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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Weekend events for families: Feb. 23-25

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Dean Pittman (6), of Phoenix, aims his arrow at balloon targets Saguaro Camp Cedarbrook set up on the football field at Rancho Solano Preparatory School in Scottsdale during Camp Fair AZ.

It’s a busy weekend for family fun. Here are our top picks for weekend things to do!

Want even more ideas? Explore our full “Family Time!” events calendar with kid-friendly things to do around metro Phoenix and Arizona. Or, find the month’s top events here.

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Talk to exhibitors from nearly 100 camps at Camp Fair AZ on Saturday at Rancho Solano Preparatory School.

1. Camp Fair AZ. Summer planning couldn’t be easier with  magazine’s 15th anniversary Camp Fair AZ oSaturday, Feb. 24 at Rancho Solano Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale. It’s free from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Meet with representatives from local day camps and overnight camps from around Arizona and throughout the country. Plus, prizes and discounts!

2. Cactus League Spring Training. Today marks the start of spring training! With 10 facilities around metro Phoenix hosting 15 Major League Baseball teams, fans can catch a spring training game daily Feb. 23-March 27.

3. Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light. This one-of-a-kind, immersive experience features large-scale artworks positioned both in the Arizona Canal and along its banks. Plus family friendly hands-on activities, art and dance workshops and live performances.

4. Tempe Empty Bowls. Purchase a hand-crafted bowl for $10, and Whole Foods Market Tempe will provide a simple meal of soup and bread (symbolic of the caloric intake that sustains many around the world for an entire day).

5. Sunday A’Fair. Grab your picnic basket and enjoy a free outdoor concert in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by top Arizona musicians. Plus, an arts-and-crafts market, kids activities and free docent-led tours of the sculptures in the park.

6. Inspiring Aspiring Architects. For students ages 13-18 interested in architecture and design, this one-day workshop is a great opportunity to meet and work one-on-one with local architects, learn about design concepts and create a model of a living space.

7. Beauty and the Computer Geek. East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this award-winning original play based on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, but with a high-tech twist.

8. The Hobbit. See Valley Youth Theatre’s production of “The Hobbit,” based on the J.R.R. Tolkien classic.

9. Pompeii: The Exhibition. Explore life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Arizona Science Center’s immersive international exhibition, which includes 200 artifacts from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy and a simulated volcanic eruption in a 4-D theater. Kids can even check out Pompeii Packs filled with artifacts for hands-on learning.

Travel back to the 16th century; nonstop pageantry fills the 30-acre Renaissance Festival village.

10. Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. Huzzah! Travel back to the 16th century where brave knights joust, castles stand and nonstop pageantry fills a 30-acre festival village nestled in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains.

11. Yoga at the Heard. Guided yoga sessions take place in a new location on the Heard Museum campus each week. This is a great way to tour the museum and all levels are welcome.

12. Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Arabian horse owners from around the world bring their very best to compete in the 10-day event. Admission includes many family activities.


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