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2021 free entrance days for national parks

Entrance to America’s national parks — including the Grand Canyon — will be free on six days in 2021, starting with Martin Luther King,...

Raising Outdoor Kids: A bucket list of New Year adventures

It’s been really easy to dream lately, with a vaccine being administered and hope on the horizon that life will return to some sense...

Girl Scout cookies are coming!

January brings Girl Scout cookie season, and not even a global pandemic can put a stop to truckloads of Thin Mints and Samoas. Each...

Is the COVID-19 vaccine (when available) safe for kids?

As pandemic numbers continue to climb, we all hold out hope that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will soon bring relief to the catastrophic loss...

Pen Pal Life revives the lost art of letter writing

Once the pandemic hit, Scottsdale entrepreneur Colleen Schwab started ramping up work on a new side venture where she connects everyone from teens to...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Footwear for a new year of adventures

Whenever we tell the kids it’s time to leave for an adventure, there are three enduring questions that follow: Will I need a sweatshirt?...

MIM launches standards-based online learning collections for grades K-12

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Musical Instrument Museum will launch four standards-based video collections for Spring 2021, including three virtual field trips and one...

Nominations sought for Junior Achievement of Arizona’s 18 Under 18

Junior Achievement of Arizona’s annual 18 Under 18 awards program honors 18 outstanding young people in Arizona — up-and-comers who show exceptional entrepreneurial spirit,...

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Toys and family games have become more important than ever to keep us occupied and laughing throughout an unforgettably difficult year. We think everyone...

Celebrating holidays during the time of COVID-19

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and we are all exhausted, but as we head into the holidays it is...

Holiday performances pivot to live streaming or new, outdoor venues with smaller audiences

Local artists have been innovating for months to bring back live theater. And while there won’t be holiday tunes ringing out from Phoenix Symphony...

The secret to selecting great toys

What is the best toy for a young child? Go ahead, guess. I’ll wait. Here are some hints: It doesn’t have batteries or any...

Taking holiday traditions virtual

I may have cracked the virtual holiday code. That is, figured out how to conduct all of the rituals and traditions for this pandemic-plated...

Loud toys to avoid this holiday season

Every year, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing tests popular toys just before the holidays to determine whether any...

Where to find Santa during a COVID Christmas

Many Arizona malls are offering “contactless” Santa visits, complete with a mask-wearing Santa. Some venues offer virtual-only Santa visits.

Learning ReimaginED is a one-stop portal for STEAM curriculum

The City of Mesa Arts and Culture Department has launched Learning ReimaginED, a virtual portal offering STEAM curriculum — science, technology, engineering, the arts...

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