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Friday, February 23, 2018

Ballet Tucson Presents Dance and Dessert {A Giveaway}

 Ballet Tucson Presents Dance and Dessert 
{A Giveaway}
Photo from Ballet Tucson Facebook Page Arizona Families has partnered with Ballet Tucson to give tickets in a giveaway and to attend in exchange for this information on our site.

WHAT: Ballet Tucson presents Dance and Dessert
Back by popular demand, Daniel Precup’s intense and passionate Carmen is the centerpiece of our end-of-season program.
This variety filled event culminates with the premiere of Mark Schneider’s western-themed ballet Saddle Up! featuring classic cowboy songs from the Bill Ganz Western Band. Gourmet dessert tastings are served at the conclusion of each show.


Friday, March 16 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 17 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 18 – 1:00 pm


General $45
Seniors/Students/Military $40
Groups $35

Order by phone: 800.838.3006
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Enter to win a pair of tickets for this ultimate pairing of ballet and delectable goodies in this GIVEAWAY BELOW Your choice of performance date and time

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Arizona Families Five Favorite Arizona Renaissance Festival Foods {Ticket Giveaway}

Arizona Families Five Favorite 
Arizona Renaissance Festival Foods 
{Ticket Giveaway}

The Arizona Renaissance is back! The village of Fairhaven awaits your visit. Here is our Arizona Families Five Favorite Foods to sample while you are enjoying the joust, visiting the fairies or attending the sword swallower's show.
Arizona Families was given media passes to attend and tickets for giveaways in exchange for our thoughts.

It's not REN FEST without TURKEY LEGGS. They are HUGE and enough to keep you energized to walk to every border of Fairhaven. Everyone in our family here at Arizona Families enjoys the turkey legs. 

PRETZELS. These are readily available around the time of the jousts. These are your old fashioned concession stands. They are the perfect snack to bring with you to watch the magestic horses and knights battle it out. Mustard is available but our family prefers them plain. They also are mobile and can be found all around the village throughout the day.

In third place, the frozen fruit bowls- lemon ice and strawberry ice are the Arizona Families faves! They last a long time and we like grabbing these to enjoy while we find a seat in the grassy lawn to watch the birds of prey. It is a great treat to cool down with and not too sweet.
Roasted Almonds and Pecans. These treats are fabulous. We normally get the almonds and share them throughout the day. We always opt for the largest size and take the leftovers in the car for the ride home.

Last but not least are the jumbo dill pickles. If you have a  family member that LOVES pickles, they cannot go to the Arizona Renaissance Festival without getting one. If you have a pickle lover, do not miss this snack.

What is your favorite food or snack at the Ren Fest? If you have never been, what would you like to try? Share your answer with us on this post and enter our GIVEAWAY for a family four pack of tickets in the form below :)

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WHEN:Open Saturdays, Sundays & Presidents' Day ~ February 10th - April 1st, 2018 10am to 6pm ~ Rain or Shine ~ No Pets ~ Free Parking

WHERE:12601 E. US Highway 60 Gold Canyon AZ 85118


Download a coupon for Buy one adult get a child ticket free HERE

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cavalia Odysseo A Mystical Journey Comes to Scottsdale, Arizona {Ticket Discount Code}

Cavalia Odysseo A Mystical JourneyComes to Scottsdale, Arizona {Ticket Discount Code}

Take a peek into an ethereal world you will never forget where human artistry meets equine grace and strength to create a magical escape. My family left wanting more: more of the feeling of an other-wordly place with gorgeous, fierce, intelligent, playful, proud, and overall magnificent creatures along with their human counterparts. Cavalia #Odysseo delivers!
Arizona Families attended Cavalia Odysseo as Media and we are very excited to share our thoughts in return. 
All horse and cast photos from Cavalia Odysseo. 
The opening scene is natural and relaxed as the audience is introduced to the bonds between the horses and their trainers. It was emotional for us as a family to see such love emanating from the arena. My daughter has always shared a deep love of horses along with her grandmother and father. 
She was thrilled to see the inclusion of the American Paint Horse in the show. She left with a few new breeds to add to her list of "someday" in her stable. The Arabians, Appaloosas, and Lusitanos were all intriguing to her. In all, 12 breeds are represented in Odysseo.

The Cavalia Stables are home to 70 horses which includes stallions and geldings. The care and health of their stars is extremely  important. Their "stage" time is limited. Please read more about that HERE.

The experience takes the audience on a nomadic journey across continents from the Americas to Africa and everywhere in between. The acrobatic and aerialist skills are beyond compare and the trick riding will leave you in wide-eyed amazement. All the acts are accompanied by live music and vocals. My son loved that the bassist, Éric Auclair would switch back and forth between an upright and electric bass. 
Perhaps, our favorite performances were those of Mathieu Bianchi and the young Arabians. He seems to be a true horse-whisperer. They were captivating and their performances were emotionally charged to watch with all of their personalities shining through. Although, we realize many hours of working together helps create this magic, both the horses and Mathieu are true entertainers by being their charismatic selves. 

As a family, we love to attend local and traveling entertainment as much as we can with diverse themes and really enjoy most things we see. However, Cavalia stands apart as a unique, thrilling and aesthetically pleasing presentation of the bonds between human and horse. We will be attending again and taking other members of our family. WE LOVED it that much! 

Merci beaucoup Normand Latourelle for this vision.

Jump on the gypsy caravan headed to the white big top and be swept away into a night of adventure, amazement and athleticism!

WHEN: February 21st through March 18th Matinees and evening shows. 

WHERE: 1475 N. McClintock DR, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257 

TICKETS: Box Office in Scottsdale open 10am-7pm daily, phone sales 866-999-8111 and online use the ticket dicount code CAVALIA for 10% off HERE  

Things to Do With Kids During Tucson Rodeo Vacation {Rodeo Parade and More 2018}

Things to Do With Kids During Tucson Rodeo Vacation 
{Rodeo Parade and More 2018}

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What:Rodeo Parade-This colorful, exciting Parade is presented each year and keeps the spirit of the first Parade back in 1925. Now known to be the largest Non-Motorized Parade in the country, It still achieves its success through the community's participation and the dedicated work of its members ,  volunteers and the generosity of the Sponsors. More information for the Tucson Rodeo Parade 

When:9am-11am Thursday, February 22, 2017

Where:The Parade begins at 9 am. Parade route begins on Ajo Highway 1/2 mile east of Park Ave. going east to Park Avenue, then south on Park to Irvington Rd., west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the North end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The Judges and Reviewing stands are located on the North side of Irvington close to Sixth Ave. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. 

Cost: FREE unless sitting in the grandstands

Map of restrooms along the parade route ;)

What: La fiesta de los vaqueros The first La Fiesta de los Vaqueros(Celebration of the Cowboys) in 1925 touted three days of events and competition. Today, the event has grown to a nine-day celebration centered on the Tucson Rodeo, one of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America.
When: The 2018 Tucson Rodeo is February 17-25 
Where: Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. See directions.
Cost: All Information on the rodeo <-----

PHOTO: VIVA Performing Arts Facebook Page

What Rodeo It's that time of year again to save the date for February 22nd for the Viva Rodeo Fiesta! at Viva Performing Arts Center. Enjoy the historical “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros” Parade from Viva Performing Arts Center located at 4563 S. Park Ave. Enjoy great food and great entertainment 

When: 7:30am-12:30pm

Where:4563 S Park Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85714

Cost: FREE (costs for purchasing items)

What:Rodeo Night at Trail Dust Town! Billy Shaw Jr Band will get you dancin' on Friday night! Live music at 8pm, doors at 7pm, $5 cover for this year's dance. Rodeo Night at Trail Dust Town begins at 5pm with Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK) horse rides and a petting zoo, outside food specials, TDT rides, stunt shows at 6, 7, & 8pm, and more! 

When: Friday, February 23, 2018 5-10pm

Where:Trail Dust Town 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road Tucson

Cost: It's always free to enter Trail Dust Town! Horse rides are $5. The petting zoo is $2.50, and will also be included with our general attractions wristband for $12. A portion of proceeds benefit Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK)!

What: Mark your calendars! It's almost time again for the Rodeo Days Arts Celebration! Get ready to put on your cowboy hat and come see some of the region's best fine art, jewelry, wood work, metal art, pottery, fused glass, leather work and more! Listen to Mariachi Herradura, The BILL GANZ WESTERN Band and the Arizona Dance Hands!! Sip local brew, dine on food from Plaza Palomino restaurants - and also food trucks! Pony rides, the infamous Quick Draw with Former Mayor Walkup and local notables, and a western costume contest! Silent Auction benefits the Gospel Rescue Mission homeless shelters, and the beer proceeds go to Tucson Association of Museums. Come out and enjoy one of Tucson's favorite western-themed events! Free and fun for the whole family!

When:Sat. Feb. 24 10AM-4PM 

Where: Plaza Palomino 2940 N Swan Road Tucson

Cost: FREE to attend 

What: The Story of Babar the Elephant
José Luis Gomez, conductor 
Narrated byJed Dodds, Events and Outreach Supervisor of Reid Park Zoo Everybody’s very favorite little elephant comes to life when José Luis Gomez conducts The Story of Babar the Elephant. In Francis Poulenc’s playful music, various instruments are used to illustrate Babar and the other characters in the story, much like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Babar first appeared in French author Jean de Brunhoff’s children’s book Histoire de Babar in 1931. Francis Poulenc composed The Story of Babar the Elephant after his three-year- old cousin showed him the book and said, “Play this!” Poulenc improvised a piano accompaniment to each scene in the book, the music became popular within his neighborhood, and he eventually scored it for orchestra so that we all could enjoy it!

When: Saturday, February 24  2 and 3:30pm
Every day of vacation the Zoo is open! Enjoy this weather :)

Where: Leo Rich Theater TCC


 full List of Kids Eat Free (or cheap) in Tucson

When: Depends on daily offers

Where: Various restaurants -see guide

Cost: Free or cheap

The FULL TUCSON FAMILY AND KIDS EVENT CALENDAR has even more to keep your family having fun all of the long weekend in the Old Pueblo!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Things to do with Kids this Weekend, February 17-18 (Tucson, Arizona)

Things to do with Kids this Weekend, February 17-18
(Tucson, Arizona)

Ready to have some fun with your family this weekend in Tucson? Here is our fabulous Arizona Families Kids and Family Events Calendar!
FREE Classic Car Show at Little Anthony's Diner (am-1pm


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winners to See The Lone Stranger at Gaslight Theatre {Tucson}

Winners to See The Lone Stranger at Gaslight Theatre {Tucson}

The Gaslight Theatre presents The Lone Stranger playing now through March 25th! There are four winners from Arizona Families listed below.

Tonka played by Joe Cooper is such a wonderful character!

. What better way to spend a night out with the entire family than at the Gaslight. We were recently invited to see The Lone Stranger and here our TOP 5 Reasons to join in the fun. The show is full of rootin' tootin' good ole' fashion' fun and great Country Western music.

GIVEAWAY HERE - Enter to win a table for four for the showtime of your choice (based on availability) and tag a friend so they can win too! We will be giving away 4 tables in total.

The winners of the tables are:
1.Patricia Lynn Seachman Moore
2.Sheena Sweeney
3.Andrea Stickney Smith
4.Wendi Brown

SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS: The Lone Stranger runs Tuesdays through Sundays at The Gaslight Theatre Tucson (Broadway and Kolb) January 5-March 25, 2018. 

Please call 520-886-9428 to reserve your table.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

FREE Disney Pixar's Cars Movie Screening and Events in Tucson {2018}

FREE Disney Pixar's Cars Movie Screening and Events in Tucson {2018}

The CARS movies are so fun! Now, The Historic Train Depot has a few free showings coming up!

What:CARS, CARS2 and CARS 3 showings along th kids activities before the screenings.

When:2/10 3/10 an 4/14

Where:Historic Train Depot downtown near Manyards