April 2014

 

Tuesday 1

Story Time: This adorable, new toy store and indoor play space, Toys & Playtime Oasis,  features a super-fun climbing structure with plenty of soft mats for little ones to play and roll around on. There are also books, puzzles, games, train tables, coloring stations, and more. Socks are required to play. Story time is free to attend, but after it’s over, the cost of admission to stay and play in Playtime Oasis is $9 per child. Admission is free for adults. Ages 5 and under. Monday – Friday at 11am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd, # 116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630 . www.azplaytimeoasis.com

Wednesday 2

MIM Kids, Mini Music Makers Series: Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. 9:30am-10am for children ages 0-18 months; 10:15am-10:50am for children 18 months-3 years and 11am-11:45am for children ages 3-5. Every Wednesday and Thursday. $12 per class or $40 for four. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Pre-registration required. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions.

Thursday 3

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Phoenix: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Free. Every day of the week for babies 8 weeks-5 months.  13832 North 32nd St., # 100, Phoenix. 602-971-4044. www.hubbardswim.com

Friday 4

First Fridays: Take the kids to downtown Phoenix to enjoy art and museums. Children’s Museum of Phoenix is free for kids 10 and under from 5-9pm; Civic Space Park is open from 7-10pm and has a splash pad and Phoenix Center for the Arts offers a drop off for kids ages K – 6th grade. Cost for drop off is $15 and includes art and snacks. www.phoenixfirstfriday.com

Silly, Messy Science Experiments: Children will get to make all sorts of silly, messy, fun science experiments at KidsPark hourly childcare center. There will also be water relay races going on in the outside playground and wacky arts and crafts projects happening inside. April 4-6. Ages 2-12.  $8/hour for 1 child and discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445.  www.kidspark.com

Jazz Festival: Come and enjoy a spectacular weekend of great Jazz in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. All performances are free. While you enjoy many of the free performances you can also visit the galleries, restaurants and shops that make Downtown Chandler a great place to visit. The downtown area has plenty of free parking available. And you may want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor performances. April 4-5. Downtown Chandler, Dr. AJ Chandler Park

Parents Night Out at The ELLA Studio: Spring Fun in Spanish! Children come and enjoy crafts, music and more while learning Spanish in context.  Ages 2-8. $20 1st child, $10 siblings, and includes pizza and drink.  6pm-9p.m. 1241 E Chandler Blvd., Phoenix. 480-664-3384. www.theELLAstudio.com

Saturday 5

MIMkids, Musical Adventures Series: Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey with MIMkids: Musical Adventures Series, an educational program designed for kids ages 6–10. Participants will discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring MIM’s exhibits! Each 4-week session focuses on a different continent, giving participants a well-rounded overview of music from around the world. 10-11am. $12 per class or $40 for all four. March 1, 15, 22, 29. Pre-registration required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. programs@MIM.org

Archaeology for Kids: Become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Ages 7-12. 9:30am-12:30pm.  $15. Advanced registration is required by April 3. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. www.pueblogrande.com

Mommy and Me, My Little Chickadee: You and your little chickadee will have a blast creating this super easy handprint and footprint plate at As You Wish Pottery! Toddler/preschooler and a parent.  9am-10:30am.  $25 all inclusive. 6 convenient Valley Wide locations. www.asyouwishpottery.com

 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Festival: Family fun for children of all ages – rides, games, live entertainment, silent and live auction with plenty of food, drinks and treats.  Come join the fun and fellowship, all are welcome! 12– 9pm. 2121 S. Rural Rd, Tempe.  Inquiries - festival@olmctempe.com

Sunday 6

Target 3 for Free: Target offers free admission to Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History and special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum the first Sunday of every month.  Special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCAM) include an area for kids to create their own artwork and a free performance in MCAM’s outdoor courtyard. 1-4pm. www.mesaartscenter.com

Monday 7

Baby Dance Classes at The Arizona Sunrays Dance Center: This baby dance class is a wonderful and fun introduction to enjoying music, movement, and dancing. Babies will love dancing to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent participation is required. Advanced reservations are not required. Free. Babies walking to age 2 ½. 9:30 to 10 am, every Monday. 13832 N. 32nd St., #162, Phoenix. 602-992-5790. www.arizonasunrays.com

Tuesday 8

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Riverview: Join us for “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Sundays & Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and prepare baby for swim lessons. Free. Advanced registration is required. 1061 N. Dobson Rd., # 101, Mesa. 602-971-4044. www.hubbardswim.com

Kids Club at The Paradise Valley Mall: This is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids and Free Arts of Arizona to create activities and crafts that focus on discovery through play.  Join us in Dillard's Court every Tuesday! 10am. 4568 E Cactus Rd., Phoenix www.TheParadiseValleyMall.com/KidsClub

Wednesday 9

Maricopa County Fair: The fair is THE place for families and friends to visit for exciting entertainment, fabulous fair food, thrilling rides, extreme motor sports, livestock competitions, arts and crafts, shopping and so much more! All the shows are included with your fair admission. Even the monster truck show and other arena events are FREE (with fair admission). April 9-13. $7 charge to park, $9, free for children 7 and under and unlimited carnival ride pass for $30. AZ State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. www.maricopacountyfair.org

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum.  This tour is open to walk in visitors with paid museum admission.  This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections.  Space is limited.  April 9 & 23. 2-2:30pm. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. This tour is free with paid museum admission. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. www.pueblogrande.com

Thursday 10

Giant Childrens Sale: “Kid’s Closet Connection features thousands of gently used children items including toys, clothing, baby gear and much more - all at 60-80% off retail.  Families have the option of selling, shopping or both.  The event is April 10-12 at East Valley Town Center, 240 W. Warner Rd. (1/4 mile west of Arizona Ave at Grace Blvd.)  Sale hours are 9-6 on Thurs/Fri and 9-3 on Saturday (when many items are half price.)  This is our first event after merging with The Savvy Sale so we are expecting a GIANT selection of kid’s items.  www.kidscloset.biz/chandler

Baby’s Night Out : This is a unique opportunity for new moms and dads to get out and see a movie that they want to see... Not an animated or children's film... without having to leave their baby at home or worry about their little one disturbing other guests. Every Thursday at 7pm. UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. http://www.ultrastarakchin.com/

Open House, Campus Tours Introduce Students to Medical Careers: Midwestern University’s faculty, admissions staff, and students are ready to help you embark on a career in healthcare. University staff will be on hand to provide information on admissions, while Midwestern faculty will introduce and explain professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, cardiovascular science/perfusion, podiatric medicine, nurse anesthesia, biomedical sciences, clinical psychology, optometry, dental medicine, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. 5-7pm. Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. To register, please call 888/247-9277, send an email to admissaz@midwestern.edu, or register online at www.midwestern.edu/AZOpenHouse. To

Friday 11

Little Prints : Make a reservation to capture your child’s hand or foot impression in clay!  You choose the shape; we’ll have everything ready for you to stamp and go!  Once they are fired you can come back and paint them As You Wish!  $25 includes clay impression and studio fee for painting. April 11-14. 6 convenient Valley Wide locations. www.asyouwishpottery.com

AZ Catholic Homeschool Conference: Take an active role in your children's education. Discerning, current and veteran homeschoolers will all benefit from the amazing speakers, quality vendors and prayerful environment. Network with other homeschoolers, preview/purchase resources and get inspired! 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. 480-388-6914. http://conf.shhe.org/

Saturday 12

Avondale KidFest :  Join us as we kick off the Week of the Young Child. Early years are learning years! Participate in a fun, outdoor, family friendly event filled with activities & entertainment geared toward the young child. Our focus is family fun, kid’s activities, entertainment, education, literacy, healthy lifestyles and safety. This event is in partnership with United Way! Part of the Monthly Day of Play event series at Avondale Parks, an effort to provide opportunities for families and kids to stay active. Each month will feature play activities at a different venue, with a different theme. 9 am - 1 pm. Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. 623-333-2400. www.avondale.org/prld

Chalk Art Festival: Watch as the sidewalks at Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District are transformed into colorful works of art by local chalk artists.  Plus, kids can play and create their own masterpieces in the KidZone areas.  Then, the professional works of art will remain on view throughout the centers through April 30th. 11am-6pm at Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District. For more details, visit desertridgemarketplace.com/chalk, tempemarketplace.com/chalk and westgateaz.com/chalk. 

Petting Zoo Fun: Bring the kids to KidsPark hourly childcare center where they’ll get to play with all sorts of barn yard friends! In addition to the petting zoo, there will also be special story times and arts and crafts projects being offered. 10-11 am. Ages 2-12. $8/hour for 1 child and discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. 4848 East Cactus Rd., #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445 or www.kidspark.com

Friendly Pines Camp Open House: This renowned sleep away camp for boys and girls. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of camp tours, wagon rides, toasting marshmallows, zip line rides, drawings for prizes, delicious refreshments, and more. A free buffet lunch will also be served. Friendly Pines Camp is available for children ages 6-13 and offers a wide range of traditional camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe, kayaking, and more. 11am-22pm. Friendly Pines Camp is located at 933 E. Friendly Pines Rd., Prescott. Advanced registration is requested. 928-445-2128. www.friendlypines.com

Teen Health Event: Teens ages 13-17 and their parent/guardian are invited to the free event providing opportunities to learn about STDs, pregnancy prevention, body image and eating disorders. Participants will be divided into two groups, allowing for a safe learning environment customized to the appropriate audience. Lunch will be provided. 10am. Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Conference Room 6,  5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale. Registration required: (602) 230-2273.

Sunday 13

Dia del Niño, a celebration of children: Come spend the day at the Phoenix Zoo and enjoy games, music, folkloric dancers, piñata bashing by some of our animals and other fun activities! Activities included with general Zoo admission. 9am-4pm. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. www.phoenixzoo.org

Family Tumble Time: Arizona Sunrays invites you to come out and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Ages 1-12.  Family Tumble Time is offered on Sunday mornings from 10- 11:30am.  $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. April 6, 13 and 27. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602-992-5790.  www.arizonasunrays.com

Glendale Family Bike Ride:  Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise at the annual Glendale Family Bike Ride. This year features an extended route show casing the 63rd Ave. Pedestrian/Bike Bridge making the ride 6, 15 or 23 miles. The first 500 riders that pre-register (online or via mail) and participate will receive a free 2014 Glendale Family Bike Ride T-shirt. Helmets are required and can be purchased for $10 at the event. Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. www.glendaleaz.gov

Monday 14

Clay Class, Flower Bowl: You’ll enjoy getting your hands dirty and fitting pieces together when you construct a flower bowl at As You Wish Pottery.  Ages 8 to adult. 6:30-8pm. $20.  6 convenient Valley Wide locations. www.asyouwishpottery.com

Storytime at Arizona Science Center: Put on your favorite pair of pajamas, and move and groove during this engaging, hands-on story time for babies and toddlers! Sing science songs, read along with Little Owl’s Orange Scarf, and learn about your body through open-ended music and movement time with scarves. Ages infant-2 years old with a caregiver. Free with General Admission and held at 10:30 am in the Barrow Neurological Institute Theater in the W.O.N.D.E.R. Center. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000. www.azscience.org

Tuesday 15

Toddler Tuesday: Spend a special day under the sea, at SEA LIFE AZ with your little one for a great rate! $10 plus tax includes admission for one adult and one child under 5 years old. Must visit by 3pm on Tuesdays to receive the discount. SEA LIFE, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., # 145,  Tempe. www.visitsealife.com/arizona/

Make Meaning’s Mini Mornings: Enjoy some favorite childhood stories followed by an engaging creative activity inspired by each story’s theme. All classes are taught by Make Meaning’s creativity coaches. Ages 2-5. 10 am, every Tuesday.  $10 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. www.makemeaning.com

Wednesday 16

Hot Rod Night: Cruise down weekly for a family-friendly classic car show with live music and more in WaterDance Plaza.  5-9pm at Westgate Entertainment District.  For a full schedule and details, visit westagetaz.com/hotrod.

First Thirty Days with Baby: BabyLux will be bringing in Dr. Tara Swartz N.M.D. to teach a homeopathic infant care class, “First Thirty Days with Baby”.  This class will offer new Mom’s the knowledge they need to survive the first 30 days. 5-6pm. $25. Baby Lux,  20789 N. Pima Rd. # 125, Scottsdale.  866-686-4636. www.babyluxonline.com

Thursday 17

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Peoria: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 weeks to 5 months. Free. Every day except Tuesdays. 8402 W. Thunderbird Rd., # B103, Peoria. 602-971-4044. www.hubbardswim.com

Friday 18

Play with Little Bunnies & Chicks: In honor of Easter time, KidsPark hourly childcare center will be bringing in adorable, little bunny rabbits and chicks for children to see and feel up close. There will also be Eater-themed arts & crafts projects and kids will get to play with the dozens of toys, games, books, and puzzles at KidsPark.  Ages 2-12. 7-8pm. $8/hour for 1 child and discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. 4848 East Cactus Road, #220, Scottsdale. (602) 788-2445 or www.kidspark.com

Saturday 19

Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo: Join more than 100 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America (including the Phoenix Zoo) to create the largest combined Earth Day celebration in the country. Phoenix Zoo’s Party the Planet features activities, crafts, music (and more!) among some of the planet’s most intriguing and inspiring wildlife. Activities included with general Zoo admission. 9-4pm. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. www.phoenixzoo.org

Preschool Science Class, Growing a Garden:  Join us as we explore how plants grow! Read a story about flowers and plants, develop math skills by sorting seeds, and plant your own seedling to take home! Participants will receive a Take-Out Science Kit with corresponding science tools and activities to try at home. Ages 3-5 with parent. 10:30-11:30am. $10 Members/ $12 Non-Members with General Admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000. www.azscience.org

Easter-Themed Family Painting Class: Children and parents are invited to take a fun-filled painting class together at Pinot’s Palette art studio where everyone in the family will get to paint a beautiful, Easter-themed canvas called “Hoppin Easter.” Pinot’s Palette makes painting easy and fun by providing simple, step-by-step instructions from an instructor. They also provide all the necessary painting supplies. Ages 5 and up. 2-4pm. $30 per painter. Advanced registration is required. 10625 N. Tatum Blvd. #D142, Phoenix. 480- 696-7220. www.pinotspalette.com/paradisevalley

Sundown Cookout at Rawhide: Come and share an unforgettable moment of the old Wild West for a tasty meal cowboy style. Enjoy a mouthwatering chuck wagon supper with all the fixins including mesquite-grilled steak, ribs or chicken, cowboy bean, potatoes and old timer's bread. There is enough adventure for the whole family to enjoy; live country music and entertainment, tales of the Old West, line dancing, cowboy games, marshmallow roast and much more! $79.99 plus Tax and Gratuity for an adult (Ages 12 & up) & $34.99 plus Tax and Gratuity for children (Ages 4-11). Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler.  480-502-5600 x1204. www.Rawhide.com

Sunday 20

Easter Sunday

Monday 21

Space-Tots: Is Challenger Space Center’s exciting introduction to space and science designed specifically for children ages 4-6, accompanied by a parent or guardian.  9:30-11:30am. $20 per child/parent pair for non-members and $5 for each additional child. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. www.azchallenger.org

The Kids Club at Arrowhead Towne Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club meets every Monday, 10am in the JCPenney Court. Free. 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. 623-979-7777. www.arrowheadtownecenter.com/kidsclub

Tuesday 22

Toddler Tuesday: Spend a special day under the sea, at SEA LIFE AZ with your little one for a great rate! $10 plus tax includes admission for one adult and one child under 5 years old. Must visit by 3pm on Tuesdays to receive the discount. SEA LIFE, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., # 145, Tempe. www.visitsealife.com/arizona/

Wednesday 23

Parent Movie Morning: This is a unique opportunity for new moms and dads to get out and see a movie that they want to see... Not an animated or children's film... without having to leave their baby at home or worry about their little one disturbing other guests. Every Wednesday at 10am. UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. www.ultrastarakchin.com

Thursday 24

Kids Club at The Superstition Springs Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog, Kids Club meets every Thursday at 10am in JCPenney Court. Free. 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-832-0212. www.mallkidsclub.com/superstitionsprings

Friday 25

Annual Earth Day Celebration: This free, family-friendly event  which will include hands-on activities, live animal presentations, food and beverage vendors, and information booths featuring a variety of organizations and businesses promoting “green” products, conservation and ways to live a more eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle. 4-7pm. The City of Chandler Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park. 480-782-2894.

Disco Dance Party: If your child loves to dance, KidsPark hourly childcare center will transform into one, kid-friendly disco where kids will get to dance all day and night! Boys and girls will get to learn all sorts of dances and then go home and teach their friends. April 25-27. Ages 2-12.  $8/hour for 1 child and discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445. www.kidspark.com

El Dia De los Niños: This day is designed to honor children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute produce this event asking all in attendance to celebrate our countries most valuable asset, today’s youth! “El Día de los Niños” festival is in its 14th year, with last year’s event having over 7,000 children and educators participating in activities provided by more than 50 various organizations, exhibitors and educators. 9am-1pm. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. www.phoenix.gov

Saturday 26

Grand Opening Celebration of Toys & Playtime Oasis: Families with young children are invited to attend the exciting Grand Opening Celebration of the all-new Toys & Playtime Oasis in Scottsdale. Admission to the Grand Opening Celebration is FREE and complimentary refreshments will be served. There will be wonderful entertainment for children such as: face painting, arts & crafts stations, and a visit from a princess and a superhero. Children will also get to play with lots of books, puzzles, games, train tables, and more. There’s also a super-fun climbing structure with plenty of soft mats for little ones to play and roll around on. Socks required. 10am-2pm. Regular admission is $9/child. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd.  #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630.  www.azplaytimeoasis.com

Bike with Mayor at Chandler Family Bike Ride: Join Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny for a bike ride along the scenic Paseo Trail during Chandler’s 6th Annual Family Bike Ride scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Sat., April 26. The 7.4-mile ride will start at Chandler’s Park & Ride lot, 2100 S. Hamilton Street, and travel the Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal to Crossbow Park and back.  Pre-registration can be accomplished online at www.chandleraz.gov/transit until Thurs. April 24, or the day of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Chandler's Park & Ride lot on the southwest corner of Germann and Hamilton streets. All riders must wear helmets. 480-782-3442 or annmarie.riley@chandleraz.gov.  

B.E.S.T. Parent’s Night Out: This is a child drop-off program where parents enjoy a night out and your child enjoys an evening of active FUN in our sage, new B.E.S.T.  Scottsdale PartyZone! Includes: raft time, sports games, activities, movie, popcorn and pizza. $15 per child. 7000 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. 623-748-9453. www.thebestinaz.com

Simulated Space Mission: Rendezvous with a Comet. Team members take part in a daring trek of exploration inside a simulator of Mission Control and the International Space Station. Prepaid Reservations are required. Simulated space missions are not suitable for 2nd grade and under. Children in 3rd and 4th grade must be partnered with ticketed adult. April 12 &26.  1 pm. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. www.azchallenger.org

Walk With Me 2014: Funds raised benefit Southwest Human Development’s Easter Seals services for young children with disabilities. 7:30am-noon. Steele Indian School Park , 300 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. To register or form a walk team, please visit www.walkwithme.org/phoenix. For questions or to receive additional information, please contact Kelsey Wolf at (602) 224-1759 or kwolf@swhd.org.

Sunday 27

Family Tumble Time: Arizona Sunrays invites you to come out and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Ages 1-12.  Family Tumble Time is offered on Sunday mornings from 10- 11:30am.  $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. April 6, 13 and 27. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602-992-5790.  www.arizonasunrays.com

Monday 28

The Kids Club at Arrowhead Towne Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club meets every Monday, 10am in the JCPenney Court. Free. 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. 623-979-7777. www.arrowheadtownecenter.com/kidsclub

Tuesday 29

Toddler Tuesday: Spend a special day under the sea, at SEA LIFE AZ with your little one for a great rate! $10 plus tax includes admission for one adult and one child under 5 years old. Must visit by 3pm on Tuesdays to receive the discount. SEA LIFE, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., # 145,  Tempe. www.visitsealife.com/arizona/

Wednesday 30

The Kids Club at Chandler Fashion Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club meets every Wednesday. 10am. Free. 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. www.mallkidsclub.com/shopchandlerfashioncenter

Easter Highlight: Bunnies and Eggs

Easter Bunny Photos: Hop on over to Desert Ridge Marketplace to visit the Easter Bunny!  Each child receives a free downloadable photo and gift.(Gifts available while supplies last. Plus, photo packages are also available for purchase.  April 4 – 19 on weekends and select weekdays. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. For full schedule and details, visit desertridgemarketplace.com/bunny

Passport to Discovery Egg Hunt: Enjoy Easter egg hunts for children and toddlers, Easter Train Rides, Egg decorating, children's crafts, children's music and storytelling and vendors.  The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance! Bring a basket to collect the eggs! Farm animals are present, inflatables/bounce house, petting zoo, farm animals. April 12. All ages. 10am – 2pm. Free. Queen Creek Parks & Recreation Department, 22201 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. 480-358-3700 or 480-358-3719. april.petersen@queencreek.org

Easter Egg Hunt : Age appropriate hunts starts at 10am, each age group will start approximately 15 minutes later.  Arrive early as all children must register and receive an age appropriate stamp (Registration is FREE) All Eggs are Prize filled, plus 20 Grand Prize eggs. Bring your own basket, Easter Bunny available for pictures  on Sunday only. April 19 & 20.  Ages 1-10. Free. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, 602-254-1200, www.enchantedisland.com

Easter "Egg-sperience": Egg hunt, animals, play structures, train ride, food, and visit with the Easter Bunny! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy all the farm has to offer. Egg hunt starts promptly at 10am, ages 4yrs and younger have their own designated hunt area. Make sure to bring your own basket.  April 19.  Farm open to the public at 9am to 1pm, $10 per child (16 and under), adults and infants not participating are free, maximum of 300 tickets sold at door, RSVP at Facebook page to receive $1 off, Free Parking, Vertuccio Farm,  4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa. 480-650-6606,  www.vertucciofarms.com

Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts: Meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny, enjoy inflatable activities, carnival games, Make-n-Take Crafts, petting zoo, pony rides & much more. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 8am – 12pm. Free admission with canned food to benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance.  Some activities require a minimal fee.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase. April 19.  Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 623-773-7137. www.peoriasportscomplex.com

Family Easter Celebration: Each year, the Easter Celebration in south Chandler provides some of the most enthusiastic Easter Egg Scrambles in the Valley for kids up to 9 years of age. In addition to the egg hunts there will be information booths, displays, and interactive amusements. There will be a Family Easter Basket Give-Away. April 19th. 9am-12pm. Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov

Bunny Business: Join Valley Presbyterian Church for Snacks, Easter Egg Hunts & Games. With a Special Appearance by The Easter Bunny! All Ages Are Welcome. Free. Saturday, April 19th. 9am-11am. 6947 E. McDonald Drive Paradise Valley. 480-991-6424. www.myvalleychurch.org

Easter Festivities at The Phoenician: Enjoy a full day of Easter celebrations at the Phoenician Resort. An egg hunt with 4,000 eggs takes place at 9 and 11 a.m.; the Easter Fair and petting zoo is open from 9–11am; lawn game will be in full swing from 9am–2:30pm. Rubber Duckies will race down the waterslide at 2pm.; and roaming Easter Bunny from noon– 2pm. April 20. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. www.thephoenician.com

 

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Rawhide: Rawhide hosts an Easter celebration with a variety of family activities including Easter egg hunts, candy corral, duck walk, shoe scramble, water balloon toss, attraction rides and a visit from “Cowboy Cottontail” (Rawhide’s own Easter Bunny!) Easter Egg hunts will run between noon and 4pm, based on ages. In addition, Rawhide’s Steakhouse will host an Easter Buffet with a wide selection of menu offerings from 10- 5pm (reservations recommended).  Sunday, April 20. 11am– 5pm. Admission free, parking $5 and buffet is additional. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. 480-502-5600. www.rawhide.com

Easter Egg Hunt: All children, ages 3-12, are invited to join NSUMC for storytelling, crafts, snacks and an Easter Egg hunt.  These activities will take place during the 10am service in the fellowship hall.  April 20. 11735 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.  www.nsumc.com

 

April Center Stage

Animalitos: A collection of Aesop's fables woven together in a multi-lingual puppet show. This is an award winning show recommended for ages four and up. April 2-6. $7 - $10. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, www.azpuppets.org

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Come see the beloved story of a girl who discovers 7 little men who live deep in the forest.  They treasure this young girl who has come into their lives.  For all ages, Apr. 4 – 20. $18 per ticket, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-253-8188 ext. 2. www.vyt.com

Peter Rabbit : Based on Beatrix Potter's classic story about a little rabbit that gets into Mr. McGregor's garden. Will the farmer find him? Will Peter find his way back to his loving family? Told entirely through music (no words) by lively hand puppets and a large rod puppet farmer. Laughs, suspense and fun, even for those who don't understand English. Preschool - grade 3, April 9 – 20. $7 - $10. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, www.azpuppets.org

Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic: Join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!  You'll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixars Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, for the whole family. April 10 – 13.  $23 - $69. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, 602-379-7800, www.usairwayscenter.com

The Secret Garden:  Known for its rich score and beautiful melodies, The Secret Garden is an enchanting musical based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the story centers on Mary Lennox, an orphan who is sent to England to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald on his mysterious estate. Beckoned by haunting melodies, Mary is drawn to uncover the magic garden and the secrets within. A story of enduring love and the power of imagination.  All ages. April 11










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