Lesley Carter Brings Her Son to His 14th State

Lesley Carter, the owner of Bucket List Publications, has visited every state in the US and every province in Canada. Now, she’d like to say the same for her son, Max. Maxwell Smith is two years old and he’s already visited 8 countries and 13 states. He recently crossed off state number 14 with a week-long trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Here’s what they would suggest adding to your Phoenix bucket list if you’re traveling with a toddler.

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What To Do with a Toddler in Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Science Center  

Located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona Science Center features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a five-story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions, and exciting science programs for people of all ages.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a wondrous place of imagination, inspiration, and creativity! The Museum offers more than 300 play experiences, both indoors and outdoors. In addition, there are a range of classes and programs offered daily from music and yoga, to math and science, and the Art Studio is a budding artist’s dream come true!

If you’re visiting the Children’s Museum of Phoenix with a toddler, Lesley suggests spending the majority of your time on the second floor. It offers to most interactive and toddler-friendly experiences.

Children's Museum

Phoenix Zoo

Whether on safari to spot the great Sumatran tiger or seeking towering giraffes roaming the Savanna, a day at the Zoo offers a day of adventures. With exciting experiences like Stingray Bay, Camel Rides, the Endangered Species Carousel, and Goat Yard, your visit to the Zoo will be memorable for the entire family.

Lesley highly suggests participating in the Meet “Chutti” the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime encounter that you will never forget.

Goats at the Phoenix Zoo

Desert Botanical Garden 

Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers.

If you’ve romanticized what it would be like to visit Arizona, this is where those visions come to life.


SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium 

Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through our incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level bubbles and interactive touch pools.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color, and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground complete with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed play areas.


Crayola Experience Chandler 

Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience, Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction! Dozens of hands-on creative activities and a full day of fun awaits. The colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity, and experience color in a whole new way. Plan your visit today and get ready to make colorful family memories that will last a lifetime!

Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is a complete destination for families looking for the perfect getaway. It’s a 350-room family resort featuring an 85,000-square-foot indoor water park with 13 slides, a wave pool, lazy river and other water-fun attractions for every age. The adjacent 27,000-square-foot Great Wolf Adventure Park offers a host of family-friendly attractions such as a ropes course and climbing wall, to a wide range of complimentary kids’ activities including arts and crafts, dance parties, and more.

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland features the largest indoor butterfly glass conservatory in the country. Here thousands of butterflies flutter among lush tropical plants and colorful flowers. Butterfly Wonderland also features an array of animals indigenous to the rainforests of the world in its amazing Rainforest Reptiles, Tropical Waters, and Rainforest Birds exhibits.

OdySea Aquarium 

Spanning 200,000 square feet, this multi-level, state-of-the-art facility has over 6,000 animals and holds more than 2 million gallons of water. With over 70 exciting exhibits that highlight nearly 370 different species, OdySea Aquarium is an educational, interactive, and entertaining experience for guests of all ages. For More Detail Visit Now: bucketlistpublications.com