Summer has officially kicked off in all states as school is out and I'm getting all sorts of creative getting the kids out for days to enjoy the weather before it's too brutally hot and with activities that don't cost a fortune! We don't have many fun places around our home in Surprise but Scottsdale has so much to offer so we recently went over there for an afternoon and it was a blast! 

I thought it would be nice to outline what we did because they're super kid friendly for both school age and stroller babies- so here is a little city guide for those who need a tip for outings!

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This area is so great for spending some time cooling off in the splash pad with the kids, shopping around at some cute places (my favorite to hit down there is Gap, H&M, Lululemon and Pottery Barn) and perfect for grabbing a bite to eat. Whether that means froyo or a full meal at Zen Burger, you are golden for an entire afternoon of entertainment. It's located right off Scottsdale Road and Butherus (north of Acoma) so it's easily accessible from Loop 101.

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We all know an outing is an excuse for a little treat with the kids to either keep them happy or to reward them for good behavior (the latter in our case) and there's no better place to stop in Scottsdale than Sprinkles Cupcakes. They recently added the Cupcake ATM and it was Drake's first time seeing it so he was in hog heaven. I also let Emery have her first bite of anything sweet when we grabbed this and she literally screamed when I took her hands off the cupcakes after man-handling it. It was priceless!

You can find this adorable bakery off 74th Street and Camelback right by Scottsdale Fashion Square. If you're not into the outdoor shopping at Scottsdale Quarter, Fashion Square is a great option that's air conditioned to stroll around in with the kids.

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The perfect spot for a little laying on a blanket in the shade while the kids play! Grab a blanket, your favorite snack and some water to stay hydrated and you're set, my friend. The kiddos love being here to lounge around and watch the water fountains all throughout the park and it's the famous place of the LOVE sign. Naturally, you'll see a picture of that included! ;)

This little ticket can be located and entered at so many locations! It's lovely and large so you can search it on your GPS and you could be given a few ways to arrive. Make sure to take advantage of The Saguaro Hotel right next door for some fun, bright backgrounds for pictures too!

AUBREY: dress (similar)- American Eagle | hat- Target | sandals- Marshall's | sunnies- RayBan | watch- Kate Spade | bracelets- Loren Hope & Alex & Ani // DRAKE: tee- Indie Nook | shorts- Target | swimsuit- Old Navy // EMERY: top (on sale!)- Gap | head wrap- GuguBerry | sandals (on sale!)- Gap | diaper bag- JujuBe | stroller (Yezz- Blue Loop)- Quinny