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10 Free things to do in Yuma with kids!

As a mom, educational activities with my kids, is one of the first thing I look for when seeking adventure opportunities. I want my little ones to know as much information as possible about being outdoors in nature. Here is a list of things to do with kids for free in Yuma!


Take a hike

Our #10 on our Free things to do with kids list is ” Take a hike!”. Since Yuma is located in the Sonoran Desert, we have several wilderness areas, and hundreds of hiking trails! The most commonly mentioned trail is Telegraph Pass hiking trail. The Trail is about 4.5 miles long, and it takes about 2.5 hours to complete. There are also free guided hiking trails on the Imperial Wildlife Refuge. They have a Painted Desert Trail and provide free guides for more information on their free guided hiking tours check out their site Imperial Wildlife National Refuge.

There are also various hiking trails located at the East and West Wetlands park and plenty of places to play with kids! there are several hiking trails located at Picacho State Park as well.


Visit the Roxaboxen

Visit the Roxaboxen is our #9 on free things to do with kids list. This site was the inspiration behind the book by the same name by Alice McLerran. The story was about a group of children that played on a hill they named Roxaboxen. For more information on this area click on our Roxaboxen blog post!

This is a story about a group of kids from the same community that play on a hill that they named Roxaboxen. They would bake, drove cars, had a jail, and kept a cemetery that all were imaginary. This was the place where they got together and had fun and made memories of playing together. The story tells about the kid’s time there and about how even when they grew older- it was still a place they could go back to in their hearts.


Go Fishing

One of the most relaxing free things to do in Yuma is to go fishing! This activity on our free things to do in Yuma with kids list is a great way to reduce stress and teach kids about patience. The Arizona Fish in Game provides plenty of opportunities for kids to fish. The local office stocks several local ponds including Fortuna Pond and the Pond at West Wetland Park. Arizona fishers do require a license but, no license is required for kids under the age of 10. Kids ages 10 and over do require a fishing license the cost for that is only $6.00. For more information visit Arizona Game and Fish. http://www.azgfd.gov/


Visit a local museum

This is one of the most educational activities on our Free things to do in Yuma with kids list. In Yuma County we have over 12 different museums! There are a few museums that are free to the public. The Best Western Coronado Museum is available for free to the public. They will offer you a personal tour and answer all your questions. You must call in advance and set up a time. They are located at 233 4th Ave, Yuma, Arizona 85364 or call 783-4453.

The Cocopah Indian Tribe near Somerton, Arizona also had a museum. They do not have a fee to enter the museum but donations are accepted. They are open from 9:00 am to 4::00 pm Monday through Friday. Special guided tours are available by appointment.


Take them to an event put on by the City of Yuma

The City of Yuma provides it’s citizens several free events. They do a great job of providing fun opportunities for kids. Each year they have a Fairy Party, Art Show, Free Movies in Downtown Yuma. They also have several block parties throughout the year. Check the calender for free events all year long. They always have something going on through out the year. This is a must for any Free things to do in Yuma list. So many events put on by the city for FREE. People who are looking for things to do and families on a budget should certainly take advantage of all the free events put on by the city. For more information on dates and events check the two links below.

Yuma Event Calender http://www.yumacalendar.org/
Yuma City Events http://www.yumaaz.gov/events/


Visit a Wildlife Refuge

This a personal favorite of mine. For me it is definitely one of the best free things to do in Yuma with kids. A wildlife refuge is like a giant zoo with no cells. It is an awesome way to view wildlife and absorb the beautiful Sonoran Desert Landscape. We have over 5 different Wildlife Refuges in Yuma. There is the Mittry Lake Wildlife, Betty’s Kitchen Wildlife, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife, Imperial Wildlife Refuge, Cibola Wildlife Refuge, and Kofa Wildlife Refuge. There is so much to see and do in one refuge alone. From birdwatching, camping, stargazing to hiking, to offroading. For more information on the individual Wildlife Refuges check out out lates posts on Imperial Wildlife Refuge, Cibola Wildlife Refuge, Kofa Wildlife Refuge.


Skate at Kennedy Park

This is one of the most extreme free things to do here in Yuma. The Kennedy Skateboard Park is open, and free of charge to the public from sunrise to 11:00 pm, daily. Skateboarders must provide their own skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads and follow all safety and skateboard postings. The park is located at E 23rd Street & S Kennedy Lane
Yuma, AZ 85365


Rollerblade, skateboard, bike or take a stroll from Gateway Park to West Wetlands

Get your kiddos moving! There are several trails thought out various parks. Gateway has a great view of the Colorado River and that makes any trip from Gateway to Wetlands worth it. There is plenty to see along the way and before you know it you have arrived at West Wetlands Park. The stretch is about half a mile to Wetlands and back to Gateway park. Be sure to bring the proper shoes and plenty of sunscreen.

West Wetlands Park is a great place to take your kids. The park features an awesome play house castle with jungle gym, swings, and airplanes. Your child’s imagination will soar with this awesome play house. There is a beautiful desert garden, butterfly habitat and plenty of places to fly a kite. Yuma’s weather makes it a great place to play outdoors. Weather is usually sunny with clear skies. So many things to do at these two parks we would need another blog post just to cover all the things you can do in there Yuma Parks.

For more information check out our blog post on West Wetlands Park.


Attend a free local workshop

This activity is one of the best things to do because you can gain in so many ways. They learn to create, help develop their sense of creativity, and they get to take it home. Several business in Yuma have free activities for kids. Home Depot, Lowes, Toys R Us, and Micheal’s have workshops held on weekends typically on Saturday just for kids. You can find activities that you can make and take home. Build with Legos, plant a small plant, build a bird house. Check the individual business site for more information and schedule.
http://homedepot.com http://lowes.com http://toyrus.com http://www.michaels.com


Have a picnic by the beautiful Coloraodo River

This is one of my favorite things to do in Yuma with kids. I am totally biased with it comes to playing on the water! It’s a great way to beat the summer heat and an awesome way to enjoy nature and it’s beauty. With the amazing Colorado River flowing through our city. There are plenty of places to have a picnic and absorb the beautiful desert landscape. Mittry Lake has a big ramada with a beautiful view of the Colorado River. There are plenty of wildlife to observe in that area. For directions and more information on read our blog post on Mittry Lake

There is an awesome park right outside of Hidden Shores RV Park. The park has a great view of the Laguna Dam and kids can enjoy the jungle gym in the park. For more information and how to get there read our blog post on Hidden Shores.

Hope you enjoyed our Free things to do in Yuma with kids list. Let us know if you would like us to add any more to our list or if you have one of your own!


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