Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (Mama B.) showcases a fabulous, family-friendly hot spot every month. For February, she’s bringing us around the Valley, sharing insight on visiting AZ-based destinations.
Instill the love of theatre kids.
Tip 1: ASU Gammage has an exciting line-up for 2020, and there are plenty of options kids will love like: “Mean Girls” (April) and “Lion King” (July). Opt for a matinee to prevent tired eyes from dozing.
Tip 2: Make a date out of it. For my son’s first Broadway show, he dressed nice, opened my car door (for me to drive), and “treated” me to dinner (thanks to dad slipping him some cash). There are plenty of places to eat near Gammage- just make sure to book a reservation.
Jousting, horsemanship and dinner served in a castle- sound good?
Tip 1: Keep in mind you eat with your hands (no silverware), so pack plasticware should you prefer a less messy experience.
Tip 2: The characters come out at the end of the show for photo opps, so stick around! Consider buying a flag, as they do autographs.
Tip 3: Bring those babies! My two-year-old was enamored by the horses.
Go see the snow!
Tip 1: Visit Snowbowl, located 2.5 hours from Phoenix. The Flagstaff-based ski/snowboarding hub is great; kids 10 and under ski FREE! However, if you want to book ski school, reserve early, as it fills fast.
Tip 2: The mountain offers plenty of specials- discounts on spring lift tickets, lodging, and free birthday tickets. Click here for details.
Tip 3: All skills welcome. Snowbowl has 2 chairlifts and 2 surface conveyors for beginners. (Take a hot chocolate break at the Hart Prairie Lodge.)
Downtown Phoenix’s premiere destination for science buffs.
Tip 1: My favorite part of the center is its impressive Planetarium- the second in the world to have a laser system flaunting the largest variety of laser special effects. Tickets are well worth it.
Tip 2: Meet Victoria, the biggest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton touring the world! She’s surreal! Initially unearthed in South Dakota, Victoria has undergone years of meticulous research and restoration in order to earn this claim.
Tip 3: The famed Pizzeria Bianco is a few steps away! While the wait tends to exceed an hour, put your name down, enjoy the science center, and take a lunch break when the host texts you!
Indoor water park… yes please! Plus, so much more.
Tip 1: Waterslides galore for every age and comfort level- the kids (and adults!) will love it! And if you need a water break, there are plenty of activities; a massive ropes course, arcade, climbing wall and mini golf.
Tip 2: Enjoty the nightly dance party and listen to a bedtime story. Many kids partake in PJs.
Tip 3: All suites accommodate plenty of people. Themed suites are both unique and fun, featuring log-themed bunk beds. There are even cabin suites that sleep 13!