April 2015

Wednesday 1

Westgate Hot Rod Night: Every Wednesday, cruise down to Westgate Entertainment District for a free classic car show, live music, and awesome happy hour deals at more than 15 restaurants! Every Wednesday, now through April 29. 5pm-9pm. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. #333, Glendale. westgateaz.com/hotrod

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

Thursday 2

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 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

Friday 3

Movie Day at idea Museum: Join us while we watch the Lego Movie and put your master builder skills to work building an edible food structure. Free with admission. 10am-1pm. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

Fast and Furious Car Show: Join us for our April car show featuring muscle and custom cars, plus live music, RC car racing and more. 6-8:30pm. The Shops of Norterra, 2460 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

First Fridays: Take the kids to downtown Phoenix to enjoy art and museums. Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6-10 pm every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) Check online for participating locations. phoenixfirstfriday.com

Saturday 4

First Saturdays for Families: This free program is held the first Saturday of every month and invites children ages 4-12 and families to make a creative project in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibitions. Join us March 7th for an artist-led workshop delving into new ways to make a painting using materials other than paint. No registration required. All materials provided and families can take home their artwork. 11am - 3pm. ASU Art Museum, Mill Ave. & 10th St., Tempe. 480-965-2873. ASUArtMuseum.asu.edu/familyfun

Archaeology for Kids: Become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Ages 7-12. Advanced registration is required by April 2, cost is $15. 9:30am-12:30 pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Peoria Farmer's Market: Fresh produce from 4 local farmers, grass fed beef, raw honey, fresh eggs, salsas, cold pressed juice, artesian breads, wild caught fish, fresh baked goods, local dairy products, food trucks, kids’ activities, pet adoptions and more. 50-100 local vendors every week! Every Saturday in April. Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave, Peoria. mommasorganicmarket.com

Sunday 5

Sunday A’Fairs: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and relax at a Sunday A’Fair concert. These free afternoon mini-festivals take place on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The event features concerts and performances by the Valley’s top entertainers, a diverse selection of arts and crafts available for sale, hands-on activities for children and families and free docent-guided tours of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Noon-4pm. Sundays through April 5. 480-994-ARTS. experiencescottsdale.com/event/sunday-afair-5

Monday 6

Stories, Music & Movement: Join Music Together and local author of “Polly and Peaputs”, Rodo Sofranac, for a morning of songs, stories, instrument jams and dancing! Snack provided by 32Shea; fun for the whole family. Free. 9:30am. 32Shea, 10626 N. 32nd St., Phoneix. musictogetherinphx.com

Little Prints: Capture your child’s hand or foot impression in clay. April 6-12. $35 - $45. As You Wish paints it for you! As You Wish Pottery. Valley wide. Asyouwishpottery.com

Tuesday 7

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 - both new and classic - 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 March. 9:30. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 8

The Maricopa County Fair:  The Fair features the largest county fair carnival in Phoenix with over 35 rides. Foodies will appreciate the wide selection of fair food. Food offerings include unique items like Steve's Flaming Hot Turkey Legs, Deep Fried Coffee, the Mac Doggie Dog and so much more. Agriculture and livestock are a part of the fairs history and tradition and is a mainstay at the fair. April 8-12. 1826 West McDowell Rd., Phoenix. maricopacountyfair.org

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. 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. This first come, first serve tour is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk. March 11 & 25. 2-2:30pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Thursday 9

Midwestern University’s Open House: Current Midwestern students will conduct informative campus tours which will allow attendees to experience the University’s facilities, clinics, and accommodations from a student’s perspective. Admissions counselors and faculty will be on hand to explain the requirements and prerequisites for all of the University’s graduate degree programs in healthcare. 5-7pm. Midwestern University, 5865 W. Utopia Rd., Glendale. 623-537-6000. midwestern.edu/AZOpenHouse

Friday 10  

Preschooler Fun Days: Preschoolers are invited to come jump, bounce, and play at AZ Air Time indoor trampoline park. Complimentary coffee and mini muffins will also be served. 10am-1pm. Ages 6 and under. $5 per hour per child, foam pit is included! March 6 & 20. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Fridays in the Park: Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the park's A.E. England Building. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 6-10pm. Phoenix.gov

Saturday 11

Experience Middle Eastern Music: Join MIM to explore Middle Eastern music styles from the diverse countries of the region. Enjoy music performances, instrument demos, dancing, workshops and more. Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm. Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Avondale Kidfest: Participate in fun, outdoor, family friendly event filled with activities and entertainment geared toward the young child. Kids’ Activities, entertainment, education and water safety. Festival Fields Park, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Rd., Avondale. Avondale.org/events

Multigenerational Build It Workshop: Calling future engineers and architects to engage their spirit of curiosity about the science of the environment around them. Experiment using engineering skills by building a simple catapult, building a skyscraper and testing its stability during an earthquake, and discover plastic milk. Enjoy light refreshments while spending treasured time with your child/grandchild.  Ages 7-12, child must register with an adult. Members $12 per person; Nonmembers $20 per person. 10:30am-Noon. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

Reach for the Stars, Girl Scout Event:  Meet planetary scientists, space engineers, use a sun scope (weather permitting); plus we will have crafts and even a birthday celebration for Hubble Telescope’s big 25th year! 9-11am. Admission rate is $7 per person and pre-registration is required. Arizona Musuem of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. Registration required. 480-644-3553 AzMNH.org

MIMkids Musical Adventures Series: Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey. 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 April. $12/class or $30 for all 4. Ages 6-10. 1:30-2:30pm. To register, contact programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Friendly Pines Camp Open House: For families who would like to learn more about Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott. 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. Free. 11am-2pm. 933 East Friendly Pines Road, Prescott. Advanced registration for the Open House is requested. 928-445-2128. friendlypines.com

March for Babies: It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. Registration time 7am; start time 8am. Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. marchforbabies.org

Sunday 12

Los D-Backs Fiesta de la Familia: The Arizona Diamondbacks will host two Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia events, presented by Fry’s Food Stores, for fans on April 12 and 26 at Chase Field. Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia is free and will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy multicultural pregame entertainment. Begins at 11am on April 12 and 26 along the Gila River Casinos Plaza and will consist of a street festival atmosphere, including food trucks, live music and local entertainment provided by the D-backs, Fry’s Food Stores, Little Debbie and WingStop. Dbacks.com

Monday 13

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

Tuesday 14

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 - both new and classic - 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 March. 9:30. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 15

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. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Westgate Hot Rod Night: Every Wednesday, cruise down to Westgate Entertainment District for a free classic car show, live music, and awesome happy hour deals at more than 15 restaurants! Every Wednesday, now through April 29. 5pm-9pm. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. #333, Glendale. westgateaz.com/hotrod

Thursday 16

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

Friday 17

DVUSD Arts Festival: A showcase of DVUSD arts programs, including dance, choir, drama and band performances and visual 2D and 3D art displays. April 17-19. The Shops of Norterra, 2460 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Downtown Chandler Art Walk: Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free admission. 6-10pm. chandlerartwalk.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. conf.shhe.org/

Saturday 18

Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District, Chalk Art Festival: Gather your family, friends and little ones for a celebration of art. Watch as artists transform the Desert Ridge Marketplace sidewalks into colorful works of art using chalk. Come play at the designated KidZone area and participate in the community mural. Chalk will be provided and art instructors on hand to assist children and participants. 11am-6pm. Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District. shopdesertridge.com and westgateaz.com

Earth Day: 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 for the Planet features activities, crafts, music, and more among some of the planet’s most intriguing. Activities are included with general Zoo admission. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

PHX3on3 Tournament: This is the Valley’s ultimate hoops festival, hits the pavement near the US Airways Center. PHX3on3 divisions will include school grades 2-8, high school, adult (18-50+), adult elite, Special Olympics and wheelchair. With 32 courts surrounding United Airways Center and several additional streets in downtown, the city landscape will be transformed into a basketball junkie’s paradise. Tournament runs both Saturday & Sunday. Those interested can register online at PHX3on3.net.

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. 5-9pm. Ages potty trained -10 years. $15-$20 per child. 7000 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. 623-748-9453. www.thebestinaz.comArizona

Sports Fan Expo: Celebrate your favorite teams, participate in sports activities, entertainment for all ages and check out the latest sports gear. 9am-7pm. Adults $8; family 4 packs $25. West World North Hall, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. 602-493-2032. AZSportsFanExpo.com

ICAN Color Dash: The Color Dash is an exciting event, great for friends, families or those looking for a way to stay active and support ICAN’s local youth programs. Participants run (or walk) the 5K distance while being showered with bright colors along the way. Immediately following the race, participants enjoy the COLOR EXPLOSION finale and expo! Packet pick-up starts at 6:30am and the race starts at 8:30am. Registration is $40 for an individual, or discounted team prices. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Registration is linked through ICAN’s website at www.icanaz.org.

12th Polish Festival: Enjoy delicious Polish cuisine and refreshing imported Polish beer will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music, and fun activities for the whole family. There will be a souvenir boutique filled with a variety of traditional Polish jewelry, crafts, national ornaments, T-shirts, hats, and more. Free. Saturday 10am-9pm & Sunday 10am-6pm. Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 2828 W. Country Gables Dr., Phoenix. 480-44AZPOL (29765). polishfestivalaz.org

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! Noon-9pm. 2121 S. Rural Rd, Tempe. 

Sunday 19

Live Theater Production with Fairytale Princesses: Calling all little girls who love princesses! Storybook Entertainment will perform a delightful play at Toys & Playtime Oasis. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all meet one another at the “Royal Convention of Fairytale Princesses.” Exciting chaos takes place when Maleficent erases all of their memories and Sleeping Beauty must work to help her princess friends remember who they are and bring happiness to their kingdoms again. Photo opportunities with princesses available after show. 10:30-11:30am and 2-3pm. $15 per child; free admission for adults. Advanced registration is required. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Hubbard Sports Camp Open House: These open houses will give parents and children an opportunity to meet the camp staff, tour the facilities, ask questions, and learn all about the summer day camp program. Hubbard Sports Camp is for children ages 4 ½ to 13. It is a co-ed, multi-sport summer camp that teaches soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming and many other fun, indoor and outdoor games and activities. Camp dates vary by location. 1-3pm. The open house events will be held at the following four camp locations: New Way Academy in Phoenix, 5048 E. Oak Street; Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, 35 West Dunlap Ave.; Tesseract High School in Phoenix (Shea Campus), 3939 East Shea Blvd.; Thunderbird Academy in Scottsdale, 7410 E. Sutton Drive. 602-971-4044. hubbardsports.com

Monday 20

Space Tots: 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. 9:30am -11:30am. $20/parent & child pair, $5 for an additional child. Reservations and prepayment required. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org

Tuesday 21

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 - both new and classic - 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 March. 9:30. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 22

Celebrate ‘Earth Day’: When children bring in their old electronics to recycle, AZ Air Time trampoline park will give them a second hour of jump time for FREE! 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. 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. This first come, first serve tour is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk. March 11 & 25. 2-2:30pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Thursday 23

Home School Social: Home schoolers may drop in anytime between 10 and noon to create a glass pendant. We will provide you with a basic step by step lesson plan to follow. Great opportunity to experience glass fusing. 10am-noon. $12. As You Wish Pottery. Valley wide. Asyouwishpottery.com

Friday 24

Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures: Join us for an exciting, fun-filled day focusing on the importance of reading! On tap will be readings by famous children's book authors and celebrity guest, magic shows and special performances by Choo Choo Soul! 9am-4pm. Free with paid museum admission. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix. 602-253-0501. Childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

Preschooler Fun Days: Preschoolers are invited to come jump, bounce, and play at AZ Air Time indoor trampoline park. Complimentary coffee and mini muffins will also be served. 10am-1pm. Ages 6 and under. $5 per hour per child, foam pit is included! March 6 & 20. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Saturday 25

Experience MIM: On April 24, 2010, MIM opened its doors to the world as the first and largest global musical instrument museum. MIM invites the community to celebrate this milestone with a week of festivities featuring some of its favorite performers and activities. The celebration will culminate with an “Experience MIM” weekend, in the style of the museum’s most popular program series. Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm. Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Family Day: Spend the day at the i.d.e.a. Museum for a full day of family fun for all ages. Special events will happen throughout the day including performances by EVCT, Meet the Artist, bird house building, tool safety demonstrations and more! Free with admission. 9am-4pm. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

Daisy It’s Your World-Change It: Earn a Tula petal by learning about Tula’s courage and strength. Learn about courageous women in the arts. Create an art gallery celebrating these women’s strengths despite the difficult journey they have encountered by making a collage about animals that exhibit these strong attributes. $8  includes museum entrance for the day and workshop). 10am-11am. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

Sunday 26

Dia del Niño: Join us for a celebration of children, animals and culture! Come spend the day at the Zoo and enjoy games, activities, folkloric dancers, music and piñatas. Activities included with general Zoo admission. 9am-4pm. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

Los D-Backs Fiesta de la Familia: The Arizona Diamondbacks will host two Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia events, presented by Fry’s Food Stores, for fans on April 12 and 26 at Chase Field. Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia is free and will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy multicultural pregame entertainment. Begins at 11am on April 12 and 26 along the Gila River Casinos Plaza and will consist of a street festival atmosphere, including food trucks, live music and local entertainment provided by the D-backs, Fry’s Food Stores, Little Debbie and WingStop. Dbacks.com

Monday 27

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

Tuesday 28

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 - both new and classic - 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 March. 9:30. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 29

Westgate Hot Rod Night: Every Wednesday, cruise down to Westgate Entertainment District for a free classic car show, live music, and awesome happy hour deals at more than 15 restaurants! Every Wednesday, now through April 29. 5pm-9pm. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. #333, Glendale. westgateaz.com/hotrod

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. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Thursday 30

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 programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

 Valley Biking

Scottsdale’s Cycle the Arts on April 6: Hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art. Learn about each public art piece along a guided seven-mile loop from artists and knowledgeable speakers, curated by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Registration at 8:30am, ride starts at 9am. Free. Helmets required. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Scottsdaleaz.gov

Cyclomesa from April 10-12: Friday, El Tour Criterium, bike race at 2pm and Party in the Streets from 4-10pm. Saturday, El Tour de Mesa starts and 6:15am and family friendly festival including: sports zone, BMX stunt show, zip line, bike rodeo and kids zone from 9am-2pm. Sunday, El Tour Criterium at 8am and Mesa Outdoor Challenge at 9am. Downtown Mesa. Cyclomesa.com

Glendale Family Bike Ride on April 12: Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise at the annual Glendale Family Bike Ride. Helmets are required. Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. glendaleaz.gov

Tour de Tempe on April 12: This free 10-mile bike ride is led by members of the Tempe City Council. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the Tour de Tempe community bike ride. 7:30 – 11am. Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. Registration starts at 7:30am with the ride starting at 9am. tempe.gov/bikemonth

Chandler Family Bike Ride on April 25: The 7.4-mile ride is free. Pre-registration is encouraged to help us prepare for snacks and give aways. Participants will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last, along with information about bicycle safety, transit services and related topics. Helmets are required. 7-8 am. Ride begins at 8am. Chandler Park and Ride, 2100 S. Hamilton Street. Chandleraz.gov

Bunnies & Eggs

Easter Bunny Photos at Desert Ridge and Westgate on April 1-4: Bring the kids and join us at the Barnes & Noble Fountain to visit with the Easter Bunny and get a FREE downloadable photo + gift*. Photo packages also available for purchase. Visit shopdesertridge.com/bunny and westgateaz.com/bunny for specials and details. 

Dino Egg Hunt at Arizona Museum of Natural History on April 3. The museum will have children’s craft activities and a dinosaur touch cart available, with fun facts about dinosaur eggs. $9 per adult and $5 per child. 5:30-8pm. 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. 480-644-2230. AzMNH.org

Hop and Shop Spring Festival on April 4: Norterra’s celebrating spring with an East egg “scramble”, petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny and more! The Shops of Norterra, 2460 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com

The Wigwam's Egg Roll & Easter Festival on April 4: Family-friendly activities will include Easter Egg Roll, Chic-Lit Reading Corner, Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Egg Decorating & Crafts, Hilgers Eggspress Train Rides, Easter Outfit Competition, and much more. Free. 8:30-noon. Wigwam’s front lawn, 300 E Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Wigwamarizona.com

Easter “Egg-sperience” on April 4: Egg hunt, animals, plays structures, train ride, 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. 9am-1pm. $10 per child. Vertuccio Farm, 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa. 480-650-6606, vertucciofarms.com

Easter Egg Hunt on April 4th & 5th: 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 from 10am-3pm. Ages 1-10. Free. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, 602-254-1200. enchantedisland.com

Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts on April 4: Meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny, enjoy inflatable activities, carnival games, crafts, face painting, petting zoo, train rides, pony rides and more. 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. 8am-12pm. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 623-773-7137. peoriasportscomplex.com

Family Easter Celebration on April 4: Each year, the Family 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. Free admission; minimal charges for some interactive children’s activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. Also available for purchase are food and beverages. 9am-noon. Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. chandleraz.gov

Center Stage

Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley: Based on best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat tastic hijinks. April 10-26. . Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-253-8188. vyt.com.

Sweet Charity: Dream your dream. Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Sweet Charity is a tender and poignant, yet hilariously funny, look at the adventures of Charity Hope Valentine in the ways of love. April 17-May 10. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Ln.,, Peoria. 623-776-8400. www.azbroadway.org.

Jungle Book: Performances: The story of a boy abandoned to the jungle, Mowgli, who must learn to find his place within the longstanding community of animals. Taught by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Akela the old wolf. Mowgli must learn to abide by the ways of jungle law and stand up to the fierce Khan. April 22-May 1. Performed by Actors Youth Theatre at The Tuscany Theatre, 861 N. Higley Rd. #105, Gilbert. actorsyouththeatre.org

The Wizard of Oz: Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. April 30-May 17. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

The Wedding Singer: Takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in 20 years. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. April 10-April 26. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N 43rd Ave., Glendale. 602-843-8318. spotlightyouththeatre.org

The Three Javelinas: Who's afraid of the big, bad… coyote?! A favorite tale gets a southwestern spin in this world-premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell’s picture book. But don’t call them pigs! The Three Javelinas are more than just straw, sticks and bricks. When a series of misadventures leave them to build houses in the desert, they catch the attention of a hungry coyote. Weekends April 19–May 24. Childsplay Theater at Tempe Center for the Arts Theater, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. childsplayaz.org

 

 










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