Things To Do in Flagstaff With Kids

by Molly Horan
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Flagstaff, Arizona, is the perfect spot for any family captivated by nature. From national monuments to beautiful parks, there are plenty of opportunities to appreciate the natural world in Flagstaff. Here are our favorite things to do in Flagstaff with kids.

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Activities in Flagstaff For Kids

1. Museum of North America

This museum has a whole slate of programming just for families. The exhibits range from art to nature. The museum also hosts hiking trips. Their lecture series features noteworthy artists and scientists. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admissions: $12 for adults; $8 for kids 10-17; free for kids under 9. Read reviews for the Museum of North America.

2. The North Pole Experience

Every season is the Christmas season at The North Pole Experience. There, your kids can meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves. The tour will give you more than just a glimpse into Santa’s workshop. You’ll also see hotspots like Elf University and the Sleigh Hanger. Open November and December, times vary. Admissions: adults pay $39, kids pay $33. Read reviews for The North Pole Experience.

3. Starlite Lanes

Starlite Lanes is a 16 lane family-friendly bowling alley. Beyond the main event, they also have an arcade. When your family needs a snack, they offer a full snack bar with options like burgers and salads. Their cosmic bowling nights also offer a variety of black lights and laser lights. Open Sunday- Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 a.m. Admissions: With weekly specials, games can be as low as $3.75. Read reviews for Starlite Lanes.

4. In the Game Freedom Station

This entertainment center has something for everyone. If you’re looking to get a workout, there’s laser tag and a climbing wall. If you’re looking for something a little less aerobic, there’s the arcade. They also offer a play maze for kids under 12. Open Sunday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Read reviews for In the Game Freedom Station.

5. Summit Gymnastics Academy & Children’s Activity Center

The center offers classes in gymnastics and ninja warrior training. Beyond classes, they also offer party packages for kids to get up and move. If you’re looking for something more informal, there are also open gym periods. During these windows, kids will be able to experiment with things like the balance beam and the foam pit. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sunday closed. Admissions: $15 for Friday open gym, $10 for Saturday open gym. Read reviews for Summit Gymnastics Academy & Children’s Activity Center.

Best Restaurants in Flagstaff for Kids

6. Lumberyard Brewing Company

Lumberyard Brewing Company is a family restaurant run by husband and wife team Winnie and Evan Hanseth. They offer a wide selection of burgers and wings. If you’re looking for healthier options, they also feature salads. Their desserts are very Instagramable, especially their salted caramel pudding served in a mason jar. Open Sunday- Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Thursday- Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Read reviews for Lumberyard Brewing Company.

7. The Northern Pines Resturant

The Northern Pines is known for its modern, hip atmosphere. Beyond the vibe, they have a massive, diner-style menu. Whether you’re craving Italian or burgers, there’s an option for you. They also offer a selection of breakfast appetizers like French toast sticks you can share with the table. Open 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Read reviews of The Northern Pines Restaurant.

8. Lone Spur Cafe

This cafe is perfect if you’re looking for cowboy decor. From the antler chandeliers to the cowboy paintings, the restaurant nails that salon vibe. Their menu keeps with the theme with options like cowboy grits and cowboy benedict. All their kids menu options come with a salad, fruit, and french fries. Open Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Friday -Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Read reviews for Lone Spur Cafe.

9. Market Bar & Kitchen

Market Bar & Kitchen is all about deals, including their $4.99 breakfast special. Their kids menu includes lunch and dinner options, and plenty of sides. They also offer gluten-free options. Most entrees include add-on options, so each meal is very customizable. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.- 2 a.m. Read reviews for Market Bar & Grill.

10. Tourist Home All Day Cafe

Tourist Home All Day Cafe prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere and fresh pastries. In addition to sweet treats, they offer plenty of savory options. Try a bowl of their homemade soup or their special fish tacos. They also have a kids menu with breakfast and lunch options. Open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Read reviews for Tourist Home All Day Cafe.

11. Sweet Shoppee Candy Store

This candy shop is full of old school charm. In addition to a wide selection of candy, you’ll also find carmel apples and homemade fudge. They also offer a variety of gelato flavors. Their gourmet chocolates include chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows. Open Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Read reviews for Sweet Shoppee Candy Store.

Best Hotels in Flagstaff for Kids

12. Little America Hotel

Little America Hotel has been serving the Flagstaff area for over 50 years. They offer both a pool and a hot tub. The hotel has room options with both full kitchens and fireplaces. Make note, this isn’t a pet-friendly hotel. Read reviews for Little America Hotel.

13. Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

This hotel features a full fitness center and a pool. They also have a ton of outdoor exercise options, from a playground to a horseshoe pit. Their pet resort offers a great stay for your four-legged friends as well. Their rooms all come outfitted with flatscreen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Read reviews for Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.

14. Mile High Grill & Inn

This inn is all about the simple life. Though they don’t offer TVs in the room, they are outfitted with Wi-Fi. With the grill onsite, you have plenty of options for dinner. Each guest receives a free egg breakfast. Read reviews for the Mile High Grill & Inn.

15. Drury Inn & Suites – Flagstaff

Drury Inn & Suites offers many free amenities. In addition to a complimentary breakfast for each guest, the hotel also offers free popcorn and soda. They feature a pool and whirlpool. Each room is also outfitted with Wi-Fi. Read reviews for Drury Inn & Suites.

16. Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff

Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff offers three onsite options to grab a bite— Forest Meadows Street Café, a beer and wine bar, and Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant. They also feature an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room has a microwave and refrigerator. Make note, this is not a pet-friendly hotel. Read reviews for Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff.

Best Outdoor Activities in Flagstaff for Kids

17. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

This adventure course has a special route made just for kids. Adventure seekers ages 7-11 go through a training session before they get up in the trees. The course also hosts a variety of zip lines. These courses are open to kids as young as 12 accompanied by a parent. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admissions: $27 for the kids course; $52 for the adult course. Read reviews for Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course.

18. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

This volcano hasn’t been active since 1058, but it’s still awe-inspiring. The area is perfect for hiking and picnicking. It’s also a great spot for family photos. Though technically admission is free, it does cost $25 to drive your car to the area. Read reviews for Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

Best Parks in Flagstaff for Kids

19. Buffalo Park

This park is known for McMillan Mesa, where lava cooled many years ago. It is bordered by the Nate Avery Trail. The trail is two miles long, with very few step grades. Overall it offers several gorgeous views. Read reviews for Buffalo Park.

20. Ponderosa Park

Ponderosa Park is the most jam-packed park in Flagstaff. In addition to their playground, they have many activity spaces including a volleyball court and a tennis court. They also host a horseshoe area. When you’re ready to take a break, they also have a picnic ramada. Read reviews of Ponderosa Park.

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