With its large lots and wide, tree-lined streets, Arcadia is the ultimate family-friendly neighborhood. Arcadia’s central location in the heart of Phoenix makes it a big draw for families, thanks to its many kid-friendly activities in and near this neighborhood.
Arcadia Ice Arena is an affordable way to spend a hot Phoenix day with its free skate days, along with hockey and figure skating programs. Jump City is an indoor trampoline park located at 39th Street and Indian School Road.
Parks are plentiful in Arcadia. First, Arcadia Park, at 56th Street and Osborn Road has an exercise course, playground, ramada and picnic area, restrooms, lighted volleyball court, grills, and a multi-purpose field. Nearby G.R. Herberger Park located at 58th Street and Indian School Road has a play field, tennis, lighted sand volleyball, and a water fall feature. Finally, Kachina Park at 42nd Street and Campbell Avenue features a playground, open play area, ramada and picnic area.
The Shemer Art Center and Museum located at the southeast corner of Camelback Road and 48th Street, named one of the top 10 museums in Phoenix, is a thriving cultural center housed in the very first home built in Arcadia back in 1919. The center offers art classes for children in its large roster of art and cultural workshops.
Kids always enjoy the nearby Camelback Mountain hiking trails. Specifically, Bobby’s Rock Trail is one of the easiest routes on the otherwise-challenging mountain, with an elevation change of 200 feet. This quarter-mile trail follows the Echo Canyon summit trail out of the parking lot, and is perfect for families and younger kids.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Arcadia during July, your kids will love joining Arcadia’s Fourth of July Parade, a neighborhood staple since 1996. This parade is open to everyone, from kids to families to pets and is a popular Arcadia community event.