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Family events around Arizona: January

Mineral Madness, Tucson, 2017

Bring egg cartons so your kids can create their own rock and mineral collections at Mineral Madness on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Tucson.


Downtown Street Scene (Sat-Sun Jan 21-22). Street fair exhibitors, food, live entertainment and a car show. 5:30-9pm. Free. Downtown on Florence Street, Casa Grande. 520-836-8744 or cgmainstreet.org.


Quadrantid Meteor Shower Program (Wed Jan 4). Indoor program on meteor showers and outdoor telescope viewing. 6-8:45pm. Included with admission: $12; $11 for students/seniors, $6 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger. Lowell Observatory, 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff. 928-233-3280 or lowell.edu.


Hot Air Balloon Festival & Fair (Fri-Sun Jan 13-15). Hot air balloon mass ascension, night glow, sky divers, arts and crafts, antique and classic cars, carnival rides, dog shows, kids events, kite-balloon rides (tethered and untethered), live entertainment and more. Gates open at 6am. $15; free for ages 14 and younger. Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1040 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City. havasuballoonfest.com.

London Bridge Renaissance Faire (Fri-Sun Jan 6-8). Stage & street performers in period costumes, arts & craft vendors, demonstrations, Faerie Garden, food and more. 10am-8pm Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm. $13 ages 13 & up (discounts if purchased in advance) Children $5-single day or weekend.4 and under free. Windsor Beach, Site 4, Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City. 928-846-7093 or londonbridgerenfaire.com.


Dillinger Days (Sat Jan 21). Re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, vintage car shows, live music, tours of the Hotel Congress and downtown walking tours. 10am-6pm. Free. Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson. 520-622-8848 or hotelcongress.com.

Mineral Madness (Sat-Mon Jan 14-16). Minerals, fossils and gemstones for sale, jewelry demonstrations. On Sat-Sun, children can collect free rock and mineral specimens in their own egg-carton collection boxes. Bring your own egg carton! Visit the museum’s Earth Sciences Center cave, housing one of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections. You’ll even get to see a moon rock on loan from NASA. 10am-4pm. $20.50; $18.50 for seniors, $16.50 for active military, $15.50 for Arizona/Sonora residents; $3 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson. 520-883-2702 or desertmuseum.org.


Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival (Wed-Sun Jan 11-15). Nature expo with educational booths, seminars, workshops, excursions, field trips and bird watching. Times and fees vary by event. Willcox Community Center, 312 W Stewart St, Willcox. 800-200-2272 or wingsoverwillcox.com.


The Polar Express (Fri-Sat Jan 6-7). Magical train ride based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic. 5:30pm train departs. $37 adults, $23 ages 2-15; packages also available for meals and hotel stay. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams. 800-the-train or thetrain.com/polarexpress.

Gathering of the Gunfighters (Sat-Sun Jan 7-8). Southwest Ghostriders, Arizona Ghostriders, Pistols & Petticoats and the WesTroupe acting groups compete for prizes by performing skits set in the time period between 1876 to 1909. Event also features food, beverages and Western-apparel vendors. 9am-5pm. $8; $3 for ages 7-13, free for ages 6 and younger. Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, 1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma. 928-783-4771 or gatheringofthegunfighters.com.

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