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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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The perfect illustration: Molly Idle’s busy, idyllic life

I know exactly how Tea Rex feels. He’s the semi-civilized tyrannosaur who takes tea with Cordelia and her little brother in Molly Idle’s hilarious breakthrough 2013 picture book, “Tea Rex.” Rex is a real hand-, uh, houseful, but the resolute young lady is determined to make the best of a decidedly awkward situation and does […]

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“Sesame Street” adds Julia, a Muppet with autism and a Phoenix puppeteer

An Arizona mom will be making history on Monday, April 10, when she joins the cast of “Sesame Street.” Stacey Gordon, a Phoenix puppeteer, is bringing Julia — a Muppet with autism — to the show. The idea is to teach families and children about acceptance.  Julia, an orange-haired girl who sometimes does things a bit […]

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Southwest Maker Fest encourages kids, adults to innovate

The “maker” movement is relatively new, but it’s thriving in Mesa this month as Southwest Maker Fest takes over downtown for a day. The free public festival celebrates all things DIY — but with a high-tech twist and an emphasis on collaboration. The Saturday, March 11, event offers interactive exhibits, workshops and demonstrations to inspire […]

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“It’s a Dog’s Life” exhibit at kids’ i.d.e.a. Museum celebrates canines

The newest exhibit at Mesa’s kid-friendly i.d.e.a. Museum takes families on an art-filled ode to man’s best friend. “It’s a Dog’s Life,” on exhibit Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 22, includes hands-on activities featuring dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals and dingoes. Kids can play pretend in a mini veterinarian clinic, create a doggie collage based […]

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Expanding Heard Museum offers kid-friendly make-and-take exhibit

The Heard Museum is to Southwest American Indian art and culture as a towering, many-armed saguaro is to its surroundings in the high Sonoran Desert. Each is a home, artistic or literal, to a wonderfully diverse group of residents and visitors, that gives both nurturance and shelter to many. Each spreads its roots far and […]

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January art events for families

January art events for families

Local art events and exhibits give kids a chance to explore different kinds of creative expression. Seeing art in fun settings encourages kids to try art-making at home. And making art is a great way to develop imagination and problem-solving skills. Several Valley venues have January art events for families that focus on hands-on experiences […]

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3 new family-friendly art exhibits

family-friendly art exhibits

When you’re looking for fun, inexpensive and educational ways to spend time together, check out these three new family-friendly art exhibits that let children see great art, learn new things and enjoy hands-on activities. All Aboard Trains (through Sun Jan 24 2016). Train-related artwork by local and national artists, plus train artifacts and hands-on activities. […]

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Inflatable art on display at Vision Gallery in Chandler

Vision Gallery in Chandler has been getting quite a few visits from exuberant children and their families intrigued by artwork that almost has the feel of a favorite bounce house or balloon animal. “Blow-Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art,” continuing through Friday, Oct. 30, is fun for all ages—and there’s no admission cost to see it. Several […]

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Scottsdale gallery sells art by students with autism

art by students with special needs

Every Thursday night, except Thanksgiving, you’ll find various galleries in Old Town Scottsdale open during an event called Scottsdale ArtWalk. Most show works by professional artists, which range from traditional Western paintings to contemporary sculpture. But Art One Gallery specializes in artwork by students at Arizona universities, community colleges and high schools—plus works by local […]

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Shemer Art Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Shemer Art Center

We spent a lot of time at Shemer Art Center & Museum when our three children, now young adults, were growing up. We lived in the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix, where James and I bought our first home after moving to Arizona soon after we married. We didn’t know it at the time, but Shemer […]

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