September Calendar of Events

 

 

Monday  1

Public swim on Labor Day: McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers will be open for the last day of public swim on Labor Day. Come out to the pools and enjoy a trip down the slide for the last time until next summer. 1-5pm. 480-312-6677.  scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics

Tuesday 2

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 Kids Club 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.  TheParadiseValleyMall.com/KidsClub

Wednesday 3

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. hubbardswim.com

Thursday 4

The Joy of Family Music: Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence.  Appropriate for infants to 5 year olds with the grownups who love them. Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a series of free demonstration classes to kick off our Fall “BONGOS” semester.  Ages infant-5years. Free.  10am. Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com. 

Downtown ArtWalks: In September, the nights begin to cool. It’s a great time to enjoy a Thursday night ArtWalk in Scottsdale. Take a stroll along Main Street and Marshall Way and see all of the exciting new pieces of art now on display in our Downtown. Every Thursday in Downtown Scottsdale. 7- 9pm. scottsdalegalleries.com

‘Don’t Forget Your Baby in the Car Seminar’: Can someone really forget that they have a baby in the car with them? Amazingly, the answer is “yes” and a representative from Arizona Childproofers will lead a very important safety class for new parents about how to avoid leaving baby in the car and other crucial safety reminders. 7-8pm. Free. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630.  azdollhouse.com

Friday 5

Camp Soaring Eagle Benefit : Sedona Golf Resort has teamed up with two local musicians to host a benefit concert for Camp Soaring Eagle. The event will feature performances by seasoned singer-songwriter Jim French and 16-year old sensation Sophia Angeles. Proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Soaring Eagle – a nonprofit organization that provides seriously ill children with the opportunity to attend medically supervised camps at no cost to the campers and families. $39 with $20 going to Camp Soaring Eagle. 6pm. Sedona Golf Resort, 35 Ridge Trail Dr., Sedona. Seats limited. Call 928-284-2158 or visit CampSoaringEagle.org.

Saturday 6

Experience Italy: Experience “la dolce vita” at MIM as we celebrate Italian music and culture. Get a taste of Italy with an Italian-inspired menu at Café Allegro, gallery talks and hands-on activities for all ages. Listen to performances by notable local talents, such as Arizona Opera singers and the Tetra String Quartet. Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.  Activities included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org.

Free Music Together Class: Parents with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to a fun-filled Music Together class. There will be singing, dancing and instrument “jam time.” The kids will love it! 10-10:45am. Advanced registration is required as space is limited. To register, call Toys & Playtime Oasis at 480- 948-4630. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. musictogetherinphx.com

Grandparent’s Day:  In celebration of National Grandparent’s Day Challenger Space Center will offer FREE admission with the purchase of at least one child’s ticket purchase. Enjoy many exhibits such as Hug a Planet Interactive PlayMotion exhibit, Meteorite Exhibit, William G. Gregory exhibit, and so much more! This is sure to please all the aviation buffs and aspiring astronauts! Make sure to check out our gift shop too and take home some astronaut ice cream!  Each grandparent is FREE with the purchase of one child ticket (3-12 $6, general admission $8). Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Brazilian Day: The Brazilian Day Arizona Festival is the largest, most authentic Brazilian Independence Day event in Arizona. The "All Ages" festival event is a great opportunity for the whole family to come and experience a variety of Brazilian Culture including Live Brazilian Bands, Dancers, Performers, Martial Arts, Food, Drinks and more. The event is scheduled to take place both indoor and outdoor creating a perfect environment to listen, learn, watch and experience the true heartbeat of Brazil! Noon-6pm. Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale.  $12 ages 11 and up; $5 ages 10-3 and kids under 2 are free. Braziliandayarizona.com

Kids’ Night Out: Children will get to enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, dancing, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. 6-10pm. Ages 3-13. September 6 and 20. $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. Advance registration is required. There is a $5 fee for same-day registration. Easy online registration. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Sunday 7

Grandparents Day Celebration: Toys & Playtime Oasis invites grandparents to come into the toy store with their grandchildren and receive 25% OFF any purchase in the entire toy store. Grandparents can also show a photo of their grandchildren to enjoy the special discount. The toy store features many educational items, dolls and doll houses, dress-up costumes, games, arts & crafts, pool and bathtub toys, mazes, trucks, and much more. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630.  azdollhouse.com

Monday 8

Clay Class: Create a windchime using basic clay building techniques. 7pm-8:30pm. $20.  Ages 8 and up. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Get P.A.S.T. Asthma : Introductory Asthma Management Classes for Parents. Free. Second Monday of each month. 6:30-8pm. John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix.  623-879-5452. PCOC@JCL.com

All Babies Are Musical:Babies, and their favorite adult, are invited to sample a special babies only Music Together class!  Parents will learn to recognize their infant’s musical responses, as well as how to enhance their child’s musical development while creating a powerful musical bond with baby. Free. Babies 8 months and younger. 11:30 am. Dance Academy North, 2510 E. Happy Valley Rd. FREE, but please RSVP as space is limited: 602-363-8202 or our online Demo Scheduler, MusicTogetherInPhx.com.

Tuesday 9

Free Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children’s entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in August. 9:30am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

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.  $15 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. makemeaning.com

Wednesday 10

The Joy of Family Music: Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence. Appropriate for infants to 5 year olds with the grownups who love them. Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a series of free demonstration classes to kick off our Fall “BONGOS” semester.  Ages infant-5years. Free.  9:30am.  Aviano Desert Ridge, 22500N. Aviano Way, Phoenix . Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com. 

Blend, Mix, and Stir Messy Creations: Paint with a variety of materials and tools straight from the kitchen pantry. Blend, mix and stir some fun and excitement with scents for the senses. 2-5 years (Child must be accompanied by an adult). Members $5, Nonmembers $13 (fee includes activity plus all day museum admission). 10am-10:45am.   i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Wacky Wednesday: Enjoy free studio fees all day at As You Wish Pottery! (not valid with any other coupon or offer). Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

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. mallkidsclub.com/shopchandlerfashioncenter

Thursday 11

Free Legal Workshop for Parents: Local attorney and mother, Lori Woodward, will offer a free, educational workshop about the ways to go about naming legal guardians for your children. 6:30-8:30pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Advanced registration is required. To register, or for more information, call Lori Woodward at 480-788-8010 or email her at redwagonlaw@gmail.com

The Joy of Family Music: Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a live teacher’s workshop and looking for families with children to attend FREE music and movement classes each day.  Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence.  Songs, chants, music from around the world and instrument play will be included!  September 11-13. Ages infant-5years. Free.  11am. Cannedy Dance, 6224 N 7th St., Phoenix. Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com. 

Pizza Me! Hosts “Dining for Dollars”:  All profit generated from 4- 9pm, Pizza Me! will generously donate 50% back to Cochise's APT (Association of Parent's & Teacher's).  Pizza Me! is a "fast-casual" restaurant where you order at the counter, much like a sandwich shop, picking out fresh toppings as you go on down the line.  At the end your pizza is placed in an 800 degree hearth oven and served within minutes.  Come out, support our kids, help our teachers, and have a delicious, affordable dinner with the family in a really cool place!  Pizza Me! 9619 N. Hayden Rd. #101, Scottsdale. 4-9pm. 602-525-3380. pizzame.me/

Friday 12

El Zaribah Shrine Circus! Come One!  Come All!  High-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, daredevil acts, and the world-famous Shriner clowns!  Carnival rides and favorite carnival foods.  Friday 6:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am, 3pm and 6:30pm. $18 or $15 for seniors or military.  Tickets go on sale one hour before each show or can be purchased at Safeway Stores.  Westworld Equidome Arena of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd. 480-946-3696.  scottsdalez.gov.

Second Friday: Enjoy 60+ artists showcasing original art work, live bands, entertainment, shops and restaurants open late, food, & fun! 6-10pm. Between Center and Country Club on Main, in Mesa. 2ndfridaynightout.com

Saturday 13

MIMkids Musical Adventures Series: Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey. This is 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 with a designated tour guide, of course! Each four-week session focuses on a different continent, giving participants a well-rounded overview of music from around the world and an opportunity to collect MIMkids passport stamps. Every Saturday in August $12/class or $40 for all 4. Ages 6-10. 1:30-2:30pm. To register, contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Simulated Space Mission, Rendezvous with a Comet: Take part in a daring trek of exploration as, once again, comet Encke speeds closer to the Sun and Earth. Become a member of this valiant crew and become scientific travelers to undertake this great comet. Years of planning and hard work have been invested in the vital mission…and its success is in your hands. September 13 and 27. $22.50 for adults and $19.50 for children and seniors. Reservations required. 1pm. Challenger Space Center,  21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Music for Tots: Children will spend the morning dancing, singing and playing with balls and swirling scarves. Children and grandchildren will have fun singing in this lively and rollicking music class. Pre-registration required.  Ages: 1-5 years  (Child must be accompanied by an adult). Members $3, Nonmembers $11. Register soon as space is limited. (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child) 10:30am-11:15am.   i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Auditions for Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS:  The musical is an adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning, New York Times bestsellers, fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. The Musical Theatre of Anthem  will cast all who audition, ages 6-9, with many roles available for performers of all experience levels. Vocal auditions held on September 13 at 11am and Dance Call will be on September 14th at 10am with callbacks at 11:30. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem.  Please contact musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com for more information. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

Sunday 14

MAKE IT Weekends: Ever wonder what you could create with electronics, crafts or even wood?  Join us every weekend for MAKE IT!  Learn practical skills, think outside of the box, share ideas and become innovative!   Are you a Do It Yourselfer or do you like working together? Every Saturday and Sunday in August.  Times will vary.  FREE with General Admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZScience.org

Monday 15

SpaceTots: Space-Tots is Challenger Space Center’s exciting introduction to space and science designed specifically for children ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Each class will introduce a different letter of the alphabet and kid-friendly space-themed science experiments using the Quirkles® books and characters. $20 per child/parent pair for non-members, $15 per child/parent pair for members, and $5 for each additional child. Reservations required. 9:30am-11:30am. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Tuesday 16

Free Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children’s entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in August. 9:30am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 17

Beginning Technique Class: Are You Ready For Some Football? Football season is here!  Make a personalized family football serving tray with your favorite team motif. 6:30 – 8:30pm. Ages 12 to adult. $10 plus pottery piece of your choice.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: 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. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. Check website for times. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. MIM.org

Thursday 18

Childproofing Safety Class for New Parents: A representative from Arizona Childproofers will offer a very helpful childproofing safety class on what heavy pieces of furniture in the home need to be anchored and the best ways to anchor heavy furniture and childproof the home. 7- 8pm. Free. Toys and Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

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. mallkidsclub.com/superstitionsprings

Friday 19

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. hubbardswim.com

Saturday 20

2014 Halau Ho'okahi and Ka Hula Fundraiser Lu'au: Enjoy the ambiance of Hawai'i in Arizona! Join our Hālau for an evening Hawaiian Lu'au, special fundraising activities, fun for keikis and entertainment emceed by ialoharadio’s Aunty Pi’i Lewis. Artisans and vendors will be onsite for guests to shop. All proceeds will support travel expenses and costumes for Hālau students. Ticket price includes Kalua pig roast dinner, and Hawaiian dessert selections. $15 Keiki (children 4-12) and $30 Makua (adult age 13+). Doors Open at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:15pm.  Phoenix Zoo Stone House Pavilion, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-529-3686.  hulainarizona.com/2014-fundraiser.html

As You Wish’s 19th Anniversary:  $1.90 studio fees at all studios, and $19 gift card give aways.  Reservations strongly recommended. Saturday and Sunday. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

The Anthony Bates Foundation Youth Cardiac Screening Event:  ABF Youth Cardiac Screenings held to identify youth at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death due to undetected Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the number one cause of death in youth athletes. Register for an appointment on line, by phone or email request.  Free but donations accepted. 10am-4pm. Sunrise Mountain High School Main Gym, 21200 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 602-482-5606.  anthonybates.org

Giant StarLab Planetarium Show: These programs are fun, exciting and a unique family learning experience. Inside the dome you are transported into a night sky environment perfect for learning about upcoming sky events, the stars, constellations, the moon, planets, deep space objects, celestial coordinates, the seasons, multicultural folklore/mythology, and much more. Scout Groups: please call one week ahead to reserve the Scout Activity Packs for your group. Tickets are first come, first serve. $4 per person plus general admission/ $15 per Scout (includes packet & patch). 11:30am & 12:30pm. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Wheel Chair Basketball: MaxInMotion and SpoFit have teamed up to host a series of youth adaptive sports clinics every month this year. There will be opportunities for youth to try out wheelchair basketball and power soccer. Free. Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix. spofit.org/youth/max-in-motion-2014/

Sunday 21

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited 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! Offered every Sunday mornings in September. Ages 1-12. 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. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 22

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. arrowheadtownecenter.com/kidsclub

Tuesday 23

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.  $15 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. makemeaning.com

Wednesday 24

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: 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. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. Check website for times. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. MIM.org

Thursday 25

Just Between Friends Presale: First time moms, teachers, foster parents and military get in early at the presale. Thunderbird School of International Management, 15249 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. nwphoenix.jbfsale.com

Friday 26

Just Between Friends Sale: Don't miss out on 10,000+ kids’ items at 50-90%  below retail. This HUGE savings event happens only twice a year. You will find high quality, gently loved items and often you can find new items with original tags. Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 8am-2pm. Thunderbird School of International Management, 15249 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. nwphoenix.jbfsale.com.

Saturday 27

West Valley Island Cultural Festival: Celebrate Polynesian culture with music and dance performances; and classes for music, dance, and lectures. The festival will feature Arizona’s finest Polynesian music, teachers, and dance performers, offering attendees a showcase of Polynesian music and culture. $10.00 per person, children 15 years and under free. (50% of the admission fee will be donated to the Boys &            Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix).  Noon-7pm. Knights of Columbus, 8066 N. 49th Avenue, Glendale. wvislandculturalfest.com

Book Signing and Swim: Award-winning children’s author Conrad Storad will launch his latest book, “Gator, Gator, Second Grader. (Classroom Pet…or Not?)”during a special family event at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Following the author’s talk and story time, families can participate in a Coyote Camp craft and then enjoy complimentary access to the resort’s four-acre River Ranch water park. Coyote Camp is the resort’s year-round children’s camp program located adjacent to River Ranch. Free. 2-4pm. Coyote Camp at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St., Phoenix . squawpeakhilton.com

Celebrate 60 YEARS of Learning Anniversary Event:  Join us as we celebrate 60 YEARS of Learning! Kids will enjoy fun games, activities and special crafts, including decorating their very own party hat! Plus, kids will receive a special goodie bag! Free.  11am – 3pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-482-7900 and Lakeshore Learning Store,  4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, 480-940-7700. lakeshorelearning.com

Annual Walk for Homeless Families: The 1K and 5K event benefits UMOM New Day Centers, the largest shelter for homeless families in the state of Arizona and the event is sponsored by UMOM Women’s Auxiliary.   Registration of $20 - $35 includes admission to the zoo for the day.  Gates open at 6:30 am and the walk begins at 7:30 am. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix.    Register online at umom.org/walk2014.

Diva Dash Games: Enjoy a series of high-heel relay games that bring together members of the community for friendly competition in support of Florence Crittenton. After the Diva Dash, retail store, Flo’s on 7th will be open from 10am-6pm, for a special one-day only shopping event. All proceeds from the event will directly support Florence Crittenton’s life-changing programs for young women and their families, in our community. $25 for high-heel Diva Dash participants. Check-in at 7:15 and Diva Dash begins at 8am. Flo's on 7th, 4116 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix.  flocrit.org

Sunday 28

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited 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! Offered every Sunday mornings in September. Ages 1-12. 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. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

MAKE IT Weekends: Ever wonder what you could create with electronics, crafts or even wood?  Join us every weekend for MAKE IT!  Learn practical skills, think outside of the box, share ideas and become innovative!   Are you a Do It Yourselfer or do you like working together? Every Saturday and Sunday in August.  Times will vary.  FREE with General Admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZScience.org

Monday 29

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. hubbardswim.com

Tuesday 30

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.  $15 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. makemeaning.com

Calendar Highlight:

Smithsonian Magazine Announces the 10th Annual Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian magazine designates Saturday, September 27 the tenth annual Museum Day Live!. For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The public can visit smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to learn more, and, beginning in August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Each ticket grants the ticketholder (plus one guest) free access to any participating museum on September 27. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be updated as more museums sign on, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.

“Museum Day Live! embodies Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone,” says Stephen Giannetti, VP Advertising Sales and Marketing at Smithsonian Media. “For a decade, we’ve partnered with a wonderful array of museums – from the small and niche, to world-renowned institutions – and are looking forward to welcoming more guests this year than ever before.”

A few of the museums in the Greater Phoenix area are: Arizona Museum of Natural History, Cave Creek Museum, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Heard Museum and Pueblo Grande Museum.

To download your free admission ticket and to see a complete list of participating museums, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.

 

September Center Stage

WONDERLAND! The musical adventures of Alice: An unabashedly silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. It has hip hopping music and is an upbeat coming of age story that audiences of all ages will adore. Don’t miss this great show for kids, at an award winning theatre. This will be  fun and entertaining for your kids. This would be a great field trip for a group of kids (there is a special group rate). Sept. 30, 9:15 am, 11 am and 12:45 pm.  See the show & take a backstage tour $7 per person (available at the 12:45 pm show only). $11/$15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main St., Mesa. 480-756-3828. evct.com.

THREE LITTLE PIGS: The big bad wolf and three little pigs are delightful to watch in this classic story told with large rod puppets. Ages Pre-K and up. Sept. 3 - 14.  Wed. - Fri. only at 10 am. Sat. 10 am & 2 pm. Sun. 2 pm.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

BABY BEAR GOES TO SCHOOL: Baby Bear is excited about his very first day of school in this cute, charming, musical show told in simple English. Great for preschool up to second grade and for anyone learning English as a second language. Sept. 17 - 30. Wed. - Fri. only at 10 am. Sat. 10 am & 2 pm. Sun. 2 pm.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

PUPPETMAKERS WORKSHOP: Join us once a month after Saturday shows for a unique puppet making experience. For just $15 you can make your own puppet to take home with guidance from a professional puppeteer, and that includes the cost of supplies. Often we base the puppets we're making on what type of puppets are used in the show happening at the theatre. Ages 6 and up. Call us to make your reservation. Sept. 13 after the Saturday Show, 3:30 pm.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY’S MUSIC FESTIVAL: Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters!  Come join them at Disney Live!  Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime! For all ages. Sat., Sept. 27 and Sun., Sept. 28. 12 pm and 3 pm. $22 - $80. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.  602-379-7800. usairwayscenter.com.

SEUSSICAL JR.: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage.  This is a family friendly musical! Sept. 10 - 20 at 7 pm. Matinees on Sat. Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 at 3 pm. $12. Actors Youth Theatre, 861 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, AZ. 480-522-0056. actorsyouththeatre.com.

BALLET UNDER THE STARS: Free and open to the public, “Ballet Under the Stars” allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a varied program, ranging from classical to contemporary. Perfect for the entire family and it is a great way to introduce ballet to your children for the first time. Free. 7pm. Thursday, September 18 – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, Tempe. Friday, September 19 – Beardsley Park, Sun City West. Saturday, September 20 – Paul Mason Sports Complex, Casa Grande. Thursday, September 25 – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills. Friday, September 26 – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear. Saturday, September 27 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix. balletaz.org.

 

 










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