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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weekend events for families: March 24-26

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The Salsa Festival features a kids area and entertainment for the whole family this weekend. Photo courtesy of maricopasalsafestival.com.

Enjoy the milder temperatures this weekend at an outdoor movie, a Swim and Gym Festival, a salsa challenge and more. And don’t forget MLB spring training is still in full swing. It’s a great weekend to be outdoors at these family events.

Want even more ideas? Explore our full “Family Time!” calendar.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Spring Movies at The Quarter (Fri Mar 24). Bring the family to enjoy your favorite animated movies on the big screen, under the stars, in the quad. 6:30pm. Tonight’s movie is “Secret Life of Pets.” Free. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale, Rd. 480-270-8123 or scottsdalequarter.com

Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (weekends 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.

The Little Mermaid (Fri-Sun Feb 24-Apr 2). Ariel, the little mermaid, who longs to leave the magical underwater kingdom makes a deal with the evil sea witch. 7:30pm Fri-Sat; 2pm Sat-Sun. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-483-1664 or desertstages.org

The Frog Prince (Wed-Sun Mar 8-26). A spoiled princess learns to be kind and keep her promises. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10; $7 ages 12 & under. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St, Phoenix. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Enjoy water play at Hubbard Family Swim School during the Swim and Gym Festival this weekend.

Swim and Gym Festival (Sat Mar 25). Help Hubbard Family Swim School and The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastic and Dance Center raise $10,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Enjoy free swim and water play and gymnastics and dance classes, along with face painting, balloon making, bounce houses and food vendors. 3-6pm. Donations to PCH are encouraged. Kino Plaza, 13832 N. 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-992-5790 or hubbardswim.com

Salsa Festival (Sat Mar 25). Get spicy at the city of Maricopa’s annual salsa festival. Taste your way through the salsa competition, children activities, live music and more. 2-8pm. (Salsa tasting ends at 6pm). Free. (fee for Little Pepper kid zone). Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 M.L.K Jr. Blvd, Maricopa. maricopasalsafestival.com

Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (through Sun Mar 27). America’s pastime meets technology. This baseball experience includes virtual reality exhibits, an original IMAX movie and artifacts from the The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Times vary. $17; $5 ages 5-17; free to ages 4 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale. halloffametour.com.

Cactus League spring training (Feb 25-Mar 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. Bring the sunscreen and bottled water. Plan your spring-training fun at cactusleague.com.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit Walk among hundreds of butterflies in the new 3,200-square-foot Butterfly Pavilion located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. See a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber and learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and role in pollination. 8am-8pm. $24.95; $12.95 ages 3-17; free for ages 3 and younger. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225 or dbg.org

Interrupting Vanessa (Sat-Sun Mar 25-Apr 2). A moving and funny play where a young girl struggles to discover that imaginary friends seem real, and real friends are scarce. 1 and 4pm Sat and 1pm Sun. $12-$26. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz.org.

Caped Crusaders and Everyday Heroes (through 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 Tues-Sat and noon-4pm Sun. $8; free for members and children younger than 2. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-2468 or ideamuseum.org

Reading Fur Fun (Sat Mar 25). Ages 8-11. Children will improve their reading skills by enriching the lives of and teaching important social skills to shelter dogs at the Arizona Humane Society’s Nina Mason Pullium Campus for Compassion. 10-11am. Free; must register in advance. 1521 W Dobbins Rd, Phoenix. 602-997-7585 or azhumane.org/programs-for-kids

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Thanksgiving visitors Scottsdale

This iconic Robert Indiana sculpture in Scottsdale Civic Center Park is a great backdrop for family photos. Photo courtesy of the City of Scottsdale.

Benefit Concert (Sat Mar 26). Music Together of Phoenix celebrates “Make Music with Your Child Month” by hosting a benefit concert for the Caring Coalition AZ. Families will gather to sing, dance and make music and listen to renown children’s musician, “Uncle” Gerry Dignan. 3:30pm. $20. Crossroads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. caringcoalitionaz.org

Sunday A’Fair (Sundays through Mar). Free concerts in the park featuring the Valley’s top musicians, an arts and crafts market, 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-TKTS (8587) or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

6th Street Market (Sun Mar 26). 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.

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