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Arizona Things to Do in January 2013

The holidays are over and you are back to the daily grind.  However, it is still beautiful outside and the kids are dying to do something other than just hang out around the house.  This is a perfect time for you to think about remodeling your home, or just having fun.  Check out these events coming up in January:

Maricopa County Home & Garden Show – Jan. 11-Jan. 13th at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.  I have been several times to this event and each time I walk away with something else that I have learned about taking care of my home.  Even if you don’t want to do anything to your home or you just want to dream about owning a home someday, this is a great place to do all of that.  You can also attend for free or at a discount if you check out the website for coupons and admission information.

Barrett-Jackson Annual Car Auction – January 13-20th at Westworld.  If you or someone in your family loves cars and can’t afford the luxury ones, then this is the event for you.  It’s a great way for you to allow your kids to see what people have created when they are able to think outside the box.

Pueblo Grande Museum Free Sundays – Children under age 17 are free on Sundays until April 2, 2013.  This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Green Business Expo – Free admission.  If you have a child that is interested in green living or you want to teach them about composting or other green activities, this is the place to be.  The businesses that are showcased at this event are environmentally-savy businesses and might give you ideas for your home capabilities.

 Arizona Capitol Museum -If you haven’t been to the Capitol Museum or it has been awhile, this is a great place to take your kids to show them Arizona’s history.  Free admission and even a speakers’ series.  Many kids have gone to this museum while in school, but if you homeschool or your child’s school doesn’t have many fieldtrips, this is the one to take them to yourself.  ADA accessible and it allows for kids of all ages to stroll through the halls.

Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park -Free rides, but donations accepted.  Only open Sunday Afternoons, it is a great afternoon adventure for kids or the kids at heart.  It’s more than just a regular train park.  You can picnic there and visit the museum in addition to riding the train.

Also, check out the Phoenix Public Library.  If you have a library card, you can visit some of the area museums for free with their museum passes.  You have to be quick to obtain them as some of the popular ones go fast, but it is worth it!

These are just some of the things that you can do now that it is cool outside.   Enjoy!

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