A successful family trip to the city of Scottsdale might very well hinge on keeping the backseat drama to a minimum. How do you make sure youngsters don’t fight over who has control of putting the car window up or down? Nobody knows, but keeping brother and sister fully entertained when you visit Scottsdale will tire them out, and that can only help. So here are a few things to keep the kids busy throughout your Scottsdale trip. Activate window-lock, and remember that the phrase “or I’m gonna come back there” is an empty threat when you’re operating a motor vehicle.
Movies at the Museum – “Hey kids, we’re going to the museum!” It’s a phrase that fills kids with joy when you’re going to see dinosaur fossils, but it doesn’t really work with fine art. The Phoenix Art Museum has a lot of that. So try this instead: “Hey kids, we’re going to see a movie!” In June, you’ve got three films to choose from, and one of them is last year’s smash-hit stage adaptation of Frankenstein. The museum shows a variety of movies every month, and prices range from free to a little more.
Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – On the second Saturday of every month (June 9th this month), a two-hour trolley tour takes you through the Arts District as well as through the Hotel Valley Ho, the SouthBridge and the Waterfront districts. The trolley leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the Old Adobe Mission. Admission is free, but reservations are mandatory.
Steakhouse Night – Even if brother and sister have been bickering all day long, filling their bellies with good eats will probably result at least temporarily in a cease-fire. The Troon North Golf Club in the city of Scottsdale does a weekly steakhouse night every Friday from 6-8 p.m. The kids won’t be snapping much at each other with a 10-ounce rib-eye ($24) sizzling on the table before them.
Flashlight Tours – They call it the desert for a reason. Visit Scottsdale in June and you’ll have the chance every Thursday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. to experience the Arizona desert at night. Bring your own flashlights to the Desert Botanical Garden and watch out for snakes and scorpions. That’s not a joke. The snakes and scorpions are (mostly) viewable at guided stations. So there’s (probably) no need to freak out.
Siblings squabble. It’s what they do. Still, the city of Scottsdale has enough going on for the whole family to remain entertained (i.e. not fighting) more often than not. If you can manage to vacation in the desert with the whole family and return home without any meltdowns, well then mission accomplished.