{FREE} Mommy and Me Dance Class

Does your little one have some extra energy to burn off?  Well, I’ve got the perfect way to make nap time last just a little bit longer.  Arizona Dance Artistry is offering {FREE} Mommy & Me dance classes for kiddos over one-year and up.  They are during the month of April (the 2nd-23rd) from 11:30-12:00 at AZDA (1745 W. Deer Valley Rd., Suite 102, Phoenix, AZ 85027).
The class is an introduction to creative movement, colors, counting, music, social skills and tumbling/stretch.  Parent participation is required per child (1:1 parent/child ratio), so get ready to move!  To enroll, click here.
(Max enrollment is 10 parent/child combo enrollment. Parent must enroll prior to class.)  Parent and child should dress in comfortable play attire. Bare feet or socks only, no street shoes in studio.
Happy dancing!

Fun Find Friday – Sea Life Aquarium

Have you been to the Sea Life Aquarium inside Arizona Mills lately?  It is a wonderful way to entertain the kids, learn about sea life (appropriately named, eh?) and escape the summer heat.  The aquarium houses over 5,000 creatures in 30 displays, including a 360 degree tunnel with sharks, rays and the Ziva, the aquarium’s famous rescued sea turtle.   They also offer a hands-on center where you can hold a crab or touch a starfish.  Pretty cool, huh?  Well, I’m just getting started because today I was lucky enough to get a VIP behind-the-scenes tour, which they are opening to the public on Friday, June 29th.  Tours will be held five times each day at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:o0.  During this tour you and your gang will learn how the team cares for the 5,000 creatures, how they make ocean water in the desert, visit the laboratory, animal care and kitchen areas as well as experience hands-on learning and interactive fun.  I have got to tell you, before today I hadn’t been out to the aquarium but WOW, my son loved it and we will definitely be going back very soon.  Don’t live in the Valley?  Don’t fret, there are Sea Life Aquariums all throughout the United States.  Visit www.sealifeus.com to find an aquarium near you.  Here are a few pictures from our adventure today.



FREE Botanical Arranging Class!

If you didn’t know local Pottery Barn’s often offer free classes ranging from home decor tips to party throwing tips and tricks!  This month they are hosting a free class on how to do beautiful flower arrangements; if you were unsure of how to get that wonderful Mother’s Day gift with a personal touch, this could definitely be the ticket!  The class boasts you will be able to “artfully arrange” floral decorations and you even get to leave the class with your own display!  There are two dates available coming up, Sunday, April 15th and Sunday, April 29th, both at 10:00am.  Check your local Pottery Barn for any and all upcoming classes by clicking here.  

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

For it’s ninth year running the McDowell Mountain Music Festival is back in the valley!  If you haven’t been to this classic music festival, this year, mark it on your calendars!  This year the festival is running April 13th – 15th and is sure to be a blast!  The festival is a classic set-up, all in the grass, so bring your blankets, your lawn chairs and camp out for the day and enjoy some great live music, beautiful Arizona weather and some quality food.  But what makes the event even better – 100% of the proceeds from the festival are donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, which promotes music education to youth.  So not only are you getting out of the house and having fun, you are donating to a great cause!  And don’t worry, kiddos are welcome, there is a Kid Zone available for youngsters to enjoy!  For more details about the Kid Zone, band line-up and more click here!  

Spring Training

It is officially my favorite month of the year to be a Phoenician — March.  Thousands of people travel from all over the country and world to visit Phoenix this time of year, but we are spoiled rotten and get to enjoy the beauties of the city each and every day.  One of the most popular things going on in the Valley in March is SPRING TRAINING.  I like baseball and all, but I’m by no means a die-hard fan.  That being said, I {love} me some Spring Training.  What’s better than sunshine, baseball, beer, family and friends?  There are games all over the city so break out the sunscreen and enjoy a game…or two!  Click here for more information.

March Events Calendar

Be sure to check our our calendar of events page for lots of new and exciting events for the month of March!

Scottsdale Arts Festival

If you are looking for an amazing event to do with the family- you must check out the Scottsdale Arts Festival!  This year the event runs on March 9th, 10th and 11th.  Located at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, the event runs Friday and Saturday from 10:00am -6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am -5:00pm.  Even if you are not an art buff, or not even close, this event is a great way to spend a couple of hours on the weekend.  There are live bands and entertainment throughout the day as well as dee-licious food!  Having been myself the past couple of years, and not knowing a piece of art from a piece of pizza, I can say it is definitely worth it just to get out, enjoy the weather, the people-watching and mostly the food :)  Best part of the deal – kids under the age of 12 are always FREE!  Click here for more info on their website!

Events Update

Be sure to check out our calendar of events listed above, lots of new events and activities have been added for the Phoenix area!

Free Admission to the Desert Botanic Garden 2/14

Yes, another 4-letter word post:  F-R-E-E!

Get in free tomorrow, February 14th from 1-8pm.

Free admission to the Desert Botanic Garden the second Tuesday of every month from 1-8pm.  Can’t beat that deal!  I’m sad to admit I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so this is definitely going to be something I take advantage of.  It’s another excuse to get out and enjoy this beautiful winter weather.  When’s the last time you were at the DBG?

Celebrate Arizona’s Centennial at the Arizona Best Fest

Get out and celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday this weekend in downtown Phoenix.  Arizona is hosting a huge centennial party, Arizona Best Fest, near the state capitol building at 17th Avenue and Adams this Saturday and Sunday. We have lots of info on our calendar of events, so be sure to take a peek.  Some of the wonderful attractions are a family fun zone, beer and wine gardens, live music, entertainment, arts & crafts fair and performances by the Gin Blossoms, Michelle Branch and more!

Here is a map of the area and attractions (click on the image to enlarge):