Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arizona Indian Festival

Marily posted about many wonderful events that are going on throughout the valley in conjunction with the Super Bowl.  One more unique and free event is the Arizona Indian Festival taking place today, tomorrow and Saturday, January 29th - 31st at Scottsdale Civic Center Park.  This event includes recreation of authentic traditional villages representing Arizona tribes, story-telling, social dances, authentic American Indian food, live entertainment, arts and crafts market and more.   Go here for more information.  My family is excited to attend and hopefully we will see you there!

One fact that sets Arizona apart from the rest of the country is that we have the second largest American Indian population in the United States. Arizona is home to 21 different and unique federally recognized tribes.  Over a quarter of the land in Arizona is preserved as Native American reservations.   I feel a great connection to Arizona because my family has lived here for several generations, since the 1800's.  But that is nothing compared to some of Arizona's Native American tribes who descend from Arizona's first inhabitants: the Anasazi, Hohokam, and Mogollon people.   Their Arizona roots date back thousands of years. 

It seems as though anywhere you go, there are pieces of Arizona's rich native history if you are willing to look.  In addition to the fun event we posted about above, we have compiled a list of just some of the museums and places to explore here in Arizona that will help you gain a truer appreciation for Arizona's native people. 

The Huhugam Ki Museum on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  Explore the unique heritage of the O'odham and Piipaash tribes.  Open Monday - Friday 9:30-4:30 PM.  Free.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix .  "Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art." Go here for hours and admission.  Free on First Fridays except March. 

Mesa Grande Cultural Park in Mesa.  Explore the Mesa Grand temple mound constructed in AD 1100 - AD 1400 by the Akimel O'odham (Pima) people.  Go here for hours and cost.

Casa Grande Ruins - part of the National Park Service.  Includes a visitor center.  Go here for fees and additional information. 

Arizona State Museum located on the U of A campus in Tucson.  This is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest and is dedicated to exploring and preserving the history of the people from the southwest. Go here for hours and cost.  17 and under and free.

Park of the canals - a free public park in the City of Mesa where you can play on modern playground equipment and also walk near and explore the ancient canals of the Hohokam people. 

Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix Walk the 2/3 mile trail that explores the 1,500 year old archaeological site from the Hohokam people or simply explore the indoor museum.  Includes a hands on children's gallery.  Go here for hours and admission.  Age 17 and under are free on Sundays. 

Navajo Nation Museum located in Window Rock (northern Arizona).   

Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff - This museums celebrates the rich history of the Colorado Plateau.  From the museum explore the nature trails that lead along the rim or meander the canyon bottom of the Rio de Flag.  Some of the trails have a narrated guide.  Go here for hours and admission.

While in Flagstaff, you might as well explore Wupatki National Monument that we posted about here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Phoenix Date Night Ideas - Something Different

Today we are continuing our date night posts to give you some ideas for getting out with someone you care about.

Today's category is SOMETHING DIFFERENT. These are unique and fun ideas that you can keep up your sleeve for when you want to do something a bit out-of-the-box.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

15 Things to Do for Super Bowl Week in Arizona

Hello Arizona! We are back from our long winter's nap. There are LOTS of fun things to do coming up and we want to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

The next couple of weeks are all about the Super Bowl. Even if you are not planning on going to the big game--like the rest of us--there are plenty of activities in the Valley to get you in the spirit. There is something for everyone on this list:

Football-Themed Events:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winner of Just Sports Giveaway

We are excited to announce the winner of the $100 gift card to Just Sports.

I had my two five year olds randomly pick ....

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan said, "My two boys love sports. What is really fun is that my wife and daughter love sports too. My wife texts me updates on games when I am at work and she knows exactly what is going on. We all love football and we have gone to the Cardinals training camp for the past few years. With the gift card, we would get Cardinals gear for everyone. My boys turned into huge John Brown fans after his catch and dance against the Rams."

Jonathan, we are excited to see you get some new Cardinal gear!  Just e-mail us your mailing address at

Remember, shop local this holiday season and for the fans in your life, check out Just Sports.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Just Sports Giveaway

Monday, December 1, 2014

Introducing I Heart AZ's Big Holiday Guide

Here is a little (or a BIG) early Christmas present from our families to yours. This guide took us longer than expected because there is SO MUCH fun to be had in Arizona this winter and it took a lot of work to get it all ready for you. 

We hope you will find it useful and if you do, that you'd consider sharing it with your friends and family. 

Here it is!

Our Big Holiday Guide includes 30+ pages of things to do: 
  • A huge event calendar of things to do in the Valley and around AZ
  • Snow trip ideas
  • Local shopping ideas
  • Places to buy fresh Christmas trees
  • Suggestions for seeing holiday lights
...and more!

We hope this guide will help to inspire you and your family to have a great holiday season. We love it when we get to lead our readers to a new favorite activity so let us know what you enjoy (and what you don't.)

We hope you can use this to plan a fun and memorable fall season.  
As always, you can contact us via email at or on our facebook page. 

Thank you to Angela Hardison for the cover design for our Holiday Guide. And thank you to YOU! Thank you for reading and thank you, thank you, for sharing what we do with your friends and family. 

If you are already subscribed to our email list, check your inbox!

If you would like to subscribe to make sure you receive all of our seasonal guides, click here.

With love,

Kathryn and Marily

P.S.  Don't forget to enter our $100 giveaway to locally owned Just Sports!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sneak Peak at I Heart AZ's 2014 Big Holiday Guide: Events

We have been working hard to finish our 2014 Holiday Guide and wanted to give you a little Thanksgiving Day present: a sneak peak at our Calendar of Events section.  We hope you enjoy and subscribe below so that you can receive the full guide on Monday in your e-mail inbox!  The guide will be complete with snow day ideas, a buy local guide, listing of holiday concerts and theater, a guide to Christmas light displays in the valley, Christmas farms and more.  Remember to subscribe here.

Click here to subscribe to the full guide!

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