While the animals at the Phoenix Zoo are interesting enough, the animals here are way cool; just ask your kids. Best of all, you can get really close to some and even feed a few. There are informative animal shows, including parrot feedings, throughout the day. While the desert may seem like an odd place for a public aquarium, the aquarium here is a real kid-pleaser, with sharks, stingrays, piranhas, and an albino alligator. Combine a visit to this zoo with time at the nearby Challenger Space Center or Deer Valley Rock Art Center, and you have a fun, full day for the family.