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10 Things to Do This Weekend: Family Edition

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As Halloween festivities come to a close, it is time to get geared up for the next round of fall fun. Each month of fall comes with a different set of seasonal activities. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are a series of events in Phoenix that will keep the festive mood alive for families.




Arizona Broadway Theater

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The opening night of Hairspray is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. This family-friendly event is fun for everyone as it describes the story of a girl aspiring to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. This performance is sure to be a laugh and a great way to take the whole family out.




Phoenix Symphony Hall, 7:30 pm

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For a romantic and peaceful evening, enjoy the majestic performance of Cinderella’s tale in ballet form. Based on the beloved storybook, this ballet is for every type of audience. With humor, fantasy, and a beautiful soundtrack, this is one of the best performances this season.





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This camp provides children with illnesses a chance to break away from their daily struggles and laugh in a medically safe setting as well as challenge them in positive ways. The children will be able to participate with others and grow in a creative atmosphere. Families are welcome to accompany the kids.




Tempe Town Lake, 7:30 am

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This annual walk around Tempe Town Lake will be taking place this Saturday. The Walk to Cure Diabetes has been a remarkable event to help aid awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. The event includes a 5k walk and live music, as well as entertainment and breakfast provided by Bashas’ Grocery. Come join the fun and help them reach their $1 million goal.




Tucson Botanical Gardens

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As one of Arizona’s only live butterfly exhibits, Butterfly Magic is an amazing experience with nature. This exhibit is a huge greenhouse filled with some of the most diverse and rare species of butterflies. Enjoy the species and experience of being surrounded by nature.




Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

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As one of the Valley’s most popular events, the Hot Air Balloon Glow and Festival is a good activity for both kids and adults. There is a kid zone on site for the younger members of the family and an incredible view of the glowing hot air balloons is open to everyone. Tickets start at $10 and include admission, parking, tethered balloon rides, and food vendors on site.




Tempe, ASU Campus, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Special science activities will be offered to those ages five and up who are interested in space. Work alongside real scientists to discover new rocks along “A” mountain as well as pan for gold, dig for meteorites, drive underwater robots, and more. A nice way to end the week for all those education hungry kids out there.






Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia, 12 – 4 p.m.

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Cooking demonstrations by the renown celebrity cooks and grill masters will take place in Peoria this Sunday. Come watch the culinary celebrities and enjoy food, wine sampling, and learning the tricks of the trade. Tickets are $30 each.




Phoenix, through Nov. 4

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There is no better way to celebrate the old-fashioned way than with a state fair. Filled with pie-eating contests, scavenger hunts, petting zoos, and more, the Arizona State Fair is one of the best places to spend a family weekend this fall. Tickets are only $10 for a day of fun-filled activities.





Phoenix Art Museum, 2 p.m.

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Based on the classic Shakespeare tale we all know, the Manchester International Festival will be broadcasting a Macbeth production in high definition format for viewers to enjoy. This infamous story is brought to life in a way never seen before. Admission starts at $15.






Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

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Halloween is a fun fall event that gives kids a chance to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. Here are some tips to help make the festivities safer for your family.


Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix: Family Edition

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From an outdoor Dia de los Muertos celebration to a Spooktacular hot air balloon event, here are the top 10 things to do this weekend for families in Phoenix.






6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

The Phoenix Zoo's wildest and scariest event is back! Created for guests ages 8 and up, Howl-O-Ween is a fun event that features spooky activities for both the brave and the not so brave. All activities are broken down into three levels, with Scare Level 1 being the least scary and Scare Level 3 being the scariest. Level 1 activities include camel rides, a Creatures of the Night Animal Show, a Mad Scientist Laboratory, magic shows, and a "scare"ousel where you can ride the web-covered carousel to some haunting music. Join the zoo's Monster Mash and dance to some top hits as well as classic Halloween music. More details about this fun night at the zoo, and which event lean towards scary or truly terrifying, can be found at phoenixzoo.org.



Xavier College Prep to Present Annual Christmas Pageant

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(Phoenix) - Xavier College Preparatory is pleased to announce its annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center on Xavier's campus.  The pageant is the traditional story of the birth of Christ as told through reverent music and dance, and this year's theme is "Hope Is Born."  The performance is Xavier's gift to the community, so there will not be a charge for admission.  Please come and enjoy!


Mortimer Family Farms Brings Back the Pumpkins!

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Arizona Families head north to "Beat the Heat" at Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival: every weekend in October (Friday’s 4-10, Saturday’s 10-10, and Sunday’s 10-5)! Kids of all ages will explore a 25 Acre Pumpkin Patch, 15 Acre Corn Maze, Fire Works, Fall Décor, Apple Cider, Farm Hay Rides, Haunted House, Ferris Wheel, Zip Line, Bubble Run, Corn Bath, Laser Tag, Climbing Wall, Barrel Train, Antique Tractor Show & Pull, Food & Craft Vendors and Live Entertainment! Stay and party the night away with a Farm Dance, Live County Western Band & Entertainment every Saturday Night! Festival Admission is $12.00 (ages 2 and under free) and includes Free Parking*. Mortimer Family Farms is located at Highway 69 & 169 in Dewey, Arizona.

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