In addition to the museums listed, two of the greatest places to take kids in the Tucson area are the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. Kids will also get a kick out of the Sabino Canyon tram ride, the Reid Park Zoo, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, and the Pima Air & Space Museum.
They'll also enjoy Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd. (tel. 520/296-4551; www.traildusttown.com), a Wild West-themed shopping and dining center. It has a full-size carousel, a miniature train to ride, the Museum of the Horse Soldier (open daily 1-7pm; $2 admission), shootout shows, and a family steakhouse. Basically, it's a sort of scaled-down Old Tucson. If the kids are into miniature golf, take them to Golf n' Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Rd. (tel. 520/296-2366; www.golfnstuff.com), which is right next door to Trail Dust Town. Not only are there two miniature-golf courses, but there are also bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, laser tag, a climbing wall, and a video-game arcade. Between these two side-by-side attractions, you've got plenty to keep the family entertained for hours.
All Aboard! -- If you've got kids who idolize Thomas the Tank Engine, then you'd better schedule your Tucson visit for the second or fourth Sunday of the month. On those days (with a few exceptions), the Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum, 3975 N. Miller Ave. (tel. 520/888-2222; www.gpdtoytrainmuseum.com/toytrains), sends out little engines that think they can. The trains chug around a variety of layouts built in different model-railroad gauges. On the 2 days each month that it is open, the museum's hours are from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Admission is free. In July and August, the museum is closed.
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