February 2015 Events

 

Sunday  1

Fan Fest Scottsdale: ESPN wraps up 40 hours of live programming Feb. 1 from its Super Bowl broadcast site located on the grounds of Fan Fest Scottsdale. This free event, just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square, features culinary activities, fashion shows, interactive gaming; entertainment; team lounges; and fan rallies. It’s a great place to watch the big game. For more information, visit: FanFestScottsdale.com.

Monday 2

Groundhog Day Celebration: Groundhog day is a fun day for all kids. Come learn about Punxsutawney Phil and find out if he sees his shadow and we’re in for more winter weather or if we’re in for an early Spring. Plenty of stories, crafts and games make this a fun day for all. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, games, toys, books, puzzles and a fun indoor climbing structure. Ages 1-12. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com - Scottsdale/N.Phoenix

Tuesday 3

Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children's entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories - both new and classic - and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in Feb. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 4

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. Check website for times. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Thursday 5

Family Music: Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone. Music classes are suitable for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale.  623-939-1777

Friday 6

First Fridays: Take the kids to downtown Phoenix to enjoy art and museums. Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) Check online for participating locations. phoenixfirstfriday.com

Open Gym: Visit us when our playfloor is open for exploration. Spend time repeating activities learned during class or get creative and make up a few new ones of your own, all while socializing with other parents and children. Ages 6 months-5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Saturday 7

Experience Carnival: Let MIM immerse you in the sights and sounds of Caribbean Carnival. Experience the costumes, the characters and the vibrant musical traditions from Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico and more. See vibrant Carnival costumes, enjoy musical performances and drop in for workshops and dancing! Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Activities included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

 Teen Career Conference: This is an opportunity for teens and their parents to explore many different careers in animal science. Attendees will learn about a wide range of animal science fields directly from dedicated professionals who have made animal care and conservation their life’s work. The speakers will offer insights into their career paths and advice on breaking into their respective fields. Noon-3pm. $10 per person. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Register online at phoenixzoo.org or call 602-914-4333.

Design Beautiful Valentine’s Day Cards: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, bring the kids to Toys & Playtime Oasis where they’ll get to design and create beautiful, sweet cards for family members and friends. There will be all kinds of great art supplies and colored paper for the children to use. Free. 10am-noon. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Street Eats: One of the largest food truck events in the country, more than 50 participants will deliver a foodie adventure, from comfort to gourmet tastes. Food trucks include The Maine Lobster Lady, Queso Good, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Frank., Chef Wade’s Bistro on Wheels, Emerson Fry Bread, Burgers Amore, Focaso’s Pizza, Fabio on Fire, Mustache Pretzels, and many more. Also enjoy a kids zone, live music and cooking demonstrations. Feb 7 & 8. 11am-6pm.  $12 & children under 12 are free; VIP tickets $50 with 6 beverages, 4 food tokens, VIP Lounge and private restrooms. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. SaltRiverFields.com.

Archaeology for Kids: Become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Ages 7-12. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 5, cost is $15. 9:30am-12:30 pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Sunday 8

Around the World in 80 Minutes: ProMusica Arizona singers and instrumentalists will present a unique twist and international experience for the audience of Around the World in 80 Minutes. Ticket holders will be given a map and schedule of mini-concerts from which they can choose the events they want to attend. With more choices than time slots, no one will be able to see it all!  After the mini world tour enjoy a grand finale with the full ProMusica Arizona Orchestra and Chorale. 3pm-6pm. $25 for adults and $15 for children. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-499-8587. Scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Sunday A’Fairs: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and relax at a Sunday A’Fair concert. These free afternoon mini-festivals take place on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The event features concerts and performances by the Valley’s top entertainers, a diverse selection of arts and crafts available for sale, hands-on activities for children and families and free docent-guided tours of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Noon-4pm. Sundays through April 5. 480-994-ARTS.  experiencescottsdale.com/event/sunday-afair-5

Monday 9

Valentine Card Making: Drop your kids and their Valentine’s class list off between 4-6pm and our fabulous teachers will help them make homemade, or store bought if they prefer, Valentines for all their classmates. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, games, toys, books, puzzles and a fun indoor climbing structure. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. Feb 9-12. NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445.  kidspark.com - Scottsdale/N.Phoenix

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Peoria: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 weeks to 5 months. Free. Every day except Tuesdays. 8402 W. Thunderbird Rd., # B103, Peoria. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Tuesday 10  

Family Music Class: Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone. Music classes are suitable for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the whole family. * First class is always free * Space is limited, Call to register.  9- 9:45am Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Wednesday 11

Wild Science Academy, Animals Big and Small: Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! Explore biological phenomena of gigantism and dwarfism by taking an in-depth look at some of the Zoo’s resident giants. Students investigate the mechanics required to sustain life on these opposing scales through inquiry-based study and cost-benefit analysis to determine what factors might allow animals to get so big or so small. Feb 11 & 14. Ages 9-13. 12:30-2:30pm. Member $18; nonmember $30. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Register online at phoenixzoo.org or call 602-914-4333.

Wild Science Academy, Mammals: Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! Mammals represent the world’s largest animal species, as well as the hairiest! Through guided inquiry and experiments, students in this course investigate the importance and capabilities of hair, from waterproofing to warmth, and even as a sensory organ. Students also have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with our closest animal relatives. Feb 11 & 14. Ages 5-8. 12:30-2:30pm. Member $18; nonmember $30. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Register online at phoenixzoo.org or call 602-914-4333.                                              

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join Curator of Collections Holly Young for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum.  This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see how museums care for their collections. This first come, first serve tour is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk. Feb 11 & 25. 2-2:30pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Foothills Academy College Prep and Foothills Academy Elementary Prep Open House: This open house is for prospective students and their parents to come view the school, meet the teachers, and find out what Foothills Academy has to offer. 5:30pm-7pm. Foothills Academy is located at 7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr. Scottsdale and Foothills Academy Elementary is located at 4720 E. Lone Mountain Dr. Cave Creek. foothillsacademy.com

Thursday 12

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show: The 60th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win. Feb. 12-22. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. scottsdaleshow.com.

Open Gym: Visit us when our playfloor is open for exploration. Spend time repeating activities learned during class or get creative and make up a few new ones of your own, all while socializing with other parents and children. Ages 6 months-5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 3- 5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. #A103, Glendale.  623-939-1777

Friday 13

Build It: Activities and related programming will focus on the beauty and creativity of architecture as it applies to the structures in which we live and play, as well as, how design is inspired by our natural environment and the functionality of homes created by animals. There’ll be wonderful opportunities to explore the design process and identify ways architecture and engineering are integrated into the building process. Visitors will explore animals as ingenious architects and engineers and also discover how form and function play roles in their own individual design processes. Feb 13 - May 24. i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Mesa. Ideamuseum.org

Valentine’s Day Party: It’s all about kids during our Valentine’s Day celebration. Hearts, friendship and a yummy chocolate fountain. Take your sweetheart out for a night on the town and we’ll take great care of your kiddos. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, games, toys, books, puzzles and a fun indoor climbing structure. Feb 13-14. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445.  kidspark.com - Scottsdale/N.Phoenix

Classic Rock Gymnastics Invitational: Come and watch 1,500 of the best female gymnasts from all over the U.S. compete with one another while showcasing their amazing gymnastics skills. This “ultimate gymnastics meet” will feature a girls competition (Levels 2 – Elite), live bands and entertainment, shopping, and more. $20 per day for adults or $40 for an all-weekend adult pass; $15 per day for children 12 and under, seniors, and members of the military or $35 for an all-weekend pass. Feb 13-15.  Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St,, Phoenix. classicrockinvitational.com

Buy One, Get One Free at SEA LIFE Arizona:  Bring your special someone on Feb 13 or Feb 14 and receive one FREE admission when you purchase one full priced admission of equal or greater value. Offer cannot be applied to online or pre-purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other discount. SEA LIFE Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #145, Tempe.  visitsealife.com/arizona

Saturday 14

MIMkids Musical Adventures Series: Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey. Participants will discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring MIM’s exhibits with a designated tour guide, of course! Each four-week session focuses on a different continent, giving participants a well-rounded overview of music from around the world and an opportunity to collect MIMkids passport stamps. Every Saturday in Feb. $12/class or $30 for all 4. Ages 6-10. 1:30-2:30pm. To register, contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Parada del Sol: Scottsdale’s Parada del Sol Parade boasts a fresh look, a new route and more activities than ever. Join us for one of Scottsdale’s oldest traditions as we celebrate local history, Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day. This year’s parade embarks from Drinkwater Boulevard down Scottsdale Road, turns east on Second Street and concludes heading north on Brown Avenue to Indian School Road. An Old West cattle drive begins parade festivities at 9:45 a.m. Other Parada activities include a Main Street Pancake Breakfast, an expanded Trail’s End Celebration and a Sweetheart Dinner and Dance. paradadelsol.us.

Hikes in a Hurry: Bring the whole family for a short one mile hike at South Mountain for an easy but also Hohokam petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. 9-10am. Space is limited. Register by February 12. $5, free under age 12. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Sunday 15

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out to Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Ages 1-12.  Sunday mornings from 10-11:30am. $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 16

Space Tots: Space-Tots is Challenger Space Center’s exciting introduction to space and science designed specifically for children ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent or guardian.  9:30am -11:30am.  $20/parent & child pair, $5 for an additional child. Reservations and prepayment required. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Riverview: Join us for “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Sundays & Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and prepare baby for swim lessons. Free. Advanced registration is required. 1061 N. Dobson Rd., # 101, Mesa. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Tuesday 17

Family Art Class: Be inspired together and make colorful memories in the Gymboree Art Studio. Sculpt with a giant block of clay, design a family tree, paint a mural or make a creation of your very own. Ages 18 months-5 years and the whole family. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 11:15am -12:15pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale, 7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Wednesday 18

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. Check website for times. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Thursday 19

President’s Day Camp: When school’s out…Challenger is in! Come enjoy an out of this world minicamp day and find exciting new discoveries in space and science. Students will use fun, hands-on learning to make their own discoveries and will explore how their findings affect our daily lives. Scavenger Hunt, Vacuum Challenger, make a heat shield to protect an astronaut, liquid nitrogen show, NASA’s Best activities, straw rockets, Light Show, Teambuilding, Strawberry DNA, make a comet, and fun experiments! Be a scientist for a day! Drop off: 7:30-8am; Pick Up: 5pm-5:30.  $30 per child; $20/additional sibling. Ages 1st-6th grade. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2007. azchallenger.org

Friday 20

Teen Night: Teens are invited to AZ Air Time to enjoy exciting dodgeball tournaments, dancing contests, and jumping on the indoor trampolines and into foam pits. The supervised nighttime play is perfect for parents who are looking for a safe, indoor place for their older kids to spend time on the weekend evenings. Every Friday and Saturday. Ages 12 and up. 8-11pm.  $8 per hour. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Saturday 21

Preschool Science: Get school-ready with science! Introduce your preschooler to the fascinating world of S.T.E.M. They will learn scientific vocabulary by reading a unique story, experiment with developmentally appropriate science through hands-on investigations, and develop important skills to prepare for success in school and in life. Each child receives a special Take-Out Science kit to learn about everyday science at home!   Ages 3-8 years old with a parent or caregiver. 10:30-11:30am.$12 Members/ $15 Non-Members with General Admission.  Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 602-716-2028. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. azscience.org

Mardi Gras Masquerade: Celebrate Mardi Gras with music, dance, mask making and tons of fun. KidsPark is hourly, drop-in childcare for kids ages 1 to 12. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, games, toys, books, puzzles and a fun indoor climbing structure. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com - Scottsdale/N.Phoenix

Lunch with a Keeper: Lunch with a Keeper is like a coveted backstage pass to meet the band! Enjoy a pizza lunch alongside one of the Zoo’s giraffe zookeepers, who answers questions and tells stories about the animals and their job. Following lunch, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn (the giraffes’ very large night house). Once we have appreciated their true size by touring the barn, we make our way to the giraffe deck where you have the opportunity for private, up-close interaction with one of our giraffes! Feb 21 & 22. 12-1:45pm. Ages 6-10 with caregiver. Member Adult/Childpair $50; General Adult/Child Pair: $75. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Register online at phoenixzoo.org or call 602-914-4333.

Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. 6 months -5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 10-10:45am .  Gymboree Play & Music Glendale, 19420 N 59th Ave. # A103, Glendale. 623-939-1777

Sunday 22

Sunday A’Fairs: Grab a blanket or lawn chair and relax at a Sunday A’Fair concert. These free afternoon mini-festivals take place on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The event features concerts and performances by the Valley’s top entertainers, a diverse selection of arts and crafts available for sale, hands-on activities for children and families and free docent-guided tours of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Noon-4pm. Sundays through April 5. 480-994-ARTS.  experiencescottsdale.com/event/sunday-afair-5

Monday 23

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Phoenix: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Free. Every day of the week for babies 8 weeks-5 months.  13832 North 32nd St., # 100, Phoenix. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Tuesday 24

Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children's entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories - both new and classic - and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in Feb. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 25

John Lennon Bus at MIM: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is visiting MIM! Come tour this state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD-video recording and production facility. Three onboard engineers will demonstrate the latest technology and equipment and explain their mission of providing young people with a studio tour and a chance to participate in songwriting and multimedia-production workshops. Round out the day with a visit to John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano in MIM’s Artist Gallery, or try your hand at some iconic John Lennon songs on the Steinway piano in the lobby. This program is  part of the Arizona SciTech Festival.  Wed & Thurs 9am-5pm. Included with paid museum admission.  Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Family Play Class: Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. 6 months -5 years. First class is always free. Space is limited, call to register. 4:15pm-5pm. Gymboree Play & Music Scottsdale,  7077 E Bell Rd. #205, Scottsdale. 480-656-0801

Thursday 26

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. Check website for times. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Friday 27

Teen Night: Teens are invited to AZ Air Time to enjoy exciting dodgeball tournaments, dancing contests, and jumping on the indoor trampolines and into foam pits. The supervised nighttime play is perfect for parents who are looking for a safe, indoor place for their older kids to spend time on the weekend evenings. Every Friday and Saturday. Ages 12 and up. 8-11pm.  $8 per hour. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000. azairtime.com

Saturday 28

Family Star Night: Interactive astronomy night that is fun for the whole family. The doors open at 6:30pm for fun activities, self-guided tours, and presentation on constellations, planets and upcoming sky events. Weather permitting; attendees will have the opportunity to look through several different high-powered telescopes at the moon, planets, star clusters and more! $7 per person or $15 per scout. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

February Event Highlights

The Arizona Renaissance Festival

Don’t miss the Action & Adventure at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast -- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long Family adventure. Opening Feb. 7 and running through March 29. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-6pm.

Dozens of activities for the kids to Enjoy!  They will marvel at the NEW act Fireflicker the Dragon, see Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life, with costumed ducks and geese.  Kids will cheer for their favorite knight at the 5,000 seat jousting arena or try their hand at archery. Children delight in the return of a falcon, at the Falconer’s Heath.  Kids will love the NEW Steam Pirate Airship ride, the Swan Swing, as well as, the Piccolo Pony, a rocking horse bigger than an elephant. In addition to the people-powered rides, the Festival offers interactive games like the dragon climbing tower, the castle siege, a maze and an archery range. Rub shoulders with Royalty or peasants. There is something for the children and the kid in all of us to be found at the Royal Faire.

For more information visit RenFestInfo.com  or call 520-463-2700 .                                                                               

 

LEGO® KidsFest

The award-winning LEGO® KidsFest returns to Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium from Feb. 27 – March 1. Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. New activities for this year’s visit include LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Movie, LEGO Fusion, LEGO Disney Princess, the Mixels, a LEGO Superheroes area and more. Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO®, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

For tickets and more information visit www.legokidsfest.com.

 

SciTech Festival

Buckeye Airshow on Feb 8: Come Experience Aviation Demonstrations, Aircraft Displays, Arizona SciTech Festival, Kids Zone, Lauridsen Aviation Museum, Car Show, Food, Vendors, Booths and More! 9am-4pm. Buckeye Municipal Airport, 3000 S. Palo Verde Rd., Buckeye. buckeyeairfair.com

I Love Science Day! on Feb 14:  Need some ideas for a science fair project?  We’ve got ‘em!  Already have lots of interesting science ideas that you’d like to share with like-minded citizen scientists? Then this is your event! Join us for a fun filled science celebration that has something for everyone!  Observe ongoing scientific experiments, and participate in science based activities and crafts!  1-3pm. $12 for adults and $6 for children.  Members are free. Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. 480- 644-2230.  azmnh.org

Sustainability Solutions Family Day on Feb 16. What innovative solution will you discover? Bring your family and friends to enjoy hands-on activities and special sustainability solutions presentations by ASU scientists at Arizona Science Center. Discover how you can make your community a better place and begin to (re)imagine the world you want to live in. 10am-4pm. General admission to Arizona Science Center is required. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000. azscience.org

Polytechnic’s Night of the Open Door on Feb. 20: Polytechnic campus offers access to innovations and discoveries in STEM, dozens of hands-on K-12 activities and sneak peeks into state-of-the-art labs and campus-wide tours. 5-8:30pm. ASU Polytechnic Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa. opendoor.asu.edu 

Chandler's Science Spectacular on Feb. 20: Technology meets the arts as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and invention around us. Explore a special exhibit featuring works of art that consider sustainability through its subject matter as well as its materials, and participate in discussions, exhibits, hands-on activities, shows and tours. 5-9pm. Downtown Chandler along Commonwealth Ave. chandleraz.gov 

The Sustival on Feb. 21: Explore your global footprint by learning the journey of a shoe, how to cultivate your own food from your home and (re)imagine what the Valley of the Sun could be during this community event. The Civic Space Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix will come alive with performances by the time-traveling theater troupe Blue Bike Gang, music from local bands and sustainable lifestyle demonstrations from area organizations. 4-8pm. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. sustainabilitysolutions.asu.edu

The Arizona Middle School Science Bowl (AZ MSSB) on Feb. 21: This competition is a statewide academic competition for middle school students of Arizona. In this event, middle school students compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. The competition follows a toss-up question and answer format. Registraion Required.  Team registration begins at 8:30am; opening program at 9am.  ASU West Campus, SDFCW Building, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale. azsciencebowl.us

Gadgets, STEAM and Science of the City on Feb 21: Learn about the latest gadgets and gizmos, demo the latest technologies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the city.  Local businesses and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest innovations and give participants a chance to test drive some of the newest and most popular gadgets on the market today. The hands-on experience extends to the trucks, machinery and technology used by the city to maintain Scottsdale’s great quality of life. 10am-4pm. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Library and on the Civic Center Mall, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. ScottsdaleAZ.gov/scitechfest.

START the Spark on Feb 28: Ever wondered how an engine operates? Or how hair absorbs color? Interested in how 3-D printers really work? Well we’ve got the perfect event for you! ‘START the Spark’ has something for everyone! Come and join us for an interactive, hands-on festival, celebrating all that West-MEC programs have to offer.  Visit with industry partners and students alike, to spark your creative interests. 10am - 2pm. West-MEC, 5405 N 99th Ave., Glendale. west-mec.org/start

ASU's Night of the Open Door on Feb. 28: This year, we have more great programs joining the 100 performances and activities for a festival of the sciences, culture, engineering, humanities and the arts. 4-9pm. ASU Tempe Campus, 1151 S. Forest Ave., Tempe.  opendoor.asu.edu










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