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For the Kiddos: Top 5 Family Activities in Yuma
Published on May 8, 2017

Planning a getaway fit for the whole family? Yuma is brimming with fun and adventure, and we've put together our list of the top activities to help plan your visit to the Sunniest City on Earth ...


Make a Splash — Closed in 2016, southern Arizona's premier water park, indoor arcade, and outdoor fun zone reopens under the management of Bandai Namco, the creators of Pac-Man! Splashing back into action on May 27, Waylon's Water World features four slides, a lazy river, kid and toddler zones, private cabanas, a snack bar, and a watering hole for adults. At the adjacent Z Fun Factory, enjoy mini-golf on two 18-hole courses, go-karts, batting cages, a children's playhouse, state of the art arcade, The Canteen restaurant, and a bar with a plenty of TVs for catching sports action. For more information on both parks, visit


Be King (or Queen) of the Castle — Rising from the ashes of a park once burnt to the ground by arson, the place locals affectionately call "Castle Park" was rebuilt in late 2015. Located at West Wetlands Park in north Yuma, and alongside the Colorado River, the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground is a place where imaginations run wild across a sprawling landscape of inspiring architecture. With stadium-like lighting well into the evening, the park is a safe and family-friendly place to wind down before turning in for the night. Also, be sure to check out the nearby fishing pond, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and Centennial Beach areas for more fun and adventure.


Camels and More — "Ohs" and "ahs" await at Yuma's farm of exotic animals! Featuring goats, buffalo, zebras, ostrich and more, The Camel Farm isn't just a dromedary destination. Get up close, see, and feed animals whose origins span various continents. Plan accordingly: The Camel Farm is open hump day through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in May 2017, with summer hours to be announced. To confirm open dates and times, call 928-627-7511.


The Fun Just Keeps on Flowing — Beat the heat at Wild River Family Entertainment Center, complete with a full-fledged arcade, laser tag, and bowling! In between games, grab a bite to eat at the snack bar or restaurant with TVs all throughout to check the latest sports scores. For more information, visit


Kick it on the Beach — There may be no oceanfront property in Arizona, but it still has its share of beaches. Gateway Park, feet from Historic Downtown Yuma and just beneath the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway bridge is easy access to a refreshing cool down in the tranquil waters of the Colorado River. With sandy shores perfect for sandcastles and sunbathing, this riverfront park is hours of fun and relaxation. Even if you don't plan to take a dip, the restored riverfront area includes playground equipment, green lawns for picnicking, and pathways for walking, jogging, or biking. For more information, check out this brochure.


A Sixth for Good Measure — Just in case our top 5 doesn't fill the itinerary, the Children's Museum of Yuma County welcomes families from all over to visit its annual exhibit at the Yuma Art Center. This year's theme "Where the Journey Begins" promises exceptional hands-on edutainment activities for youngsters and their parents. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, June 3 through July 29, admission is just $2 per person. More information available at



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