Weekend events for families: Feb. 23-26
Get out to a Cactus League spring-training game, listen to your favorite Disney songs performed by the Phoenix Symphony or let Raising Arizona Kids help you pick the best summer camp for your kiddos. We’re excited the weekend is here, and we hope to see you at our 14th annual Camp Fair AZ!
Want even more ideas? Explore our full “Family Time!” calendar.
THURSDAY, FEB 23
Canal Convergence: Water+Art+Light (through Feb 26). All ages. One-of-a-kind art installations, hands-on activities, live music, performances and an artisan market. 4-10pm. Free. Arizona Canal, southwest of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads in Scottsdale. canalconvergence.com.
FRIDAY, FEB 24
Chicago Cubs Rally (Fri Feb 24). The City of Mesa is hosting a rally for the Chicago Cubs. See the 2016 World Series Champions Trophy, listen to Manager Joe Maddon and several Cubs players, enjoy music and food and shop at the Cubs team shop. Noon-4pm. Free. Sloan Park, 2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa. sloanpark.com.
Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time (Fri-Sun Feb 24-26). Concert and multi-media experience features Broadway vocalists and scenes from favorite Disney movies projected above the orchestra. Performed by The Phoenix Symphony. 2 and 7:30pm Fri, 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun. $45-$89. Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St. 602-495-1999 or phoenixsymphony.org.
SATURDAY, FEB 25
Camp Fair AZ 2017 (Sat Feb 25). Visit with almost 100 local day camps and overnight camps from around Arizona, throughout the Southwest and across the country at this 14th annual event by Raising Arizona Kids magazine. Find camps for every interest and prices for every budget. 10am-3pm. Free. Ranch Solano Preparatory School, 9180 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-991-5437 or campfairaz.com.
Cactus League spring training (Feb. 25-March 31). There’s no better way to spend a spring day in Arizona than sprawled out on blanket on the lawn with your family at one of the 10 Major League Baseball spring-training stadiums in metro Phoenix. This is baseball at its family-friendliest: tickets are cheaper, venues are more intimate, player autographs are accessible and the weather is terrific. Both 2016 World Series teams — the Cleveland Indians and the champion Chicago Cubs — train here, as do 13 other teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals and, of course, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shade is limited at these beautiful ballparks, so bring the sunscreen and bottled water and get ready for fun in the sun. Plan your spring-training fun at cactusleague.com.
Dollhouse Miniature Show & Sale (Sat-Sun Feb 25-26). Miniatures for sale, supplies and tools. Sponsored by Small World Miniature Club. There is also a special table exclusively for children who can purchase miniatures at rock-bottom prices. 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. $5; $2 ages 11 and younger. Arizona State University West, 4701 W Thunderbird Rd. 480-466-9691 or phoenixminiatures.com.
Alice in Wonderland (Fri-Sun Feb 10-26). Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a number of strange creatures. 7pm Fri, noon and 3pm Sat-Sun. $18. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N 1st St, Phoenix. 602-253-8188 or vyt.com.
PHX Vegan Food Festival (Sat Feb 25). More than 70 restaurants, food trucks and vendors showcasing vegan and vegan-friendly products. There is also live entertainment, a street fair and a kids activity area, coordinated by Free Arts of Arizona. 11am-5pm. $25 & up, ages 12 & under free. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E McDowell Rd. davissonentertainment.com.
Pieceful Solutions Open House (Sat Feb 25). Learn how this private school tailors its educational model to the particular needs of students on the autism spectrum (or other developmental delays) who struggle in a traditional classroom environment. 10-11:30am. Free. 1515 S Higley Road, Gilbert. 480-309-4792 piecefulsolutions.com.
Doctor Dolittle, Jr. (Fri-Sun Feb 10-26). Travel the world with the wacky doctor who can talk to animals, as he searches for the oldest and wisest creatures on earth: Great Pink Sea Snail. 7pm Fri-Sat; 2pm Sun. $18; $15 children. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills. 480-837-9661 x3 or fhtaz.org.
SUNDAY, FEB 26
The Yellow Boat (Feb 26-March 12). A beautiful story about a young artist’s remarkable voyage in his yellow boat. 1 and 4pm Sat and 1pm Sun. $12-$26. Tempe Center for the Arts Studio, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-921-5700 or childsplayaz.org.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo (Sat Feb 18-26). One of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America. Gates open at 11am daily. $15 and up. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S 6th Ave, Tucson. 800-964-5662 or tucsonrodeo.com.
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (daily through Apr 2). All ages. A medieval amusement park featuring a 13-stage theater, 30-acre festival village, arts & crafts fair, jousting tournament and food. New this year: mermaids! 10am-6pm. $24; $14 for ages 5-12, free for ages 5 and younger (discount tickets available online and at Fry’s Food Stores). East of Apache Junction on U.S. 60. 520-463-2600 or renfestinfo.com.
Caped Crusaders and Everyday Heroes (Feb 10-May 28). Unmask the history and science behind pop culture and real-life heroes through art and hands-on activities. Discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes from around the world. 9am-4pm Tue-Sat, noon-4pm Sun. $8; free for babies younger than 1 year. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-2468 or ideamuseum.org.
Sunday A’Fair (Sundays). Free concerts in the park featuring the Valley’s top musicians, an arts and crafts market and fun activities for children, and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Noon-4pm. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-499-8587 or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
6th Street Market (Sundays). A one-stop market that includes local shopping, works of arts, live music and interactive art projects. 10am-4pm. Free. 6th Street Park in Downtown Tempe, 24 E 6th St, Tempe. downtowntempe.com.