November Calendar of Events

 

Saturday  1

Banner Go Kids!: Come on down with your family and friends to enjoy some food, fitness and lots of fun! Celebrate Cardon Children’s 5th.  Enjoy: entertainment, games, inflatables, Banner Children’s Health Exhibits, prize giveaways, fitness stations, sports stations, healthy snacks and a bike rodeo! Admission is free. 9am-1pm. Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. BannerChildrens.com/GOKIDS

Swim & Gym Festival: The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center and Hubbard Family Swim School are teaming up to host their 6th annual “Swim & Gym Festival”, to raise much-needed money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Help them in their quest to raise $10,000! Children of all ages will get to enjoy a FREE family swim and water play at Hubbard Family Swim School. There will be FREE gymnastics and dance classes, bounce houses, food vendors, local vendors, and much more.2:30-6pm.  Admission is free, but donations to Phoenix Children’s Hospital are encouraged. The event will be held in the parking lot between the Hubbard Family Swim School and the Arizona Sunrays Dance Center, located at 13832 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 602-992-5790.  arizonasunrays.com or hubbardswim.com

Experience India: Join us for our second annual celebration of East Indian music and culture. Discover the diversity of Indian music and how styles vary between the northern and southern regions of the country. Listen to musical performances featuring the vīṇā and harmonium. See vibrant dance performances in the classical styles of bharata-nātyam and kathak. The weekend will also include hands-on activities, exhibit talks and the opportunity to try henna body art. Nov 1. 9am-5pm; Nov 2. 10am-5pm. Activities included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org.

Midwestern University Open House: Midwestern University’s faculty, admissions staff, and students are ready to help you embark on a career in healthcare. The University’s Glendale campus will host a free public open house in the campus Auditorium.  Current Midwestern students will conduct informative campus tours which will allow you to experience the University’s facilities, clinics, and accommodations from a student’s perspective.10am-12:30pm. Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 888-247-9277. Midwestern.edu/AZOpenHouse

Lego Mania:  KidsPark is all about Lego’s and building. Contests, games, crafts and snacks. KidsPark is hourly, drop in child care for kids ages 1-12. The kids enjoy lots of arts and crafts, games, toys, books, and puzzles. Nov 1-2. Cost is $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

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 November $12/class or $40 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

Sunday 2

Critter Keeper: Experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper! During this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon, young Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection. Small class sizes allow us to offer an exclusive and personalized adventure in which children experience the excitement, hard work and patience required to be a zookeeper and care for Zoo animals. All Critter Keepers are outfitted with a t-shirt and water bottle. Ages 6 – 10. Nov. 1 & 2, 12-2pm.  Member $40; General $50.  The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

BBQ & Blues: Enjoy barbeque, live blues, beer and more at the 1st annual BBQ & Blues event at Tempe Marketplace! Quench your thirst with more than 10 varieties of local beer as you relish in barbeque and move and groove to live blues. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. 5-8pm. The District at Tempe Markeptlace,  2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, #1150, Tempe. tempemarketplace.com/bbq/

Monday 3

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 4

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. Tuesdays on Nov 4, 11 & 18. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Expectant Parent & Infant Care: This 3-day course covers topics related to caring for newborns and infants up to one year. This class is appropriate for expectant parents and parents of newborns. Day 1: calming a crying baby, Day 2: infant brain development, Day 3: basic infant care. Free. Nov 4th- 6th. 6-8pm. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Preregistration required. 480-834-9424. childcrisis.org/frc

Wednesday 5

Movie Under the Stars - Spend a beautiful fall evening catching a free flick under the stars, as we screen Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins. Moviegoers may bring their own chairs, but we will also provide seating. 6pm. Via Linda Senior Center, Scottsdale. Register by calling 480-312-5810. scottsdaleaz.gov

Westgate Hot Rod Night:  Classic cars and hot rods cruise in to Westgate every Wednesday, September 10 – November 19! Enjoy classic car show, live music, happy hour deals and more.  All cars are welcome, but you don’t need to display a vehicle to participate.  Families can stroll to see great, restored cars, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat for dinner. Every Wednesday through Nov 19. 5-9pm. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502.  westgateaz.com/hotrod

Foothills Academy Open House: This open house is for prospective students and their parents to come and view the school and see the classrooms in action. 8am-12pm. Foothills Academy College Prep at the elementary campus at 7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr. Scottsdale and 4720 E. Lone Mountain Rd., Cave Creek. Foothillsacademy.com

Thursday 6

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

Thanksgiving with a Twist Messy Creations: Kids will enjoy edible art creations with a Thanksgiving twist. Little artists will mix their own food paints to decorate a canvas of holiday cheer.  Kids make a turkey roll up creating an artistry of color and a filling that would please any young chef. (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child) This class will use ingredients containing wheat. Ages  2-5 years (Child must be accompanied by an adult). 10:00am-10:45am. Members $5, Nonmembers $13. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Kinder Prep – Consists of 3, 1.5 hour sessions for children ages 3-5 and the parent/caregiver(s), once a week for three weeks.  Each session is designed for a maximum of 12-15 parent/child groups. Each session will focus on the skills needed for entrance into kindergarten in language and literacy, social competence and social-emotional growth and pre-math literacy. Free. Nov 6-Nov 20 on Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am. Family Resource Center, 817 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Preregistration required. 480-834-9424. childcrisis.org/frc .

Friday 7

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off: The event will feature stage entertainment, historical demonstrations, campfire glows with marshmallow roasts, and shopping opportunities. KFYI radio personality and Arizona’s foremost foodie, Jan D’Atri, will stop in for cooking demonstrations, and young cooks can register to pair up on Sunday with a Wagon team for the second annual Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.  Nov. 7-9. Tumbleweed Park, Chandler.  chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon

Fine Art reception at the Inspiration Gallery:  Meet the artists, see their work and how they create... Adults and children welcome there will be basic art supplies available for creating, the chalk board wall, the butter fly wall, appetizers, wine and light acoustic music.  Artists showing: Debra Lee Murrow, Patrica Lazaro, Tere  Triza's Serfaty, En Chuen Soo, Michelle Penington. 6-9pm. 7609 E Pinnacle Peak Rd. #15, Scottsdale. 480-221-3161. theinspirationgallery.weebly.com

All About Art: Kids create masterpieces with many different types of materials, including paint, collage, canvas, and more. KidsPark is hourly, drop in child care for kids ages 1 to 12. The kids enjoy lots of arts and crafts, games, toys, books, and puzzles. Nov. 7-9. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602- 788-2445.  kidspark.com

Saturday 8

Rock the Block:  Rock the Block! is an annual free family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids Zone, retail booths, food trucks and beer/wine garden. 12noon-10pm.  Downtown Chandler between Chandler Blvd and Frye Rd. chandlerblockparty.com.

The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts at Grand Avenue Festival 2014: As a family friendly, 100% participatory event, PAPA is a unique experience where the community is invited to walk together in a free celebration of artistic expression and downtown Phoenix. From forefathers and ancestral roots to steampunkers and hippies, participants are invited to dress and build floats in honor of family, figures from history or as homage to the Phoenix of yesteryear. 11am-10pm. Lot on the SW corner of Grand Ave, 15th Ave and Roosevelt (With procession on Grand Ave). 602-615-0899. phoenixannualparadeofthearts.com

Geology Hike: What do Our Rocks Tell Us About the Past 2 Billion Years in Cave Creek? Meet at the Cave Creek Museum and then caravan to geological sites selected by Tom McGuire, Earth Science educator and author. Sneakers/running shoes are fine (No sandals). Expect uneven rocky ground, but no significant climbing. This is an event for the whole family. There will be about 10 stops, all within Cave Creek. A magnifying lens will be handy. Bring water and sunscreen. 1:30-4:30pm. $25 per family. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. 480- 488-2764. cavecreekmuseum.org

AAWL’s Walk to Save Animals and Pet Fest: AAWL & SPCA’s Walk to Save Animals is a family-friendly annual event with a 2K and 5K walk, games, raffles, prizes, food, entertainment, adoptions and the best part. You Get to Bring Your Dog! 7am–12:30pm. Tempe Town Lake, Beach Park. 602-273-6852. Register at: aawl.org

Family Fall Festival: Mosaica Preparatory Academy is hosting a Family Fall Festival and is open to the public. Come join in lots of family friendly games, face painting, bounce house, dunk tank, food and much more. 11am-2pm. MPAC, 5835 W. Ray Rd., Chandler.  480-763-5101, mosaicaprep.org

Certified Local Fall Festival: All-day family-friendly fun for all ages! The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event celebrating all things local to Arizona. Join us to experience Arizona like a true Localist! 10am-4pm. Portland Parkway, Downtown Phoenix, 10 W. Portland Street, Phoenix. localfirstaz.com

Mosaic Frame Class:  Use broken pieces of glass to create a mosaic frame. Ages 10 to adult.  7pm-9pm. $35.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Singleton Moms Superhero Bolt: Brush off your utility belt and grab your green lanterns – it’s time for the first ever Singleton Moms Superhero Bolt! Dressing up is NOT just for kids anymore…it’s for the grown-ups too! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and run to support single parents and their families battling cancer! Every year, Singleton Moms hosts an annual walk to raise money and awareness for our cause.  And the best part about it… it is a super hero theme. 8am. Adults $35, Students $25 and Children $15. Road Runner Sports Tempe,  43 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. roadrunnersports.fundly.com/smsuperherobolt

Sunday 9

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans! Nov. 9 &16. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Phoenix Country Day School Open House: This event is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about the wide variety of academic and extra-curricular opportunities within our PreK – 12th grade programs.  Student-led tours, teacher and administrator conversations, and a showcase of our faculty, facilities, and incredible opportunities will highlight this event.  Since 1961, PCDS has been the only private, independent school on forty beautiful acres in the heart of Paradise Valley.  11am-1pm. Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. 602-955-8200, pcds.org/openhouse

Monday 10

Space Tots: Join the Challenger’s Future Space Explorers as we investigate a new space science theme each month. The workshop series is designed for a preschool child and their parent, to add proficiency to the parent/child learning repertoire. Each workshop includes story-time, a thematic science activity and play structured by the week’s themes. Workshop activities are planned for age level appropriate science with the added parent involvement to help nurture the child’s natural curiosity. 9:30am-11:30am. $20/child and adult combo and $5 for each additional sibling.Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Join the Challenger’s Future Space Explorers as we investigate a new space science theme each month. The workshop series is designed for a preschool child and their parent, to add proficiency to the parent/child learning repertoire. Each workshop includes story-time, a thematic science activity and play structured by the week’s themes. Workshop activities are planned for age level appropriate science with the added parent involvement to help nurture the child’s natural curiosity.

Get P.A.S.T. Asthma : Introductory Asthma Management Classes for Parents. Free. Second Monday of each month. 6:30-8pm. John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix.  623-879-5452. PCOC@JCL.com

Press Pause to Connect, Parent Seminar: Dr. Lisa will offer guidance on how to set boundaries for children while providing tips to help define the rules for pressing pause in order to keep family members connected with one another. Parents are welcome to attend the full seminar series which will run the second Monday of every month. Free, but registration is required due to limited seating, email DrLisa@technologywellnesscenter.com to reserve your spot. 6:30-7:30pm. LifeScape Medical Associates, 8757 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale. 480-220-4702.  technologywellnesscenter.com

Tuesday 11

Scottsdale Veterans Day Commemoration: Capt. Steven Borden, director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at ASU, will be the keynote speaker at Scottsdale’s Veterans Day program this year. Scottsdale’s Veterans Day event also will feature the 108th Army National Guard Band, which plays from 3-3:30pm. Free. 3-4:30pm. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2312. www.scottsdaleaz.gov

16th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance : This annual event held at the Museum, honors the memory of all the men and women who have served our nation.  Bring your favorite potluck dish to share during the break between dances.  Come to the museum and join us in celebrating our veterans. 11am-4pm with Gourd Dancing starting at 11:30. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

A Musical Veterans Day Ice Cream Social: Enjoy a free concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, with an emphasis on patriotic music and a demonstration/explanation of OSP’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. No food service will be offered other than beverages and ice cream and they will be available to purchase at current menu pricing. 1:30 – 3:00pm, doors open at 1:15pm. Organ Stop Pizza only accepts cash/checks. No debit/credit cards accepted. Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. RSVP: Go to www.organstoppizza.com for more information or call 480-813-5700 ext. 975 to reserve your space.

Veterans Bowl Free: Uptown Alley is offering one free game of bowling and shoe rental for any veteran on Veterans Day. The offer is good all day on Tuesday, November 11th for any veteran that is currently active, reserve or retired. Must show valid ID of proof of service. 13525 N Litchfield Rd, Surprise. 623- 975-7529.  uptownalleysurprise.com

Wednesday 12

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! Sub Zero Ice Cream, Phoenix Phreeze, and Papa Murphy’s will be available for snacks and dinner! Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.  623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

Wild Science Academy – Strength: Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards. Ages 9 – 13 years. Nov. 12 & 15, 12:30-2:30pm. Member $18; General $30. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

Holiday Crafts & Gift-Making Fun:  Holidays are a time for giving so children are invited to Toys & Playtime Oasis where they’ll get to create special, loving gifts that they can give to family and friends. Your child can pick from an assortment of easy crafts, enjoy sitting with friends, and chatting while working on a Plushcraft Christmas Ornament, doing a mosaic picture, make a Plushcraft Pillow, or even design a special jewelry box for mom. Prices range from $5.99 to $19.99 depending on selected craft. Nov. 5, 12 & 19. 4-5pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale. Please register in advance.  480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Squish, Flutter and Swirl Infant Messy Creations: Join us for Messy play without the clean-up. Squish and swirl colors to create butterfly wings and other insect creations.  Register for a bee-boppin morning of fun. (Registration includes all day museum admission for both parent and child). Ages 6 months-24 months (Child must be accompanied by an adult). 10:00am-10:45am. Members $5, Nonmembers $13. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join the Curator of Collections 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 is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Nov. 12 & 16. 2-2:30pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Thursday 13

Westgate Bike Night: The biggest Bike Night in the Valley is back! Weekly, see hundreds of motorcycles line Coyotes Boulevard and Westgate Boulevard. Plus, enjoy live music, deals and discounts from Westgate bars and restaurants.  Bike Night is fun and family-friendly for all ages. Every Wednesday throught Nov 13.  5-9pm. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/bikenight

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 14

Tween/Teen Night: Tweens and teens ages 12 and up get 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. 8-11pm every Friday and Saturday. $8 per hour to jump. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000.  azairtime.com

Clay Class:  Learn basic clay building techniques and create a bowl  using slab rolling and mold techniques. Ages 8 to adult.  7pm-8:30pm.  $25.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Saturday 15

Family Day, Beat It!: Join MIM for a Family Day featuring lots of drums! Experience drums from around the world, make a special drum from everyday materials, join in on a family drumming circle and celebrate the opening of “Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World” exhibition. You can’t beat this day for family fun! Nov. 15 9am-5pm; Nov. 16 10am-5pm. Tickets: Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Eldorado Park’s Fishing Expo: Tackle family fun at Eldorado Park’s free Fishing Expo. Event highlight includes: No fishing licenses required, fishing gear provided, lake stocked with trout, AZ Game and Fish Representative and win prizes. 8-11am. North Lake, 2311 N. Miller Road., Scottsdale. 480-312-2483. Scottsdaleaz.gov

Celebrate ‘Toy Store Day’ at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Come in and see all the wonderful toys selected by specialty toy retailers as the “Best of New Toys for 2014.” Children will be encouraged to get hands-on and play with all the super-fun, new toys. There will also be a drawing to win a $50 toy gift certificate!9 am-6pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Bug-Beetle-Buzz: Create a fun Tic-Tac-Toe board for hours of holiday fun. Design your own insect game pieces and a one of a kind game board. Ages 6-13 years. 10-11am. Members $9, Nonmembers $17.  i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. 480-644-4332. Ideamuseum.org

Rosson House Museum Drop-In Program: Enjoy a hands-on informational presentation by the Rosson House Museum on historic laundry techniques, located on the back patio, and free with paid museum admission. 10am-noon. Rosson House, 113 N 6th St., Phoenix. 602-262-5070. www.rossonhousemuseum.org

Kids’ Night Out: Kids will enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, games, sports, dancing, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Kids’ Night Out is from 6-10pm. Cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. Ages 3-13. Advanced registration is required. There is a $5 fee for same-day registration. There’s also easy online registration. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602-992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Sunday 16

Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party: Join Westgate Entertainment District and the Arizona Cardinals for a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza! Enjoy great live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, all before walking over to the University of Phoenix Stadium. You don’t need a game day ticket to get in on the fun, the Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party is open to all fans! Nov. 9 &16. Free. Westgate, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/cardinals/

Monday 17

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 18

Teddy Bear Picnic: Join us for a Teddy Bear picnic honoring the Teddy Bear’s birthday. Picnics at noon and 6pm. KidsPark is hourly, drop in child care for kids ages 1 to 12. The kids enjoy lots of arts and crafts, games, toys, books, and puzzles. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, NE Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445.  kidspark.com

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. Tuesdays on Nov 4, 11 & 18. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

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 19

The Rx to Heroin Connection Webinar: DrugFreeAZKids.org would like to invite parents, caregivers, teachers and community members to an upcoming webinar on the increase use of prescription drug abuse in Arizona, which is fueling a rise in heroin addiction. In Arizona, heroin-related deaths have nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013. The webinar will include the connection between prescription drugs and heroin. It will teach parents as well as caregivers on how they can be educators to the youth about these dangerous substances. Noon-12:30pm. To register and for more information, please visit DrugFreeAZKids.org.

Thursday 20

Home School Social: Homeschoolers.  Stop into As You Wish and paint a plate for Thanksgiving.  We’ll provide you with a lesson plan and you do the rest . 10am-Noon. $12 all inclusive!  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Friday 21

Park of Four Waters Tour: The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems.  This is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission. Space is limited.  Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. 10-11am. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

KidsPark’s 7th Birthday Celebration:  Join the birthday celebration, complete with birthday games, crafts and of course cake. All children leave with a little gift from us. KidsPark is hourly, drop in child care for kids ages 1 to 12. The kids enjoy lots of arts and crafts, games, toys, books, and puzzles. $8/hour for ages 2-12 and $9/hour for 1 year olds; 50% discount for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, E Corner of Cactus/48th St, right next to Best Buy. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Glass Class: Create your very own 8” Fall Vase.  Learn basic glass fusing techniques and how to layer clear on top of transparent to create a design. Ages 10 to adult.  $39 all inclusive.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Saturday 22

Annual Harvest Festival at Enchanted Island: Venture a ride on an ATV Train, take a hayride or pony ride, visit with animals at the Petting Zoo, climb a rockwall, have your face painted or have a bounce. $6.00 for unlimited access at Harvest Festival Only (Children and Adults) Unlimited access at Harvest Festival & Amusement Park Rides  Under 54" $15.00  Over 54" $10.00. Receive $1.00 off per person per canned food donation up to 3 cans, maximum discount $3: benefits St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. No coupons or day passes accepted at this event. 11am-6pm.    Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. 602-254-1200. Enchantedislandblog.com

As You Wish Food Drive: Annual Food Drive benefitting United Food Bank.  Bring in 5 cans of food and receive one free studio fee!(some exclusions apply, see store for details). Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations.

Sunday 23

Foodie Faire:  The Foodie Faire is a gourmet picnic on wheels featuring the finest in food truck cuisine along with children’s activities, entertainment and a silent auction.  Guests will choose items from nine gourmet food trucks and a dessert truck. Proceeds Benefit Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. The Bucket Baker Trio will provide live music throughout the day.  Children’s activities include arts and crafts and other games. Tickets are on sale now and cost $35 that includes four food tickets and two drink tickets. Additional food tickets can be purchased at the event for $8 each and drink tickets are $2 each.  602-252-9445. www.affcf.org

Monday 24

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 25

Thanksgiving Dinner: You and your family are invited to join the community for a free Thanksgiving dinner at The Phoenix South Mountain Kroc Center. Dinner will begin at 6pm. 1375 E. Broadway, Phoenix. 602-425-5000. KrocPhoenix.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

Wednesday 26

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

Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator: Join the Curator of Collections 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 is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Nov. 12 & 16. 2-2:30pm. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901. pueblogrande.com

Thursday 27

Thanksgiving Day Parade: Each year, Fountain Hills hosts the only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona. Grab the family and enjoy floats, horses, marching bands and a Grand Marshall. 9am. Downtown Fountain Hills. fountainhillschamber.com/thanksgiving-parade

Friday 28

Meet Santa Claus at Toys & Playtime Oasis: The day after Thanksgiving, bring the kids to Toys & Playtime Oasis where Santa Claus will be paying a very special visit. Don’t forget your camera for a great photo opportunity with Santa! Boys and girls will also be able to leave their letters to Santa in his special mailbox and Santa will have a little treat for all good boys and girls. 10am-1pm. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Black Friday ‘Shop N’ Drop’ at AZ Air Time: Get started on your holiday shopping by dropping the kids off early at 8 a.m. at AZ Air Time Trampoline Park! While you enjoy a few hours taking advantage of the Black Friday discounts your kids will have a great time jumping on the trampolines, playing dodgeball, shooting baskets, or jumping into the huge foam pit. AZ Air Time is an amusement business, not a child care facility, and will not be directly supervising individual children. Opens early at 8am. Also offering a special Black Friday discount. Children under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.  AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #145, Scottsdale. 480- 427-2000.  azairtime.com

Saturday 29

Festival of Southwestern Fine Art & Fine Craft: Up to 100 Exhibitors of Southwestern Fine Art & Crafts located in the Carefree Town Gardens, Music Entertainment in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. 65 to 100 Art & Craft Booths to visit and enjoy. Carefree Town Garden Center at Sundial Circle. Nov 28-29. 10am-5m. visitcarefree.com

Sunday 30

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

Holiday Festivities

ZooLights, Let it Glow! from Nov 24 – Jan 11: ZooLights is an annual holida light show like no other in the Valley. The two new Music in Motion shows will feature music from the movie Polar Express and Carol of the Bells by Artic Express. Meet Tortuga the Talking Galapagos Tortoise ad Experience the Zoo’s new 4-D theater with amazing effects including snow, fog and gusts of wind. You will feel like you are personally on board the Polar Express! 5:30–10:30pm nightly. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

 

Spectacular Weekend in Downtown Glendale on Nov 28-29: Come on out and enjoy the kick off weekend of Glendale Glitters holiday events. Glendaleaz.gov

 

Tempe Fantasy of Lights Parade on Nov 29: Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District as the 20th annual parade rolls down the street the day after Thanksgiving. The parade includes as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade proceeds down Mill Avenue from 3rd Street and turns on 7th Street to proceed through Centerpoint Plaza, where Tempe’s festively decorated holiday tree awaits ceremonial lighting at the conclusion of the parade. Parade starts at 6pm.

 

North Pole Experience from Nov 21-Dec 27: Located in Flagstaff, The North Pole Experience is the only one of its kind in the U.S., providing guests a unique Christmas adventure of a lifetime. Children all over the world come to visit the 12,000-square-foot workshop, which includes Santa's Toy Hall of Fame, Santa's Toy Building Workshop, Santa's Bakery, Santa’s Office, Elf University, "Area 47" (Santa's secret sleigh hanger) and of course, one-on-one family time with Santa! The entire North Pole Experience is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets start at just $38 . 480-779-9679. Northpoleexperience.com

 

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com

 

*Holiday Skating Nov 28- 30:  We will be offering FREE holiday skating in the District in front of AMC Theatres for children 5 and older. Skates will be provided, but don’t forget your socks! 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday; 11am-6pm Sunday. Free.

 

*First Snow Fall at Desert Ridge Marketplace on Nov 24: Kick off the holiday season with Desert Ridge Marketplace!  Join us for the very first snow fall of the season, plus games, prizes, dancing and more! 

5-8pm. Free.

 

*Salvation Army Angel Tree from Nov 21 – Dec 21: The Christmas Angel Program provides new toys and clothing to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open during the holidays.  The Angel Tree is located at Dave & Buster’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace and contains tags with the name, age, clothing size, and toy requests of an underprivileged child.

 

*Snow What Fun Nightly Snowfalls from Nov 24-Dec 24: It will snow each night between November 19-December 24 (except for Thanksgiving) promptly at 7 & 8pm within The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace.  Out of thin air, flakes of fluffy white show will float down from the sky, transforming the AMC Fountain and Fireplace into a living show globe.  7 pm & 8pm. Free.

 

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. # 1150, Tempe. 480-966-9338. tempemarketplace.com

*First Snow Fall and Holiday Tree Lighting on Nov 26: Join Tempe Marketplace and 99.9 KEZ as they kick off the holiday season the night before Thanksgiving. The celebration will start with a holiday ice skating performance in front of the District Stage, followed by the lighting of a 60-foot holiday tree. Then, at 7pm, it will magically snow for the first time at Tempe Marketplace! 6:30pm.

 

*Ice Skating from Nov 27-30: Free holiday ice skating is offered to children 5 and over throughout Thanksgiving weekend, including Black Friday, near the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace. Ice skates will be provided at no cost. Don’t forget your socks!

 

*Nightly Snow Fall from Nov 26-Dec24: Snow What Fun! Experience nightly snowfall every night at 7pm and 8pm near the District Stage! The magical snowfall will begin promptly at 7pm and 8pm and will last for approximately 8 minutes.

 

*Salvation Army Christmas Angel from Nov 28 – Dec 21: Holiday shoppers are invited to participate in the Christmas Angel Program by providing new toys and clothing to children in need. Trees will be on display near the main entrance inside Dave & Buster’s.

 

Westgate Entertainment District

6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. 623-385-7502. westgateaz.com/holiday

*Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & First Snow Fall on Nov 25: Celebrate the start of the holidays and watch as Fountain Park magically transforms into a winter wonderland!  The night kicks off with a festive ice skating performance, followed by Santa’s official arrival and the lighting of our holiday tree. First Snowfall starts at 7pm and Santa will be available for free photos from 7-9pm. The celebration lasts from 6:30-9pm.

 

*Holiday Skating Nov 22-29: Enjoy free holiday skating in Fountain Park for all children 5 and older. Skates will be provided, please bring socks.

*Santa at Westgate Entertainment District from Nov 25-Dec 24: Visit Santa in front of the Holiday Tree in Fountain Park to share wishes, snap pictures and receive a FREE gift (while supplies last). Please visit our website for Santa’s full schedule and break times. 4-8pm.

*Holiday Carriage Rides, every Friday and Saturday from Nov 28-Dec 27: Hop in, take a spin & be whisked around Westgate Entertainment District on a free magical carriage ride! 5-9pm. 

*Nightly Snow Fall from Nov 25-Dec24: Watch as Fountain Park magically transforms into a snowy winter wonderland with 8-minute nightly snow fall shows at 7 and 8pm! 

The Shops of Norterra

 2460 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

*Black Friday Secret Santa on Nov 28: Norterra Gift Cards will be given randomly throughout the day by our Secret Santa to shoppers! 11am-1pm.

                                                                                                                                      

*Photos with Santa on Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 &20: Photos and crafts for kids at Elevate Coffee Company, located across from Harkins Norterra 14. 11am - 1pm.  (While supplies last. Email address must be provided to receive photo.)

 

*Christmas with Corvettes on Dec 12: Watch as Santa arrives in style with 94.5 KOOL-FM along with mid-day host Charlie Huero for the coolest car show in town! Enjoy food sampling, hot chocolate, cookies, snowfall at 7 and 8pm and live music. 6-8:30pm.

 

Photos with Santa at Chandler Fashion Square Nov 8–Dec 24: Embark on an interactive journey through Santa’s modernized workshop, measure your behavior by testing out his Naughty or Nice O’Meter, experience ELF-RAY Vision to see secret worlds inside Santa’s Observatory, and take photos with Santa inside his newly-designed sleigh located in Macy’s Court. Skip the long lines this year by visiting www.santa-hq.com to book your reservation. Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.  shopchandlerfashioncenter.com

Photos with Santa at Arrowhead Towne Center Nov 1- Dec 24: Ho, ho, ho! Visit with Santa, give him your list and find out if you are on the naughty or nice list. Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. Arrowheadtownecenter.com

Photos with Santa at SanTan Village Nov 15- Dec 24: We’ll kick off Santa’s arrival with a special Kids cub powered by Nat Geo Kids on Saturday, Nov 15, at Santa’s Lane. SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Shopsantanvillage.com

Holiday Street Fairs by the Paisley Pumpkin on Nov 8, 15 and 22: Support Local vendors and stock up on unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The holiday street fairs will be full of fun crafts for purchase, a bouncy house, yummy treats and more! SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Shopsantanvillage.com

Photos with Santa at Superstition Springs Center: It’s the most wonderful time of the year with Santa! This is the perfect opportunity to visit with Santa. Nov 7 – Dec 24. Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Superstitionsprings.com

Charming Pony Parties’ Winter Fair Weekends from Nov 28- Dec 23: Charming Pony Ranch is getting Frozen! Come play with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in real snow! Enjoy sled run, pony & sleigh rides, hot chocolate, food trucks, Christmas tree lot and professional pictures with Santa available for purchase!  19814 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 602-291-4134. Charmingponyparties.com

Annual Cityskate Ice Rink from Nov 22-Feb3: The CitySkate ice rink is back again for some icy cool fun. skate all season long in the middle of Central Avenue. Enjoy the twinkling lights and some hot chocolate. $12 for adults and childen; $6 for children undger the age of 6. 1E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-772-390. Cityskatephx.com

November Center Stage

Imagine This: A puppet show that is comprised of many different stories written by kids for kids. This annual program is always different. Kenilworth students write original stories. A panel of judges picks the best and they are made into shows by our professional puppeteers using a variety of puppet styles. Expect a lot of FUN! Funded in part by the Andrew Family Foundation.  For all ages.  Nov. 5 – Nov. 9. Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. www.azpuppets.org.

The Little Red Hen: Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other. Preschool-Grade 2. Nov. 12 – 30.  $7 – 10. Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. www.azpuppets.org.

My Son Pinocchio Jr: A beautiful story told from a father's point of view. My Son Pinocchio will charm your socks off while tugging at your heart strings. Based on the Disney movie, it includes some very famous songs including "When You Wish Upon a Star" and a host of new songs penned by none other than Stephen Schwartz. It includes lots of great roles for girls too, including a group of named fairies who narrate and move the story along. Suitable for all ages.  Fri., Nov. 7-Nov. 16. $12.50 - $16. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. 480-310-0369. www.cytphoenix.org.

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark:An adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning, fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. A talented cast of 38 area youth presents the show. Nov. 6-9.  $19 - $16. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

Walking with Dinosaurs: We take the audience on a journey back in time and show them how the dinosaurs might have actually looked in their prime - huge, sometimes frightening, sometimes comical monsters - that fought for survival every day of their lives.  Our dinosaurs move exactly like they are real -- with all the roars, snorts and excitement that go with it.  Nov. 19 – 23. $41.50 – 79.50, 23 months and under free on lap. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ. 602-256-7200. usairwayscenter.com.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: Happy Holiday! Experience Irving Berlin’s beloved and timeless score like never before as ABT brings White Christmas to life on stage this holiday season! Based on the 1954 film, the musical spectacle follows World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis and their pursuit of romance while en route to the ultimate wintery holiday in Vermont. A heartwarming musical boasting huge production numbers, the show brims with Irving Berlin classics including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano” and, of course, the perennial favorite “White Christmas.” Full of romance, laughter and breathtaking choreography, White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! Nov. 28-Dec. 28. Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 West Paradise La., Peoria. azbroadway.org

 

 

 










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