train rides, a carousel, and snack stand. We love to go and spend the better part of the morning feeding the ducks, riding the carousel and "choo choo" and then playing at the toddler park. Oh, you didn't know that there was a smaller play structure for toddlers here??? Yep! Towards the south side of the park, past the baseball and soccer fields, near the police station, there's a less crowded play structure for smaller kiddos. :)

2. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

This one is a little bit of a drive, but totally worth it if you want to make a day of it. This park is located off of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend and is such a fun place to spend a day. Much like Desert Breeze, there's a carousel and a couple of trains that run around the park, but the coolest part is the train museum! Such a fun little park and if you want to spend the day, there's a Wildflower Bakery across the street, which has yummy salads and sandwiches for mommies and daddies after a fun morning at the park.

3. Desert Botanical Gardens

I know, I know, I know... if you drive to north Tempe/Phoenix, you're probably heading the the zoo, but have any of you ever been to the Botanical Gardens? We LOVE to go there! It's such a beautiful place to spend the morning walking around looking at all the beautiful plants, butterflies, and until May 18th, the Chiluly Glass exhibit. It's less busy than the zoo typically, so it's fun to let the kids out of the strollers to explore a little bit.

Where do you like to spend your time outside? Are there any fun parks/events/activities that you enjoy with your families? I'd love to know since we are always looking for new places to explore!