Family-friendly activities in Fountain Hills
Bringing the family for a visit? Fountain Hills residents say they love raising a family here because of the small community environment and the variety of healthy activities the Town provides. From hiking trails and movies in the park, to inclusive festivals and fun learning opportunities, here are some of the activities locals enjoy doing with their kiddos – and so can you!
Many of the trails around Fountain Hills are suitable for a family hike. The Overlook Trail and Adero Canyon trails are a few local favorites, and a great way to “wear the kids out.” A complete list of local hiking trails is available here.
(As a reminder, please choose the correct difficulty rating for your kids’ age and fitness level.)
If there’s one thing you should know about Fountain Hills, it’s that we LOVE to come together and have a good time. If you’re in town during a festival, bring your family – our events have something for kids of all ages, including food trucks and live music!
St. Patrick’s Day (March). We turn our World-Famous Fountain green twice on March 17, then host an Irish Fountain Fest on the weekend.
Dark Sky Festival (March). The Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association celebrates their Dark Sky Designation each year in March. Kids will love looking through telescopes, touching real meteorites, and learning how light pollution affects wildlife.
Music Fest (April). Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family. Watch kids – and kids at heart -- dance with abandon on the Fountain Park lawn to musical acts from various genres.
Turkey Trot and 5K Fitness Run (November). Come run our 5K or dress the family in a Thanksgiving-themed costume and participate in our 1-mile fitness walk. (Pre-registration is required.)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (November). Start your Thanksgiving Day off right by watching the only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona live on Avenue of the Fountains! Bring your lawn chair and sit along the parade route so the kiddos can pick up toys and treats thrown by the passing parade entries.
Stroll in the Glow (December). Ring in the holiday season by watching beautiful Avenue of the Fountains transform into a winter wonderland. Thousands of holiday lights, plus photos with Santa and open houses hosted by many Avenue business owners add to the festivities.
Fountain Hills Parks
You can’t go far without running into a park in Fountain Hills, each with amenities for enjoying all our scenic Town has to offer.
Desert Vista Skate Park |11817-11827 N Tower Dr.
Bring your own skates, rollerblader, and bikes to this newly updated skate park, renovated in 2023 by American Ramp Company, one of the world’s leading skatepark builders.
Fountain Park | 12925 N Saguaro Avenue
In addition to a scenic walking trail around the World-Famous Fountain, Fountain Park boasts an 18-hole championship disc golf course, playground, musical instrument playground, and Splash Pad. There’s plenty of parking and restrooms, with reservable Ramadas for those wanting to bring a picnic basket and grill out.
Four Peaks Park | 14789-14827 N Del Cambre Avenue
There’s lots of room to let the kids run off some energy at this 15-acre recreation area. Take them to one of two age-appropriate children’s playgrounds (ages 2-5 and 5-12), play cornhole, table tennis, tennis, basketball or Pickleball. Enjoy a picnic under the Ramada and grill out. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available.
Golden Eagle Park | 15900 E golden Eagle Boulevard
Let the kids play on one of two age-appropriate playgrounds (ages 2-5 and 5-12), or play basketball, sand volleyball, tennis, or horseshoes. Restrooms, barbeques, and a shaded picnic area are also available.
If the weather is too hot to enjoy our outdoor activities, beat the heat in the comfort of:
The River of Time Museum and Exploration Center | 12901 N La Montana Drive
Learn about the history of local rivers and indigenous people with interactive displays and interpretive elements.
The Fountain Hills Library | 12901 N La Montana Drive
Sit and read a good book or explore on the activity computers for children.
Fountain Hills Theater | 11445 N Saguaro Boulevard
Budding thespians will enjoy attending a production by the Fountain Hills Youth Theater. Showtimes available at fhtaz.org
Fountain Hills Community Services
Our award-winning Community Services team is always busy planning family activities. From family fun nights to ice cream socials, you are bound to find family entertainment.
Eggstravaganza (March). Four Peaks Park is the scene where 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes can be scooped up by children up to eight years of age who are accompanied by an adult.
Party in the Park (June). Participate in family-friendly gams and water inflatables. Bring a picnic basket or enjoy food truck dining. Stick around until dark when the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association brings out their telescopes to view the constellations.
Wacky Wet Wednesdays (June and July). The Fountain Hills Fire Department sprays water from their truck at Four Peaks Park, where kids can enjoy a variety of water games.
Movies in the Park (Spring and Fall). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a Movie in the Park, hosted twice a year (fall and spring) by the Fountain Hills Community Services. Check the website for upcoming dates and titles.
Teen Adventure Trips (June, July, August) Teens between the ages of 13-18 can take a fun day trip with their peers for some nearby fun, such as go-kart racing or an inflatable lake obstacle course. Transportation, entrance fees, and a meal are included with the registration fee. Check the Fountain Hills Community Services website for registration information.
Spooky Blast (October). Celebrate Halloween in Four Peaks Park where merchants hand out candy, popcorn, and treats. Lots of games, inflatables, and food truck dining.