Saturday, May 30, 2015

2015 Guide to a Summer With Heart


We are excited to give you our free 2015 Guide to a Summer with Heart!

Click here to download the guide and use it for an enjoyable and fun filled summer. This is even great for kids and teens to read through and get ideas for keeping the boredom at bay.  Whether you are single, married, empty nesters, grandparents, or in thick or raising young minds, we have you covered.  Your Arizona adventures await!

Please feel free to pass our guide on to your friends and family.


Kathryn and Marily

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Things to Do for Spring Break (and the rest of March!)

The winner of the FREE Pogo Pass is . . . 


Email us at to claim your prize. 

Spring Break is just around the corner. Some of you will have spring break next week and other districts will enjoy their week off after that. This list of activities will give you plenty of ideas for things to do in Arizona for the rest of the month. And, make sure you read to the end of the post for a Pogo Pass giveaway!

Buy a Pogo Pass! Spring break is the perfect time to use your Pogo Pass. Go to the Phoenix Zoo, Jumpstreet, the Phoenix Rock Gym, or one of the many other fun venues. Use code IHEARTAZ to get 60% off your passes making them only $39.98 each for a year of fun. Also, those that purchase passes in March will be entered to win 4 tickets to Wicked at Gammage! Go here to purchase. 

Go hiking. The weather is perfect, take advantage of it while you can. Check out our list of 16 Kid-Friendly (and Pet-Friendly) Hikes in the Phoenix Area

Find an event at your local mountain park. Try Usery ParkMcDowell Mountain, or Lost Dutchman State Park as a start. Generally, all activities are free with a small fee per car for admission into the park. Some examples include movie night in the park, archery lessons, wildflower walks, and more. 

Explore another city. We are from the East Valley and had a fun time visiting Glendale as a little excursion. Read our list of things to do in Glendale here

Visit a new park. A simple outing to the park is more exciting when you drive a little farther and visit a new or less-visited park. Here are a few suggestions for some of the best parks in the Valley:

  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park (Scottsdale) - Lots of fun, make sure to bring some money for the train and carousel rides. The model railway building is amazing to see and free.
  • Riverview Park (Mesa) - Pretty much the coolest park in Arizona. Likely to be quite crowded for Spring Break, but tons of fun. 
  • Red Mountain Park (East Mesa) - Some cool play structures here as well as desert walking paths. 
  • Freestone (Gilbert) -Bring money to ride the train and other mini rides.
  • Fountain Park (Fountain Hills) - This is a fun park to travel to with a picnic. Kids can play on the playground and watch the huge fountain go off every hour on the hour.
Rent a boat or paddle board at Tempe Town Lake.

Catch a spring training game. Tickets are available at fields across the Valley and start at just $9 - $10 for lawn tickets and more for stadium seating.

Visit Ikea Tempe. There are even a few free activities for kids as well as the play area.

Hit one of these ice rinks across the valley:

Ride the Light Rail - Why not take a trip with the kids somewhere along the light rail?

Explore Schnepf Farms. Open Thursday - Sunday 8:30-4:00 PM

Pick your own veggies in the U-pick garden and enjoy train rides, petting zoo, play yard, breakfast, lunch, country store, and hay rides.

March Calendar of Events:

March 7Exclusively Little at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park (Scottsdale) from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Free event for children six years and younger.  Activities include game booths, bounce houses, face painting, petting zoo, health demonstrations and entertainment. Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a contest. Train ride and carousel are $2.00 each. Children under three ride free with a paying adult.

March 7: Falcon Field Open House (Mesa) From 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Admission and parking are FREE.  Enjoy aircraft displays, kids activities and  more.

March 7 - 8My Nana's Salsa Challenge (Phoenix)  Steele Indian School Park.
This event involves over 70 booths of homemade salsa. For one price, entry includes all-you-can-eat. It is pretty much our dream come true and one festival we never miss. Festival also includes a kid zone ($2 each child), vendors, margarita contest, 5K run, and more. Bring a few dollars if you'd like to vote for your favorite salsas. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Hemophila Association. 

March 6 - 7: Lehi Days Rodeo (Mesa). Small family rodeo for all ages. Includes a petting zoo, food vendors, pony rides, and more.

March 8: Gateway Aviation Day.  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. This free event includes up-close aircraft displays, family friendly activities, kids zone, theater performances and other entertainment, and food vendors. Admission and parking are free. Canned food donations will be accepted at the gate, benefiting United Food Bank. 

March 132nd Friday Night Out (Mesa)  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM on Main Street from Center to Country Club. This month's theme is Cosplay on Main and will include lots of fun costumes and characters. Food, entertainment, street vendors, etc.

March 14-15: Tombstone Wild West Days (Tombstone). Festivities include a parade and other entertainment.

March 18 - 21Spark! Festival (Mesa).  Mesa Arts Center. (Wed and Thurs Noon - 5:00 PM; Fri and Sat NOON - 10:00 PM). Interactive art projects for adults and kids, theater and musical performances, storytelling, dancing, food trucks, and studio classes for just $5 each. All activities are free except studio sampler classes. Spark! After Dark will extend the festival to 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings with night-time festivities, Saturday fireworks, live music & more.

March 21: Americana Music Fest (Bisbee). Enjoy multiple stages of music, vintage cars, bikes, great American food and brews. Presale tickets are $20/each.

Now - March 29: Arizona Renaissance Festival (Gold Canyon) Make sure to check out Alicia's Deals for information on how to get discounted admission.

March 27 - 29: McDowell Mountain Music Festival (Phoenix). Lots of live music, Kids' Zone, and vendors. Tickets are $60/day or $165 for the weekend.

March 25 - April 4. Mesa Easter Pageant. LDS Temple grounds, 525 E. Main in Mesa. Live performances of the Easter story start March 25th and run most nights through April 4th including a Spanish performance. Check website for exact dates. The performances begin at 8:00 PM and last about 65 minutes.  Expect a crowd, so arrive early, and bring a picnic and treats to enjoy.  The performance is free and donations are not accepted. 

And ... a giveaway! Enter here for a chance to win a FREE Pogo Pass. This may be just the prize you need to get you started having some Spring Break fun.

Here are a couple of other posts you might be interested in this spring:

The BIG List of Free Things to Do With Kids in Arizona

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Events

This is the time of year when we love living in Arizona. The weather is great and the outdoor activities are aplenty. Check through our long list for something fun to get you and your family or friends out enjoying Arizona together. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arizona Indian Festival and Native American Cultural Venues

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!

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.
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