Grandparents on the Go

Grandparents on the Go ESCAPE TO CityScape

Grandparents on the Go ESCAPE TO CityScape

By: Cathy Droz and Cathy Burford

Cathy droz and Cathy Burford In the heart of downtown Phoenix is a little gem known as CityScape.  Its zero-zero address is a piece of cake to find.  Located between 1st Ave. and 1st St and bounded on the north by Washington St and south by Jefferson, it is within walking distance of all major downtown attractions.  That said, you’ll find plenty of reasons to stay within the boundary of CityScape to keep your grandkids entertained.  If you drive there, you might want to take advantage of the underground parking, with entrances on 1st Ave, Washington St., or either of the two entrances on Jefferson St.  Fees are $2. per hour. Remember to take your parking pass with you to get it validated.  If you decide to use street metered parking, bring plenty of quarters & set your phone alarm, as you will need to feed the meter hourly.  By far the most convenient way to arrive is via the Light Rail.  The stops are Jefferson & 1st Ave. or Washington & Central.  Besides, every grandchild loves to ride the ‘train’. 

Be certain to layer the grandkids clothing, starting with a swim suit, as they will all want to frolic in the splash pad.  There are plenty of places for the adults to hang out on the lawn, benches, or patio tables while the grandkids run around to their hearts content in the cooling waters.  Ah, to be a kid again…  There are plenty of retail opportunities within CityScape to keep us Grandmas/Moms occupied, and if you forgot to pack sunblock, or need to pick up Bandaids or other necessities, a CVS is on the premises – how’s that for convenience?

For a full listing of all the retail and restaurants, go to  and click on the interactive map.  Of the eleven restaurants now open, six of them are classified ‘kid-friendly’, giving you more than enough choices.  You may want to plan your trip to CityScape around a special event, or to take advantage of special ‘deals’ posted on their website; so visit the site often to see what the coming weeks hold in store. As an adult, you will appreciate the vibrancy of the place, but the grandkids will just notice the ‘fun’. 

While visiting all the sites, stores and eateries at CityScape you may think it is primarily an adult concrete urban spot, but we discovered an oasis to entertain your grandchildren: Lucky Strike Lanes on the second level.

It may look like a nightclub or cabaret as you enter, but once you get past the Moulin Rouge lighting you are greeted at the front desk by a friendly face better suited for Disneyland.   You now realize you’ve entered a “fun” zone.

The age range of the grandchildren we had with us was three to seven.  They all bowled. Yes, they all bowled with the help of a well placed ski-slope type ramp at the legal approach line that you could move left to right while learning how to align your bowling ball to get a strike or two. 

The scoreboard above the seating area, in all its animated glory,  put the children’s names up in lights, and throughout the game various cartoon characters keep the bowlers abreast of their scores and cheer them on.

We went on a Thursday morning at 11 AM and participated in the “Lunch and Bowl” That included bowling shoes, lunch, one bowling game and all the soda you can drink. The price was $9.95 each.  You are treated as if you were a “high bowler” with a server at your beck and call, and employees falling over themselves to serve you and complement your grandchildren’s athleticism.

Between the food, drink, bowling and sheer amazement of the Hollywood like facility, we were able to entertain our grandchildren and ourselves for almost two hours. During the summer Lucky Strike gets you out of the heat, and year round it is good old- fashioned fun for the whole family.  

After 3 PM Lucky Strike can become the hip club for bowling and sipping cocktails, corporate parties and celebrity bashes.  I could visualize the transition from family fun to adult entertainment with ease. 

At the end of our CityScape day we decided to go to One Coffee Co. across the street where the owner showed the children how to create Latte Foam Art and let the adults do the tasting. 

Needless to say, three grandchildren were asleep in the car on the ride home.  Downtown Phoenix has plenty to offer, and CityScape is an extension of the already rich urban-scene. What a nice destination for suburban parents and grandparents who haven’t been in the habit of venturing south of Camelback Road. 

  • CityScape Address:  1st Ave. and 1st Street Washington            
    Grandparents on the Go

    Photo by GOG


  • Lucky Strike Address: 50 West Jefferson Street
  • Phone: 602 732 5490
  • Times:  Sun-Thurs 11 AM – 12 AM
  • Fri and Sat 11 AM to 2 AM
  • Kids Bowling: Mon-Friday 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Cost:  Lunch and Bowl $9.95 each
  • 12 lanes including 4 lane private suite
  • Parking Validation
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