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Old 07-28-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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We're still very new to the area and not sure how or where to find some fun stuff to do with the kids. We're making a trip to the Ikea store in Tempe/Awahtukee area and would like to do something with the kids afterwards. Doesn't have to be in the immediate area - we're in STV so it could even be anywhere on the way back home. Got any suggestions of neat places to see or things to do after our shopping excursion? I truely appreciate it - THANKS!
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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How old are the kids? Makutu's Island (indoor play/party facility, is fun. I've never been there except for birthday parties, but the kids always have fun. It's on Ray, I think, just a little east of I-10, so really close to Ikea.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Might be too hot, but Desert Breeze Park in Chandler has a splash pad and other neat things for kids. There is a splash pad at Tempe Town Lake, too. You can rent paddle boats at the lake in Kiwanis Park in Tempe. The food court at Arizona Mills has a carousel.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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I suppose their ages would have helped (long morning. They are 4,6 and 8. I've heard about Tempe Town Lake, but never been there - I think we'll head over there and check that out. And I've never heard of Makutu's Island eiter - how fun! Thank you both. Now we won't spend the afternoon just driving around "looking"!
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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There is a babysitting service in IKEA. You can leave your kids there for 2hrs. if you register as a member at one the kiosk by the front door. One hour otherwise.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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I suppose their ages would have helped (long morning. They are 4,6 and 8. I've heard about Tempe Town Lake, but never been there - I think we'll head over there and check that out. And I've never heard of Makutu's Island eiter - how fun! Thank you both. Now we won't spend the afternoon just driving around "looking"!

Good ages for Makutu's....Welcome to Makutu's Island! you can entertain them all at once in air conditioned comfort. The lake would be fun, but it would take two paddle boats at least, I assume. There is a nice playground, (much of it under a shade cover) as well as the splash pad, at Desert Breeze Park. Pity the train and the carousel are closed for the summer.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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I was also going to mention Makutu's and Desert Breeze Park. Both in Chandler but near Ikea. Also, I believe there's a Chuck E. Cheese just across the freeway in Ahwatukee, and Golfland/Sunsplash along US 60 in Mesa if you're headed home that way. There's also one of those indoor bouncy things in the Tempe Autoplex but that may just be for large birthday parties.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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There is also one of those trampoline places on Ray & Rural, NE corner but that might be better for a little older kids
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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There is an ice skating rink called Polar express I think in NW Chandler on ray road and the I-10. Might be a fun way to beat the heat.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:37 PM
 
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May I suggest a place kids love to eat? Not exactly next door to IKEA, but it's not a terrible drive. It's on Ray Road right before the intersection of Higley.

Joe's Farm Grill is really on a farm, right in the middle of Gilbert. Good fresh food for the adults and lots of kid-friendly items, too. Fair warning, though, this place is REALLY popular with families, so especially when school is on summer break, the place is crawling with two-legged as well as four-legged critters. And since they perceive it more as an outdoor picnic area than an actual restaurant, there's lots of running and yelling. Best if you can go on a week day and, of course, non-standard meal hours are less crowded. There is indoor dining in a deli/coffee-shop-type place also on the grounds, so if the noise or the flies (it's a FARM!) get to you, you can eat there, too. And whatever you do, don't miss the bathroom (I'm not saying anything except that it's not your average bathroom).

Here's their website, which includes a map, address info, a menu, and a link to the video showing Joe's Farm Grill on the Food Network's program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Joe
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