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Wednesday, November 22, 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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Arizona Sunrays opens new Phoenix gymnastics and dance complex

Twenty-six years into owning Arizona Sunrays gymnastics and dance center in Phoenix, Dan and Julie Witenstein are finishing up the biggest construction project of their lives. Just north of Greenway Road on 32nd Street sits their new facility, a sprawling 34,000-square-foot modern concrete-block building that is light-filled and energy efficient. It features high (18- to […]

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Queen Creek dad, Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour eyes 2020 U.S. team

Young dads typically have a lot on their plates, and that’s especially true for Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour of Queen Creek. In addition to raising his 1-year-old daughter (alongside his wife, Hollie), he’s a real-estate agent and is training for the U.S. Men’s National Team tryouts in August. Every other day you can find 26-year-old Naddour […]

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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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My Day at Camp: Punching away stress with karate

When I walked into Paradise Valley School of Karate in Phoenix for the first “My Day at Camp” experience of the summer (an annual tradition at RAK), I thought I knew exactly what I would be getting myself into. I had recently started a Jillian Michaels workout DVD that included some pretty rockin’ kicks and […]

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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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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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Work-life balance: Mesa couple creates family-friendly networking events

We’ve all been there: After grinding through another long work week and tackling an even longer list of household chores, you get invited to happy hour with co-workers and friends. You almost jump at the chance to have a night out. But first, you need to find and pay for a babysitter. Then, guilt settles […]

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Owner of Joy Bus Diner feeds body and soul

Five years ago, Jennifer Caraway had two simple reasons to cook for a friend fighting cancer: She wanted to help fight the disease with powerful nutrients. And, to Caraway, there’s no better way to show compassion than with a home-cooked meal. “Food is medicine and love,” Caraway says. “I tried to help her fight cancer […]

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