My Day at Camp: School of Rock

In 1967, when I was 10, my dad asked me what musical instrument I wanted to play. I said, “Drums.” He said, “No, really.” I said,...

My Day at Camp: International School of Arizona

Un goût de France – à Scottsdale! A taste of France – in Scottsdale! The memory is so vivid. I am 5 years old, sitting...

Distance is irrelevant when choosing an overnight camp

University of Arizona student Jamie Maese spent four years as a camper at Independent Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Now she...

Ice Den creates new sports venue

The Ice Den in North Scottsdale has mixed things up this summer by converting its newest ice rink into a family-friendly turf field. This 17,000-square-foot...

Art camps for at-risk youth

Chicano arts. Native American arts. African drumming. Latin dance. And spoken word. They’re all part of this year’s Multicultural Arts Camp presented by Free...

Theater works

Lynn Trimble shares news of a free summer camp expo taking place in Peoria this weekend -- plus details about diverse shows and youth oportunities coming to Theater Works.

Kids say the darndest things.

The mom at my gym told me there were water spots on her son’s letter and that he’d circled and labeled them “tears.” Can there be anything more painful than that?

Keeping homesickness at bay

Going off to overnight camp is a chance to make new friends, try new activities and have fun. But for many kids, camp also...

In defense of the peanut!

Poor parents. We’re so misunderstood. We’re just trying to do the right thing and protect our kids from a devastating legume and then someone, well, a lot of someones actually, comes out and throws a bunch of annoying facts around and we have to face the truth. We are responsible for the plethora of peanut anaphylaxis plaguing our offspring.

What I learned from the daily funnies.

There’s always a window that’s lowered by a millimeter, a woman’s hair is slightly shorter, a man’s polka-dotted tie turns to stripes. It’s really not so hard. So why am I blinded to these seemingly obvious differences?

Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar

Sometimes as adults we get so used to people not saying what they mean we don’t recognize the simple truth when it hits us squarely upside the head.

Love Letter

Dear Levi, I am afraid. That’s not something you want to hear from your mother I know. That’s why this letter wont find its way to you until you’re much, much older. But I am.

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...