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Friday, November 24, 2017

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Holiday travel with kids? Stay safe

Thanksgiving, travel, holiday travel

Travel can jumble regular routines for young children and their parents. Changes in sleeping schedules and arrangements, more people staying in a house that may not have the same level of baby-proofing as yours, and plenty of opportunities for distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

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New birthday party themes and venues for kids in greater Phoenix

Do you feel like you’ve been to every birthday party imaginable? It’s tough to keep these annual celebrations fun and fresh. Here’s a roundup of new birthday venues in the Valley as well as new parties offered at favorite haunts. Plus, new themes to consider. Have a favorite birthday idea, venue or tip? We’d love […]

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Valley Youth Theatre brings “Madagascar” to Herberger stage

After years in captivity, with regular meals and an adoring public, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo, with the help of some plotting penguins. Together, they go on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s […]

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Fun family dining destinations in greater Phoenix

When the weekend finally rolls around, most families are eager to spend some quality time together after long days at the office and non-stop school-year schedules. Dining out fits the bill. But it’s not always easy. Kids quickly get bored waiting for their food when faced with the standard in restaurant entertainment: three crayons and […]

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November fun runs and walks for families in Arizona

3TV Phoenix 10K/Half Marathon (Nov. 5). Arizona’s original road race founded by Dr. Art Mollen, the 3TV Phoenix 10K has been named the Arizona state championship race for the 10K distance. A wheelchair, team challenge, costume contest and kids dash are included, along with entertainment and a post-race celebration. Cycle for Life (Nov. 11). Notre […]

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Pumpkin season treats: Recipes families can craft together

Pumpkin once was known almost exclusively as a pie for Thanksgiving. Today, this multi-tasking squash with its dense, sweet flesh defines the flavor of fall. Pumpkin and its aromatic companion spices show up in smoothies, soups, granola, cookies, donuts and stews. “Pumpkin is to Thanksgiving what peppermint is to Christmas. It’s everywhere because, frankly, people […]

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“Tomás and the Library Lady” celebrates the power of imagination

Tomás, born to a family of migrant workers, loves the stories Papa Grande tells him nightly. Before long, he knows them all by heart. What to do? Fate intervenes when he meets the Library Lady, who opens up a whole new world for him. Reading book after book, he discovers tigers, dinosaurs, explorers and much […]

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Insider’s guide to second annual Education Fair AZ on Nov. 4

Families in the greater-Phoenix area are invited to learn about schools, education support, after-school activities and more at Education Fair AZ, the ultimate education open house. Fifty Valleywide schools and education resources will be exhibiting at this free drop-in event. It’s all happening this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the […]

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Mexico’s Rocky Point: A fall break destination

I hadn’t been to Rocky Point in more than 20 years, when the roads were rough and resorts were sparse. Today, the popular vacation destination offers ample oceanfront vacation options, and the beaches are amazing — clean, walkable stretches of sand, warm gentle water, active tide pools. I have friends who regularly take their kids […]

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San Diego: 5 fall-break vacation tips

Summer is officially over. But don’t put those boogie boards and beach toys away just yet. If you listen carefully, you can hear the welcoming sounds of the ocean waves calling you to visit sunny San Diego. For the sixth year, “Kids Free San Diego” returns, offering special October deals at hotels, theme parks, restaurants […]

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