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4 Library” and “Book Book Book.” Bring Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, 11, 18, 25 Kite Craft, 4:30 p.m. Southeast Regional 20 Center. Explore the wonder of trees
SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it a can of food or nonperishable food Gilbert. 602-652-3000, Animal movie, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Chandler Sundown Cookouts, call for times. Library. Make a small kite to celebrate with hands-on activities. Ages 6-13. $8.
up the first Saturday of each month item and get a free children’s book. 9 Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. Enjoy spring. Ages 6-9. Free. Preregistration Environmental Education Center. Watch Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler
in the center spread of the SanTan Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. Spring Concert, 7-9 p.m. Freestone 10, 17, 24 a chuck wagon dinner of steak or required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. “Ant Bully.” Ages 12 and younger with Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Sun News to plan your month. 602-652-3000, Park. Listen to the music of Jonnie Bull riding, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Rawhide at barbecue chicken or ribs, mule-drawn 602-652-3000, an adult. Preregistration required. $2
and Brooke under the stars. All ages. Wild Horse Pass. See professional riders hay wagon rides into the desert, live ages 2-12, free adult companions and
Arizona Petroglyphs, 1-3 p.m. Southeast
Water Safety Day, 2:30-5 p.m. Gold 7 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 1045 Juniper challenge their courage. Other attractions country music, line dancing, tales of the 16 ages 1 and younger. 4050 E. Chandler
Regional Library. Learn about the
Medal Swim School. Celebrate April Pools Bunny Craft, 4:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Ave., Gilbert. 480-503-6200. include a shooting gallery, gold panning, Old West, stunt shows, marshmallow Animal Appetites, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Valley’s ancient citizens and how they
Day with activities to promote “safe kids, Library. Ages 5-9. Free. Preregistration stagecoach rides, petting ranch, train roast and more. All ages. $45 adults, $19 Environmental Education Center. Learn
communicated through rock drawings
safe parents, safe environment” and required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 9, 23 rides and more. Sheep riding is offered children; free parking. Preregistration what animals eat. Explore animal 20-25
from the Pueblo Grande Museum. Then,
free swim lessons. The event includes 602-652-3000, Knit Happens, 2:15-3:45 p.m. Perry for ages 3 and younger for $1. All ages.
required. 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Phoenix.
diets by examining jaw replicas and Book Craft, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Southeast
carve your own petroglyph. All ages.
Baby and Me swim, food, games, water Branch Library. Teens learn to knit $3-$7 for bull riding show, free admission
dissecting real owl pellets. Ages 6-13. $8. Regional Library. Celebrate “Unplugged
safety information and education from Southwest Monarch Butterfly and crochet courtesy of The Common and parking, some fees apply for other Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Week” by making a book. Materials
Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
the Chandler Fire Department. All ages. Tagging and Migration Research, Threads Knit and Crochet Club. Free. activities. 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Phoenix. Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890. provided. All ages. Free. Preregistration
Free. Preregistration is required by calling 11:30 a.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Preregistration required. 1965 E. Queen 480-502-5600, required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
Easter Extravaganza, doors open at
480-961-SWIM (7946). 6909 W. Ray Rd., Participate in “Angel Wings,” a tag-and- Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert.
noon. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. Family
17, 30 602-652-3000,
Suite 27, one mile east of I-10 in Chandler, release Monarch butterfly study that 602-652-3000,
activities include an egg hunt, games and
Handprint Tile Craft, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. follows migration patterns. All ages.
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SanTan Sun Family Fun Run, 7:30 a.m.
visits from Cowboy Cottontail, along with
Mind Over Splatter. Get a head start on 21
Free. 22 S. Delaware St. 480-963-0262,
Nationals and Lakefest, gates open at
9, 16, 23, 30 to noon. Tumbleweed Park. Suitable for
Rawhide’s usual stunt shows, gold panning,
Mother’s Day by making handprint tiles. Science Club, 4:30 p.m. Southeast
7 a.m. Firebird International Raceway.
Chandler Family Bike Ride, 9:30 a.m. Inter-generational Guitar Class, 6-7 families with children, adults, seniors
stagecoach rides, pettin’ ranch and burro
All ages. $10. Registration required. 64 S. Regional Library. Learn about the
registration, 10 a.m.-noon ride. Take a p.m. Art on Boston Gallery. Learn basic and those pushing strollers, this second
Features Bounty Hunter, Big Foot, Avenger
rides. A special Western Brunch is served in
San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-899-1174, science that happens in your own
7-mile trip on the Paseo Trail. All ages that 7, 14, 21 techniques, note reading and chord annual event is sponsored by the SanTan refrigerator. Ages 5-9. Free. Preregistration
and other monster vehicles, along with
can make the distance. Free. Meet at the Baby Brain Time, 10:10 a.m. Basha Library. structure. Bring your own acoustic guitar Sun News, City of Chandler and Sprouts
Rawhide’s Steakhouse and Saloon. All ages.
required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
Jet Dragsters, cars with airplane engines
Chandler Park & Ride Lot, 2100 S. Hamilton Spend quality time with baby, listening and portable music stand; all other supplies Farmers Market. Post-run highlights
Free admission; charge for some activities
that can reach speeds of 225 MPH. In 18 602-652-3000,
St., Chandler. to stories and singing while learning included. Ages 10 and older; attend alone include a free bounce house for kids and
and food. 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler.
addition, visit the aftermarket expo and Historical Tour, 5-6 p.m.; meet 10
about infant brain development. Ages or as a parent, child or grandparent team. Chandler Police and Fire Department
minutes prior to tour. Living history watch drag boat races. Recommended 22
Community Carnival, 3-6 p.m. Jacobson newborn-18 months. Free. Preregistration $20 per student per week; discount to vehicle displays. $15; children younger character Lucille Wilson leads visitors on for ages 6 and older. $25-$45; ages 12 Earth Day, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler
Elementary School. Games, inflatables, food, required. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. $75 if prepaid for four classes in advance; than 12 get in free. Download an entry
foot through historic downtown Chandler Environmental Education Center. and younger are free. 20000 Maricopa
prizes, silent auction and other fun activities 480-782-2850, minimum three students. 11 W. Boston form at and click
Leftover Bunnies Day, 10 a.m. Southeast
and discusses the stories about town Celebrate the environment with crafts, Rd. (off I-10), Chandler. 602-268-0200,
await visitors of all ages. Free admission. St., Suite 1, historic downtown Chandler. on the Fun Run icon. 480-732-0250.
Regional Library. Enjoy bunny fun that
1515 NW Jacaranda Pkwy, Chandler.
includes crafts, a puppet show and bunny
during the 1920s and ‘30s. Stroll down San games and activities. Ages 6-13. $8.
7, 14, 21, 28 480-917-1112,
hopping. Ages 2-5. Free. Preregistration
Marcos Place and Boston Street and learn Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler
Family Storytime, 5 p.m. Perry Chandler’s Family Easter Celebration, about the town’s founding, the cotton Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890. 27
4-5 Branch Library. Ages 2-8 with a 10 9 a.m.-noon. Snedigar Sportsplex. Families
required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
crash and how the railroad impacted Kid Time, 2 p.m. Perry Branch Library.
2009 Chandler Jazz Festival, 4:45-9 caregiver. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Geocaching, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. enjoy children’s activities, take-home arts
the area. All ages. $8. Preregistration Wide World of Cycling, 6:30 p.m.
Children in grades K-2 enjoy stories,
p.m. Fri., April 3, 1-9 p.m. Sat., April 4. Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. Chandler Environmental Education and crafts, information booths the Easter required two days prior. Meet at the Hamilton Library. Global Bikes of
games and crafts. Free. Preregistration
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Bring a blanket 602-652-3000, Center. Use GPS units to find a hidden Egg Scramble and photos with the Easter
Starbucks at the San Marcos Resort, 1 Chandler & Gilbert introduces families
required. 1965 E. Queen Creek
or a favorite chair and listen to free jazz treasure. Ages 6-13. $8. Preregistration Bunny. Bring your best Easter Bonnet to
Music & Dance, 4:30 p.m. Southeast
San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-782-2878, to fitness biking, mountain biking and
Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert.
concerts, including headliner Beausoleil on 8 required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights compete for prizes for the most creative and
Regional Library. An after-school party riding for fun. Free. 3700 S. Arizona
Friday and New Orleans All Stars featuring Inter-generational Drumming Circle, Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890. festive in your age category – there’s one for
with tunes and fancy footwork. Ages
Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828.
Irvin Mayfield on Saturday evening. Dance 6-7 p.m. second Wednesdays, monthly. adults, too! 9 a.m. celebration begins, 10:30
5-9. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
to local and state performers throughout Art on Boston Gallery. A fun activity for 10, 17, 24 a.m. scrambles, 11:30 a.m. Family Easter
Tween Time, 2 p.m. Perry Branch Library.
15th Annual Asian Festival, 10 a.m. Family Bingo, 5-7 p.m. Southeast Regional
the weekend. Historic downtown the whole family, drumming has been Parent & Me Paint, 10 a.m. Art on Basket Giveaway. Free admission; minimal to 7 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Library. Unplug your TV and play Bingo.
Enjoy activities appropriate for youths ages
Chandler. a traditional community gathering Boston Gallery. Join artist Bonnie Lou charge for some activities and photos. 4500
8-12. Free. Preregistration required. 1965
April 19. Phoenix Heritage & Science Park. All ages. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd.,
activity for cultures around the world Coleman for fun arts and crafts projects S. Basha Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2640,
E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School,
Animal Signs, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler
Enjoy ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, martial Gilbert. 602-652-3000,
5, 21 for centuries. Bring your own drum or geared to ages 2-4, with a new project
Environmental Education Center.
arts demonstrations, cultural dances and
Gilbert. 602-652-3000,
Identify animal scat (droppings) and
Storytime & Crafts, 10:30 a.m. Mind one can be provided. All levels welcome; every week. $20 per child/adult team, music from nearly a dozen Asian countries. 23
Over Splatter. Kids of all ages listen to ages 10 and older. $8. Minimum six includes materials. 11 W. Boston St., tracks. Ages 6-13. $8. Preregistration
Nature Walk, 10 a.m. Chandler Highlights include Japanese Taiko drums; Garden Party, 2 p.m. Southeast
a classic story and make a related craft. people to make circle. 11 W. Boston St., Suite 1, historic downtown Chandler. Environmental Education Center. A required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights a fashion show with traditional Asian Regional Library. Celebrate National
Author Visit, 4 p.m. Perry Branch Library.
$8 per child. Registration required. 64 S. Suite 1, historic downtown Chandler. 480-917-1112, guided trek through Veterans Oasis Park. Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890. costumes; the Children’s Wonderland Garden Month by decorating flower
Celebrate this year’s OneBookAZ, “Hip,
San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-899-1174, 480-917-1112, Explore wetland habitats, the shores of with arts and craft activities for kids pots. Ages 3-5. Free. Preregistration
Hip Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day,” with 10, 17, 24 the urban fishing lake and hilltop viewing. Animanga, 4:30 p.m. Basha Library. View such as origami paper dolls from Japan, required. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert.
author Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, who
Arizona Snakes, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler Baby & Me Time, 10:30 a.m. Perry Includes a themed activity. All ages; 17 and discuss Animé and Manga (Japanese Kirigami paper cutting from Taiwan, 602-652-3000, presents her book. Hear weather legends
6-9 Environmental Education Center. See real Branch Library. Share books, sing songs and younger must be with an adult. $6. comics) in books, movies and TV. Ages wood dolls from Indonesia; and Filipino and learn about rain-loving desert
Puppet Show, 10:15 or 11 a.m. Southeast snakes and learn how to protect yourself and enjoy fingerplays while building a Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler 12-18. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. crafts. All ages. Free admission. 115 N. animals. All ages. Free. 1965 E. Queen 25
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