Children’s Learning and Play Festival

Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is a free public event that features children’s authors, illustrators, music, live performances, rides, STEAM activities, local business vendors, and a host of interactive activities for toddlers, children, and young adults.

June 24, 2023
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Family Fun

On June 24th the Conservancy is bringing back this free family event. The Arizona Children’s Learning and Play Festival hosts more than 15,000 attendees in a day filled with learning, exploring, and playing. This public event highlights activities that are all about children’s education, health, wellness, active play, and exploration. Vendors come from throughout the Valley and include authors, illustrators, STEAM partners, live performances, wildlife exhibits, and much more.

The Children’s Learning and Play Festival benefits The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has been an advocate for and champion of the Sonoran Desert for more than three decades. We have emerged as one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, a committed partner in scientific research, and an indispensable educational resource for our community. Core to the Conservancy’s mission, education plays a critical role in inspiring people to have a positive impact on the environment. The Children’s Learning and Play Festival provides an opportunity for children and families to engage in interactive learning and discovery through play.


Check out some of our 2023 vendors

Interested in being a vendor? Contact Kerry Quinn at

  • Beginners Edge Sports Training
  • City of Scottsdale
  • Cox
  • Dino Crew Entertainment
  • Fantastic Fire Department
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Great Hearts
  • Arizona PBS
  • Scottsdale Unified School District
  • Semper Fi Heating and Cooling
  • State Farm – Jason McCloud
  • Story Monster
  • Swift Youth
  • uSmile Orthodonticts
  • Western Spirit


Yes! The Festival is inside with air conditioning! Some activities may be stationed outside, but the main event is inside.

No! The Festival is free to attend however, we recommend registering to stay up-to-date on event information.

Yes, free parking is available!

Strollers are allowed. There will be animals at the event, so for the safety of all involved, we ask that you leave pets at
Yes, there will be food available for purchase at the event.


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