We are lucky enough to have family with a house in Flagstaff, which allows us to escape the heat of the summer every now and then, and play in the snow in the winter.
Our most recent visit was over Father’s Day weekend. Now that the girls are a little bigger, we got out a bit more than usual and discovered some new family-friendly spots.
Hiking at Buffalo Park: I use hike very loosely here – for us, it was more like a stroll. But the day we went the weather topped out at about 90 degrees – compared to 115 at home – so it was great to get outside for some exercise and fresh air, and the scenery was beautiful.
Movies on the Square: There’s a free movie outside in Heritage Square every Saturday night at dusk through Sept. 3. It was Finding Nemo the weekend we went. Vendors had popcorn and other treats for sale, plus there were hula hoops, Baggo, a giant Connect Four, music and other activities to entertain before the movie started. Pumpkin and I went across the street to The Sweet Shoppe where she chose a lollipop for dessert.
We often eat at Beaver Street Brewery or The Lumberyard when we’re visiting, but so does everybody else, so there can be a long wait. This visit, we opted to try something new and went to The Toasted Owl Cafe. We were seated on the patio right away, and the kids were given a bucket of toys to play with. The service was a little bit slow, but everyone was entertained so it wasn’t a big deal. Mr. G had a citrus marinated steak, the girls split a cheeseburger and fries, and I had a vegan stuffed pepper with a coconut milk sauce – everything was delicious!
For a quick breakfast with the kiddos, we often stop at Biff’s Bagels. When momma needs caffeine, some of the spots I like are Macy’s, Late for the Train, and Campus Coffee Bean. This last time, I hit up the drive-through at Matador for some cold brew when the little ones were getting cranky. Gotta love a drive-through when you have kids in tow!
During this visit, we met up with friends for breakfast at Mike and Ronda’s. The menu is pretty basic, but the wait was short, the coffee came quick, there were buckets of toys, and the pancakes looked like Mickey Mouse. Can’t ask for much more than that when dining with a large party that includes five kids!
I’d love to know your favorite Flagstaff spots to take the kiddos for our next visit. Please share in the comments!