Best Kid’s Activities in Phoenix: 2013


They’re your everything. So why can’t you find anything to do with them? Here, we share our picks for the top birthday party spots, kid-friendly hotels, clothing stores for kids, nanny agencies and private schools in Arizona and more.

These are the winners of Best Of Our Valley 2013 in the Kids category – the best of the best in Arizona. The winner each category this year will be featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s March 2013 issue, a tell-all guide to the coolest people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. The winner with the most total votes will be featured on the cover of Arizona Foothills Magazine’ s Best Of issue (but we aren’t telling who won the cover just yet!). All those who won this year can download their 2013 Winners logos here.

To nominate a business, person or item for the 2014 contest, e-mail by September 1, 2013. 

Best Birthday Party Spot

WINNER: Great Play Children’s Gym

B.E.S.T-Beginners Edge Sports Training
As You Wish Pottery
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Alltel Ice Den
Dave & Busters
Golfland Sunsplash
Castles N’Coasters
Flip Dunk Sports
The Lego Store

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

WINNER: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Arizona Grand Resort
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa

Best Kid’s Clothing Store

WINNER: Garage-a Body Shop for Kids

Urban Kidz
The Children’s Place
Gap Kids and Baby Gap
Abercrombie Kids
Little Artika
Rascal’s Ranch
Smarty Pants Consignment
Janie and Jack
Neiman Marcus’ NM Kids

Best Kid’s Entertainment – Indoors

WINNER: Great Play Children’s Gym

Make Meaning
As You Wish Pottery
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Sea Life Aquarium
Bass Pro Shops
Arizona Science Center
Alltel Ice Den
Dave & Busters
Aquarium at Wildlife World Zoo
Build-A-Bear Workshop
IMAX Theatre
iPic Theatres
It’s Sugar
Lego Store
Stratum Laser Tag

Best Kid’s Entertainment Outdoors

WINNER: Superstition Farms

The Farm at South Mountain
Schnepf Farms
The Phoenix Zoo
Wildlife World Zoo
Golfland Sunsplash
Castles N’Coasters
McCormick-Stillman Railroad park
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass

Best Kid’s Restaurant

WINNER: Oregano’s

Red Robin
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Rainforest Cafe
Organ Stop Pizza
Sugar Bowl
The Cheesecake Factory
18 Degrees
California Pizza Kitchen
Joe’s Farm Grill
Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks
The Melting Pot

Best Nanny Agency

WINNER: Parent’s Time Out

A+ Nannies
Caring Nannies
All About Nannies
Nanny Exchange
Sitter City

Best Private High School

WINNER: Xavier College Preparatory

Brophy College Preparatory
Notre Dame Preparatory High School
Scottsdale Christian Academy
Northwest Christian Academy
Phoenix County Day School
Bourgade Catholic High School
St. Mary’s High School

Best Private or Charter School

WINNER: Mesa Preparatory Academy

Chandler Preparatory Academy
Scottsdale Christian Academy
Redeemer Christian School
Glendale Preparatory Academy
Tesseract Schools

Best Toy Store

WINNER: Kidstop

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Auntie Em’s Miniatures
Easley’s Costumes & Fun Shop
Little Artika
Little Blue Choo Choo


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