May 2015 Calendar of Events

 

Friday 1
 

Daddy/Daughter Date Night: Dads and Daughters of all ages receive free studio fees when painting together! We’ll have flowers and light refreshments for all to enjoy while painting. Reservations are highly recommended. 5pm-10pm. As You Wish Pottery, convenient valley wide locations. Asyouwishpottery.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
 

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
 

Saturday 2
 

Sandcastles on 7th: A community beach party and sandcastle competition! Come out and join the fun as some of the best and brightest of our valley’s business community compete in a one-of-a-kind sandcastle building competition. Live music, hands on arts & science activities and outdoor activities. Enjoy the Museum’s indoor activities at the special discounted admission price of $8/person all day! Indoor activities close at 4pm. 9am-5pm. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix. 602-253-0501. childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
 

Arizona BBQ Festival: The largest Honky Tonk in the state of Arizona! There’s live bands, hilarious “redneck themed” games, and (literally) tons of smoked meat like brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and all the fixin’s. 11am-8pm. $12, kids under 12 are free. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. azbbqfestival.com
Hooves & Heroes: Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship will open its gates to the public to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at its annual Hooves & Heroes family event. Admission is free, derby hats are encouraged! Meet Camelot therapy horses, fun family activities, face painting, line dancing, live horseback riding performances, silent auction and raffles. Free. Derby dinner by Bruce Brown Catering ($10 per adult, $5 for children). 11am-4pm. 6250 E. Jomax Road, Scottsdale. 480-515-1542. camelotaz.org
 

Family Wilderness Experience Night Camp: Join us for a genuine tent-camping experience… and you don't even have to put up the tents! Your party will have its own tent, a scrumptious dinner off the grill, s'mores over a camp fire, a night hike and up-close animal encounters. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast, a guided hike and explore the Zoo on your own for the rest of the day! 5:30pm– 9am. Members $60 & General $65.Recommended for campers ages seven and up. Anyone 18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

Super Wow: The Super WOW Run is a way for adults and children to show their support for the Arizona Burn Center and Arizona Children’s Center at Maricopa Medical Center. Participants are invited to dress up as their favorite superhero or villain and children will receive a superhero cape when they register. Following the 5K, there will be a community fair featuring a local DJ, food trucks offering healthy food, a children’s obstacle course and more. Registration fee is $25 for adults and $7 for children. Registration 7-8am; 5K 8am; Community Fair 9am–1pm. Mesa Riverview Park, 2100 W. 8th St., Mesa. Register online at maricopahealthfoundation.org/events/super-wow-run.
Summer Camp Open House Event: Come and check out free demos and activities from our most popular summer camps. Join in on a Minecraft game, help build a robot, design a computer game, and participate in a surprise science experiment! 10 am – Noon. All Around Math Learning Center, 7571 S. Willow Dr., Tempe. allaroundmath.com

Sunday 3


Summer Concert Series: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday, beginning May 3 - July 6. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Free. 7:30-9pm. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children under the age of three ride free with a paying adult. Food will be available for purchase. The park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. 480-312-2312. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks/RailroadPark.
 

Target 3 for Free: Free admission to i.d.e.a. Muesum and Arizona Museum of Natural History and special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum the first Sunday of every month. Special activities at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum include an area for kids to create their own artwork and a free performance in MCA’s outdoor courtyard. Downtown Mesa. mesaartscenter.com
 

Monday 4
 

Birds in the Garden: Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. 7 a.m. Included in the regular admission fee. Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. dbg.org
 

Tuesday 5
 

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
 

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 May. 9:30. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com
 

Teacher Appreciation: Arizona McDonald’s restaurants will honor teachers across Arizona with “special perks” on Teacher Appreciation Day. Teachers who purchase a McCafé beverage and show their school identification at their local McDonald’s restaurant will receive a keytag valid for a FREE small McCafé beverage every day until Dec. 31, 2015, while supplies last. Phoenix area McDonalds. mcdonalds.com
 

Wednesday 6
 

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
 

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

Thursday 7
 

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. 11-11:45am. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777
 

2015 Special Olympics Summer Games: Come on out and cheer the athletes on! May 7-9. 8am-10pmRaymond S. Kellis High School, 8990 W. Orangewood, Glendale. specialolympicsarizona.org
 

Sleepaway Camp Information Night: Thinking of sending your child to a sleepaway camp this summer? Director of Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott will offer a very informative presentation and discuss all the emotional and physical benefits that children experience when they attend a sleepaway camp. Friendly Pines offers programs for children ages 6-13 and offers many camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe, kayaking, and more. Every child who attends will also receive one free hour of jump time at AZ Air Time! AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #145, Scottsdale. 480- 427-2000. azairtime.com & friendlypines.com

Friday 8
 

2nd Friday: Mesa downtown galleries and businesses have joined together to create an exciting and friendly way to spend a Friday evening! Art, dining, shopping, activities, entertainment, and fun every 2nd Friday of the month! 6-10pm. Free. Downtown Mesa, on Main between Center and Country Club. 2ndfridaynightout.com
 

Farm Tots: Sure, we all know them as a favorite animal on the farm, but what exactly makes goats so special? Join us for the Farm Tots goat program, and you will have a blast learning about goats and playing at the farm. For children 18 -24 months and a caregiver. May 8 & 9. 10–10:45am. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Registration required online or call 602-914-4333. phoenixzoo.org
 

Annual National Public Gardens Day: Desert Botanical Garden joins communities throughout the United States in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. Tai chi demonstrations, yoga demonstrations, see cacti in bloom, discovery stations, bird watching, photography tours and free admission to Butterfly Exhibit with regular paid admission. Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. dbg.org
 

Saturday 9

Kids Expo: Companies that are focused on families and children will be located inside the concourse of the stadium during Arizona United SC's home match against the Austin Aztex. Arizona United SC is the only professional soccer team in Arizona, and competes in the USL, which is the strongest best operated and most experienced North American men's professional soccer league below MLS. Arizona United SC plays its home games at Scottsdale Stadium. Season: March-September. Tickets start at just $12 per game. For more information visit arizonaunited.com or call 623-594-9606.


Create Beautiful Mother’s Day Cards: The day before Mother’s Day, bring the kids to Toys & Playtime Oasis where they’ll get a chance to design and create beautiful Mother’s Day cards. .Lots of different colored paper, markers, crayons, and arts & crafts supplies will be provided. 9:30-10:30. Free admission. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com
 

Drum Break, Discover What’s Beyond the Beat: Ignite your passion for drums! Join us as we delve deeper into the themes showcased in our exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World. Play different styles of drums from around the world and participate in performance workshops, drum clinics and instrument-making demonstrations. Meet influential drummers from the Phoenix scene as well as premier national artists. 9am-5pm. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org
 

Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms: The farm is the largest Peach Grower in the State, all organic and pesticide free. Includes: Hay rides to the orchards, live music, train rides, carousel rides and more, Peachy Pancake breakfast, Peachy Sampling Pavilion with food ranging from sweets to salsa’s, Water activities, Peachy arts and crafts booths, Peach pies, peach cinnamon rolls, peach cookies, peach cobbler and more. May 9, 10, 16, 17. 7:30am -4pm. 24810 South Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. schnepffarms.com
 

Mother’s Day Gift Making Workshop: Create a beautiful Mother’s Day cards and gifts for the special women in their lives. Please allow 3 hours to complete the projects and enjoy a few games with friends. 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. 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com-Scottsdale/N.Phoenix
 

Open House at Greenhouse Montessori: Visit and tour their Nature Yard as well as see classrooms and learn more about the school’s programs and connection with nature. The school has earned national certification, as a Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and have created effective nature-based outdoor learning environments for students. Free. 9-11am. Greenhouse Montessori, 505 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. greenhousemontessorischool.com
 

Sunday 10
 

Mother’s Day Brunch: We’re sure that your Mom will enjoy our tribute to mothers: A special brunch featuring scrumptious apple pie-stuffed French toast, chillaquilles and quiche. Prices for entrees vary between $13 and $15 each. Seats are limited, so make your reservations today! 11am-3pm. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. heard.org
Mother’s Day Handprint Event: Create a darling Butterfly Kisses handprint platter together with your child. Step by step instructions will be given. $30 for each Mother/Child pair. Reservations and Pre-pay only. 9am-10:30am . As You Wish Pottery, convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/special-events
 

Monday 11
 

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 12
 

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 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
 

Thursday 14
 

Story Time: Early literacy starts here! Story time with Princess Kate every Thursday at 10:00 am. Parachute play, music, movement with purpose, new ASL sign each week, felt board, rhymes and stories! Free with paid admission. 4820 N. Litchfield Rd. #105-106, Litchfield Park. 602-446-5934 goldilocksplayland.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 Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777
 

Friday 15
 

Movies in the Park: The City of Tempe will once again give families a good reason to skip the theaters as the Movies in the Park free family movie series returns to Kiwanis Park Friday evenings this May. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner to watch family-friendly films on one of the largest inflatable screens in Arizona. 101 Dalmations. Each movie begins at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.) in the north soccer field at Kiwanis Park, Baseline Rd. and Ash Ave (just west of Mill Ave). 480-350-5200. Tempe.gov/Movies
 

Free Art Friday:A family-friendly event which gives you the opportunity to create art, learn about music and movement and have a great time! Program features different art projects each month that explore various themes. It is not necessary to register for these free, leisurely mornings of activities; light refreshments included. 9:30-11:30am. Edna Vihel Center, 3340 S. Rural Rd., 480- 350-5287. tempe.gov
 

Saturday 16


International Museum Day: The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on or around May 16, check with specific museum for exact dates. . This year's theme is: Museums (memory + creativity) = social change. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Here are just a few local museums participating: AZ Museum of Natural History, Heard Museum, Mesa Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Historical Museum, Tempe History, Pueblo Grand, i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Railway Museum. Join the celebration and visit a museum during the month of May! http://icom.museum/activities/international-museum-day/
 

Opening of Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!: Tales of superheroes inspire people to bravery and spark the imagination of both children and adults. Superheroes may be animals, humans or magical beings who speak, transform and use their special powers to fight evil and help others. Many American Indian legends feature animal heroes of great power who teach life lessons. On display in the Lincoln Gallery until Aug. 23, 2015. 9:30 a.m. with family-friendly reception 11am-noon. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix heard.org/exhibit/superheroes
 

Live Animals: There will be an exciting, live theater production with adorable animals performed by Storybook Entertainment and Jungle Jill Animal Encounters. Kids will love this! Nature Brothers teaches children about biology, zoology, and ecology, and aims to show kids small ways in which they can make big impacts on the world. Advanced reservations required. May 16 from 4-5:30pm or May 17 from 2:30- 4pm. $15 per child. No cost for adults. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com
 

Women’s Health Expo: You will find health screenings & information, Physician-led seminars, health-savvy fashions from SanTan Village & Superstition Springs Center, health, brunch & mocktails, infant & child safety resources, Special appearance by Phoenix Mercury personalities, health, wellness & beauty exhibits, including: express facials with skin analysis, chair massage, aromatherapy, mini makeovers with beauty tips, tension relief massages, hand facials. 9am-noon. Free. Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa. 877-924-WELL (9355). mvmedicalcenter.com/womens-expo
 

Babies Bonanza Showcase & Expo: The event, targeting new and expecting parents, is the largest baby expo in Phoenix providing information and products useful to new parents. Taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Babies Bonanza Showcase & Expo provides a day where parents can prepare from prenatal to preschool. 10am-4pm. Phoenix Convention Center.pbjevents.com.
 

Sunday 17
 

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 18
 

Space Tots: The workshop series is designed for a preschool child and their parent, to add proficiency to the parent/child learning repertoire. Each workshop includes story-time, a thematic science activity and play structured by the week’s themes. Workshop activities are planned for age level appropriate science with the added parent involvement to help nurture the child’s natural curiosity. 9:30-11:30am. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org
 

Hubbard’s ‘4-Day Blitz Lessons’: The Four-Day Blitz lessons occur on four consecutive days in one specific week. These special swim lessons are held for 30-minutes at the same time each day. You can sign up for one week at a time. Choose a week where your child can make all four lessons in a row. These daily blitz lessons are a great way for children to tune up their swimming skills and improve their strokes this summer. $75 per week for older children ages 3 and up and $112 per week for semi-private classes for ages 30 - 36 months. Their locations in Phoenix, Mesa and Peoria will begin May 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com
 

Museum Day at Heard: The Heard joins museums around the world in this 39th annual celebration, sponsored by the International Council of Museums since 1977. This year's theme is Museums for a sustainable society. Here’s the deal: Non-members 2-for-1 admission in groups of two or four persons. 9:30am-5pm. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. icom.museum/events/international-museum-day/
 

Tuesday 19
 

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 20
 

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
 

Thursday 21
 

Meet The Snow Queen & The Ice Princess: If you have a child who is still very much in love with the movie “Frozen” and just can’t “let it go,” then come meet “The Snow Queen” and “The Ice Princess”. There will be a special face painting station and kids will also get to play with all the great toys, games, books and puzzles. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Cost to play is $9 per child. Please bring socks to play in. 3:30-4:30pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com
 

Home School Social: Paint a Father’s Day Grill Plate for Dad while learning basic pottery painting techniques including sponge painting. 10am – Noon. $12. As You Wish Pottery, convenient valley wide locaitons. Sign up at www.asyouwishpottery.com/home-school
 

Friday 22
 

Teddy Bear Tea Party: Calling all preschoolers who love their teddy bears! Bring in your favorite teddy bears to jump and play with. Children will enjoy complimentary lemonade and iced tea. $5 per hour per child including the foam pit. Ages 6 and under. 10am-1pm. 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. May 8 & 22. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 6-10pm. Phoenix.gov
 

Saturday 23
 

Experience Polynesia: Kick off the summer at MIM with our second annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture! Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations, a Polynesian-inspired menu at Café Allegro and even try your hand at a ukulele. Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Activities included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org
 

Family Star Night: Family Star Night is an entertaining and interactive astronomy night that is fun for the whole family. At this kid-friendly event Challenger Space Center will offer arts & crafts, kid's rocket building, liquid nitrogen show, self guided tours, ice cream, arts & crafts, light show, interactive presentation from professional stargazer, Tony LaConte, and stargazing with high powered telescopes! Scouts can also earn their patch. 6:30pm-9:30pm. Cost is $7/person and $15/scout. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org
 

Cave Creek Balloon Festival: Celebrate Memorial Day and say hello to summer during this signature Cave Creek Event!The event will be held on the Rancho Mañana Golf Course driving range and the hot air balloon glow will feature 10-12 glowing balloons, including some special shape balloons. We will have an expanded Kidszone area and lots of food and beverage options, live music and a fireworks finale! 5:30- 10pm. Adult $10 and Child ages 3-12 $5. Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek. http://cavecreekfestivals.com/

Sunday 24
 

Summer Concert Series: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday, beginning May 3 - July 6. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Free. 7:30-9pm. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children under the age of three ride free with a paying adult. Food will be available for purchase. The park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. 480-312-2312. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks/RailroadPark.

Monday 25
 

Birds in the Garden: Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. 7 a.m. Included in the regular admission fee. Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. dbg.org
 

Tuesday 26
 

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 27
 

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. 1-1:45pm . Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. # A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777
 

Thursday 28
 

Flashlight Tours: The self-paced stroll along the Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail takes you to discovery stations where you will experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night. Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. Flashlight Tours are recommended for families and children of all ages and are a perfect summer date. Thursdays and Saturdays from May 23- September 5. 7pm. Free with paid general admission. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. dbg.org
 

Story Time: Early literacy starts here! Story time with Princess Kate every Thursday at 10:00 am. Parachute play, music, movement with purpose, new ASL sign each week, felt board, rhymes and stories! Free with paid admission. 4820 N. Litchfield Rd. #105-106, Litchfield Park. 602-446-5934 goldilocksplayland.com
 

Friday 29
 

Summer Fun Celebration: Celebrate the beginning of summer with KidsPark friends. Beach volleyball, sand castles, arts and crafts and tons of summer fun. 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. May 29-31. 12635 N. 48th St., Phoenix. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com-Scottsdale/N.Phoenix.
 

Movies in the Park: The City of Tempe will once again give families a good reason to skip the theaters as the Movies in the Park free family movie series returns to Kiwanis Park Friday evenings this May. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner to watch family-friendly films on one of the largest inflatable screens in Arizona. Planes, Fire and Rescue. Each movie begins at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.) in the north soccer field at Kiwanis Park, Baseline Rd. and Ash Ave (just west of Mill Ave). 480-350-5200. Tempe.gov/Movies
 

Saturday 30
 

Lego Building Workshop: 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, and configure your own path with a marble race! Kids $12 (includes admission and workshop) and Adults $8 (general admission). Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org
 

Fiesta del Agua: The entire family is invited to attend the Cigna Summer kick-off event. Activities include: Phoenix Fire fighter's demonstration and instruction of CPR, swimming, water safety information and demonstrations, prizes, games and lunch. 2-5pm. Maryvale Pool, 4444 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.
 

Sunday 31
 

Summer Concert Series: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday, beginning May 3 - July 6. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Free. 7:30-9pm. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children under the age of three ride free with a paying adult. Food will be available for purchase. The park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. 480-312-2312. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks/RailroadPark.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races: May 2. The annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration presented by Si Se Puede Foundation honors the Hispanic community's many contributions to the City of Chandler. The festival also features the popular Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the Chihuahua Races King and Queen Chihuahua. Live Entertainment, Great Food, Car Show, Health Fair and Dia De Los Libros. Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandleraz.gov
 

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival: May 2 & 3. The 22nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is one of the largest multicultural festivals in Arizona commemorating Mexico’s historic victory over the French Army in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. This two day street festival is located between the skyscrapers in downtown Phoenix and provides attendees with non-stop fun, music, games, and giveaways. May 2, 2pm-12am & May 3, 12-10pm. Adults $15 and kids under 12 free. First Street & Van Buren Street, Downtown Phoenix. cincophx.com
 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 3. Live entertainment at the park, including a Hispanic band and Ballet Folkloria, who will be performing in authentic costumes. Captain America from Marvel Comics is joining us from 11am - 5pm for autographs and pictures (fees apply). Enjoy candy filled piñatas for the kids. $10 Special Priced Wristbands for Children or Adults. 11am-8pm. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, 602-254-1200. enchantedisland.com
 

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Sweet Charity: May 1-10. 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. Gwen Verdon starred in the Broadway production under the direction of the legendary Bob Fosse, and the delightful Shirley MacLaine popularized the role with the 1969 film. This bright and sophisticated comedy boasts incredible dancing and wonderful music numbers. Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. 623-776-8400. azbroadway.org.
 

Fancy Nancy the Musical: May 2. Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, Deep Sea Dances. Nancy is positive – that’s fancy for 100-percent sure – that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? Performed by Vital theatre Company at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
 

The Princess, the Unicorn & the Smelly Foot Troll: May 6-31. Our most popular original show is back! It's Princess Harriet's birthday and everyone is invited! Fun for the whole family with plenty of singing, sparkles, and smelly foot hilarity! Recommended for Preschool age and up. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.
 

Rumplestiltskin: May 8-10. That ill‐tempered wizard, Rumpelstiltskin, is back in this engaging adaptation. Griselda, a four hundred year old witch, tells Rumpelstiltskin that in order to become the most powerful force in the kingdom, he must possess a child of royal birth. The wizard plots and schemes. Performed by Act One Youth Theater at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale. actoneyouththeater.org
 

The Wizard of Oz: May 8-17. The classic American masterpiece that taught us there’s no place like home! Let your imagination take you over the rainbow to Munchkinland, the Haunted Forest, and of course, the Emerald City. Featuring lush choral arrangements, gorgeous costuming, and fantastic sets, you’ll soon realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Performed by Christian Youth Theatre at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St., Mesa. 480-310-0369. cytphoenix.org.
 

The Little Mermaid: May 22-30. Ariel’s magical, underwater kingdom comes to vibrant life with state-of-the-art effects and brilliant costumes in this family-friendly gem. Recapture your heart with a timeless tale and irresistible songs. Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. 623-776-8400. azbroadway.org.
 

The Phantom of the Opera: May 27-31. The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. 480-965-3434. asugammage.com.
 

Beta Dance Festival: May 30. Beta will feature innovative and captivating dance works submitted by local dance artists and companies. Beta provides the opportunity for local dance artists to produce and perform their own original works. The event seeks to introduce dance supporters in the Phoenix area to new artistic voices of movement in an effort to grow and cultivate the Phoenix dance scene. 7:30pm. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St.,Phoenix. phoenixcenterforthearts.org/beta.
 

 










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