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Valley nonprofit is “calling all bakers”

The Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix (NHS Phoenix) is "calling all bakers" across the Valley to participate in the third annual “Home Sweet Home”...

A chance to “fa la la” under the nation’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree

Outlets at Anthem in Phoenix is inviting choirs and musical groups in Arizona to perform in front of the nation’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree...

Fun with Halloween films

Families eager to enjoy Halloween films together have several to choose from on DVD and in movie theaters. Here's a sampling to help you...

Costume finery for Boo at the Zoo

Kids and parents dressed up for Boo at the Zoo Saturday at the Phoenix Zoo. The event continues today from 9am to 4pm Come...

Halloween and the “ultimate mother” contest

Most people think that Halloween is all about kids. Well, that and meeting the deductible on your dental insurance each year. They don’t have...

Halloween-ing for a cause

The lure of a "bloody good time" or even “scary-oke” sounds a bit more enticing when you know your effort will make a meaningful...

Edible witch fingers

Adults cringe in pretend horror and kids squeal with delight when they see this Halloween display. But look closely—those witch fingers (and the eyeballs)...

Exploring the Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix recently opened an exhibit featuring giant sculptures by local artist Carolina Escobar, who says children especially are intrigued...

Childhood game inspires creative play

Put sleek silver scissors in the hands of a set-in-his ways man, and giant reams of white paper in the hands of a rambunctous...

Halloween Crafts Retail Guide

Personalize your Halloween festivities with unique crafts you make yourself. We've assembled a collection of options from the local arts community, along with some ideas...

A sneak peek at the 2012 holiday card collection from Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The kids who designed holiday cards for Phoenix Children's Hospital's 2012 Art Project must have felt like celebrities yesterday, as Santa Claus himself showed...

Is it psychological abuse? What parents need to know

Experts admit that not much is known about ways to intervene with parents who psychologically abuse their children. But psychological maltreatment can scar children for...

Sparkling memories of the 4th

When I was young my family lived down the street from Scottsdale Stadium. On the 4th of July we would walk down to the...

Fun ways to spend father’s day

It's not about the ties. Or the sports gear. Or the tools. Or the electronic gizmos. What dads cherish most on Father's Day is...

Mother’s Day breakfast in bed

One of the best things about Mother’s Day is breakfast in bed—unless what comes on the tray is burnt toast, gooey eggs and charred...

Homemade chocolate bunniesfor Easter gifts and baskets

When I was a child, I could always count on my mom to put a chocolate bunny in my Easter basket. I couldn’t wait...

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...