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Learn to camp as a family during AZ Family Campout Program weekends

Have you thought about taking the family camping but didn’t feel confident in your wilderness skills — or your kids' attention spans for roughing...

American Girl’s newest doll is Joss Kendrick — a fearless surfer born with hearing loss

American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick — a surfer and competitive cheerleader who was born with hearing loss. According...

3 free treasure hunts families can enjoy together — anywhere

Raising kids in Arizona affords many opportunities to spend time outdoors, especially during these beautiful winter months. But what outdoor activities help strengthen family...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Let ’em climb — indoors and out

If given the option, kids generally wouldn’t choose a documentary when they’re handed the TV remote. But “The Dawn Wall” was different. Our five only...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Enjoying the desert after dark

In Phoenix, there are times during the summer months when families start to feel like shut-ins. It’s hot. Kids split their time between swimming...

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer — at GCU Saturday — helps families fighting the disease

In June 2016, 4-year-old Gwyn Satterlee had a fever and red rash-like dots on her neck. Her mom, Leslie, remembers it was a busy...

Childsplay and Black Theatre Troupe stage “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”

A bell sounds, and a young fighter named Cassius Clay Jr. steps into the ring. Before becoming a strong civil rights advocate and one...

Mud maniacs: Obstacle course races offer family fitness and fun

On a normal day, kids are asked dozens of times to act and look a certain way: Tuck in their shirts, fix their hair,...

Retiree starts free Golf Program in Schools

What could be better than free and fun? How about free and fun with a future that could involve scholarship money? That was the theme...

Getting your act together? There are apps for that!

Moms have minimal time and maximum stress. We have bills to pay, medical appointments to schedule, kids to pick up, lunches to pack, laundry...

Q&A with Arizona’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Josh Meibos

Physical education teacher Josh Meibos says it was an honor to be named Arizona’s 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation....

Principal Chris Lineberry: Recess is his favorite subject

Do you ever think about how much recess time your child is getting? Does your student’s school have set guidelines? It’s something Stanfield Elementary School Principal...

April fun runs across the Valley

Laura’s Run (Sat Apr 8). Join the 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run/walk, Doggie Trot or Kids Dash, benefiting the Laura Burdick Foundation, which helps...

Urban Jungle Fun Park opens indoor playground in Mesa

A giant indoor playground has opened in Mesa. Urban Jungle Fun Park offers trampolines, indoor climbing walls that look like skyscrapers, a ninja play...

March: Fun runs and charity walks abound

Glorious spring weather is the perfect time to get out of the house as a family and participate in a fun run or charity...

Rethinking New Year’s resolutions: Divide your goals into three sessions

Haven't been to the gym in days? Overloaded on sugar at the last dinner party? Forgot to drink your glass of water in the...

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...