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Enjoy free vision, hearing and dental screenings and more at Special Needs Resource Fair

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7, Raising Arizona Kids magazine hosts its fifth annual Special Needs Resource Fair at Ability 360 Sports...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Arizona swimming holes offer refreshing respite from the heat

They’re usually cold. They’re usually at the end of a trail. They usually require some exploring. And all of that makes Arizona’s swimming holes...

14 teen volunteer opportunities

Have a teen who needs something meaningful to do? Here are five ways teens can get involved, learn skills, build those college resumes and...

6 ways to help young girls grow into STEM careers

As the father of a 6-year-old daughter and the director of the Scottsdale-based kids coding academy CodaKid, I have a special interest in getting...

Kindergarten Bootcamp helps kids/parents with school readiness — and it fills up fast!

It’s not all about nap rugs, snack time, shoe-tying and finger-painting anymore. Kindergarten is tough. Seriously. Not quite “Game of Thrones,” but tough. Today’s...

New kids shuttle services offer transportation options for busy Valley parents

Ever had trouble getting a kid to soccer practice, dance class or even picked up from school on time? If so, you're not alone. It's...

Harry Potter’s birthday: 5 ways to celebrate The Boy Who Lived

Calling all muggles, wizards and fantasy fanatics! July 31st is the official birthday of The Boy Who Lived, and Harry Potter lovers statewide can...

8 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of a milestone achievement in science --- the day America's Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon, and Astronaut...

What if my child is … (gulp) … average?

Some years ago, I taught kindergarten in a school that eliminated letter grades. Our report cards consisted of two columns: “Meets expectations” and “Needs...

Sari on Science: Make foam rocket flingers to celebrate the Apollo 11 lunar landing

In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon, and this month marks 50 years since the historic event. At...

Comedians of #IMomSoHard coming to Scottsdale for two shows on July 27

To stressed-out moms everywhere, Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are internet rock stars. The co-creators of online comedy act #IMomSoHard have gotten about 15...

TheaterWorks adds puppetry to its “Wizard of Oz” stage production July 12-28

It’s a familiar tale: A tornado rips through Kansas. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are swept away from the farm to a magical land...

No-Guilt Mom: One parenting “mistake” I’ll take

Dirty dishes were piled on the kitchen counter. I had three full bins of clean laundry to fold, and my 5-year-old son was throwing...

Time flies: Seeing the magic in the mess

It’s Monday morning, and my house looks a fright. It has survived the wrath of a 6-year-old over a long weekend — toys and...

Number of measles cases grows to 1,077 in 28 states

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week, which is celebrated April 27-May 4. The week — celebrated as part of...

Sparking joy: The challenges of Marie Kondo-ing a family home

In my aspirational home, everything I own has a place … and everything sparks joy. Yes, I have binge-watched “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...