October Calendar of Events

 

Wednesday  1

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 2

Free Family Music Class: Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone. Ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. First class is always free.  Call to register. 11- 11:45am . Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave., Suite A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777

Seminar About Pets & Babies & How to Keep Baby Safe: Arizona Childproofers will discuss how to keep babies and young children safe while allowing freedom for pets. They will offer solutions. Please bring your questions and thoughts. 7pm. Free but advanced registration requested. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Super Girl Seminar: The Super Girl Program is a free 4-week class series put on by the Severson Sisters, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Phoenix that empowers females in the world. The class gives girls skills and tools necessary to serve as positive role models in the community. This class series runs on Thursdays from Oct 2 – 23,  from 6-8pm at the Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, at 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!: This a six-week interactive class series for parents of children ages 1-4.  This class incorporates video, activities, and discussion.  Topics discussed are: child development, safety prevention tips, self-esteem building skills, effective discipline techniques, and more.  $15 book fee. The class begins on Thursday Oct 2-Nov 6 from 6-8pm. Childcare available. Family Resource Center , 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

Friday 3

Bats, Bugs, and Monster Fun: Date night and weekend fun at KidsPark, hourly, drop in childcare. Drop the kids off for some buggy fun while you enjoy big people time. Now open for kids ages 12 months-12 years. Oct 3-5. Activities start at 4pm Friday-midnight, Saturday 10am-midnight and Sunday noon-6pm. 12635 N 48th St., Phoenix. At the NE corner of Cactus/Tatum, next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Free Open Gym: Visit us when our playfloor is open for exploration. Spend time repeating activities learned during class or get creative and make up a few new ones of your own, all while socializing with other parents and children. Ages 6 months to 5 years.   First class is always free.  Call to register. 3- 5pm.  Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801.

Saturday 4

Film Screening of Girl Rising: “Girl Rising” forms part of a global campaign for girls’ education. The documentary seeks to change the way the world values girls and young women. Viewers are introduced to nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world who confront tremendous challenges and overcome impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by Suzanne Fallender, director of Intel Corporations’s Global Girls and Women Initiative. The afternoon will also include a reception hosted by Intel and the opportunity to tour MIM and visit the displays of the nine countries highlighted in the film, providing further context about the girls and their cultures. 1pm. $15. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.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 October $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

Family Star Night: Interactive astronomy night that is fun for the whole family. The doors open at 6:30pm for fun activities, self-guided tours, and presentation on constellations, planets and upcoming sky events. Weather permitting; attendees will have the opportunity to look through several different high-powered telescopes at the moon, planets, star clusters and more! Sub Zero Ice Cream, Phoenix Phreeze, and Papa Murphy’s will be available for snacks and dinner! Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

"BOO-TIQUE": BabyLux Boutique in Scottsdale is hosting the coolest sale of the summer with a huge DC Ranch tent sale with BabyLux, iboutique, Origami Owl, BabyLux and more! Join in the fun for kids activities, Disney princess meet and greets and more. 9am-noon. Market Street in DC Ranch - 20789 N. Pima Rd. #125, Scottsdale. Babyluxonline.com

10th annual Shopping Extravaganza: The signature philanthropic event will feature a special “shopper” lunch, exclusive discounts and offers, wine and chocolate tastings, live entertainment, gift bags and chances to win $30,000 in gift cards and prizes in four hours. There will also be a silent auction onsite. Charities participating in the event will be selling tickets to the public for $20 each, with 75 percent of the proceeds benefiting the charitable organization. 9am-8pm. Outlets at Anthem. outletsanthem.com

Makin’ Music Drum: Kids pound out catchy rhythms with a mini drum & sticks they create! 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

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. 9:30am-12:30pm. Ages 7-12. Advanced registration is required by October 2, cost is $15. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Annual Great Pumpkin Event: It's pumpkin decorating time! Craft the perfect jack-o-lantern with your creativity. Just $6 per 9” craft pumpkin (includes supplies). Offer available while supplies last. See a store associate for details today. 12-3pm. Michael’s valley wide locations. michaels.com

Sunday 5

Sound the Octo-Alert: SEA LIFE Arizona is celebrating the arrival of the Octonauts.   Visit the aquarium to meet Captain Barnacles and Kwazii and to take part in special Octonautical activities. Learn about fascinating sea creatures with the help of your favorite team of undersea adventure heroes, the Octonauts!  Oct 4-31. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., #145,  Tempe. 877-526-3960. visitsealife.com/arizona/

Walk for Hope: This is a series of nationwide walks that raises millions of dollars to fight cancer at City of Hope. Our Phoenix Walk for Hope features a 5K walk to support breast cancer research, treatment and education. 6am check-in opens; 7:30 am walk begins. Adults $25; Children (3 to 12) $20; Children (2 and under) free. Start Location: The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. cityofhope.org

National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers: This exhibit revolves around some of Earth’s most spectacular eco-zones–the polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains and caves, and the African savanna–bringing the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. Follow in the footsteps of explorers who routinely go to the ends of the Earth, all in the name of science. From coming face to face with a polar bear, to diving in a submersible, climbing to the top of a rain forest tree canopy, to soaring over the savanna in a hot air balloon, Earth Explorers allows guests of all ages to experience awe-inspiring parts of the world. Open now through January 4, 2015. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZScience.org

Monday 6

Free Admission at Challenger Space Center: Come enjoy activities, tours, raffles, and bring your lunch to enjoy in the cafe! Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Clay Class Patchwork Pumpkin People: Learn basic claybuilding techniques when creating some darling Halloween figurines.  Ages 8 and up. 7-8:30pm.  $25 all inclusive. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Parenting Children with ADHD : This free 7-week parenting series addresses the description and impact of the diagnosis of ADHD. In addition there are classes focusing on normal child development vs. the effects if ADHD on behaviors, treating ADHD at home, medication intervention, treating ADHD at school and support for parents. Monday nights from 6-8pm and run from Oct 6 – Nov 17. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Childcare available.  Register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

Tuesday 7

Story Time: 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. Every Tuesday at 9:30am.  Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630.  azdollhouse.com

Free Family Music Class: Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone. Ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. First class is always free.  Call to register. 9-9:45am.  Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E. Bell Rd. #205,  Scottsdale.  480-656-0801.

Wednesday 8

Wacky Wednesday:  Free Studio Fees all day. You just pay for your pottery or glass! Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Thursday 9

Seminar with Bob Hubbard on Special Needs Swimming: Toys & Playtime Oasis will proudly host Bob Hubbard, internationally renowned water safety and swim expert and owner of the Hubbard Family Swim Schools in Arizona. Bob believes that children with special needs - whether they be physical or cognitive – can benefit tremendously once they are exposed to water and can be challenged to grow and develop in both aquatic and life skills. Bob will share his valuable thoughts on special needs swimming in a wonderful presentation called “Ohhh Yes, I Can Swim” about his experiences teaching the special needs population. Parents of young children with special needs are strongly encouraged to attend.  7- 8pm. Advanced registration is requested by calling the toy store at 480-948-4630. Toys & Playtime Oasis ,13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. For more information about Bob Hubbard and Hubbard Family Swim Schools, visit hubbardswim.com.

Friday 10

Arizona State Fair: All the rides, games, food, and fun of the Arizona State Fair is back for 2014! Open Wednesday - Sunday from Oct. 10th to Nov. 2nd. For information on hours, discounts, attractions, and more, visit azstatefair.com.

54th Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival: The longest-running, largest ethnic festival in the Valley endures with Greek food, music, dancing, jewelry, art, grocery items and activities for children.  Fri., Oct. 10, 5pm - 10pm ; Sat., Oct. 11, 11am - 10pm ; Sun., Oct. 12, 11am - 8pm. $3.00 for an entire day of food and fun.  Children under 12 free.  Seniors 60 + free Saturday 11 – 2 only. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland in Phoenix.   602-264-2791. phoenixgreekfestival.org    

Saturday 11

Railroad Park Railfair: All aboard for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Railfair 2014, featuring model train displays, exhibits, moonwalks and face painting. Don’t miss the award-winning Model Railroad Building displaying O, N and HO scale trains. Many of the park’s seldom-seen railroad equipment also will be on display so bring the whole family. Oct 11-12. 10am-5pm. Free entry. Train and carousel rides are $2 each, with children younger than three riding free with a paying adult. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale.  480-312-2312.  therailroadpark.com

Grand Opening Celebration of All-Star Karate: If you’re interested karate, there’s an exciting, new martial arts studio in North Peoria called “All-Star Karate” that will host a fun-filled Grand Opening Celebration.  Free karate classes will be taught, every child will get to break a board, and all children who come to the Grand Opening will also receive one FREE month of karate lessons! Complimentary pizza and drinks will also be served. Children, ages 3- 7, are asked to come to the celebration from 10 am-noon because there will be a special karate team demonstration at 10:15 a.m. and a free karate class for that age group taught at 10:45am. Older children, ages 8 and up, are asked to come to the celebration from noon-2pm. because there will be another karate team performance at 12:15pm and a free karate class for that age group taught at 12:45pm. Plus, the first 25 children who sign up for karate lessons at the Grand Opening will also be treated to a free, All-Star Karate birthday party! All-Star Karate, 21505 N. 78th Ave. #120, North Peoria. 602- 570-7012.  allstarkarateaz.com

Octoberfest: Octoberfest returns to Salt River Fields for another great year. Enjoy one of the Valley’s biggest celebrations of beer with activities for the whole family, great food, live music, kids zone, interactive games and more. Win cash and prizes in areas like the Octoberfest Cornhole Tournament! Come thirsty and hungry with over 50 different beverages, 12 different sausages, soft pretzels and more food then you can imagine! 10am-10pm.  General admission: $10, VIP: $60 (food, beverages, special VIP lounge).  www.saltriverfields.com/Events/Octoberfest.aspx

Adapted Recreation’s Annual Fall Ball: Join us in your best ghoulish attire and rock out! Activities include a picture booth, fog machines, the disco ball and disc jockey Picky Pete spinning the live sounds of the Monster Mash!  Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services provides a variety of programs for people with disabilities; the dance is for participants aged 16 and older.  Chaparral Drinkwater Building, 8102 E. Jackrabbit Rd.,Scottsdale. 480-312-2234.  ScottsdaleAZ.gov/sports/adaptive

Sunday 12

 “Frozen” Extravaganza: If you have a child who absolutely loves the hit movie “Frozen,” then Toys & Playtime Oasis is the place to bring them! Princesses Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and an Olaf puppet will all be performing a fun skit and sing four great songs from the movie. Children are welcome to come dressed in their favorite Frozen costume or outfit if they like. Don’t forget your camera for a great photo op! 1pm on Oct 11 and 10:30  on Oct 12. Cost is $12.50 per child. Free admission for adults. Advanced registration is required as space is limited. To reserve your child’s spot, call (480) 948-4630. Toys & Playtime Oasis 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. azdollhouse.com

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party at Westgate: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans!  10am-1pm Free. Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Monday 13

Celebrate Fall: Fall break fun at KidsPark, hourly, drop in childcare. Now open for kids ages 12 months to 12 years. Are the kids out of school for Fall break? KidsPark to the rescue! Celebrate the Fall season with leaf painting, apple tasting and painting, games and lots of fun with friends. Ages 12months – 12 years.  October 13-17. Mon-Thurs 7:30am-9:30pm, Friday 7:30am-midnight. 12635 N 48th St., Phoenix. At the NE corner of Cactus/Tatum, next to Best Buy. kidspark.com

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

Tuesday 14

Fitness in the District: Get in shape at Westgate Entertainment District at our free, weekly fitness series! Let Westgate help you strengthen, tone, and tighten, all while you have a blast during fun, unique combination classes including kickboxing, pilates, yoga, and dance. Fitness in the District is family-friendly—all ages are welcome. Please bring your own mat. Refreshments will be provided. Plus, win great giveaways at each event. Every Tuesday through Oct 28. 6:30-7:30pm. Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/fitness

Everything Orange Messy Creations: Little artists will mold and sculpt orange dough adding fun embellishments fit for a Queen Bee. Create your own unique spider web centerpiece . Carve out some Halloween fun with this Messy Creations workshop. (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child). Ages  2-5 years (Child must be accompanied by an adult).10am-10:45am.   Members $5, Nonmembers $13.  i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Free Family Art Class: Be inspired together and make colorful memories in the Gymboree Art Studio. Sculpt with a giant block of clay, design a family tree, paint a mural or make a creation of your very own. Ages 18 months to 5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Call to register. 11:15am -12:15pm.  Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Parenting Through Transition: Have you experienced a recent change, such as a job loss, change in residence, military deployment, incarceration of a family member, death of a loved one, separation or divorce, or loss of a pet? Then this class is for you. This free 3-week class covers the impact of transition and loss on family members and new strategies for parents to help children handle change. Oct 14th, Oct 21st and Oct 28th from 6-8pm. Childcare available. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

Wednesday 15

Beginning Technique Pottery Painting Class: Learn how to create blended backgounds and spooky silhouettes.  Ages 12 to adult.  6:30-8:30pm. $10 plus pottery of your choice. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Thursday 16

Halloween Safety Seminar for Parents: Arizona Childproofers will offer lots of important safety tips and advice about costumes, candy, parties, and how to keep your little ones safe during Halloween time. 7pm. Advanced registration requested. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. To register, call (480) 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Friday 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. hubbardswim.com

Saturday 18

Touch a Truck!: Offering kids a hands on experience with big trucks! Bouncy castles, slides, mascots, food trucks, family friendly activities, local vendors and lots of big trucks will be on site! All Ages.  $5 or $20 for Family Pack of 5. Funds raised will help support the mission of the Junior League of Phoenix, including our community programs. 9:00am-1:00pm.  Paradise Valley Mall South Parking Lot by Sears. jlp.org

MIMFest: MIMFest is a two-day music festival set against the backdrop of the stunning Arizona desert and inspired by MIM’s commitment to celebrating musical traditions of the world. The festival will bring together extraordinary musical acts, dancers, street performers and festive food and will transform MIM into a mecca of exceptional entertainment, culture and culinary delights. Oct 18-19. 10am-5pm. $30 for adults; $20 for teens; $15 for children ages 7-12 and children under 6 are free. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org.

Celebrate Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve: October is McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month. Join us for a variety of fun and informative activities focused on the preserve, a scenic expanse of natural desert and mountain terrain covering more than 30,000 acres in Scottsdale. 8-11am. Free. Browns Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Parkway. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/preserve and www.mcdowellsonoran.org

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®:  Join Lakeshore to help Lakeshore & Jumpstart break the world reading record & celebrate early literacy! Parents and children are invited to enjoy hourly readings of Bunny Cakes—the official book of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® 2014 campaign and participate in free crafts and activities! 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

Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Multigenerational Paper Doll Workshop: You are invited to attend a paper doll workshop hosted by the i.d.e.a. Museum.  Assemble paper dolls, design a unique playhouse space, and become a fashion designer by creating special wardrobes for your paper dolls. Enjoy light refreshments while spending treasured time with your daughter/granddaughter. Ages 4-12. 9:30-11:00am.  Member pricing per person:  $10 (each child or adult), nonmember pricing per person: $18 (each child or adult).  i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

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.  Brophy College Prep, 4701 North Central Ave., Phoenix. anthonybates.org

AZ Share That You Care: Shop an array of local artists at a curated market. A minimum of 20% of proceeds will be donated to a charity of the artists choice. Food truck, live music and raffle prizes.10am-4pm. $5 cash entry fee,  kids under 12 free. The Icehouse, 429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix. PineappleTriangle.com

PVMOM Grow with Me Fall Sale: Join us for the Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples Semi-Annual Sale!  More than 20,000 items including gently-used infant, children, and maternity items, clothing, shoes, strollers, highchairs, bouncers, feeding and nursing supplies, costumes, toys, games, puzzles, books, DVDs, cribs and other baby and child-related furniture, nursery and children's room décor, bedding, accessories and much, much more! 9:00am – 12:00am public shopping w/$3 entry fee; children admitted, no strollers. Baby wearing is welcome. 12:30am- 3:00pm Public shopping, no fee; 50% off hundreds of selected items; children admitted, no strollers. Baby wearing is welcome. Those interested in consigning at our sale please visit myconsignmentsale.com/gwm. Genisis Church, 3625 N. 32nd St., Phoenix.www.pvmom.org

Sunday 19

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

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out to Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center 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.  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. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 20

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 21

Single Parenting Today: This workshop addresses challenges single parent’s face. Topics include: common challenges for single mothers and fathers, parenting styles, discipline and the single parent, dating, and money matters. Free. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Childcare available. Register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

Wednesday 22

Westgate Hot Rod Night: Classic cars and hot rods cruise in to Westgate every Wednesday, now through November 19! Enjoy classic car show, live music, happy hour deals and more.  All cars are welcome, but you don’t need to display a vehicle to participate.  Families can stroll to see great, restored cars, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat for dinner. 5-9pm. Free. Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502.  westgateaz.com/hotrod

Thursday 23

Home School Social Pumpkin Plate:  Homeschoolers can stop in and paint a pumpkin plate.  We will provide a lesson plan.  10am-noon. $12 all inclusive. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Homeschool Day: At Challenger Space Center in conjunction with the solar eclipse. The eclipse itself will begin approximately at 2:45pm however our doors open at 10am and admission covers the entire day. Lunch will be at 12pm. Workshops are an additional fee. This is a wonderful STEM learning experience for kids and adults of all ages. Admission is $10/per individual and this includes your solar eclipse glasses. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. Visit azchallenger.org/educate/homeschool to RSVP

Free Open Gym: Visit us when our playfloor is open for exploration. Spend time repeating activities learned during class or get creative and make up a few new ones of your own, all while socializing with other parents and children. ages 6 months-5 years. First class is always free. Call to register. 3-5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777

Friday 24

Meet ‘The Cat in the Hat’ at Toys & Playtime Oasis: If your child is a big fan of “The Cat in the Hat,” the Cat himself will be a special guest at the toy store on Oct. 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the kids for a great photo op! There will also be special Dr. Seuss story times and fun coloring stations too. Free admission. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630.  azdollhouse.com

Pizza and Paint Costume Party:  Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and we’ll eat some pizza and paint a Scaredy Cat Canvas Masterpiece. Ages 6 and up. 6pm-8pm.  $30 all inclusive. Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Monster Mash Dance Party: Kids will enjoy a monster good time with activities including glow stick dance time, pumpkin carving, mummy wrap and tons of fun with friends. Date night and weekend fun at KidsPark, hourly, drop in childcare. Ages 12 months to 12 years. October 24-26. Activities start at 4pm Friday-midnight, Saturday 10am-midnight and Sunday noon-6pm.12635 N 48th St., Phoenix. At the NE corner of Cactus/Tatum, next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Saturday 25

Shape Up Arizona at Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play: Is a state wide celebration recognizing the importance of fitness, health and wellness for kids of all ages. Families are provided an opportunity to learn about a healthy lifestyle. Come spend the morning at Tumbleweed Park as we promote health, wellness, and fitness for kids of all ages. Free activities will get the kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore the various booths on health, wellness, and fitness. Day of Play will feature a variety of fun activities organized by many of the non-profit organizations, businesses and municipal divisions serving the community. 9am-1pm. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. chandleraz.gov/dayofplay or ShapeUpUS.org

Earth and Space Exploration Day:  Join us for special science-related activities for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. Explore ISTB 4's Gallery of Scientific Exploration with its variety of interactive exhibits and enjoy a 3-D astronomy show in the Marston Exploration Theater. Visitors can also see a replica of Curiosity rover, explore Tempe Butte on a guided field trip, pan for gold, dig for meteorites, bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine and so much more! 9am-3pm. Free. ASU Tempe Campus. sese.asu.edu/earth-and-space-exploration-day

Maricopa Music Festival: In addition to a day of music, children and adults will have the opportunity to be awarded best Halloween costume boys and girls between 1 and 3 p.m.; adults between 4 and 8 p.m.  There will also be face painting booths, raffle giveaways including Red Rock and Sedona Wine Tours and booths featuring local businesses, food, drinks and alcohol vendors. The event is free to those that donate a non-perishable food item to benefit Maricopa Food Bank, free parking is also included. 12–7 pm. Copper Sky Recreational Center, 444345 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Maricopa. maricopamusicfest.com 

Spooky Sweets Holder: Kids keep trick-or-treat candy all in one place with our spooky handing candy holder they create! 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

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Take us one step closer to finishing the fight for breast cancer. Join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk at Tempe Beach Park. Registration begins at 7am and the 3-mile walk starts at 8am. Proceeds from the non-competitive, family-friendly event benefit breast cancer research and local breast cancer education and free patient/caregivers support programs. Call 602-778-7625 or visit makingstrideswalk.org/phoenixaz to learn how you can help finish the fight.

Halloween Party: Dress the kids in their costumes and bring them to AZ Air Time Trampoline Park where there will be a fun-filled Halloween party! There will be trick-or-treating stations, trampoline races, and a dodgeball tournament with prizes. 4-8pm. Admission will be $8 per child for every hour of jumping. Bring one or more cans of food and save $2 off admission per person. 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, #144, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000.  azairtime.com

KOOL FM 10th Anniversary Classic Car Show: Cruise down to Westgate for a fun and free classic car show, with over 50 car classes and 1,500 cars on display, along with live music, activity booths and more! Open to all makes, models and years. 8am-3pm. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com

Spooktacular Kids’ Night Out & Sleepover:  Dress the kids in their costumes and bring them to a special Halloween-themed Kids’ Night Out! Enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, Halloween-themed games, sports, dancing, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Kids’ Night Out is from 6-10pm. Ages 3-13. $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. The additional sleepover option is for ages 5-13. Pick-up is at 8:30am. and breakfast will be served. Cost for the Kids’ Night Out & sleepover is $45 per child; $40 for additional siblings. Advanced registration is required. 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602-992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

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Free Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. Ages 6 months to 5 years. First class is always free. Call to register . 10-10:45am . Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave., #A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party at Westgate: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans!  10am-1pm Free. Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Monday 27

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 28

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

Wednesday 29

Free Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. Ages 6 months to 5 years . First class is always free. Call to register. 4:15-5pm . Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E. Bell Rd. #205,  Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Halloween Crafts, Trick-or-Treating & Costume Party: Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes and bring them over to Toys & Playtime Oasis where every child will get a treat and have fun making  beautiful Halloween-themed crafts at a special arts & crafts station. 3- 5pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Jeepers “Boo”tiful Creations: Join us for a morning of un”bee”lievable Halloween fun.  This class will buzz with excitement as kids construct one of a kind holiday bug creations. Ages 2-5 years. 10am-10:45am. Members $5, Nonmembers $13 (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child). i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

CPR & First Aid: This workshop will be facilitated by staff from ABC’s of CPR. Certification cards will be distributed at the end of the workshop. Cost is $35 for both or $30 for CRP or First Aide only. 5:30-9pm. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Register online at childcrisis.org/frc or call 480-834-9424.

Thursday 30

Kids’ Dodgeball Tournament: If you have a child or teen who loves playing dodgeball at AZ Air Time Trampoline Park, there will be a special dodge ball tournament. 6-9pm. There will be two age categories: 7 to 11 and 12 to 18. $10 per person. There will be prizes for participation and special prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Double elimination too! 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, #144, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Friday 31

Halloween!

October Center Stage

Wonderland! The musical adventures of Alice: An unabashedly silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass performed by East Valley Children’s Theatre. 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. 25- Oct. 5.  $11/$15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main St., Mesa. 480-756-3828. evct.com.

From Page to Stage!: This zany high-speed roller-coaster summarization of all of Shakespeare’s plays is the perfect show for your high school English classes, Drama classes, Thespian Troupes and Speech & Debate Teams. This irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays features three madcap men in tights as they weave their whacky way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Oct. 28 – Nov. 7.  Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Ln., Peoria.  623-776-8400. Azbroadway.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. Oct. 1 -5. 2 pm.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

The Dracula Rock Show: When the zombies and vampires tire of being cooped up underground, their master Count Dracula has a great idea!  They'll all go to rock concerts where no one will even notice them. But when Inspector Shirley Holmes and pathologist Dr. Watson become intrigued by an outbreak of anemia in young women, things take a turn for the worst (if there is anything worse than being a zombie). With a dynamic rock score embracing 60s rock with a touch of 70s disco accompanying a hilarious plot overflowing with eccentric characters, The Dracula Rock Show is a sure hit! October 3-12. Performed by  Desert Foothills Youth Theater at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. dftheater.org

Little Bunny’s Halloween: The perfect puppet show for little folks at Halloween. Cute and funny! Lots of sing alongs and great fun as Little Bunny and his mom explore the fun and not-scary side of Halloween. Preschool- Grade 2. Oct. 8 – 30. Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

Into the Woods: James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic in Into the Woods. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Oct. 9-12. Ages 14 and up. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N Vision Way, Anthem. 602-743-9892. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

Narnia The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Based on a story by C.S. Lewis, this musical features creatures of mythic proportions! Oct. 10 – 26. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-253-8188.  vyt.com.

Charlotte's Web: This exciting, new musical version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic. Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn, featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in this fun-filled musical. Oct. 16-19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N Vision Way, Anthem. 602-743-9892. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

 

 

 










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