March Calendar of Events

 

Sunday  1

Party Safari: The Valley’s WILDEST family adventure benefiting the animals at the Phoenix Zoo. Get ready to enjoy exclusive animal encounters, family-friendly food and beverage sampling, pony rides, live music and entertainment, food trucks, green activities and much more, all while supporting the animals at the non-profit Phoenix Zoo! 4 - 7:30pm. Adult $30; Child $20; age 2 and under are free. VIP access also available for an added fee. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Register online at phoenixzoo.org or call 602-914-4333.

La Gran Fiesta: This free event is part of the Sunday A’Fair series and showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. Noon-4pm. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.

Monday 2

Music Together Class for Parents with Newborns & Babies All parents, grandparents, and caregivers of newborns through 8 months of age are invited to bring their baby and learn what the wonderful Music Together program is all about. Activities are specifically designed to teach parents how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," and more. 11:30am. Free. Kids.Play.Music, 3241 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix.  Advanced registration is required. 602-363-8202.  musictogetherinphx.com

Tuesday 3

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 4

Carpentry 101 Messy Creations: This workshop will let young builders experiment with real hardware. Young builders will construct a fun structure with multi levels and fun design elements. This workshop is sure to feature the nuts and bolts of building a budding imagination. Ages 2-5 (Child must be accompanied by an adult). 10-10:45am. $14. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

CPR & First Aid: One night class certification in 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 Aid only. 5:30-9pm. Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Thursday 5

Family Music: Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone. Music classes are suitable for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale.  623-939-1777

Native Arts ArtWalk: Native American arts take center stage as part of a special Scottsdale ArtWalk and features a variety of great art, live entertainment and gallery receptions. Free trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport folks from free parking areas to attractions throughout the downtown. 7-9pm. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com Friday 6

Bug Mania: Butterfly Wonderland hosts its first ever “Bug Mania” event presented by Deb’s Dragons!  Children are invited to touch, hold and learn about all kinds of exciting and misunderstood insects while exploring Butterfly Wonderland, visiting the adjacent Mirror Maze and Laser Maze. Ages 5-14.  Space is limited so it is recommended that parent’s RSVP for their child by February 28th.  6:00pm-11:00pm; Bug Show from 7:00pm-8:00pm. $65.00 per child. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. butterflywonderland.com

Friday 6

Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run: Join us for a weekend filled with much more than hot air!  We will kick off the weekend with a Friday night balloon glow. Saturday morning will begin with a family-friendly 5K fun run, proceeds benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. A second balloon glow will follow that evening. Sunday morning will round off the weekend with a competitive balloon race. You will find dozens of food and novelty vendors, hours of live music, wine and craft beer tastings. For the kids, there’s a special area with inflatable attractions, a climbing wall and much more. March 6, 7 & 8. $10 to $20 per person. Kids ages 12 and younger are free. University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. outwestballoonfest.com

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

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. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

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 7

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

Swim-a-thon: SWIM-a-thon where children get pledges for laps they swim and earn money that is donated to Cardon Children's integrative therapy programs and drowning prevention initiatives. 9am-2pm. SWIMkids USA, 2725  W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. 480-820-9109. BlakesMiracle.org

Exclusively Little: Tots and toddlers are invited to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s annual "Exclusively Little” event. This free event for children age six and younger features game booths, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment. Train and carousel rides are $2 each. Children younger than three ride free with a paying adult. 10am-3pm. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2312. therailroadpark.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. Ages 7-12. Advanced registration is required by March 5, cost is $15. 9:30am-12:30 pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

AFAA's Zoo Walk for Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis:  The walk is to raise awareness and education. We walk to raise funds to support the local Arizona food allergy and anaphylaxis community through LOCAL education, advocacy, support, awareness, and research. Registration & Check in 7am, walk Starts at 8am. $9 ages 13+, $6 ages 3-12, $10 for shirt. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. zoowalkphoenix.org

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer: The Run to Fight Children's Cancer is a lively and inspirational event that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer, one of the most overlooked and underfunded areas of cancer. The Run also offers hours of family-friendly fun for racers and spectators at GCU’s campus, including jump castles, arts and crafts, music, professional sports team mascots and other entertainment.  5K start time 7am; 10K start time 7:45; Cancer Survivor’s Walk at 9am.  Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. runtofightcancer.com

Sunday 8

Family Music Event:  Families with babies, toddlers, and young children are invited to come and celebrate “Sing with Your Child Month”.  The special singing guest at this fun-filled event will be “Uncle Gerry” from the popular Music Together recordings. Families are asked to bring a picnic blanket or chairs. Cake and lemonade will be served. Suggested donation is $10 per family. All proceeds will benefit Rosie’s House. 3:30-5pm. Roadrunner Park, 3502 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. 602-363-8202. musictogetherinphx.com

The Scottsdale Giants Race: 9k, 3 Mile, plus Kids/Family Relay.7:00am (9k). Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. scottsdalegiantrace.com

Monday 9

Weird and Wacky Science Week: Put on your goggles and lab coat and join our wacky scientists. Make baking soda ice cubes, dry ice bubbles, learn how seals stay warm with our blubber experiment and finish up with a gummy bear experiment. These are just a few of our wacky science experiments this week. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. March 9-13. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445.  kidspark.com

Music Together Class: The “Big Kids” classes focus on basic music literacy, laying the foundation for formal music instruction in school or in private instrument lessons. Music Together provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes instrumental solos, ensembles, choreography, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming skills. The Big Kids classroom offers a fun environment where your child can experiment with new musical activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, "silly operas" and game songs. All parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to learn what the Music Together program is all about. Ages 5-7. Free. 4:30. Kids.Play.Music, 3241 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix.  Advanced registration is required. 602-363-8202.  musictogetherinphx.com

Tuesday 10  

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. Music classes are suitable for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. * First class is always free * Space is limited, Call to register.  9- 9:45am Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

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 11

Family Fun Movie Night: Watch a movie, enjoy a snack, and relax with a favorite stuffed animal or pillow from home. Kids ages 5-11 with parent. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, a program of the Child Crisis Center, at 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please call for movie details. Childcare is available with pre-registration. Please register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

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 12

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. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale.  623-939-1777

Active Parenting Now: This 6-week class series is designed for parents with children 5-12 years old. This class incorporates video, activities, and discussion. Topics include: communication, discipline, self-esteem, encouragement, problem solving, understanding children’s behavior, and more. Class requires a $20 book fee. March 12- April 16th on Thursday evenings.  6-8pm. Family Resource Center – 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Friday 13

Scottsdale Arts Festival: Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the 45th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival.  Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food trucks and lots of other fun. Single-day pass is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. March 13-15. Avoid traffic congestion by catching a free shuttle from downtown parking lots. Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 480-994-2787. scottsdaleartsfestival.org

 

Ostrich Festival:  Enjoy tons of family entertainment, food and carnival rides. March 13-15. Friday 2pm- Midnight; Saturday 10am-Midnight, Sunday 10am-11pm. Admission at the gate will be $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $7 for youth (ages 5-12) and kids 4 and under are FREE! Parking $5. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 866-993-2477. www.ostrichfestival.com

The Goodguys: Is a colorful “Full Throttle Fun” hot rod & custom car automotive themed  festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1972 vintage.  In addition to the car show, this event showcases  vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas on Saturday, Goodguys Autocross (to test vehicle agility and performance), model car show, and lots of fun for the entire family! March 13-15. Adult Admission $20 at the gate, kids 7-12 $6, kids 6 & under FREE. $5 parking. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. good-guys.com

Saturday 14

Experience Ireland: Make plans to join MIM for its fourth annual celebration of Irish music and culture at Experience Ireland. Enjoy music, crafts, Irish dancing and storytelling; it’s a perfect way to spend St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Included with paid museum admission. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Breakfast with the Butterflies: This wonderful event provides parents and children an opportunity to participate in a family activity celebrating the start of spring and the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit.  The Garden’s Breakfast with the Butterflies is appropriate for children ages 3-10. Saturday and Sunday. 10am–12pm.  Recommended for children ages 3-10 and their parents.   General Public: $40.00 for adults and $35.00 for children. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-481-8188. dbg.org

Saint Patrick’s Day Party: We’re all about Green today. Hunt for gold coins under the rainbow, sample green foods, and test out your luck in our St. Pat’s games. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Animal Encounters: Liberty Wildlife, a non-profit focused on rehabilitating injured, sick or baby animals, partners with Audubon Arizona to bring participants up close and personal with real Arizona animals. This monthly program gives visitors the opportunity to learn about and meet some of Arizona's unique, wild creatures. Great for the whole family! 11am-noon. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602- 468-6470.  az.audubon.org

5th annual Kiss Me I’m Irish Run®: Arizona’s largest St. Patty’s themed run/walk. There are distances for all ages and abilities - a 17k run, an 8k run/walk, a “4 leaf clover” 4k run/walk with lucky shamrocks on the course redeemable for prizes and an “Irish k” for the wee ones! Participants will get in the St. Patty’s spirit with live Irish music and prizes for the best St. Patty’s themed running outfits for people and their pets! Festivities begin at 6 am with Irish music. The run begins at 7:17 am. Bring the family - strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Check website for specific times, run options and prices. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd, Glendale. 480-609-3978. irishrunaz.com

Sunday 15

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 16

16th Annual Cuts for Kids: Enjoy interactive exhibits, fun activities, and professional hairstylists giving haircuts in order to raise money for March of Dimes and to secure donated hair for Locks of Love. The event is open to all ages and is free to enter. Haircuts of 10 inches or more are also free; otherwise, proceeds benefit March of Dimes. 4-7pm. Midwestern University, 5865 W. Utopia Rd., Glendale. 623-537-6000. Mwuclinics.com

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 17

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

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-5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 11:15am -12:15pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Wednesday 18

Doors, Windows, Stairs Messy Creations: Young architects will use a colorful array of design elements to craft their own unique one-of-a-kind building. From castles to pyramids to a comfy home this workshop will spark their imagination and the need for details. Ages 2-5 (Child must be accompanied by an adult). 10-10:45am. $14. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

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 19

Positive Discipline & Guidance: This workshop encourages parents and caregivers to use positive discipline techniques without spanking. Workshop provides disciplining tips for success. Childcare is available with pre-registration. Free. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, a program of Child Crisis Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Please register online at www.childcrisis.org/frc or over the phone at 480-834-9424.

Friday 20

Easter Bunny Photos: Hop on over to Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District to visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a FREE downloadable photo and free gift!(while supplies last). March 20-April 4. Visit: shopdesertridge.com/bunny and westgateaz.com/bunny for specials and details. 

Parent Symposium: Dyslexia: What is it and what do we do about it? Presented by Anita We3rner and Staff from Pediatric Speech and Language Specialist. 8:45-9:45am. Lexis Preparatory School, 11130 E. Cholla St., #H-100, Scottsdale. lexisprep.com

Saturday 21

Arizona Parenting Magazine’s Camp & Summer Expo: Arizona Parenting Magazine is hosting their annual Camp & Summer Expo event in partnership with AZ SciTech Festival, along with ABC 15 as their media sponsor and event sponsor, Cabela’s. The event is a wonderful fun-filled day of camp related activities for families of all ages to enjoy. The expo also presents the opportunity for parents to meet with and learn about a variety of local and out-of-state camps including day and overnight camps, music camps, sports camps, educational camps, art/theatre camps and more. Kids will be able to enjoy and participate in a variety of camp experiences at the event, such as:  archery, zip lining, rock climbing, euro bungee, reptiles, tie dying, and much more. Whatever type of camp experience your child is looking for, the Annual Camp & Summer Expo is the place to find it. General admission is free. A $3 activity band is required (payable at the door) for each child to participate in unlimited activities. 10am-3pm on March 21st at Cabela’s, 9380 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Azparenting.com

Big Air: See skateboard enthusiasts showcase their talent, during Scottsdale’s annual Wedge Skatepark Competition. Age groups start at 10 and younger. Registration is $10 and space is limited. Participants under 18 must have a parent present at time of registration. 10am-5pm. Eldorado Park’s Wedge Skatepark, 1909 N. Miller Road. Registration opens Feb. 2 at the park office, 2311 N. Miller Road or online at recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov. 480-312-0217. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks or email rphillips@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

Celebrate Spring: KidsPark celebrates Spring. Plant a flower to take home, learn about pressing flowers and play lots of fun Springtime games. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. March 21-27. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

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 Feb. $12/class or $30 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

Italian Festival of Arizona:  Celebrate Italian culture, food, music, arts, fashion and commerce. Visitors will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, dancing and live music from the Italian folk group La Ziarella from Benevento, a city in the Campania region of Italy. Experience Italian culture and purchase Italian hand crafted items from a variety of vendors.  Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. $10 Entrance fee. Children under 12, Veterans and Italian Association members free. SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale. italianassociation.org

Sunday 22

Belle Tea Party: If you have a little girl who loves Princess Belle from “Beauty & The Beast,” bring her to a wonderful Mother/Daughter tea party with Princess Belle herself coming as the special guest. Princess Belle will be singing, leading a story time, and teaching all the girls some special princess moves. There will be arts & crafts projects to enjoy as well. Don’t forget your camera! Belle will be posing for pictures. Fancy cupcakes and drinks will be served. 2-4pm. $25 per mom/daughter pair, additional people are $15 per person. Advanced registration is required. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

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 23

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 24

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 25

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. 6 months -5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 10-10:45am .  Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. # A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777

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 26

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

Friday 27

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

Saturday 28

ThrillSeeker Stunt Run: Developed by Hollywood stunt producers, the Thrillseeker Stunt Run is a unique obstacle run geared towards adventure enthusiasts. Participants can expect professional-grade stunts featuring the globe’s largest inflatable water slide, giant-trike rally, pole vault, stuntman free fall and eight other obstacles. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit Be the Match, the nation’s largest and most diverse bone marrow registry that helps patients find life-saving donors and provides support through the transplant process. ThrillSeeker starts at 8am; Kids’ 1K event starts at 3pm (ages 6-12). Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler. stuntrun.com

Sidewalk Chalk Coloring Contest: There will be three age categories: 3 to 5, 6 to 9, 10 to 13. Children will be given their own space on the sidewalk in the shopping plaza and they’ll get to color whatever beautiful design or picture they like - their favorite animal, flowers, an underwater scene, their favorite superhero, etc. The Easter Bunny himself will be the special guest judge! Every child will receive a FREE, one-hour pass to AZ Air Time and Toys & Playtime Oasis will also give a gift to every child. Great prizes will also be given away! Scottsdale Towne Square, NW corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird Rd. 1-2:30pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis at (480) 948-4630 or visit azdollhouse.com.

2015 Outdoor Expo: Experience the great outdoors at Arizona's largest hands-on outdoor expo. Family-friendly, loads of fun activities for all ages. See live wildlife, check out the huge kids’ fishing tanks, learn target archery, hike a field course, attend educational presentations, learn camping tips, try out shooting sports in a safe, supervised environment on the range, see off-highway vehicle exhibits, watch exciting cowboy mounted shooting competition, learn about boating recreation and safety, and visit with more than 150 exhibitors. Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm. Admission and parking are free. Ben Avery Shooting Range, located off Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix. www.azgfd.gov/expo

Be a Junior Museum Guide: Join our Junior Museum Guide program for Arizona Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors! Participants will learn about cultures from around the world, participate in music making and discover the wide world of music. Girls will train to lead tours while exploring MIM’s unique galleries and exhibits. Participants who complete all four classes will have the opportunity to lead group tours for Daisy and Brownie Scout Day on Saturday, May 2. 3:30-5pm. $42 per person. This session focuses on Latin America. To register, contact Cristi Pontius at 602.452.7105 or cpontius@girlscoutsaz.org. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 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! $7 per person or $15 per scout. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Sunday 29

Easter Bunny Photos: Bunny will be hopping by to pose for great photos with all the kids. Bring your cameras to take photos. There won’t be a professional photographer on site. Parents will get to take photos of the kids posing with the Easter Bunny for FREE with every paid admission. Admission is $7 for ages 6 and under; $12 for ages 7 and older. Noon-4pm. AZ Airtime, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Monday 30

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 31

Spring Designer Eyewear Show: Midwestern University invites the community to visit the state-of-the-art Midwestern University Eye Institute, for an exclusive Glasses and sunglasses frames designed by Gucci, Bobbi Brown, Vera Wang, Lilly Pulitzer, and others will be discounted up to 30% off of retail prices. Visitors are also encouraged to bring gently-used glasses to the Eye Institute for charitable donation. Donated glasses will be refurbished and eventually distributed by Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) faculty and students on medical missions to nations such as Guatemala and Mexico. 11am-6pm. Midwestern University, 5865 W. Utopia Rd., Glendale. 623-537-6000. Mwuclinics.com

  

SciTech Festival Events

Geeks’ Night Out on March 3: From science to science fiction, Tempe’s Geeks Night Out melds science, technology imagination and fun with hands-on activities, music and pop culture. 4-7pm. Tempe City Hall, 31 E. 5th St.,Tempe.

Student Days at the AZ Renaissance Festival on March 3 & 5: Talk to Galileo about astronomy, observe in awe, as artisans craft their wares using scientific techniques, demonstrating blacksmithing, glassblowing, shoemaking and weaving. 9am-2:30pm. AZ Renaissance Festival, 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon. royalfaires.com/arizona

 Lego Building Workshop on March 7: Come out and build a masterpiece with this event presented by Challenger Space Center and SciTech Festival! There are 4 sessions occurring on this Saturday to fit into your schedule! Help populate the Moon by creating a lunar module to connect and grow the colony, build a vehicle and beat your best time using gravity as your only momentum! Kids $12 (includes workshop and general admission); Adults $8 (general admission).  Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org

Tres Rios Nature Festival on March 7-8: This festival is in brings the great outdoors to people throughout the valley. Dozens of activities to include canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, bird watching and more are all free to participate in. The festival also features live music, food vendors and more than 40 exhibitors providing educational demonstrations, interactive kids’ activities and amazing animals. 10am-4pm. 7602 S Avondale Blvd., Avondale. avondale.org/events

 STEAMtastic & Star Party on March 12: Join us for an afternoon and evening of molecular gastronomy, subzero science, potato launching, science of brewing, glow in the dark room experiments, the science in everyday life, an evening star party and much, much more.4-10pm. PVCC at Black Mountain, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. http://blackmountaincampus.com

 Ancient Technology Day on March 14 - Visitors can try their hand at throwing an atlatl (spear), creating their own petroglyph, weaving their own cloth, and sample roasted agave slow-cooked the traditional way, in an earthen oven. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, families can enjoy free craft activities and games. Tours of the platform mound, preservation demonstrations, and the Park of Four Waterswill be available throughout the day. Fry bread will also be available for purchase!  9am-3pm. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Family Weekend, String Break with a Side of Science on March 21 & 22: This spring, join MIM for “String Break” and have fun with instruments from around the world, musical crafts, local string musicians and some “science of sound” STEM activities―all with the theme of “string.” Family Weekend events are sponsored by Rancho Solano Preparatory School. 9am-5pm.  Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org










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