• Andrea Garcia

Family-Friendly Fun for the End of Summer

As the end of summer approaches, I want to take a moment to thank YOU, my clients, for allowing me to assist you with your home buying and selling needs. I am truly grateful to be able to do this work. This Labor Day weekend, I'll be taking a pause to spend time with my family, and I invite you to do the same with yours. Here are family-friendly things to do in the Valley this weekend and beyond.



Events to Check Out


There are lots of great events happening this weekend and beyond. Visit the Olive Mill in Queen Creek this Labor Day weekend and attend Grill at the Mill, a free event with live music, food, games, and more! Take your family to explore the desert after dark with a flashlight tour at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. September 3rd will be the last flashlight tour of the season. You can get your laugh on at a family-friendly improv show on Saturdays at 7 PM at improvMANIA Comedy Club in Chandler. Want to cheer for the home team? Watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field on September 4th.

Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden


Restaurant Specials to Enjoy


Ready to enjoy some good eats? SkyTop Lounge at ADERO Scottsdale is hosting a cookout on Labor Day weekend starting at 5 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs with live entertainment and a slushy machine to keep the whole family smiling. Meanwhile, Roaring Fork is offering a buy one, get one free meal with their “Dinner on Us” special on Monday, September 5th beginning at 4 PM.


Photo courtesy of Schnepf Farms


Out-of-the-box Activities


Can't decide what to do this weekend with the family? Rent a tube and float down the Salt River. Kids must be at least 8 years old and 4 feet tall. Tour the Cerreta Candy Company in Glendale and pick up some sweets before you go. Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 AM and 1 PM. You can pick your own vegetables from the U-pick gardens at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, or grab their famous cinnamon rolls or your favorite pie from their bakery. What about taking your train enthusiast to the Gadsen-Pacific Toy Train Museum in Tucson as they open for the season! Open Sundays 1-4 PM from September to May.


Does time travel sound like fun? Take a trip back in time at Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction. Enjoy a guided tour of the town and the historic Mammoth Gold Mine, pan for gold, take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow-gauge train and watch the famous Goldfield Gunfighters perform an Old West gunfight. If you want some fun with animals, take a tour of a working dairy farm and visit the petting zoo at Superstition Farm in Mesa.



Photo courtesy of Arizona Museum of Natural History


Museums and Exhibits


The Valley has some fantastic museums to explore. Take your younger ones to the Arizona Science Museum in Phoenix for One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, a journey to the moon and back with sing-along songs. Soar to new heights at the “Wing It! Things That Fly” exhibit at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa. Your child can even become a scientist as they experiment at the Children’s Museum in Tucson with Family Brain Boost, a STEM program for the whole family, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM.


Driven by this place but never gone in? Explore the world of music and even make your own at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Or you could get to know the natural and cultural history of the American Southwest at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. See dinosaurs come to life at Dinosaur Mountain!


There is no shortage of family-friendly activities in the Valley, and I’m so thankful I can help families like yours, whether you’re buying a bigger home to accommodate your growing family or downsizing as you transition to a new stage of life. Please contact me when you're ready!