This time of year is perfect for families in Arizona to go out and play. In other parts of the country, they are huddling indoors and trying to stay occupied so they don’t go stir crazy. Welcome to opposite world!
My husband and I try to take our son to events that are not only family friendly but also accessible to those who have special needs. Not every event is good for kids who are special needs for a variety of reasons, but you know your child and what they can handle. Here is a list of some local events that are happening in the next few weeks. We have ditched some of our household chores to make sure that we attend some of these as well. Yes, baseball fever is in the air. I hope you find this helpful to plan your family outings!
D-Backs FanFest -February 11, 2012, 11 am-3 pm at Chase Field. The event is free but parking downtown is at a premium so expect to pay something if you drive. They have a special signing session for children 12 years and younger that is free. If you don’t bring anything for them to sign, they will have color photos of themselves that they will sign for free. There will be all sorts of opportunities to meet current players, coaches, alumni and sportscasters along with activities for the whole family. Be prepared to wait in lines though as this is a popular event.
Arizona Centennial Baseball Celebrations –February 3, 2012, 5-9 pm at Peoria Sports Complex. This is a free event with free parking! They will be celebrating 100 years of Arizona Statehood with baseball activities, entertainment, fireworks, etc. We love going to this sports complex as it isn’t too big and it doesn’t get overly crowded.
Padres and Mariners fields open for pitchers– It’s a free event. Each team has a different time table for their opening, but it is a great time for kids to be up close and get autographs of their favorite players. Check out the website to obtain the correct schedule for each team.
Camelback Ranch Fan Fest – March 3, 2012, 9-1 pm with free parking and free entry. This is another great event for families that is free! There will be players there to sign autographs and plenty of activities for the family.
Bicycle Safety Rodeo –January 28, 2012, 9am -2pm, Free event with free parking. This event is for kids ages 5-12 years. Motorcycle officers will inspect bicycles and assist them as they ride through patterns with bicycle education. If you bring your own bicycle, you will receive a free helmet. (3,000 available while supplies last.) For more information, contact Ofc. Kunde at (623) 773-8053.
Peoria Farmers Market and Sunday Arts Stroll – February 26, 2012, 9 am-1pm, Osuna Park. This is a great place to buy locally grown food with the added luxury of having the food trucks to prepare great food.
One for Water 4-Miler –March 10, 2012, 8-11 am, Rio Vista Community Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ 85381. You can participate by running the 4 miles or just watch and enjoy the family fun festival with food and kid friendly activities. There is a life size toilet mascot that runs as well. If you are looking for a quirky event, then this is probably a great one to visit.
These are just a small portion of the events available to families and these are mostly or all free. You might need a little extra cash if you want to purchase food or various other items. Most of these events are generally ok for special needs kids. You just need to watch if they are over stimulated. We usually limit our time on the longer events so that we aren’t too tired either. Enjoy your time in the sun because our cool time of the year flies by quickly!