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Friday, November 24, 2017

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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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Learn to camp as a family during AZ Family Campout Program weekends

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  Have you thought about taking the family camping but didn’t feel confident in your wilderness skills — or your kids’ attention spans for roughing it? Here’s a fun way to experience camping with a little expert help. Sign up for the Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program, designed for families with little or no camping […]

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Childsplay stages “The Phantom Tollbooth” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Life is totally boring for a boy named Milo — until a mysterious tollbooth suddenly appears in his room. He finds himself knee-deep in excitement, part of a great adventure in the Land of Wisdom. Now, along with the Humbug and Tock the Watchdog, he must bring Princesses Rhyme and Reason back to rescue the […]

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4 ways to celebrate Shark Week in metro Phoenix

Shark Week debuted on the Discovery Channel 29 years ago this month, and originally it was devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks. Today (Shark Week starts Sunday, July 23), it’s also a way for local aquariums and museums to pull you in with new exhibits and Shark Week themed programming! Whatever the […]

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Family Time: Top August events in metro Phoenix

School days are sneaking back into our daily lives. But before you pack those backpacks, soak up a few more lazy days of summer with your kiddos. The temps are still scorching, but these events will help you stay cool and enjoy some of Arizonan’s favorite spots. Find more extensive day-by-day event listings at raisingarizonakids.com/calendar […]

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After a hiatus from live music, “The Nutcracker” brings back the symphony

A local holiday entertainment staple, Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will return this year with live music by the Phoenix Symphony. The symphony was absent from last year’s performance after organizers said the cost of live music was just too high. Tickets for the Dec. 8-24 production at Symphony Hall go on sale Monday, July 10. […]

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Father’s Day roundup: 6 fun things to do with Dad in metro Phoenix

Still not sure what to do for dear Dad on Father’s Day this Sunday, June 18? Here are a few quick ideas and great deals around the Valley! 1. Free admission! Dads get in free at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa on Father’s Day. Both museums offer hands-on play, […]

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4 ways to explore the sea: Aquariums in metro Phoenix

From our landlocked Sonoran Desert spot, Phoenix still offers plenty of ways for kids to explore the oceans, from the new OdySea Aquarium that opened east of Scottsdale in August to an expansion at Sea Life Arizona Aquarium in Tempe. Here are four great places to explore under the sea this summer — no road […]

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Girl Scouts’ new Parsons Leadership Center hosts year-round day and overnight camps

Nestled at the base of South Mountain, Camp Sombrero was once a sleepy collection of ramadas and small outbuildings used as a campsite for local Girl Scouts. The site has since been transformed into an inspired state-of-the-art facility designed with the environment in mind. We toured the new Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for […]

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Stay and play: 10 posh staycation spots in metro Phoenix

This is one time of year when our Midwestern friends and relatives — who are enjoying blissful 80-degree days — can gloat, while we’re barricaded indoors from triple-digit temps. Still, there is a reason metro Phoenix is a vacation destination, and because so few visitors show up during our hottest months, we can swoop in […]

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