1. Living In Phoenix Means You’ll Have More Room In The Family Budget
As amazing as it is to have a big family, the budget can get pretty tight. But in Phoenix, your family will be able to save a bit more on the important things seeing as the cost of living is 5% less than the national average. And, based on an index of 100, Phoenix’s cost of living comes in under the average at 97 for health care, 94 for transportation, and 93 for utilities.
2. You’ll Be Able To Buy Your Family’s Dream Home
One of the best parts about Phoenix’s cheap cost of living is just how affordable the housing market is. You can more affordably have your families dream home. Your kids will have a big room, dens or game rooms, plenty of yard space as well private and community swimming pools! Most neighborhoods are part of master planned communities for families offering schools, shopping and many other families with children for your kids to become friends with!
3. Get Ready For Beautiful Weather
Phoenix’s weather is pretty amazing. In the “winter” (if you could even call it that), the average low temperature is 67 degrees. Meaning even on your coldest days, it’s still perfect weather. The summer are always beautiful (albeit hot!) and average temperatures in the hottest months can reach 98 degrees. In July the average daily temperature is 106…However, you can still enjoy outdoors when its hot, especially considering there is little to no humidity in Phoenix. Additionally, man things you have to pay to enjoy throughout the year are actually cheaper when the temperatures increase. Golf is a great example of this.
4. Rest Assured Your Children Will Be Getting The Best Education Possible
Phoenix has some great schools that range from public, to private, to magnet, to charter schools. On GreatSchools, 20 of the public, private, magnet, and charter schools in the area rank a 7 or higher on a scale from 1-10. Schools like Alhambra Traditional School, Khalsa Montessori, and Arizona School for the Arts are just some of these amazing schools. The average student-to-teacher ratio in Phoenix is 19:1, which is only slightly higher than the national average of 16:1, meaning your child will still get plenty of care and attention throughout their academic experiences.
5. The Arizona Science Center Will Be A New Favorite Trip
The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is an amazing place for children and families. It totally brings science to life for people of all ages and your kids will love exploring the permanent and traveling exhibits related to science, technology, and engineering. There are also monthly events, as well as a planetarium and an IMAX theater.
6. Travel To Outer Space At The Challenger Space Center Arizona
The Challenger Space Center Arizona an awesome place for kids, and that’s probably because it was designed by kids! A group of 5th graders were asked what they’d like to see in a space center, and the entire center was designed using their ideas. There’s a meteorite exhibit, a space shuttle landing gear tire, Atlantis Space Shuttle model, a Columbia Shuttle memorial display, and Iridium Satellite model, and Lowell Observatory display. Note: On some Saturdays, Challenger Space Center hosts Family STAR Nights, where you can enjoy a special evening checking out exciting astronomy exhibits.
7. Your Kids Will Have Plenty Of Chances To Be Active
Phoenix has tons of opportunities for your kids to engage in youth sports and athletics. There are plenty of youth leagues in the area, including flag and tackle football, soccer leagues, baseball leagues, basketball leagues, and volleyball leagues. Check out the National Youth Sports center in Phoenix, or the Kids Sports Stars Program at the YMCA, which includes sports as well as educational programs about nutrition.
8. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix Is Loads Of Family Fun
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a great place for the whole family. The museum is perfect for children ages 0-10, with its 300+ play exhibits where kids are encouraged to explore and use their imagination. There’s an Art Studio, a Book Loft, a “Building Big” exhibit, a “Texture Cafe”, and a “Noodle Forest”! Everyone loves exploring this wacky and fun, hands-on museum.
9. Cool Off In The Summer With A Splash
There are plenty of Water Parks in the Phoenix area, including Big Surf, Sun Splash and Wet ‘n’ Wild is one of the largest water parks in Arizona. On a hot summer day, enjoy over 30 water slides and attractions. There’s also the famous “Maximum Velocity” ride which allows guests to race in tandem with tubes down two slide tracks (for the more adventurous teens and adults!!) But there are also plenty of attractions for younger kids, as well.
- Everyone Will Go Wild For The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is one of the best zoos in the state. Families are able to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. You can meet some Sumatran tigers, feed the giraffes, observe elephants at their watering holes, or check out the monkey village! During the Holidays the Phoenix Zoo is also famous for their Zoo Lights.
- Check Out Some Awesome Underwater Animals At SEA LIFE Arizona
Sea Life Arizona is a wonderful place where you and your family can learn more about ocean life! You can interact with animals in touch pools, as well as get up close and personal with over 5,000 sea creatures, like sharks, rays, seahorses, and tropical fish. And, perhaps the best part of the aquarium, is their 360-degree ocean tunnel that makes you feel as if you’re actually under the sea!
- Check Out The Unique Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is not only gorgeous, but it’s incredibly unique. In fact, it has the world’s largest collection of desert plants. You can explore the gardens while checking out the 50,000 species of plants. There are beautiful trails throughout the garden, like the desert wildflowers trail, the conservation trail, desert living trail, or the people and plants of the Sonoran Desert trail. Garden admission is FREE the second Tuesday of every month. And, on Thursdays and Saturdays through September, there are “Flashlight Tours” where families can visit the gardens by moonlight and watch the garden trails magically come alive!