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Best Indoor Places to Take Toddlers

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Posted on | April 4, 2011 | Comments Off

Wondering where to take the kids when the weather is hot or, on rare occasions, too cold and rainy? Here are some suggestions of some of the best indoor places to take toddlers in Tucson:

Tucson Children’s Museum is a great place to take your kids with many different activities being offered.  The museum is geared toward kids 10 years old and younger.  Some of the current exhibits include Dinosaur World, Ocean Discovery Center, the Enchanted Rainforest and Whistle Stop Gallery. Exhibits change frequently, so check the website. Best for kids under ten years of age.

When: Tues. – Fri. 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm (Note that hours sometimes vary by season.)
Where:  200 S 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost: Kids under 2 Free, Children 2-18 $6, Adults $8, Seniors $6, Every first Sunday is $2 admission day.
Contact: 520-792-9985

The International Wildlife Museum, founded in 1988, the museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. The museum is a great place to spend an afternoon, being able to see static displays of animals you may never find in a zoo.

When: M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sat-Sun. 9:00am – 6:00pm
Where: 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. Tucson, AZ  85745
Cost: Adults $8, Seniors (62+) and Military $6, Children 4-12 $3, Kids 3 and under Free
Contact: 520-629-0100

Create Cafe This is a wonderful restaurant that is very kid friendly.  There are plenty of board games, as well as toys, cars, etc. for the pre-schoolers to play with on the patio. On Saturday evenings, 5:00pm – 9:00pm with food and drink specials.

Where:  4660 E. Camp Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85712
Hours: M-Th 9:00am-8:00pm, F 9:00am-9:00pm, Sat 11:00am-9:00pm
Contact: 520-298-3421

Pima County Library Storytimes, Stories read  toddlers for 30-40 minutes at various Pima County libraries.  Check the Pima County Library website for locations.
Dewhirst-Catalina , Wednesdays 9:15am;
Dusenberry-River, Tuesdays 10:30am;
Eckstrom-Columbus, Thursdays 10:15am;
Himmel Park, Thursdays 10:30am;
Joel D. Valdez Main, Thursdays 10am;
Kirk-Bear Canyon, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:15am;
Martha Cooper, Wednesdays 10:30am;
Miller-Golf Links Wednesdays 11am;
Mission, Thursdays 9:30am;
Murphy Wilmot, Tuesdays 10:30am;
Nanini, Wednesdays 10:30am;
Oro Valley, Fridays 10am;
Quincie Douglas, Tuesdays 9:30am;
Wheeler Taft  Abbett Sr., Wednesdays 10:30am;
Woods Memorial, Thursdays 11am

Mildred and Dildred Toy Store, at La Encantada, has free stories, songs, and games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they also put on free plays one time a month.
When: Tuesdays 10:30am, Thursdays 3:30pm
Where:  La Encatada Mall, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., #186, Tucson, AZ 85718
Cost: Free
Contact:  520-615-6266

Dinosaur Discovery Center is an indoor children’s  has many hands-on activities for kids to explore, play and create.  There are many touchable exhibits.
When: Mon., Thurs.-Sat. 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun. 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Where:  2602 N. Stone, Tucson, AZ 85705
Cost: $5 for ages 3 and up, children 2 and under are free
Contact: 520-884-3426

Reel Mom Wednesdays at Tower Theaters – Enjoy the most recent movies at Tower Theaters in a small child/baby friendly environment that features no shushing, brighter lights, and lower volumes.  Stroller parking is available.
When: Every Wednesday, check website for show times
Where:  5755 W Arizona Pavilions Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743
Cost: Matinee price for mom and 4 and under are Free
Contact: 520-579-0500

Gadsen Pacific Toy Train Museum, only open two Sundays a month.  See some very elaborate toy trains.
When: Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month 12:30pm – 4:30pm (closed July/August)
Where:  3975 N. Miller Ave. Tucson, AZ  85705-227
Cost: Free, Donations are accepted
Contact: 520-888-2222

Storybook Character WALK Hour at the U of A Bookstore –A free storytime and craft, one time a month, with a meet the character on the first Saturday of the month.
When: First Saturday of each month, 10:30am and 2:00pm
Where: 1209 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721
Cost: Free
Contact: 520-621-2426

Gymnastics World Central has an open gym on Tuesdays for chldren 3-5.
Where: 201 E. Ft Lowell Rd Tucson, Arizona 85705
When: Preschool Open Gym (5 and under) Tue. 10:45am-11:30am
Cost: $5.00 with a $15 annual membership fee
Contact: 520-888-0519

Additional thought: One of my favorite websites in Tucson is called Kids520. The owner keeps an active and current list of activities and entertainment for the family. Highly recommended.

–Posted by Brent N.

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