6 Valley attractions with educational benefits for young ones

As the summer heat comes to an end, families are left with the perfect opportunity to gather the kids together, recharge and refresh. Many Valley destinations and activities offer unique opportunities to teach young children about the world around them.

There are plenty of affordable, local attractions to choose from when planning a special experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix | childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, designed for children ages birth to 10, offers a variety of experiences that inspire creativity and imagination. The museum also offers exhibits and programs that focus on early childhood development and school-readiness. 215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo | phoenixzoo.org

A visit to the Phoenix Zoo inspires imagination and discovery while teaching children about wildlife and to have compassion toward animals. The Zoo features a variety of trails and exhibits ranging from the giraffes to sea life and everything in between. 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden | dbg.org

Connect your child with Arizona’s desert landscape at the Desert Botanical Garden. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees. 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Butterfly Wonderland | butterflywonderland.com

Butterfly Wonderland is an enchanting experience for children and families of all ages. Children can learn about the amazing life of the butterfly, from caterpillar to chrysalis — then to the moment it spreads its wings for the first time and takes flight into the world. 9500 E. Vía De Ventura, Scottsdale

OdySea Aquarium | odyseaaquarium.com

The OdySea Aquarium offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with engaging presentations of aquatic life. 9500 E. Vía De Ventura, Scottsdale

Tempe Beach Park | tempe.gov

Tempe Beach Park is prime location for many outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, picnics and more. Children of all ages and their family can enjoy a view by the water while indulging in their favorite outdoors activities. Remember to wear sunscreen and exercise water safety precautions to keep your day safe and fun. 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe