things to do with kids in buckeye

Things to do in Buckeye with Kids

The City of Buckeye and its surrounding communities offer a plethora of activities for you and your family. There’s always something to do, whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the park or an adrenaline-packed trip to the race track. Explore your options here and start planning your next weekend of fun-filled family time. And be sure to tell the kids: there’s a law in Buckeye against whining. (Ok, maybe not, but depending on the age of your kids, they might believe it. Worth a shot.) Click on any title in the list below to get more details.

Buckeye Valley Museum
Educational and fun, the Buckeye Valley Museum is a win-win for families, and a great way to spend an afternoon for just about anyone. Open Fridays and Saturdays only.

Goodyear Skate Park
Shredders from miles around come to this gigantic skate park to throw down. It’s big, it’s versatile, and it’s got something for everyone, beginners and experts alike.

Buckeye Aquatics Center
Open May through September, the Buckeye Aquatics Center is your best defense against summer heat—and boredom. Get a season pass and save!

Brunswick Tri-City Bowl
Plenty of lanes, arcade games, and excellent food and drinks. You can’t help but have fun here.

Phoenix International Raceway
Feeling the need for speed? Get your fix here! IndyCar, NASCAR, and all the heat you can handle.

King’s Victory Farms
Nestled along the foothills of the White Tank Mountains, King’s Victory Farms provides horseback riding experiences for all skill levels in a clean, beautiful setting.

Goodyear Ballpark
The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds hold spring training at this modern ballpark. Year-round activities include races, movie nights, parties, and tournaments.

Blue Sky Organic Farms
Bring the kids on an Open Farm Day and enjoy a tour of the farm, special activities, and a chance to meet the animals!

Buckeye’s Parks
Take advantage of one of Buckeye’s many beautiful parks. Go for a full day of hiking at Skyline Park, or simply take a stroll at any of Buckeye’s six other conveniently-located parks.


Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to nearby parks and activities, residents enjoy new homes in a great neighborhood with a clubhouse, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Click here for more details!

Shopping in Buckeye

Shopping in Buckeye

One of the best parts about living in a place with small town charm and big city amenities is the shopping. There is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood to make a day of it and go door-to-door in downtown Buckeye, or you just need to pick up some necessities on your way home from work, shopping in Buckeye is fun and convenient.

Sundance Towne Center –

Located at Interstate 10 and Watson Road in Buckeye, Arizona, Sundance Towne Center provides a convenient and pleasant shopping experience. You’ll find big box stores like Lowe’s and Walmart for home necessities, as well as smaller boutiques and resale shops for treasure hunting. In addition to retail stores, there are also banks and other services (dentist, eye doctor, spa, etc.) that make any trip to Sundance Towne Center productive and efficient. Grab lunch while you’re at it—you’ll find plenty of great options, both quick service and sit down.

Main Street Buckeye –

There’s a growing and thriving mix of business and services in Downtown Buckeye, making it a great option for shopping. You can find choice cuts of meat and fresh produce at The Butcher & The Farmer Market, essential supplies for home DIY projects at True Value Hardware, and unique clothes at Estilo Emily’s. You can also get a haircut or a massage and even squeeze in a Zumba class!

Verrado’s Main Street District –

Verrado provides another downtown-type shopping experience, with its quaint Main Street and Village Green. You can find specialty items at Basha’s, the gourmet grocer, and pick up prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy. Grab coffee with a friend or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to shopping, residents enjoy new homes in a great neighborhood with parks, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Click here for more details!

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Buckeye!

October is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest! We may not be in Bavaria, but that’s no reason we can’t borrow from the world’s finest autumn celebration. Buckeye has all kinds of activities and entertainment planned for you and your family to enjoy the harvest season and commemorate our cotton farming heritage.

The action starts Thursday, October 6 and continues through Sunday, October 9. Here’s a rundown of the events that are on tap (no pun intended):

Carnival: All day Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 6-9
Bayless Park (300 East Highway 85)
Food, vendors, games, rides

Live Band: Saturday, Oct. 8, 11am-4pm
6th Street Plaza
Food, Vendors, Kids Zones

Car Show: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9am-1pm
Downtown Buckeye
Free admission, food vendors on site

Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 7-9, 9am-4pm
Helzapoppin’ Arena
Admission: $3 (12 and under free)

Sangria & Shopping: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am-4pm
6th Street Plaza
$10 for Sangria wine glass includes 4 drink tickets
100+ vendors

Taste of Buckeye: Saturday, Oct. 8, 6-10pm
6th Street Plaza
Food, Vendors

Gather your friends and family, come out next weekend for Oktoberfest, and raise a toast! (The giant glass mug of beer in your hand is optional.) You can find more details about all the events on the Buckeye government website:

There’s always something going on in Buckeye—just one of the reasons that makes Sienna Hills such a great place to live. Stop by to visit or check out one of our model homes, open daily.

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Buckeye, Arizona

Buckeye is known as “Arizona’s biggest small town.” It’s a great place to visit, and it’s an even better place to live. It might not have the fast paced excitement that other cities in Arizona have, but it has its own unique attractions. The city has also managed to maintain its exclusive Old West Charm that makes the town even more unique.

Here are ten reasons why you should live in Buckeye, Arizona.

1. Buckeye is home to amazing natural hiking resources.
There are acres on acres of Sonoran desert to discover and explore. Major hiking locations include the beautiful White Tank Mountains, Skyline Parks, Robbins Butte Wildlife area, Buckeye Hills Regional Park and the Sonoran Desert National Monument. These hiking trails have breathtaking views, and allow for camping and horseback riding.

2. The city for sports enthusiasts.
Head 20 minutes east to catch an Arizona Coyotes or Arizona Cardinals game. Baseball more your speed? The west valley is home to a host of spring training facilities, including the Seattle Mariners®, San Diego Padres®, Milwaukee Brewers®, Chicago White Socks® and LA Dodgers®.

3. Beautiful parks with swimming pools, recreation areas, and ballparks.
The city of Buckeye provides six large parks that contain softball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, walking trails and incredible playgrounds. The Sundance Park alone is thirty acres. The Earl Edgar Recreational Facility is home to the Field of Dreams youth baseball field. Some other great parks in the area are Town Park, Kell Park, Bayless Park, and Benbow Veterans Memorial Park.

4. There’s always something fun to do.
Buckeye hosts festivals, community events, a marathon and a rodeo throughout the year. Buckeye is also known for its famous Buckeye Air Fair. It’s a spectacular air show hosted once a year in the month of February. There’s always something going on in Buckeye, which makes living here exciting and an easy place to meet new people.

5. Amazing community that gives you that small town charm.
The city of Buckeye is home to Sienna Hills, a great community also known for its small town charm. At Sienna Hills, “Live Here. Play Here.” isn’t just a catch-phrase, it’s their mantra. Sienna Hills Community encourages residents to take advantage of the dozens of past-times available, right in their backyard.

6. Great school districts.
Conveniently located within the Sienna Hills community, The Odyssey Preparatory Academy is dedicated to offering top-notch education and a safe learning environment for your scholar-in-the-making. With highly regarded campuses in Buckeye and Goodyear, Odyssey is recognized for their focus on small-group academics, technology, fitness, intro to foreign languages and setting children up for success in their transition into grades 6-12. Parents can also choose to explore alternate education options within the Buckeye School District: Buckeye District Elementary Schools and Buckeye District High Schools

7. A great town for horse lovers.
Buckeye is a great place to live for competitive riders or if you just enjoy admiring the beauty of a horse. South Buckeye Equestrian Center is a premier Equestrian & Events facility. The equestrian center is a fully integrated facility for your vacation and training needs. The center also offers special rates for horse boarding, and professional instructors and trainers. Buckeye also hosts the Helzapoppin’ Pro Rodeo once a year. The rodeo was voted as Phoenix’s Best Place to See a National Rodeo in 2008.

8. Buckeye has great character.
Buckeye has not forgotten about its Old West history. The city hosts its annual Pioneer Days Festival, which has been a town tradition for years. The festival consists of a town potluck dinner, a parade and a town carnival. Another festival hosted once a year is the Helzapoppin Days. The festival features a demolition derby, a town carnival and the Helzapoppin Rodeo. If you want to learn even more about the city’s history, you can visit the Buckeye Valley Museum.

9. The city of Buckeye is dog friendly.
Dog lovers will love the large dog parks located in Buckeye. Sundance Park has a great dog park that allows both large and small dogs. There are two fenced off leash areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. There are also other great parks throughout Buckeye that are dog friendly as well.

10. Close to major highways.
The city of Buckeye is located close to major highways, allowing for easy access for commuters and makes driving to Phoenix that much easier. The city of Phoenix is only a short drive away, with easy freeway access.

If you’re looking for a place to live with small town charm, but with lots of attractions, then Buckeye is the place to be.

Odyssey Preparatory Academy Opens a New Charter Campus in Sienna Hills

For parents who live in the Sienna Hills community, getting their elementary-age kids to school just got a whole lot easier. The Odyssey Preparatory Academy has opened a new campus for grades K-5 right in the neighborhood! Located at 2400 N Sienna Hills Parkway, the modern and fully-equipped building is opening its doors for the first time to welcome students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

While this location is new, Odyssey schools have been around since 2009, when they were first granted a charter by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Initially operating from a strip mall in Buckeye, the school quickly grew and is now composed of five campuses that serve approximately 3,000 students in grades K-12.

Among the reasons for Odyssey’s growth and popularity is its strong commitment to its Core Beliefs:

  • Every scholar matters
  • Growth isn’t always measured by test scores
  • Scholars are challenged and feel safe to explore
  • Positive communication

Every classroom and every activity is designed with these core beliefs in mind, and with a forward looking focus to better prepare students for university and beyond. Students are encouraged to try new things, even if they fail, because the learning process and the growth that comes about from it are far more important than simply getting the answers right.

Quality schools that are close and convenient are just one reason Sienna Hills is a perfect place for families. Parks, a swimming pool, and a tightly-knit community are also reasons why families at Sienna Hills love that they can relax and focus on what matters most.

Take a tour of one of the model homes today and explore what life is like at Sienna Hills! Models are open daily until 6:00 pm. Click here for contact information and to see sales office hours and locations.

Grand Opening of the Swim Club & Fitness Center

We celebrated the grand opening of the Swim Club & Fitness Center with a free BBQ, music, games, face painting, petting zoo, and – of course – lots of swimming! It was a fantastic day and we are so thankful for everyone who came and participated. Enjoy the photos!

Three Benefits to Buying a New Home in Buckeye

If you’re like most people, low interest rates and a strong economy have you thinking about buying a home. But many of us struggle with the question of how to make the wisest investment when it comes to real estate. Is it safer to look for an older home in an established community, or is new construction the way to go?

While there are pros and cons to both sides, here are three benefits to buying new home construction that are worth considering as you weigh your options.

  1. New = More Efficient. No matter where you live, energy bills are a big concern. The easiest and most effective way to keep your energy bills down is to buy a newly built home. All-new heating and cooling systems help ensure that you’re getting the most recent, eco-friendly technology that will last for years. And new appliances are made to run more efficiently, too.
  2. Designed for You. Our lifestyles today are different than they were 20, 40, or 60 years ago. New home construction comes with layouts that were designed with you in mind. Open floorplans make the most of spacious living spaces, and many builders have options for customizing your home with offices, additional bedrooms, or finished basements that leave room for growth.
  3. Built-in Community. One of the more intangible benefits of buying new construction in a planned community is that you are joining a group of people who bought for similar reasons, and therefore have similar values and interests. Your kids will go to the same schools and you’ll see each other at the swim club and local parks. Being part of the new community at Sienna Hills brings instant solidarity and camaraderie, no strings attached. What’s more, the long-term value of your home is protected when you buy in a master planned, covenant-controlled community.


The best way to find out if new home construction is the right choice for you is to come take a look! Tour the Sienna Hills community today and check out model homes by Richmond American Homes and Beazer Homes. Stop by the Swim Club and talk to current residents. Find out firsthand what it’s like to live in a well-planned community in a fantastic location.

Community Parks Now Open at Sienna Hills

Basketball courts, soccer fields, playground and covered picnic areas make the Sienna Hills Community Parks a favorite place for family and community gatherings. Enjoy a few photos of the new community parks now open at Sienna Hills.

Sienna Hills Community Block Party

The Sienna Hills Community Block Party was a huge hit! Take a peek at some photos from the event to get a taste of what it’s like to live in this vibrant, family-friendly community.