There’s always something new to do every month! We know your family will find something you’re sure to enjoy. 


Through JANUARY 16, 2017

Alien Worlds and Androids
Showcasing the cutting-edge science taking place at organizations such as JPL and NASA and introducing the technology that takes them there. Discover the difference between androids and robots with an up-close look at famous sci-fi robots from movies, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6 Non-Members, $4 Members, does not include general admission, 602-716-2000,

Through MARCH 31, 2017

Earn & Learn School Rewards
Every dollar you spend shopping, dining, enjoying services or seeing a movie at The Shops at Norterra can help raise money for a local school. Simply take a photo of your receipts or scan them and submit them online at Your selected school earns five points for every dollar spent. Plus check the website and Facebook page for special bonus point opportunities,


MTA Presents: 13 the Musical
Musical Theatre of Anthem announces their upcoming production of 13 the Musical, a hilarious, coming-of-age musical about fitting in, standing out, and discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it, showtimes vary, see website for details, Adult tickets $19; Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $16, (623) 336-6001,

October 1 – NOW OPEN

Cave Creek Museum Opens for Season
Preserving the artifacts and prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area, the museam features an extensive collection of artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers, admission $5 adults; $3 seniors; and $2 students, children 12 & under free, (480) 488-2764,


FALL EVENT Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival
7 acre Corn Maze, Giant Jump Pad, New Giant Tube Roll, New Mini Zip Line, Extreme Air Pillow, Giant Tube Slide, Mini Hay Maze, Spider-Web Climb, Duck Races, Barrel Train Ride, Tractor Train Ride (Operates only on Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm), Petting Zoo, special event days and 1800’s variety show each weekend, Farm Admission $9, 2 and under Free, additional items for purchase,


FALL EVENT Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party
Admission includes hay rides. rollercoaster, swinging lady bugz, honeybee adventure, flying farmer’s ride, carousel rides, petting zoo, rock wall, miniature golf, 10 acre celebrity corn maze, marshmallow roasting, Forest zip line (new), Gypsy Time Travelers, Pumpkin & Chili Party shows, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races and more, Admission $18, Discount Tickets at Fry’s for $15, under 2 Free, additional items for purchase,


FALL EVENT Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days
Great big pumpkin patch, 6 acre family corn maze with a new theme every year, mini corn maze, haunted corn maze (Do you have the courage to enter?). Other activities: petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more, Farm Admission $10, under 2 Free, additional items for purchase,


FALL EVENT Macdonald Ranch Pumpkin Patch Festival
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Roam through our Old Western Town and enjoy gazing at antiques. Pan for gold, visit the petting zoo, navigate the hay maze, enjoy Western Games onld and new – duck races, cow milking, conk the crow, shooting gallery, Jenga and more, Admission $15, 2 and Free, additional packages for purchase,


FALL EVENT Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival
Open Weekends in October and Columbus Day. Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze every weekend in October in Dewey, AZ, 15-acre Pumpkin Patch & 25-acre Corn Maze, attractions, games, farm activities, live entertainment, barn dance, and much more! Fri. Noon-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday (and Columbus Day) 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Admission $12, under 2 Free, additional items for purchase,

OCTOBER 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-31

FALL EVENT The Crypt and Asylum at Fiesta Mall
One of Arizona’s longest running haunted houses with all new scares to torment those who dare to enter! Ultimate Fright Pass $25, Single Haunted House $18, Chaos Maze $5, times vary,

OCTOBER 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23 & 27-30

FALL EVENT Scarizona Scaregrounds
Featuring two haunted houses, Epic Fear will play on every phobia you can imagine. The dark and scary of what nightmares are made of. Slayer’s Slaughter House will be a window to all that is gory and twisted. Also featuring Arizona’s first ever interactive paintball attraction known as Operation Zombie Storm. Sixteen-passenger military trucks will take people on a treacherous route through a wave of zombies, packages start at $20, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (Thurs & Sun) & 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (Fri & Sat),

OCTOBER 1-2, 6-9, 12-31

FALL EVENT 13th Floor Haunted House
The world famous 13th Floor is back in Phoenix for the 2016 Halloween Season! Created by nationally recognized and award winning haunted house designers, the 13th Floor will transport you to new levels of horror. Prepare to be terrified by two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs: “The Deadhouse” and “The Frenzy.” General admission $24.99-$31.99, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.,

OCTOBER 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15

Have a great time sipping on spirits while painting an awesome canvas art piece, with an artist instructor by your side. Come together with friends in a fun and relaxing environment and create your very own masterpiece of canvas art. Includes a 16 x 20 canvas, paints and brushes. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Thursdays), 7 p.m.-9 p.m (Fridays & Saturdays). $35 per person, special group rate available, reservations are required.

OCTOBER 1, 7 & 8

Live Music at Elevate Coffee Co.
Relax to the music stylings of local Phoenix artists at The Shops at Norterra, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.,

OCTOBER 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free musical performances every weekend starting at 7 p.m., suitable for all ages, featuring local bands and musicians. There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs.


FALL EVENT 44th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Enjoy a variety of Four Peaks beers as well as German style beers on tap throughout the 3-day festival. Live music will include Whiskey’s Quicker, Jared and the Mill, Royal Bliss, Mogollon, Aubachtal Sextette, DJ Munition and Grammy award winning DJ, Lil Jon. The Landings Credit Union Kinderfest brings family fun and entertainment with games and fun activities for kids and adults young at heart. Proceeds benefit Tempe Sister Cities. Single day presale: $7 + tax;  gate: $10;  3-day presale: $12 + tax; children 12 & under free. VIP packages also available,


Desert Foothills Theater Presents: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.
Based on the book by Jeff Brown  and the beloved story of Stanley Lambchop, who was flattened in his sleep when a bulletin board fell on him. At just a half-inch thick, he and his brother Arthur embark on adventures as Stanley slides under doors, gets rolled up, is mailed in an envelope to people and is flown like a kite, Adult tickets $16-$21, Youth tickets $14-$16, see website for showtimes, (480) 488-1981,


Free First Friday at Heard Museum
Enjoy free admission to the the Heard Museum on First Friday to celebrate arts and culture with the museum’s 12 exhibit galleries. Founded in 1929, the Heard is home to a world-class collection of Native American art and artifacts both historical and contemporary. One of Phoenix’s top tourist destinations, Free, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., 602-252-8848,


Free First Friday at the Children’s Museum
This hands-on play factory — aimed at kids 10 or younger — offers three levels of educational fun and an awe-inspiring climbing maze. There’s a tricycle car wash, a room for fort-building and an art studio with free crafts and a castle to paint. There’s also a special playroom for ages 3 and under, a pool-noodle “forest,” a nook with cozy round reading spots, and even a kids grocery store, pizza cafe and car-racing corner, Free, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., 602-253-0501,


Valley Youth Theatre Presents: Charlotte’s Web the Musical
Pull your boots on and come on over to the Zuckerman Barn, home to all the fun and unforgettable animals from E.B. White’s beloved classic story. Featuring all the unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and “Summer,” a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place memory from everyone’s childhood, General admission $20.00 at Box Office, $23 online, see website for showtimes, 602-253-8188 x2,

OCTOBER 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 & 31

FALL EVENT Field of Screams
Walk through a quiet, dark cornfield with danger lurking around you and screams in the distance. You never know what you will run into in the Field of Screams. Admission: $17 each (all ages), Combo Tickets – Haunt & Family Maze: $22, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.,


Cave Creek Museum Presents: What the Flock!
The museum kicks off its 2016-2017 season with tales of sheep-herding and cattle punching! Learn about those storied days when old gunfighters strode through Cave Creek and Basque shepherds tended their flocks in the foothills, as presented by author, volunteer and Cave Creek Museum Board Member Kraig Nelson, Reservations suggested, 480-488-2764


Fashion Week 4 Kids – Casting Call!
Do you have what it takes to walk the runway at the FW4K annual fashion show in November? Fashion Week 4 Kids will be hosting an open casting call at Babies”R”Us in Scottsdale for boys and girls ages 5-12, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.,7000 E. Mayo Blvd.,


Preschool Saturday Science
Through hands-on experimentation, our child-centered classes provide opportunities for children to deepen their learning connections, practice higher order thinking skills, and build their knowledge about the world around them, Pre-registration required, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., 602-716-2000,


Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo
Fun shopping, massages, manicures, wine tasting, cosmetics, food, and much more! Get inspired by keynote speakers Erin Brockovich and Christina Milian, Phoenix Convention Center, $5 in advance, $10 at Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun),


OdySea Aquarium African Penguin Awareness Week
An exclusive up close and personal Penguin Interaction Program, or PIP for short. Step into the shoes or, more accurately, the galoshes of an OdySea Aquarium Team Member to learn specifics on penguin behavior, eating habits, and what loving and devoted parents they are,


Discount Tire Presents Free Family Sundays at Phoenix Art Museum
Through the generosity of Discount Tire Company, the Museum opens free on the Second Sunday of each month, with exciting activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story time, delicious treats, free tours, and more. Each Second Sunday features an opportunity to learn about and make art with a featured local Valley artist, from muralists to dancers and more, Free, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., (602) 257-1880

OCTOBER 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30

FALL EVENT SEA LIFE Arizona Halloween Spooktacular
Join us Weekends in October, beginning October 8th, for some underwater Halloween fun! Schedule of Events include Underwater Pumpkin Carving, a Head to our Ocean Tunnel for a chance to watch our divers carve pumpkins underwater; Costume Contest – Kids are invited to show off their Halloween Costumes in our Bay of Rays, visit website for event times and prices,


Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort
The leading fashion industry event in the Southwest, the Phoenix Fashion Week team travels to over (10) cities (New York, Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Tucson, and Phoenix) in search of the best emerging designers to apply for our challenging 4-month emerging designer bootcamp., $10-$500,


FALL EVENT St. Rose Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at St. Rose is an annual family event featuring fun, food and entertainment for all ages. Some of this year’s highlights include: a FREE Children’s Puppet Show by the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, Pumpkin Patch, Live and Silent Auctions, Beer Garden, Great Food and Desserts, Live Music and much, much more. The event will close with a Fantastic Fireworks Display that lights up the Anthem sky. Admission is FREE, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (Fri) & 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Sat),


Embrace Autumn Chicks Night Out with 3 Vintage Chicks
Special events going on in the shop, food, drinks, and more shopping on Cave Creek Road in Phoenix! Grab your friends and make it a girl’s night out, Free, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., 3VintageChicks


On the outskirts of Phoenix lies a farmland that is home to one of the scariest places in Arizona. Fear Farm is the largest outdoor haunted attraction in the valley. 30 acres of pure terror, consisting of 5 indoor/outdoor haunted attractions and for the faint of heart we offer a 10 acre corn maze. New for 2016: Phoenix Haunted Hayride. This year there are 5 horrific haunts: Slaughterhouse, Undead, The Bunker, Mouth of Madness, and Legends: Goatman!, General admission $24.99-$54.99, Haunted Hayride $10, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.,


Accents & The Horrizon HS Choir Present: Broadway Under the Stars
Featuring music and dancing from the Broadway musicals Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Rent, Footloose, Kinky Boots, Annie, Beauty and the Beast and more, Friday & Saturday evening – All $20, $25 & $30 tickets:Enjoy delicious desserts and beverages served by student waiters and waitresses and a live jazz ensemble beginning at 6:30 pm. Student tickets Thursday & Friday night are $8 each, purchase tickets and select seating online,


Neon Night Color the District Fun Run & EXPO @ Sonoran Foothills Middle School
CCUSD, ECS AND CCUEF have teamed up to light up the night with color and fun while raising money for schools in the Cave Creek District. 40 vendors with giveaways, food trucks, and representatives form the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks will be onsite. The Color Run admission will be used to fund grants to educators, Preregistration $30, Students and Faculty $15, Children 5 & under FREE,


FALL EVENT The Great Pumpkin Festival at Desert Botanical Garden
Take a hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch, where children 12 and under can find a perfect pumpkin! Attempt the hay bale maze, decorate your pumpkin and visit the Community Garden to see how pumpkins and vegetables grow. Test your skills on carnival-style games, dance to folk, country and bluegrass music, and meet adorable farm animals, Members and kids under 3 free, Garden Admission $22, Seniors $20, Students age 13-18 $12 (with ID) Children age 3-12 $10,


Spotlight Theatre Presents: South Pacific
Set in an island paradise during World War II with a famous score by Rodgers and Hammerstein this classic musical tells two parallel love stories that are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war, (602) 843-8318,


FALL EVENT Halloween Spooktacular & Car Show
Enjoy a BOO-tiful night of free family fun at The Shops at Norterra’s annual Halloween Spooktacular & Car Show. Activities include a Halloween-themed car show with trunk-or-treating, costume contests for kids, families and pets, a kids dance party with music, games and prizes, plus live music, giveaways, food samples, and plenty of trick-or-treat candy! 6 p.m.-8 p.m.,

October 22

NVCO Presents The Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
Join the North Valley Symphony Orchestra for a night of beautiful symphonic orchestral music performed by talented local musicians. The evenings program includes Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051; Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Op. 21; and Brahms Symphony No. 4, Op. 98. The Youth Orchestra will perform Brahms arr. Isaac Hungarian Dances #4, 5 & 6, Concert tickets $5.00 each, Children 5 years & younger free, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., 623-980-4628,

October 22-23

MTA Announces Auditions for Elf the Musical JR
Based on the cherished holiday film by New Line Cinema. A hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy, Elf the Musical Jr. follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity after the young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.  A no-cut production for ages 6-18,  with performances Dec. 8-18, see website for details, (623) 336-6001,


FALL EVENT Costumes & Cocktails
A night for grown-ups to run wild at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, with costume contests, cash bars, food trucks, DJ and dancing, retro board games and more on three floors of interactive exhibits, ages 18 & older, $15 in advance, $20 at door, $50 VIP, 7 p.m.- 11 p.m.,


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! at Comerica Theatre
The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Tickets prices $28-$48, see website for details,


FALL EVENT Anthem Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair
This two day family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and live entertainment, Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Carnival: Thur. & Fri. 5-9 p.m, Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.,


Make It!
Make It! is a monthly drop-in, family-friendly, hands-on, art-making activity for all. Each month features a different activity inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection or current exhibitions. All ages and skill levels are welcome, Free, 3 p.m.- 9 p.m.,


FALL EVENT Pinnacle Concert Series Presents: Phantom Night
The whole family is invited to an evening of classic Halloween music. “The Phantom of the Organ” will make a special appearance playing all those scary tunes on the Richards, Fowkes, Inc. organ, and a spectacular array of carved pumpkins will help to set just the right mood.  Come if you dare!  , free (donations accepted), 7:00 p.m.,


FALL EVENT Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo
A delightfully spooky event for all ages! Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family, SCARY activities are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare, MERRY activities are appropriate for all ages, $10 Members, $12 General, Kids 2 and under free,


FALL EVENT Salt River Fields 6th Annual Balloon Spooktacular
Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and passing out 4,000 pounds of candy for trick-or-treaters, live music, food and beverage, a FREE Kids Zone, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a FREE Haunted Trail, fireworks and much more. Experience the Balloon Spooktacular for a safe, fun filled Trick-or-Treating Halloween, $15 General, $12 ages 3-12, 2 and under free, 5:00 p.m.- 10 p.m.,


FALL EVENT Halloween Spooktacular at Chandler Park-Stage Plaza
Enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular event with food, games, arts & crafts, costume contests, souvenir photos, trick or treat, and a Haunted House at the Downtown Library Plaza in Chandler. Free admission, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,


FALL EVENT Halloween Happening at Highland Center for Natural History, Prescott
Bring the whole family together for a fun night of explorations! Dress the whole family up for scavenger hunts, mazes, painting and more. Highlands Center for Natural History, $2 children (under 13) $5 adults, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.,


Move Over Awareness Day
Presented by Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association, a tow truck parade, featuring over 100 local tow truck drivers will run down Interstate 10 starting at Exit 151, to University Drive. Food, drink, prizes and games will be held at the post-parade reception at Rush Truck Center located 9600 W. Roosevelt Street in Tolleson. The event will include a light duty obstacle course competition, a tire change competition, a lock out competition, a tow truck show and shine and a kid’s zone. Free, 8:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m,


FALL EVENT Lake Pleasant Kid’s Halloween Cruise
Live music by DJ Jonny, costume context, and games, all ages welcome, $20 adults, $5 kids, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., 602-456-9955,


FALL EVENT Cave Creek Wicked
Arizona’s only all day, all night Halloween event! Bring family, friends, and pets to compete in the costume contest, enjoy live music, visit the petting zoo and have fun with arts and crafts. When the sun sets, a late-night costumed crowd is invited to board a complimentary bus to the town’s top saloons for contests, themed cocktails and prizes, (480) 437-1110,


FALL EVENT Halloween Monster Bash at Peoria Sports Complex
Parade of costumes, trick-or-treat, inflatable activities, carnival games, interactive games, caricature artist, rock wall, make-n-take crafts, scare walk, and more, Free admission with canned food item(s) to help support St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance, some activities require a minimal fee. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (623) 773-7137,


FALL EVENT Malloween at Desert Ridge
Families can trick or treat from store to store, with music, prizes, and fun galore! Do you think you have the best character, most unique or best group or family costume? Make sure enter now for the costume contest. Space is limited so register early! Dress in your Halloween best and join in the fun with this not-so spooky and a-little-bit-kooky Halloween tradition. Malloween is so cute, it’s scary!, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., (480) 513-7586,


FALL EVENT Scottsdale Fall Festival
A family-friendly celebration of the fall season. The main event of the festival is a costume contest for children of all ages and a separate one for furry four-legged family members. Additionally, guests can try their luck at one of the many game booths, travel through the haunted forest, witness a spectacular fireworks show or decorate a pumpkin, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 480-312-0217,


FALL EVENT Wicked Ball at talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale’s Hottest Halloween Party—Wicked Ball at Talking Stick Resort. The biggest three room bash will feature a carnival room, outdoor ultra lounge and EDM superstars Cash Cash and Benni Benassi, costume contest with cash prizes, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $50-$90 in advance, $60-$100 at door, wicked-ball-talking-stick-resort


FALL EVENT Halloween at Lowell Observatory
Halloween at Lowell “Freaky Physics” show in Flagstaff features spooky science demonstrations and experiments, “Scary Astronomy” presentations highlighting the mind-bending aspects of astronomy, Haunted Observatory Tours and telescope viewing, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.


FALL EVENT Halloween in the Hills
Come one, come all! This Halloween hit the streets of Fountain Hills, for a Halloween carnival like no other. The Town of Fountain Hills will shut down the entire Avenue of the Fountains, over 40 local businesses and charities will be providing family game booths along the avenue, business stay open for trick or treating, booths are carnival style, FREE, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.,


FALL EVENT Sedona’s 30th Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat
Merchants welcome ghouls and ghosts at storefronts for treats! Coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program plus Costume Contest in partnership with City of Sedona, FREE, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.,

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