Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fun Upcoming Activities

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Nov 7 Grand Opening Celebration at DeMont Family Swim, 2850 W Ina Rd #130. Free family swim, pizza, ice cream, autographs by 2008 Olympians and more! More info at 877-SWIM.

Nov 7-8 Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games, Rillito Raceway Park at River Rd and 1st Ave. Sat 9-10 and Sun 9-5. Adults $12, Senior/Military $9, Kids 6-15 $5, Free under 5. Get $2 discount on adult admission for canned food donation. Sat night 7pm is Celtic Fire performance.
Highlights: Life-size board game “Quest for the Castle Keep!”, Scottish and Irish music and dance, Scottish Heavy Athletics (big guys throwing big things), Celtic Kids Athletic Competition, petting zoo, storytellers, jumping castles, jousting and rock climbing wall, bagpipes, booths, food and more!

Nov 7 Mister Rogers Sweater Drive at UofA Mall, 11am-3pm. Bring new or gently-used sweater to Arizona Public Media Tent or drop off at any Shaffer Dry Cleaning location Nov 1-7.

Through Dec 31, 2009 Hughes Credit Union will give 2 free passes to the Desert Museum for all kids (age 0-17) who join Hughes. See under ‘Youth & Money’ for more details.

Kids Night at Chick-fil-A, Tuesdays 5-8pm. Two area locations: 4585 N Oracle Rd and 3605 E Broadway Blvd. Free crafts, activities and a visit from the cow mascot. Also FREE 4-piece chicken nugget Kids Meal with purchase of adult meal or entrée salad.

Bookmans on Ina and Thornydale Rd, 10-11am every Friday. Stories and craft.

Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall, 10am Wednesdays and 11 am Saturdays storytime and craft

Local libraries (see, family, toddler and preschool storytimes. Nanini- Preschool Th and F at 10:30am, Family T 6:30pm and Sa 10:30am; Wheeler Taft Abbott- Preschool Th 10:30am, Family Sa 10:30am; Oro Valley- Preschool Tu 11:30am, Family W 10am.

Tohono Chul Park ‘Stories in the Garden for Children’ every Tuesday, 10-11am. Visit the amazing grounds and museum afterward. Admission is: $7 for adults (13+), $3 for students with valid ID and
$2 for children (5-12), children under 5 are free.
Reading with a Storybook Character First Saturday each month, 10:30 a.m., free. An hour of storytelling and activities with a storybook character is featured on the first Saturday of each month. UA BookStore at Student Union Memorial Center, 1209 E. University Blvd, Tucson, 621-2426
Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys (4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188) storytime every Tues 11am and Thur 1pm.

Zoowinkles at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys 4811 E Grant Rd, Ste 151, 326-0188. Presented one Saturday a month at 2 pm, free (see calendar on website “Live animals from Reid Park Zoo will be there along with their knowledgeable keepers. Fun activities in an imaginative toy store setting.” They offer KidzArt summer camps, $95/week.

Musical Magic for Kids presented by So. Az. Arts Council Assoc. (formerly GOVAC). Free performances at 10:30am at Music and Dance Academy (SE corner of Oracle and Magee next to Trader Joe’s). Dates: 10/10, 11/21, 1/9, 2/13, 4/3. See their website for a list of events

YMCA family swim, M-F 6-8pm, $1/family, open year round. NW YMCA 7770 N. Shannon.

Pump It Up- Family Night, Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm, $8.95/child and $2.95/adult admission includes two slices of pizza and beverage each. Open mornings M, W,
Th 9:30-11am, $6/child, $5 sibling, parents free; socks required to jump.
Starizona, 5757 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 103 • Tucson, Arizona 85704 • Call Us: (520) 292-5010. Free Viewing Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat nights (after dark)!
International Wildlife Museum, 1st Wednesday, 9:30-10am storytime and craft. $5 admission for child, parents free. Stay and tour museum, watch an animal movie in the theater or get some food at the snack bar. Summer camps also available.

Tucson Children’s Museum- Let your child explore and learn about health, electricity, dinosaurs, under the sea, space, instruments, building and so much more! There are daily activities and various special events plus 1 free day per month. See website for details Located at 200 S. 6th Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays except for “Monsoon Mondays” June-August; $1/person Monday nights, 5-8pm.

Providence Institute, ‘Yoga for Kids’ every Saturday, 2-3pm, $5/child, ages 4-10; parents welcome to stay too. 3400 E Speedway, Suite 114; 323-0203.

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way (at Grant), 326-9686. Open 8:30am-4:30pm daily; cost $7/adult, $3 ages 4-12, under 3 free. Costs vary by season so may have changed. See website for prices at

Tohono Chul Park- The Park grounds are beautiful- voted top 10 Botanical Gardens in the world (Travel and Leisure magazine) and rated Best Park/Garden in Tucson for 2009. Open daily 8am-5pm. Admission $7/adults, $2 ages 5-12.
The 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. Reptile Ramble Fridays Apr-Oct at 10am, $5- hands-on reptile encounter. See website for more details
Tucson Mall, ‘Art with Nina’, every 2nd Saturday of each month, 11:30-1:30 next to Kid’s Play Area, free.
Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd., near the Grant Rd. intersection. Phone 296-5442,
Enjoy Dragoon Street Wild, Wild West Stunt Shows (free but tips to actors appreciated), Sun- Thur: 7:00 & 8:00 pm Fri & Sat: 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00pm . You’ll also find the vintage Allen Herschell Fiesta del Presidio Carousel—the oldest operational carousel in the city ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm). You’ll be able to ride the Trail Dust Town Railroad, a replica of the 1863 C. P. Huntington narrow-gauge train ($1/ride, open daily 5-8pm), visit the Museum of the Horse Soldier, pan for gold at Gabby’s Gulch ($1/person), check out the Rifle Shooting Gallery and grab a cowboy dinner at the various restaurants.

Old Pueblo Trolley Call 792-1802 or visit for a route map and schedule. Take a step back in time with a trolley ride between University Blvd.’s Main Gate Square and the eclectic shopping district along Fourth Avenue—for just $1 a ride Fri. and Sat. and 25 cents on Sun. This is very near UA campus so maybe combine it with a visit to the Flandrau Center on UA campus or while exploring 4th Avenue.

Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E Valencia Rd, (520) 618-4800. Open daily 10am-5pm. Jun-Oct low season rates $11.50/adults, $8 ages 7-12.

Flandrau Science Center Mineral Museum (U of A campus) has re-opened Fri and Sat 9-5 for $4 admission ages 5 and up. Also, the free Observatory continues to be open every Wed-Sat, 7-10pm.

Funtasticks, last Friday of each month is ‘Fellowship Night’. $10/person gets you in from 4pm-midnight to ride all rides and mini golf.

Kitt Peak National Observatory has daily hour-long tours at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Cost is $4/adult, $2.50/kids ages 6-12. Located 56 miles SW of Tucson on Route 86- makes a great day trip. Call 318-8732 or for more info.

Thursday's Free Beginner’s Guitar Class (6-12 yrs old), 17th Street Market 810 E. 17th St, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Age 12 and older class is 5:15 to 6:15. Group lessons...basic techniques....Contact 624-8821 ext.147 for additional info...........Your Guitar or ours!!
Children's Drumming Circle 17th Street Market 810 E. 17th St., Tucson, 624-8821 Ext. 145, Bonnie Brooks. Every Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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. Free. Age Restrictions 6-12 years old.
Michaels, “The Knack” kids craft time, $5/child (ages 5-12), supplies included. Every Saturday 10-12am, 3749 West Ina Road. See website for events calendar:

Lowe’s ‘Build and Grow Clinics’ for Kids (recommended 1st-5th grades). Marana location (off Ina Rd), 572-7300, every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-11am. Make fun crafts and projects; free or small fee. Please register beforehand online at, under Services go to Build and Grow Clinics or call to sign-up.

Rocks and Ropes, “Kids Climb” lets kids (under 12 only) climb without the adults getting in their way. 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.

SASI (Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute)
4th Sat of each month (except Dec) is a FREE admission day open to the public from 9am-3pm. Gates Pass Rd, ¼ mi E of Kinney Rd (a few miles from the Desert Museum).
In the mornings they have a nature walk then lectures and classes. After lunch are kids’ activities- live creature encounter, craft, etc. They have a butterfly garden and live demos.

1 comment:

vbnow54 said...

Thanks Cherise! That is a great list!
I like the Farmers Market guitar classes, especially.
Also, I don't know if anyone is interested, but the Uof A has an inexpensive University Community Chorus for community people who do not attend the school, on Tuesday evenings during the whole semester, from 7-930pm for $50 total charge.
The chorus is conducted by Dr. Schauer who is very good at her job, and there is NO audition, just come and sing like in a stake choir.I'll send the link if you contact me.