Best things to do indoors with kids in Phoenix this summer

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Playing outside in the Phoenix summer heat is not a great option, especially for very young children. Luckily, there are many indoor recreation and entertainment centers around the Valley that will keep you and your family cool this summer. 

From trampoline parks to puppet shows to paintball, there are plenty of activities to choose from for just about any age group and interest under the sun. 

Here are our 15 picks of cool indoor activities for kids in metro Phoenix  during summer — or any time of year.

Summer bucket list:Fun things to do in metro Phoenix

American Paintball Coliseum 

This indoor paintball field gives thrill-seekers age 10 and up the opportunity to “maneuver their way around an obstacle filled arena as they duck and dodge oncoming paintballs,” according to the website. Guests can bring their own equipment or rent some. Reservations are encouraged. Other activities include airsoft guns and laser tag. 

Details: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. 2915 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Prices vary by activity. 602-275-5285,

Octane Raceway 

Octane Raceway has a 1/3-mile go-kart track, virtual reality multiplayer games, mini bowling and arcade games.

At Octane Raceway, guests can zip around the indoor-outdoor racetrack on electric karts. There is no age minimum requirement, but drivers must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall to participate, according to the website. Drivers younger than 18 need a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. Octane Raceway also has the Velocity VR virtual reality game, ax-throwing and an arcade. 

Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. 9119 E. Talking Stick Way, on the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale. Price and age requirements vary. 602-302-7223,