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Long weekends, Christmas break, Spring Break – Tucson is just the right spot for kids. Roaming around Tucson on vacation, families can check out interesting museums, exciting theme parks, outdoor adventure and rollicking Wild West action.

ATR900:Tucson CVBAt the top of the list for kids and adults alike is the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region so realistically that kids will find themselves eye-to-eye with hummingbirds, mountain lions, prairie dogs and Gila monsters. Find more outdoor fun at: Reid Park Zoo; Saguaro National Park; Sabino Canyon Recreation Area; Colossal Cave Mountain Park; Kartchner Caverns State Park; and children’s gardens at Tucson Botanical Gardens and Tohono Chul Park.

ATR969:Tucson CVBFor science fans, Pima Air and Space Museum is a must-see, with more than 200 vintage and modern aircraft, as well as a Space Gallery where kids can view a real moon rock and explore the geology of Mars. Find more scientific fun at: Flandrau Science Center; University of Arizona Mineral Museum; Kitt Peak National Observatory; Tucson Children's Museum; T-Rex Museum; and the International Wildlife Museum.

SOAZ808:Tucson CVBThe Tucson area is the best place to glimpse the American Old West. The 1880s come alive just south of Tucson in the historical town of Tombstone, “the town too tough to die,” which recreates the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral® and provides tours by wagon and stagecoach of well-preserved buildings and monuments. Find more historic fun at: Old Tucson Studios; Trail Dust Town; Arizona State Museum; Mission San Xavier del Bac; and the Arizona Historical Society's exhibits.

Rock-climbing instruction is available at Rocks and Ropes, an indoor climbing gym where kids can climb the walls while learning basic knot tying and climbing safety. Or beat the head at the wave pools of Breakers Water Park. Summer evenings are a good time to enjoy the miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, and batting cages at Funtastiks Family Fun Park and Golf ‘n Stuff Family Fun Center. Find more just for kids fun at: Bedroxx and Golden Pin Lanes; P1 Kart Circuit (open late); the old-fashioned DeAnza Drive-In Theatre; and Apple Annie’s Orchard, south of Tucson in rural Willcox.

EVNT933:Tucson CVBBaseball is big in Tucson as the Cactus League holds spring training camps during March for three Major League Baseball teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, and Colorado Rockies. Watching Tucson’s Minor League Baseball team, the Sidewinders, is a crowd-pleasing pastime for families who can catch the action from the grassy outfield at Tucson Electric Park.