Family Fun Recommendations Recreation Things To Do

Uptown Jungle Mesa

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to get your kids’ wiggles out? Head to Uptown Jungle Fun Park!

Previously known as Urban Jungle Mesa, Uptown Jungle in North Mesa is open and thriving! They are an indoor fun park for the entire family!

We know there are several trampoline parks in the valley, but Uptown Jungle (UTJ) is not your average trampoline park. It is an adventure park with countless activities for kids of all ages! There’s countless reasons we love Uptown Jungle (UTJ) in Mesa, but we’ll name a few below.

Reasons We Love Uptown Jungle

We love how inexpensive UTJ is! You can jump for only $11 per hour and $15 for two hours. Save even MORE money by using your Pogo Pass! Learn more about the Pogo Pass here.

Or, if you really want to get a deal, check out UTJ’s awesome membership plans and become a part of the UTJ family!

They have an enclosed toddler area! Our littles love the trampolines, but when there are too many big kids, it’s easy to get hurt. We love that UTJ has an enclosed toddler area with soft, safe spaces for kids 5 and under.

They have a full snack bar available! Part of our experience is the kids get to pick a snack out after our jump time is up. That’s one of their favorite parts!

There is only one entrance/exit! That sounds like a weird thing to love, but when your children are running around like crazy, it’s very stressful to have to watch two exits to make sure they don’t escape or get taken.

There are separate spaces for everything! There is an enclosed trampoline park, an enclosed basketball trampoline area, an enclosed toddler space, an enclosed rock wall, and an obstacle course that does not connect to any of those. We love that because it’s safer, but also because kids get bored with something so when they go to a new section it’s almost as if they’ve gone to a new park!

The waivers are all online! Not only is that better for health reasons, but it saves time when you get there. The lines have never been longer than 5 minutes because everyone had their waivers already done!

You can wear any grip socks. It does not have to be their specific socks. But if you do need socks there, it’s only $2.75 a pair!

Their facility is super clean. I’ve never gone in there and left feeling gross. Some trampoline parks are sticky and you can just tell it’s germy. Not UTJ. Their facility is very clean and well kept.

They have a parent’s lounge! It’s not something we have been able to enjoy yet because our kids are young and still need supervision, but we are definitely looking forward to the days when our kids are old enough to hold their own and we can sit and relax in the lounge. Our husbands definitely enjoy watching sports in there.



The kids have a blast filling up the giant scoop with balls and having them get dumped right on them! Kids playing on the upper level can also play along by using the air-powered blasters on each side.


Let your kids complete their own version of “American Ninja Warrior” as they climb on various levels of towers and rock walls, all while safely strapped into a harness.


The fun never ends with hundreds of square feet of ladders, slides, bars, tunnels, and more.


With several different slides throughout the park, your child is sure to find one they want to ride over and over again. Heck, you may even find yourself wanting to take a few turns!


If your kid loves climbing, then they may spend a lot of time going up and down this spider tower. We especially love it because it provides a “safety net” in case of falling, which is sometimes just as much fun for the kids on this attraction!


What would a fun park be without endless trampolines? UTJ features trampolines for all ages. With 2 trampolines in the enclosed toddler area, and dozens of trampolines around the park, everyone is sure to find plenty of space for their jump tricks! There’s a dodgeball arena covered in trampolines, as well as a dunk section and freestyle jump section.


Our kids tired themselves out just making their way through the obstacle courses! There’s an inflatable obstacle course that is super fun for the kids to run through, as well as a built-in obstacle course in the mega play structure.


We love this area because it makes our kids feel like they’re not missing out on anything. There is a tiny obstacle course, slides, all the things to jump off of and climb on, and a tiny enclosed trampoline area just for toddlers. Sometimes when things get a little crowded and bigger kids don’t really pay attention to the little ones, Scotti and Beckham enjoy the toddler area and get a lot more space to themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Uptown Jungle charges a flat admission fee to access ALL the park attractions listed above. Below are the various prices. NOTE: Parents get in free if they are not jumping, or for ½ price if they want to jump. If you need to purchase Grip Socks, they’re only $2.75 + Tax per pair.

  • 60 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $11
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $14
  • 90 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $13
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $17
  • 120 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $15
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $20

What do I need to bring?

If you have grip socks, you can bring your own or purchase a pair at the front desk. It’s always a good idea to bring water, as you and your kids are sure to be thirsty after all the fun! They also have snacks and drinks for purchase.

Do I have to purchase jump socks?

You can use grip socks from ANY jump park when visiting Uptown Jungle! If you don’t have any or forgot yours at home, you can purchase them at the front desk for only $2.75 a pair.

Do they offer discounted tickets?

Follow Uptown Jungle on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with their latest offers. They always have specials going on, so keep an eye out! 

If your family loves to frequent Uptown Jungle like we do, then purchasing a membership pass may be the best option for you! Ranging from $30/month to $70/month, there’s options for the whole family.

If you want to really save some money, be sure to get a Pogo Pass and get 2 FREE admissions to Uptown Jungle. You can’t beat that!

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Pogo Pass Review

Your All Access Pass to Arizona FUN!

If you’re like me, you love a good deal when you can get your hands on one. But I can honestly say that the Pogo Pass has saved our family more money than ANY other coupon or discount I’ve come across the last several years!

I was introduced to the Pogo Pass several years ago by my friend, back when it was just starting to become more popular. I will admit, I was a little confused, maybe even skeptical, at first. She told me that I could purchase a Pogo Pass for $39 a YEAR, and that it would give me access to all these amazing events and venues around Arizona. I originally thought the pass would give me great deals to these places if I paid the $39 fee. But I was dead wrong. And ever since purchasing the pass that first year, I have renewed every year since.

The $39 annual membership fee gives you the all access pass to get into the associated events and venues (listed later in this post) for FREE. 

That’s right, FREE.

Here’s just ONE example of how good of a deal the Pogo Pass is:

Admission to the Phoenix Zoo for 1 adult costs $25.

With the Pogo Pass, you get 2 visits a year.

So, you can pay $25 for 1 visit to the zoo, or you can pay $35 for 2 visits AND get access to a long list of other venues you can visit for free!

The deal speaks for itself.

I know it sounds “too good to be true”, but trust me, I’ve been using the Pogo Pass for years now and will forever be renewing it.

Date Nights AND Family Fun, all in one pass!

I purchased my first Pogo Pass prior to having my daughter, back when my husband and I just got married. After looking over the venues, I thought it would provide a lot of fun date night opportunities, especially for newlyweds who were on a tight budget. I was absolutely right!

We are big sports fans, so the first year of our marriage was spent going to countless sporting events including the Diamondbacks, Rattlers, and Arizona State teams. We went to all these events for FREE after paying the annual membership fee of $39 each (which is great for a newlywed couple on a newlywed budget!).

The Pogo Pass provided us with a year’s worth of entertainment for an incredibly low price, and it has done so ever since. 

Now that we have our toddler, she too, has her own Pogo Pass. The membership has provided us with hours and hours of family fun at some of the most exciting places in town. 

Now, before diving into the many events, attractions, and venues you have free access to with the Pogo Pass, let’s go over a few frequently asked questions that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Pogo Pass?

A Pogo Pass is a membership that gives an individual 12 months of FREE access to a variety of events, attractions, and venues throughout Arizona.

How do I use the Pogo Pass?

Simply present your Pogo Pass barcode at any of the current participating venues. Please make sure to check availability at each venue by clicking the venue logo on the website. Sporting events require you to reserve your tickets under “events” on that teams individual page.

Is there a mobile app available?

Yes! It’s super convenient to have our Pogo Passes right on our phones so we can easily access them when we arrive at each venue.

How long is my pass valid for?

Pogo Passes are valid 1 year from the date of purchase, not for a calendar year. If you purchase your pass in the middle of the year and events are past or out of season, they will be available to you the following season until your pass expires. 

At what age do I need Pogo Pass?

I just started getting my daughter (2) her own Pogo Pass this year, because most of the venues on the pass allow free admission for children under the age of 2. Before she had her own, I only had a pass for my husband and I, and Scotti would generally get into places for free. But you can always check the current list of venues to see at what age they start charging admission.

Will any new Venues or Events be added?

Yes! I’ve had a Pogo Pass membership for several years, and our family has been able to visit a variety of venues that have been added over the years. Whenever they add a new venue, you’re able to start visiting IMMEDIATELY with an active pass, at no additional charge. So I always like to keep an eye on the venues to see if anything new has popped up!

Is the Pogo Pass only available in Arizona?

No, there are a few states that offer the Pogo Pass membership! Click the location below to see what venues are offered at each of them.

Pogo Pass Events & Attractions

Now, let’s dive into the events and attractions so you can see what the Pogo Pass gives you FREE access to! Click the venue name to be taken to the Pogo Pass venue page.

NOTE: This list is up to date as of this blog post being published. Please make sure to check the website for the most up to date venue information as these are subject to change.

Golfland Sunsplash

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to Golfland Sunsplash while the full waterpark is in operation.

i.d.e.a. Museum

Members receive two (2) general admission visits to the Idea Museum.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Members receive general admission tickets to two (2) Arizona Diamondbacks games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Arizona Rattlers

Members receive general admission tickets to three (3) Arizona Rattlers games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Phoenix Zoo

Members receive two (2) general admission tickets to visit the Phoenix Zoo. 

Phoenix Rock Gym

Members receive two (2) visits to the Phoenix Rock Gym.

VIP Airsoft Arena

Members receive one (1) free entry to VIP Airsoft each quarter during Public Play hours.

Stratum Laser Tag

Members receive two (2) visits to Stratum Laser Tag. Each Pogo Pass is good for one (1) complimentary game of laser tag.

Fat Cats Gilbert

Members receive admission for one (1) game of Glow Golf per week AND one (1) game of Bowling per week

Golf N’ Stuff

Members receive three (3) visits to Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Center:

  • One (1) visit for Bumper Boats
  • One (1) visit for Laser Tag
  • One (1) visit for Miniature Golf

K.T.R. Family Action Sports Playground

Members receive two (2) visits to KTR Center in Mesa for two (2) hours each visit during open gym hours.

Sun Devil Athletics

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to ALL of the following ASU home games:

  • Women’s Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Uptown Jungle Fun Park

Members receive one (1) visit to Uptown Jungle Fun Park for a 60 minute session.

Fat Cats Mesa

Members receive admission for one (1) game of Glow Golf per week AND one (1) game of Bowling per week

Enchanted Island

Members receive two (2) visits to Enchanted Island Amusement Park for an “All-Day Ride Pass”.

Phoenix Mercury 

Members receive four (4) general admission tickets to Phoenix Mercury games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

University of Arizona Athletics

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to ALL of the following University of Arizona home games:

  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field

Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs

Members receive one (1) general admission visit to Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs.

USA Skateland

Members receive two (2) visits EACH month to USA Skateland Chandler or Mesa during Public Skating hours.

Arizona Zipline Adventures

Members receive one (1) visit to Arizona Zipline Adventures to include a ride on the Copper Zipline Tour (two ziplines).

International Wildlife Museum

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to the International Wildlife Museum.

Tucson Roadrunners

Members receive two (2) general admission tickets to Tucson Roadrunners games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Ice Den Skating Rink

Members receive one (1) public skate admission ticket EACH month.

Use code AZMOMSQUAD for 20% off your membership!

That giant list of events and attractions should have your running to purchase your Pogo Pass membership now!

Whether you have 5 children living at home, or you and your spouse want a year of affordable date nights, I cannot recommend the Pogo Pass highly enough. 

Use code AZMOMSQUAD to get 20% off your membership purchase! That makes it only $39.95 a year! Click here to purchase your passes today, and start exploring all the family fun that Arizona has to offer!

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Schnepf Farms

One of our favorite things about Fall is the festivals! We love picking out pumpkins, getting spooked by a haunted train ride or corn maze, and riding all the rides! 

Schnepf Farms has everything you need for the perfect Fall festival. We have been going since we were kids and it gets better and better every year.

It’s located in the heart of Queen Creek and run by the Schnepf Family. It’s been operating for over 75 years and every year they add something new and more exciting.

One of the things we love is the u-pick garden. You can pick your own fresh veggies and fruits and especially pick out the perfect pumpkin, just in time to carve it for Halloween.

Spooky Train Ride

The spooky train ride is always a family favorite. During the day it gives you the opportunity to see most of the farm and all the festivities. At night time, the ghosts and goblins come out. It takes you through a dark, thick forest complete with a graveyard and several live, spooky characters. It also travels through a tunnel with a strobe light and some scary décor. Our 2, 4 and 6 year olds did just fine with all the ghosts and goblins, so we would definitely say it’s kid-friendly.

The treats are a major seller for us. We love the candy coated pecans, the cotton candy, and our personal favorite, funnel cake. They have so many yummy festival treats available so make sure to come hungry!

Photo opportunities

There are lots of photo opportunities. Instead of paying money for a Fall photo shoot to get that perfect family photo, bring your nice iPhone and snap a bunch of portraits at one of the many photo op locations including hay bails, pumpkin patches, old trucks, tractors, sunflower garden, corn maze and more!

Free rides

Once you get in, all the rides (not including the train) are free! There are all kinds of kid-friendly rides including a roller coaster, swings, flying airplanes, and my kids’ personal favorite, the giant slide! They also have an adult fair ride that my stomach couldn’t handle, but if you’re a thrill seeker, my husband definitely enjoyed it!

Plenty of entertainment

They also offer all kinds of entertainment, tons of food options and private s’mores bonfires. There is something for everyone. Bring the family, kids, make it a date night, a girl’s night out, or bring your professional photographer if you are an influencer or blogger.

Perfect family day out

Schnepf Farms is a family-friendly, family-owned farm and you will not be disappointed with your visit. There is way too much to do on this giant property. We were there for about five hours and still only did half of the activities offered at the farm.

Visitor Information

Ticket Price
$23/person* (2 years and under FREE)
*Military/Veteran, Police/Dispatcher and Firefighters pay $10/person

Season Pass $61/person

Opening Dates & Times
October 1st to November 1st

Thursdays: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Fridays: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mask Required from 10am-2pm)
Saturdays: 10:00am -10:00pm
Sundays: 10:00am – 9:00pm

More information can be found here.

We hope you enjoy the Fall festivities at Schnepf Farms! We posted about other Fall events happening in Arizona in our previous post HERE!

Events Recreation Things To Do

Things to do in Phoenix This Month

October Events & Experiences For The Whole Family

October is here, and it’s one of our favorite months of the year here in Arizona!

Whether you were born and raised here in the Valley, or this is your first October in Arizona, we want to share all our favorite local events and activities with you! Being born and raised in Mesa, we’ve seen a lot of events come and go over the years, and we’re always excited to try out new ones each year. Now, let’s jump right in!

Below is a list of events happening in the Valley throughout the month of October (listed in chronological order). We’ve listed the event website next to each event for you to find more information about your visit!

NOTE: We are continually adding to this page as we find more family friendly events happening in October. Be sure to check back often for the latest event information! 

If you have an event you’d like us to share, please email the press release to us directly at

Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm

Admission: $10/person

Dates & Times:
September 26th – October 31st
Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Hayride, adventure maze, farmyard animals, spider web crawl, pumpkin picking, arts and crafts, and more!

Mother Nature’s Farm
1663 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233


(480) 892-5874

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

Admission: $23/person online, $25/person at the gate
Ages 2 and under free
Parking: Free
Season Pass: $61/person (good for any day)
Train Tickets: $4 (day time) and $7 (spooky)

Dates & Times:
Every Thursday – Sunday, October 1st – November 1st
Thursdays: 1:00 – 9:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Mini golf, petting zoo, hay rides, pig races, bon fires, amusement park rides, zip lines, face painting, 4 acre & 10 acre corn mazes, musical review show, yard games, deer feeding, and several different places to eat throughout the farm!

Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142


(480) 987-3100

Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze

Admission: $15/person, 2 and under free
Train Ride: $2
Tomato Canon: $2

October 1st – November 1st
Wednesday-Thursday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Things to Do:
Family & mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, jumping pillow, train ride,hay pyramid, pedal cart track, corn box, and much more!

Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N. 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303


(602) 999-3276

Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival & Corn Maze

Admission: $12/person, 2 and under free

Dates & Times:
October 1st – November 1st
Closed Monday October 5th & 12th
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Things to Do:
Mini golf, 5 acre corn maze, pallet maze, zip line, rides, train ride, pumpkin bowling, duck races, and more!

Vertuccio Farms
4011 S. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212


(480) 882-1482

MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Weekday Admission: $10/person, 1 and under free
Weekend Admission: $12/person, 1 and under free
Pony Rides: $5
Horse-Drawn Hayride: $5
Feed the Animals: $3
Mechanical Bull: $5
Pumpkins: $4-$25 depending on size

Dates & Times:
CLOSED Tuesdays
October 3rd – November 1st
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Normal hours on Halloween)

Things to Do:
Hay-bale maze, petting zoo, panning for gold, lawn games, pedal car and track, and more!

MacDonald’s Ranch
26540 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255


(480) 585-0239

AZ Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze

Admission: $25/person

Dates & Times:
Every Friday & Saturday in October
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303


(602) 999-3276

Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch

Admission: $5/person
Ride Tickets: $1 (most rides are 2-4 tickets)
All Day Ride Pass: $20/person
Family Pack: $20 (25 tickets)
Parking: Free

Dates & Times:
Weekdays: October 22-30, 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Weekends: October 24, 25 & 31, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Rides, carnival games, inflatables, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, pumpkin picking, and so much more!

Paradise Valley Mall
4568 E Cactus Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85032


(480) 435-4325

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Recreation Things To Do

Paddle Boarding In Arizona – With Desert Paddle Boards

One of the things we love about Arizona is the endless activities the desert offers. We have the ability to be outside 365 days of the year in certain areas (and if you have the right clothing and equipment). Between hiking, biking, camping, tubing, there is endless fun in the AZ desert and the views are priceless.

One of the things we love doing is floating down the Salt River. The Salt River has a natural current for miles and it can be a relaxing trip with friends or a vigorous exercise, depending on your equipment. We love connecting inner tubes together and chatting with friends or kayaking up the river for a great workout, and just recently, we discovered paddle boarding.

The Paddle Boarding Discovery

We might be way behind the times here, but paddle boarding is one of our new favorite hobbies. We discovered Desert Paddle Boards through a friend. We went with some mom friends early one Saturday and went against the current for a good workout. We didn’t make it very far, but we did get the exercise we were looking for. I was sore in places I didn’t know could be sore!

I was a little nervous my first time because I didn’t think I could keep my balance, but I soon realized that paddle boarding is for all levels. I was able to stand or sit on my board just fine, and at one point, I started doing headstands! It was thrilling and such a fun way to bond with girlfriends. We ended up “parking” our boards together halfway upstream and chatting for another hour. It was a much needed girls’ morning out.

Paddle Board Yoga

Later that month, Ash and I decided to go try paddle board yoga. Again, we were a little nervous and not sure what to expect, but we ended up having an amazing time, and again, an incredible workout. Paddle board yoga is offered at various public pool locations. Check online to book. This particular one was at Hamilton Aquatic Center and was taught by yoga teacher, Vanessa Siren with, who just so happens to be our aunt.

She was so much fun, and because she was our aunt, she made sure we were right up front and pushed us the hardest. I have done yoga several times in my life, but paddle board yoga is next level! That will go down as a top ten workout in my life. We definitely struggled with the poses and both of us fell in at one point, but we had so much fun!
The boards are slightly different for the yoga class than the ones that we went down the river with. The yoga boards are rectangular and are hooked onto the pool ropes so you don’t float away during the session. The boards to float down the river were long and skinnier, and come with a paddle.

Paddle Boarding With The Kids

Last weekend we decided to do a family trip with our children, who are 2, 4 and 6. We packed their life vests and went back to the Salt River. One of the ways to do it is to have one truck parked at the drop off location and one parked at the end location so you don’t have to hike all that way back to your vehicle after floating downstream.

The kids all had life vests on, which Desert Paddle Boards provided for free. They sat at the front of our boards and had the best time! As they got more and more comfortable, they started jumping from board to board, or held on to the side of the board and floating along in the water. Along the way we saw ducks, frogs and even wild horses! The view is breathtaking and the whole trip (even with kids) was very therapeutic.

Paddle Board Features

Another nice thing about these boards are the elastic straps at the front. These allow for you to strap down sunscreen, water bottles, shoes, etc. so you don’t have to leave it all at the car.

Desert Paddle Boards is super inexpensive, and a great way to experience the AZ outdoors without being in the heat. Sarah (the owner) offers the boards at only $20 per half day and paddles and life jackets are included. She is located at Higley and McKellips, so she’s super close to the river, only a 20 minute drive from there. She suggests to get to the river early on weekends or holidays because it gets very crowded. She also takes Venmo for an easy, contactless payment.

A couple of other things to keep in mind:

  • Remember a strap to tie down the boards and paddles
  • Make sure you have a truck
  • Make sure you have a Tonto parking pass
  • Bring lots of sunscreen as you are out in open sunlight the entire time
  • Wear a fanny pack and pack snacks
  • Strap water bottles onto the elastic bands of the boards
  • You can fit two small children and an adult comfortably on a board
  • If you plan to have your phone with you, put it in a ziploc bag

If you’re looking for another way to enjoy the desert scenery, this is definitely on our recommendation list and Desert Paddle Boards is our favorite to work with. Go check her out at @desertpaddleboards on Instagram or on her website at for more info.

Tell her AZ Mom Squad sent you!

Enjoy your new favorite way to float down the river!