Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun Upcoming Family Events

October 4th 10 AM / $2 suggested donation
Just for Kids - The Little Fiddle & Beethoven's Mouse @

Tucson Symphony Center
2175 N. Sixth Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705

October 11 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina Rd
Patrick the Magician, Free
October 15 7-9pm Bookman’s on Ina
Halloween Movie Night (Hocus Pocus and Nightmare before Christmas), Free
October 18 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina
Halloween Costume Parade, crafts and refreshments, Free
Oct 22 3-4pm Bookman’s on Ina
Make your own canvas Halloween backpack, Free

October 24 6pm-close
Tohono Chul Park ‘Park After Dark’
Next Free Admission Day

Ongoing Activities

Every Saturday 9-11am
Rocks and Ropes
Kids Climb lets kids (under 12 only)climb without the adults getting in their way. Held every Saturday from 9-11AM. Cost is $12. Our staff will belay for the kids so all they have to do is have fun. Admission closes at 9:30am, program ends @ 11am. No drop-offs/no reservations or groups.
Every Saturday 10-12am
Michaels 3749 West Ina Road
“The Knack” kids craft time, $5/child (ages 5-12), supplies included
See website for events calendar:

Reading with a Storybook Character
An hour of storytelling and activities with a storybook character is featured on the first Saturday of each month.
Location »
UA BookStore at Student Union Memorial Center
1209 E. University Blvd.
Contact Info »

Date and Time »
first Saturday each month
10:30 a.m.
Cost »
Other storytimes:

11am Saturdays at Barnes & Noble, Foothills Mall

Local libraries (see, family, toddler and preschool

Flandrau Science Center And Planetarium
1601 E. University Blvd. Tucson, Arizona Phone: 621-7827.
Numerous exhibits, science demonstrations and a major national mineral display are some of the attractions at Flandrau. The free observatory offers a view of the heavens through a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope. Observatory hours are 7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Free. Science center and planetarium hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday; noon to 9 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. $5 general. Visit for more information.

MarsQuest Planetarium
This new planetarium show provides visitors a journey to Mars in hopes of unlocking the planet's most hidden secrets. Created by Loch Ness Productions in collaboration with the Space Science Institute of Boulder, Colo., with funding from the National Science Foundation. Actor Patrick Stewart, known for his role as captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek television series and movies, does the narration.
Location »
Flandrau: The UA Science Center
1601 E. University Blvd.
on the UA campus
Dates »
Evening shows at 6:30 Thursdays-Saturdays. Matinee shows at 2:30 Saturdays-Sundays. The program is approximately 50 minutes long.
Cost »
$5 adults, seniors/students and children 4 and over

Just for Kids
Tucson Symphony Center
2175 North Sixth Avenue
Most 1st Saturdays, 10 and 11:15 am
Dates: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Mar 7, Apr 4
Cost: Free, $2 per person suggested donation
Just for Kids is a series of informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts using humor, story-telling, demonstrations, participation and discussion to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments to families including very young children.

Children's Drumming Circle
Each session includes a brief lesson on the music and origins of drumming. Traditional African rhythms, improvisational drumming and simple hand techniques covered. Designed to encourage creativity and instill music appreciation. Use their drums or bring your own.
Location »
17th Street Market
810 E. 17th St.
Directions »
Contact Info »
624-8821 Ext. 145
Bonnie Brooks

Date and Time »
Friday August 29, 2008
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other Dates »
Every Friday
Cost »
Age Restrictions »


• Tohono Chul Park- Park After Dark - Held each fall, this FREE Family open house highlights the desert after dark with art exhibits, hands-on activites and musical or theatrical entertainments. The Park opens its doors for FREE after 6:00 pm on select dates (see website
The Park grounds (only) will be open free of charge on New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The "Park After Dark" and "Night-blooming Cereus" evening events are also free to everyone.


Lowe’s ‘Build and Grow Clinics’ for Kids (recommended 1st-5th grades)
2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11am
Free or low cost, make fun crafts and projects
Marana location