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Address: 150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa, AZ 85201-7317 (Formerly Arizona Museum for Youth)
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2467
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

An interactive art museum for children.

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Fabulous place for children to be creative!

We drive 50 minutes each way to visit this museum. My son and I went to the new dog exhibit today. What we like most about this place is that it is relatively quiet, smaller... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We drive 50 minutes each way to visit this museum. My son and I went to the new dog exhibit today. What we like most about this place is that it is relatively quiet, smaller, and less crowded than some others. It is a calm atmosphere for a kids' place. There are many hands-on activities such as origami dog faces,... More 

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Orange, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Drove into Phoenix from California and this was the first place we took the kids. We had 2 families with 4 young ones with lots of energy (from a long car ride). Though they closed one of their main exhibit areas (I think that would have been nice for us adults) and they didn't give us a discounted price for... More 

1 Thank poonsang
Payson, Arizona, United States
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Especially during hot Arizona summer days, this is a wonderful place for young children. There is a room where they can climb and build with padded geometrical "pillows". Both my 8 yo granddaughter and my cousin's 2 yo grandson loved being able to climb, build and run. Adjoining rooms have art activities. Then there is another room with clothing for... More 

Thank Denise B
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a great museum to bring little children who enjoys pretend play and a lot of crafts! Most of the crafts are recycle items. For older children, they can volunteer in the museum and it's always fun for them to do! Oh, don't miss the free Sunday sponsored by Target!

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We brought my 1 year old granddaughter here. First of all...I don't like that they charge $8 for a one year old. I did like the idea of their toddler area...they did have a lot for her to do...she had fun. The only thing I didn't like was that it was supposed to be for 3 and under, but there... More 

Thank Bonnie K
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We made the mistake of coming on the first Sunday of the month. I think all the museums are free the first Sunday of each month. The place was packed! I would probably give it a higher rating, but it was wall to wall people and we didn't stay long.

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Chandler, Arizona
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

The kids loved it, it is fun, lots of exhibits that change year round, nice play area to the right in the front for younger kids and its hard to get kids to leave once they get going here

1 Thank Tiffany H
Maricopa, Arizona
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35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

My 7 year old daughter loved this place. She's totally into arts and crafts right now and this was perfect for her!!! The staff was very friendly as well!!

1 Thank Janb1537
Odessa, Florida
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108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Really fun place for kids. Be sure to wear or bring socks for the no shoes room or you will not be allowed in that area, unless you want to buy their socks. Rooms/areas were full of hands on activities for all ages. Ideas were very decorative and artistic. Would definitely return. Beautiful set up.

1 Thank JCB556
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

I took 2 boys age 9. They were entertained for awhile but I had to slow them down to do most things. Then it became evident that most activities were sit down, quiet activities like coloring. The venue needs some active bouncing things to do.

Thank Elin Bates D

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