Best things to do indoors with kids in Phoenix this summer

Playing outside in the summer heat in Phoenix is ​​not a great option, especially for very young children. Fortunately, there are many indoor recreation and entertainment centers around the valley that will keep you and your family cool this summer.

From trampoline parks to puppet shows to paintball, there are plenty of activities to choose from for almost any age group and interests under the sun.

Here is a selection of 15 great indoor activities for kids in Metro Phoenix during the summer — or any time of year.

Summer bucket list:Fun things to do in metro Phoenix

American Paintball Runway

According to the website, this indoor paintball field gives thrill seekers ten and older the opportunity to “maneuver their way around an obstacle course while dodging incoming paintballs.” Guests can bring their own equipment or rent some. Reservations are encouraged. Other activities include plastic guns and laser tag.

details: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. 2915 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. Prices vary by activity. 602-275-5285,

octane race track

Octane Raceway has a 1/3 mile go-kart track, VR multiplayer, mini bowling, and arcade games.

At Octane Raceway, guests can tour the indoor and outdoor racetracks on electric buggies. There is no minimum age, but drivers must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall to participate, according to the site. Drivers under the age of 18 need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Octane Raceway also has Velocity VR, ax throwing and arcade game.

details: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. – midnight on Fridays; 10 a.m. – midnight on Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. 9119 AH. Talking Stick Road, on the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale. Price and age requirements vary. 602-302-7223,