Top 2020 JUNE family events

Blippi the Musical, Arizona Federal Theatre
Blippi the Musical at Arizona Federal Theatre has been POSTPONED to April 2021.

It’s an Arizona summer unlike any we’ve ever experienced. With the lifting of shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses and family venues reopening, there are finally more family events around the Valley. June brings several options from the comfort of your car — drive-in movies, concerts and theater performances and even drive-through zoo experiences. If you’re not quite ready to come out of quarantine, virtual events still abound. Here’s what’s on our radar for June.

NOTE: Because last-minute schedule changes can occur, especially with the unpredictability of changing pandemic conditions, please confirm dates and times on event websites before traveling to on-site events.

All month:

Imagine Your Story. The Maricopa County summer reading program kicks off June 1, encouraging all ages to dive into summer reading, participate in challenges and earn prizes — all from the comfort of home. This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” encourages reading (or listening to audio books) for at least 20 minutes a day.

Puppetry classes at Phoenix Theater. Join Michelle Chin of Phoenix Theatre in a variety of Zoom classes for kids ages 4-12 showing how to tell stories with puppets, turn stuffed animals into puppets and work hands for successful puppeteering. Times vary, and classes are available all month. $15 per class. phoenixtheatre.com

June 2:

The Hall of Flame Museum reopens its 70,000 square feet of historic exhibits to the public. A large fire safety exhibit includes a two-room safety house, a mini-theater and hands-on exhibits for kids. Explore vintage firefighting vehicles, artwork, uniforms and equipment and a National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. $10; $8 for ages 6-17 (and seniors ages 62 and older), $4 for ages 3-5, free to ages 2 and younger. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. 602-275-3473 or hallofflame.org

Out of Africa, drive-through
See the cats from the comfort of your car during drive-thru days at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde.

June 2-30:

Drive-thru Out of Africa. Visit the zoo safari-style and see hyenas, zebras, tigers and more from your vehicle every Tuesday and Wednesday in June. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20; $10 for ages 3-12. Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde. 928-567-2840 or outofafricapark.com

Free SAT Skills Class. Every Tuesday and Thursday in June, students in grades 7-11 are eligible for a free 40-minute online SAT skills course through College X-ing. The classes will review verbal and reading skills and math. Use Zoom code 936-268-4717. 11 a.m. Free. collegexing.com

June 4:

North Wind. As part of Chandler Center for the Arts “CCA Anywhere Series” of virtual performances you can watch anywhere, North Wind has recorded a performance using futuristic technology to create cinematic musical experiences with light and graphics. Using an instrument of his creation, North Wind manipulates sound — ranging from acoustic to electronic — in thin air using motions and gestures. Dynamic visual elements highlight every articulation, creating a multi-sensory experience. 7 p.m. Free Facebook event. chandlercenter.org

June 4-6:

Broadway Drive-in Theatre. See a live theater production from the safety of your vehicle at Fountain Hills Theater’s Broadway Drive-in event. Theater performers will belt out Broadway favorites and pop hits, which will be broadcast through FM closed-circuit radio signals. 8 p.m. $30. Fountain Hills Theater parking lot stage, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. fhtaz.org

June 4-8:

Cruise the Zoo. Enjoy the Phoenix Zoo at a socially safe distance as you drive your vehicle through the grounds to see flamingos, giraffes, elephants and more while listening to audio to accompany the tour. Only 450 vehicles will be allowed a day from 7 a.m. to noon. $50 per vehicle. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.com

June 4, 11, 18, 25:

Mindfulness Thursdays. Hospice of the Valley and Phoenix Art Museum present a 30-minute at-home Zoom session to promote mindfulness. Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work and play by opening new pathways in the brain. Noon. Join Zoom meeting at https://hov.zoom.us/j/705719545 (ID: 705 719 545)

June 5:

Wear Orange Day. Join gun violence prevention groups nationwide and wear orange in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. sandyhookpromise.org

Virtual First Friday. Phoenix Art Museum presents a virtual throwback First Friday experience. Audiences can relive favorite former First-Friday performances at Phoenix Art Museum with a YouTube playlist featuring sound art by Kristen Miologos, a set with DJentrification, a dance performance by Nicole Olson, Mark Hughes and Francisco Flores and more. The playlist will be featured on the museum’s YouTube channel starting at 6 p.m. phxart.org

Virtual Mommy & Me Cooking Class. Learn how to make a dairy-and-egg-free Chocolate Crazy Cake in the comfort of your own kitchen with the help of Zuccherino Cooking School. 3-4:30 p.m. $10. To reserve a spot, send payment via PayPal to chefsarasinger@gmail.com. facebook.com/zuccherino.cooking.school

Thumbelina — a Zoomsical Production. Thumbelina is the story of a tiny girl lost in a big world who embarks on a peril-filled adventure to search for people like her. Throughout her journey, she confronts and overcomes her fears until she eventually finds her people. This story is told through beautiful music, heartfelt lyrics, touches of humor and spectacular imagery. $20 gives your household access to the 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. livestream. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

June 5, 12, 19, 26:

Virtual Storytime with Ballet Arizona. Tune in to Ballet Arizona’s Facebook page every Friday to listen to professional dancers read dance-inspired children’s books and learn all about how fun dance can be! 11 a.m. balletaz.org

June 6:

“No Small Matter.” This the first feature film to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. The premiere of the film has been delayed due to COVID-19 but you can watch a segment from the film online, then participate in a panel discussion on what supports are needed to elevate the early childhood workforce. 9 a.m. Free. Contact AZAEYC for a virtual in-home screening link: azaeyc.org

Dear Class of 2020 YouTube event. A graduation celebration for all graduates affected by social distancing featuring commencement speeches and performances by Barack and Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, BTS and more. 12 p.m. youtube.com

June 7:

Grease Sing-a-long on CBS. Sing and dance along with Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Rydell High crew in this classic high school musical. 8:30 p.m. on CBS. viacomcbspressexpress.com

June 7, 14, 21, 28:

Sunday Night Drive-in Concerts. Enjoy a concert from the comfort of your car! On Sunday nights in June, there will be two stages of live music plus contactless food truck delivery. You may not be able to high-five strangers during your favorite set, but you can boogie with your quarantine posse from the safety of your car cabin and 6-12 feet of reserved space to ensure you have plenty of room to stretch your legs. Performances will be shown on two huge digital screens, and sound will stream directly to your car stereo. 7:30 p.m. $60 per car includes $20 of food-truck credit. Digital Drive-In AZ, 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa. digitaldriveinaz.com

June 9:

Great Wolf Lodge reopens. The Scottsdale hotel/waterpark will welcome guests back to the resort and introduce its new Paw Pledge program — a companywide initiative focused on keeping families healthy and safe while they play together at the indoor waterpark resort. Great Wolf Lodge, 7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. greatwolf.com

The Heard Museum reopens to the general public. Attendance will be limited to 100 per hour, with a maximum capacity of 240 visitors. Face coverings and social distancing are required for staff and visitors for all indoor spaces. Disposable masks and gloves will be available upon request and free of charge. $22; $9 ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and younger. heard.org

June 10:

QVLN performance. Singer, violinist and composer QVLN (Q-Violin) is showcasing his musical innovation with a virtual Facebook performance featuring North, Central and South American rhythms. He navigates all forms of musical expression with an electric violin as his centerpiece. 6-7 p.m. Free. asugammage.com

June 11:

Arroz con Mango. Part of Chandler Center for the Arts virtual “CCA Anywhere Series,” Arroz con Mango performs music with Cuban flavors that will make you want to dance. 7 p.m. Facebook event. Free. chandlercenter.org

June 15:

Phoenix Zoo reopens to the public. The Zoo will be reopening for 2,500 guests each day in order to allow for recommended social distancing. Spots must be reserved ahead of time. 7 a.m. to noon. $16.95-$24.95. phoenixzoo.org

June 24:

Remix it: Teen Workshop. Ages 13-18 can put their own spin on an existing work of art, combining old and new influences to create mixed media artwork during this series of interrelated workshops. Each session will explore a different approach to the creative process. All skill levels welcome. Pre-registration required. 2 p.m. phxart.org

POSTPONED to April 2021 – Blippi the Musical. This musical brings the energetic and lovable character Blippi to the stage with audience engagement and amazing music. Children ages 2-7 love Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons. In this live show, they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along. 6 p.m. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. arizonafederaltheatre.com

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