Recently a friend from out-of-town came to visit their grandchild in the Prescott area. As with all vacations, it is a goal to find the perfect activities to make a memorable visit. Unfortunately, our friends were stumped on what to do with kids in Prescott! When visiting from a larger city, the Prescott quad city area can appear to offer little entertainment opportunities. However, you will be pleased to know that there are an abundant of options to do with your family and kids (or grandkids!) in Prescott. To give you a little help, we have put a list together that can help you plan your visit.
Gripstone: Prescott, AZ
Gripstone Prescott Arizona offers rock climbing, bouldering, yoga, a cafe, and a pro-shop. No previous climbing experience is necessary, and after a quick 30-minute video and hands-on tutorial, you will be ready to climb. Climbers under 14 years old are required to be accompanied by a participating adult over 18 years old. Children under 14 are welcome, harnesses are available for very small children. They have even had 2-year-old climbers!
Pricing starts $16 for adults, and the pass lasts all day. You can leave for lunch and come back later for more climbing. It’s a full body workout, it’s fun, and it’s great for all ages!
Jarz of Clay: Prescott, AZ
Jarz of Clay is located at the Prescott Gateway Mall Outside in the village shops. At Jarz of Clay, you pick a pottery piece from hundreds of different options. You then paint your piece, and then the pieces will be glazed and fired. Within 4-5 days, you then can pick up your glazed pottery piece!
The studio fee is included in the price of each item. Included in the studio fee is paints, tools, and the glazing/firing. Pottery pieces are not the only option, canvas and wood paintings are also available. This is perfect for all ages, I’ve been multiple times with both my mom and young cousins and enjoy it every time!
Heritage Park Zoo: Prescott, AZ
Visit Prescott’s local zoo! Heritage Park Zoo is located on 10 acres and overlooks Willow Lake. While I’m personally not a spiders or snake (insert *full body chill*), the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary offers the Tarantula Grotto and Reptile House. The Tarantula Grotto is one of the largest public displays of spiders in the country. Along with this, the Reptile House houses gila monsters, iguanas, geckos, and even a 13-foot Burmese python.
The Heritage Park Zoo loves saving animals and giving them a home. Housed at the zoo is an American Black Bear that was orphaned, a gray fox that was found alone and half drowned, and a mountain lion that was illegally kept as a pet in Arizona. Along with this, the zoo participates in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Plan by saving endangered species such as the Mexican Gray Wolf.
Heritage Park Zoo hosts special events throughout the year, including: Zoofest, Eggstravaganza, Boo at the Zoo, moonlight events and Zoo Camp for kids. The zoo is open every day of the year. You can view admission prices here.
While that is only a few options, I hope that this may give you a jump-start on what activities are available for entertainment in the Prescott Area! Below is an additional few items that may interest you:
- Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ
- Mortimer Farms, Dewey-Humboldt, AZ
- In the Game Freedom Station, Prescott Valley, AZ
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