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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Top February events for families in greater Phoenix

Photo by Timur Kinzikeev.

February is for homemade Valentine’s Day cards, conversation hearts and secret admirers. But we’re not keeping any secrets when it comes to this sweet roundup of family events around the Valley. There’s something for everyone to fall in love with: chocolate lovers, art lovers, ninjas, muggles and bookworms.

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Feb. 2

Groundhog Day

Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. The Moscow Festival Ballet presents the story of a baby princess condemned by an evil fairy and saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy in Chandler.

Feb. 2-3

Music of Harry Potter. Join The Phoenix Symphony on the Hogwarts Express in Mesa. Muggles, witches and wizards are invited to hear the memorable music from the Harry Potter films. Come dressed as your favorite Hogwarts character.

Feb. 3

Motoring Through Time & Heritage Festival. This free family event in Phoenix’s Heritage Square features classic cars, cultural crafts and demonstrations, live music and food trucks.

Feb. 4

Super Bowl Sunday. Arizonans don’t have to bundle up to watch the 52nd Super Bowl (in Minneapolis) or Justin Timberlake’s halftime show.

Feb. 8-25

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang County, South Korea.

Feb. 10

Touch a Truck. Sit in the driver seat of a fire engine, climb into the cockpit of a helicopter or hold on tight to the steering wheel of a tractor or cement truck. Let your child’s imagination run wild with dozens of vehicles to experience. Plus bounce houses, face painting and food. All proceeds will help send children with spina bifida to Camp Patrick at no cost.

I Love Science Day. Enjoy hands-on crafts and live demos at the Arizona Museum of Natural History’s pop-up science fair. Get ideas for a science project, observe ongoing scientific experiments and participate in science-based activities and fun crafts.

Feb. 9-11

Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Chocolate takes center stage in historic downtown Glendale. Sneak a taste from dozens of vendors while enjoying live entertainment, activities and factory tours of Cerreta Candy Co. Nearby restaurants offer special menus.

Feb. 9-25

The Hobbit. Based on the classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, Valley Youth Theatre presents the story of a conservative hobbit who is asked to leave the comforts of his home and become chief robber to uncover an important treasure.

See this art piece, “Prickly Pear” by Deborah O’Rourk, of Green Valley, at the Sonoran Safari exhibit at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Photo courtesy of I.D.E.A. Museum.

Feb. 9-May 27

Sonoran Safari at i.d.e.a. Museum. Explore the artistic landscape of the world’s 11th largest desert. Through art and hands-on activities, kids will learn about native plants, animals, reptiles and birds. Young artists and explorers can investigate the inside of a cactus, explore the desert at night in a black-light room, build a wildflower wall, write desert poetry and play games.

Parada del Sol Parade. Photo by Riley Wilson.

Feb. 10

Parada del Sol Parade. One of the world’s longest horse-drawn parades starts at Drinkwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road and heads south to Indian School Road. Enjoy the Trail’s End Festival from noon to 5 p.m. in Old Town Scottsdale.

CulturePop Block Party. The cities of Avondale and Goodyear host this pop-up street fest (formerly the Tale of Two Cities Festival) that’s a celebration of local arts and culture with live entertainment, street performers, cultural demonstrations, kids activities and food, beer and wine from around the world.


Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. Photo courtesy of Arizona Renaissance Festival.

Feb. 10-April 1

Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. Huzzah! Travel back to the 16th century where brave knights joust, castles stand and nonstop pageantry fills a 30-acre festival village nestled in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains. Enjoy live entertainment, food and artisan shops.

Feb. 10-11

VNSA Used Book Sale. This annual two-day used book sale supports Valley charities. The Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association sells hundreds of books, media and other items at significantly reduced prices. All items are half-price on Sunday.

World Champion Hoop Dance Contest. Experience the sport and culture of hoop dancing as 70 top Native American hoop dancers (children younger than 5 to adults) from the United States and Canada compete.

American Ninja Warrior Experience. Photo courtesy of NBC Universal.

American Ninja Warrior Experience. This live event and festival is for fans of all ages and fitness levels who want to experience the same obstacle courses as the NBC TV show. The whole family can test skills and race on the adult or youth courses or even compete in amateur tryouts.

Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day. Hug someone today!

Ballet Arizona’s “Cinderella” at Symphony Hall. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Feb. 15-18

Cinderella. Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony bring Ib Andersen’s romantic Cinderella to life, sprinkled with a magical dose of humor.

Feb. 16-18

Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival. It’s the Year of the Dog. Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of Chinese culture. See the famous dragon and lion dance, watch martial-arts demonstrations, hear musical performances and taste authentic Chinese cuisine.

Feb. 17

Subway D-backs Fan Fest. The Arizona Diamondbacks hosts its 14th annual tribute to D-backs fans. Meet and greet Diamondback players, coaches and broadcasters. Autographs, photo sessions and baseball activities for all ages.


Photo courtesy of Southwest Maker Fest.

Southwest Maker Fest. This free community event — a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival — offers interactive exhibits, workshops and demonstrations to inspire both kids and adults to make innovative new products, art, food, clothing and more.

Feb. 19

Presidents Day. Most kids won’t have school today. Here’s a yummy history lesson: Dick & Jane Educational Snacks makes mini cookies featuring the American presidents available at

Feb. 23

Cactus League Spring Training Opening Day. Baseball starts today! With 10 facilities hosting 15 Major League Baseball teams, there’s plenty of opportunity for fans to catch a Spring Training game daily around the Valley through March 27.

Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light. Photo by Sean Deckert.

Feb. 23-34

Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light. This interactive art installation is a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience that features large-scale artworks positioned both in the Arizona Canal and along its banks in Scottsdale. Enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities, art and dance workshops and live performances.

Tempe Empty Bowls. Purchase a hand-crafted bowl for $10, and Whole Foods Market Tempe will provide a simple meal of soup and bread (symbolic of the caloric intake that sustains many around the world for an entire day). Bowls, planter pots, mugs, necklaces, platters and vases made by potters at the City of Tempe Ceramics Program, local artists and elementary to high school students, will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit United Food Bank and Tempe Community Action Agency.

Camp Fair AZ. Photo by Rick D’Elia.

Feb. 24

Camp Fair AZ. Did you know many summer camps fill up by spring? Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s Camp Fair AZ returns for its 15th year to help parents and kids pick the best summer activities for every interest — from theater and sports camps to coding sessions and art classes. Meet with staff and directors from day and overnight camps in metro Phoenix, around Arizona and even neighboring states. You can even get early bird rates from some camps!



Liz Petroff

Calendar Editor Liz Petroff is the mother of Jack (8) and Lucy (6). Send information about your upcoming events to [email protected]

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