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Amazing way to get kids outdoors and explore the world as a family! Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt and can be done anywhere – not just Phoenix! This article explains how to get started and what to do when you find your first cache. Perfect activity for affordable family fun in Phoenix.
Fall is here! The temperature is finally reaching sane digits and the kids are almost on fall break. Wait?!? What? How did that happen so fast? No worries. I have tons of ideas on affordable Phoenix family activities. Ride the Sky Harbor Sky Train Want an aerial view of the Sky Harbor tarmac without getting on a plane? The Sky train is free, fun and an brilliant way to spend a few hours. Plan this around noon and break for lunch in one of the many fantastic restaurants in Terminal 4. While you are there, peruse some of the museum exhibits. This month features the past of airline travel with displays of menus, matchbooks and other items given to passengers in the 1960’s and beyond. If its your kid’s first visit to the airport, stop by the information desk and tell them! Your child will get a little plane as a souvenir. Before you leave, make sure to stop by the La Grande Orange counter for a Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie to take home. You will not regret it. Visit the Chocolate Factory YES, you get to eat the chocolate! Cerretas’ is located in Glendale and has tours available as well as tasting packages and an opportunity for kids to make their own chocolate pizza. OktoberFest! Bratwurst, oompa music, strudel… where can you go wrong? And beer and wine available for the adults! The Tempe Oktoberfest (October 9-11) has an awesome kid’s section with carnival rides, arts and crafts and a passport which you can take around the fest and earn a free cookies. The Peoria Oktoberfest (October 3) has a Kinder Village with inflatables. Play at a local park Yes, it’s fall!! WE CAN FINALLY PLAY OUTSIDE IN ARIZONA!! That said, the parks in the Phoenix area are top notch. Be amazed by the climbing tower in Riverview Park in Mesa. Play on the world’s first EVOS playground, a suspended structure, at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale. Ride the zip line at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Early morning park time means I get to ride the zipline!! #momlife A photo posted by JoAnn (@awhimsiclelife) on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:19am PST It holds grown-ups and kids as you can see. Arizona Science Center Lay on a bed of nails. Watch open heart surgery. Learn computer programming from Mark Zuckerburg. Just the typical day at the Arizona Science Center. Best to plan your visit for first thing in the morning when the museum opens as the exhibits can get rather crowded. Also, if you’re lucky, you can nab a culture pass at your local library which grants you free admission for two. Visit the Zoo We have two zoos in Phoenix! Two! I’m so excited because I just discovered the other zoo this past spring. First, the Phoenix Zoo provides a remarkable experience with beautiful exhibits, a wide variety of animals and it’s also available on POGO pass which grants each POGO pass holder two free admissions. The second zoo is the Wildlife World Zoo & […]
Now that school’s back in session, don’t you just have the itch to get away? Pile the kids in the car, pack some yummy snacks and hit the road. Keep everyone happy and occupied with these easy road trip games – all that can be done with no planning ahead whatsoever. Last week, we took off to Show Low in Northern Arizona to escape the desert heat. Since we left immediately after school let out we had to be prepared. Namely, we needed snacks, because no one is up for up for playing road trip games while “hangry.” Snacks for the Road I packed a variety of our favorite CVS Gold Emblem Abound treats. I love this brand because it uses nothing artificial and the snacks are never overly sweetened. For this trip we took breakfast biscuits, Strawberry Crisps, Blueberry Almond Rice Pop clusters, Cherry Vanilla Almond Crunch and Fuji Apple & Raspberry Clusters. Why am I always so surprised while packing snacks for my family? I honestly thought this would last us the 3-hour trip there and provide us with sustenance for our drive back. Nope. We finished all of this going one way. So what else do we do to keep our family happy in the car? Tons of road trip games. My six-year-old daughter is now at an awesome age where she can play more games with us. Here are our favorites as well as some favorites suggested by my friends. Road Trip Games for Preschoolers Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Ask your preschooler to name 3-5 things they might see out the window on the trip. Write these on a piece of paper and draw a basic picture next to each object. Hand this list to your child and let her search. If you would like to plan ahead, you can find a printable road trip scavenger hunt here. I SPY Can be the best game ever or the most infuriating game ever. In this game, the “spy” finds something and names its color for the other players. For example, “I spy with my little eyes something green.” The other players then guess everything they see that’s green that may be what the “spy” is thinking of. On road trips, I like to keep this game to objects inside the car. Outside the car gets a little tricky Counting Games I used to play this one with my mom on road trips. While driving through New Mexico, we each chose a side of the road and tallied up the number of cows that appeared on each side. This game can be adjusted depending on the age of your child. My friend Mike likes to pick something that his three-year-old daughter likes, for instance, McDonalds, and then count those. He even gives her a tally sheet to work on fine motor skills at the same time. Games for Grade Schoolers & Up First Letter Guess One player thinks of a word and gives the other players the first letter. […]
Picture this: You’re on an airplane somewhere over Texas. Your kids are happy as can be until one tells you that she is hungry. Your toddler son grunts in agreement. The problem is, you have no food on you. Suddently, your once happy children transform into screaming, “hangry” demons. You begrudgingly hand over $8 to the flight attendant who gives you a box of crackers, raisins, and cheese.
I’ve learned that if my kids are eating, they’re happy. A little bit of hunger can push a bored child over the edge. While traveling, it is very difficult to find healthy and portable kid food. Especially items not loaded with sugar. I’ve found that sugar crashes are often even worse than a little bit of the “hangries.”