My childhood environmentalist phase never faded, so visiting Biosphere 2 with my family had me animated like a grade-schooler. Our visit might also have been arranged with the hope that I would inspire my children’s interest in life science. I would love to see them become little earth scientists and early engineers and appreciate along with me the chance to visit a rainforest, an ocean, a savannah, and a coastal fog desert right in the middle of the Oro Valley, near Tucson, Arizona.
There is something satisfying about going with my family to an art gallery. We all leave with a desire to create and the art supplies I have been collecting are rediscovered. My boys typically want to do something active and I usually think of a few standby activities before seeking out cultural exhibits. But there will always be movies to watch, indoor parks with longer summer hours, and we can always fit in some pool time after a short gallery visit.
Tucked away in an unassuming office building in Ocotillo area of Chandler, Arizona, is an art goldmine.
School is out and my kids might be thinking this means weeks of unlimited video games. If we stay home in cool comfort, they will surely get more screen time than is recommended, even after zipping through the art projects and science experiments we have been waiting to try.
Get Poppin’ at the Second Annual Bubble Bash
Soapy Sensation Returns to Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace this May!
When you have little more than a day to get away, I hope you will go see the amazing Tonto National Monument in Roosevelt, AZ. There is hardly any preparation necessary. All you need are snacks, a water bottle, and sturdy shoes.
Of the probably 5,000 things we saw at Antique Trove on Scottsdale Road, my son wanted this typewriter the most. Making this writer Mama happy 🙂
One of the first National Parks Service sites in Arizona, Montezuma’s Castle has become one of the state’s most identifiable features. (Legoland Discovery Center in Tempe even captured it in bricks!) The beautiful 800-year-old adobe pueblo built high up in the cliff shows the ingenuity of the ancient people who lived there. Even my young children were impressed (and only a little disappointed they couldn’t tour the “castle.”)