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Raising good $avers
Resources for parents
Take play outside
Just 4 Kids Sponsored by
City of Chandler Recreation Division
Easter Egg Hunts: See article beginning
on Page 45 of the Neighbors section for Easter Egg hunts and other Easter-related events.
Meet the Creature, 11 a.m. Chandler
Environmental Education Center. Children get up close to live animals each month, while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation during this interactive program. Ages 2-6. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Geocaching, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Use GPS units to find a hidden treasure. Ages 6-16. $8-10. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
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Pajama Yoga Class, 6 p.m. Joyful
Yoga. Parents are invited drop their kids ages 5-10 off for a 90-minute yoga and story time session. Children should wear comfortable pajamas or workout clothing. $12 per child. 3900 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-726-6399, www.joyfulyogastudio.com.
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Monster Creator, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ArtRocks Studio. Children create storybook- inspired monster art using a variety of media. Ages 3-5. $15. 82 W. Ray Rd., Suite 104, Gilbert. 480-899-7625, www.artrocksstudio.net.
Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m.
Veterans Oasis Park. Experience an evening of entertainment under the desert moon in the outdoor amphitheater. Lakeside entertainment is provided by Step’s Junk Funk band, who merge percussion and movement arts and make music with found and recycled objects. S’mores and hot beverages are available for a small fee. All ages. Free admission. Located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads in southeast Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Lego Club, 3:30 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. The library supplies the Legos and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
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Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Ages 5 and younger enjoy stories, music and fingerplays. Free tickets, available in the
Youth Services area 20 minutes before event time, are required to attend. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
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Lunch Bunch, noon-1 p.m. ArtRocks Studio. Eat lunch with friends while making a different themed art project each week. Ages 3-5. $7. 82 W. Ray Rd., Suite 104, Gilbert. 480-899-7625, www.artrocksstudio.net.
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Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Visit more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-855-3539, www.downtownchandler.org.
Knit Happens, 2:30-4 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens earn community service hours while knitting or crocheting 8-inch by 8-inch squares for blankets given to HIV AIDS orphans in Africa. Lessons available to beginners. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
Family Camp-In, 6:30 p.m. Fri.-8:30 a.m. Sat. Arizona Science Center. Explore the center after it closes to the public. Participate in fun, educational hands-on workshops, see live science demonstrations, enjoy an IMAX film or Planetarium presentation and sleep in the Center’s immersive science galleries. Includes pizza dinner, movie snack and continental breakfast. Ages 6 and older with at least one adult for every six children. $38 per person. Preregistration required. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2055, www.azscience.org.
Fractured Fairytale, 11 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. The East Valley Children’s Theater presents “Once Upon a What?,” a fractured fairytale from the minds of kids. Ages 3 and older. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Family Open House, 10-2 p.m. Kids
Incorporated. Learn about the Fulton Ranch Promenade facility located on the northeast corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights roads in Chandler. 480-821-KIDS, www.kidsinclearningcenters.com.
Great Cajun Crawfish Boil, 5-9 p.m.
Kiwanis Park’s Ruben Romero Picnic Area. This family event features flown-in Louisiana
crawfish prepared onsite by a Louisiana chef. Enjoy chicken and sausage jambalaya; crawfish pasta; customary sides like corn, potatoes, sausage; and hot dogs for kids. The picnic area has a kids’ playground, basketball and volleyball courts, horse shoe pits and plenty of room to play “cabbage ball.” The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Cajun Cactus Foundation and the Phoenix Chapter of LSU Alumni Association. All ages. $10-$50 with ages 6 and younger free. 6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe. 602-758-3650, www.greatcajuncrawfish.com.
Wilderness Experience Camp, 5:30
p.m.-9 a.m. Phoenix Zoo. Spend an all-nighter at the Zoo that includes an authentic lakeside camping experience, animal interaction, a barbecue dinner, guided hike through the zoo grounds and a delicious breakfast and shuttle tour in the morning. Ages 6 and older. $60-$66. Preregistration required. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-273-1341, www.phoenixzoo.org.
Book Adventure, 3:15 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Enjoy books about weather and make a cloud craft. Ages 3-8. Free. Preregistration 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Open House, 5-7:30 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Learn what the center has to offer and do nature-based activities. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
GameHall, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Play Rock Band, Wii Sports, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and more on a big screen. Ages 9-18. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Meet the Creature, 4:45 p.m. Chandler
Environmental Education Center. Youths get up close to live animals from around the world, while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation during this interactive program. Ages 6-13. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Family Bird Walk; tour starts every 30 minutes 8 a.m.-noon. Chandler Environmental Education Center. The Desert Rivers Audubon Society leads guided treks through Veterans Oasis Park. Identify a variety of birds while exploring wetlands and desert
habitats. Liberty Wildlife brings captive birds to view. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Historical Tour, 5 p.m. meet 10 minutes prior to tour. A member of Chandler Museum leads visitors on foot through historic downtown Chandler and discuses the stories about town during the 1920s and ‘30s. Stroll down San Marcos Place and Boston Street and learn about the town’s founding, the cotton crash and how the railroad impacted the area. All ages. Free; preregistration is required. Meet at the Starbucks at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-782-2751, www.chandleraz.gov/history.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk, 5-9
p.m. See various art in galleries, purchase jewelry or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the historic downtown Chandler area. This is a free event sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. 480-855-3539, visit www.downtownchandler.org.
Hershey Track & Field Meet, 7:30
a.m. Chandler High School. Boys and girls compete in sprints, relays, the standing long jump, softball throw and more. Ages 7-14 who live or attend school in Chandler. $4-$5. Preregistration required. 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2704, www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Celebrate Mother Earth: Yoga
in the Park, 9-10:30 a.m. Facilitated by Joyful Yoga at Sunset Park. This gentle yoga workshop offers “down to earth” moves like the tree pose, mountain pose and sun salutations. Includes a fresh apple snack. Ages 5 and older. $8 each, $10 per family. Preregistration by April 12 required. Northeast corner of Rural and Ray roads, Chandler. 480-726-6399, www.joyfulyogastudio.com.
6th Annual Global Village Festival,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., parade at 11 a.m. Gilbert North Civic Center Campus. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of Mexico, New Zealand, China, Greece, Peru and Scotland. Celebrate cultural diversity through art, music, dance, sports, hands-on activities, exhibits, educational booths and a merchandise bazaar. Witness the Parade of Nations, see children colorfully dressed in attire representing their native land and take a virtual trip around the globe. All ages. Free admission. 50 E. Civic Dr., Gilbert. 480-503-6805, www.ci.gilbert.az.us/parks/gvf.cfm.
“Sammy Saguaro,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Higley Center for the Performing Arts. In this Great Arizona Puppet Theater production, Sammy isn’t sure he wants to grow up until he finds out how important a saguaro is to the Sonoran Desert. All ages. $8-$10. 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. 480-279-7194, www.higleyarts.org.
Earth Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phoenix Zoo. Learn about endangered Arizona species like the black-footed ferret and learn what the Zoo is doing to protect them. Experience life from a ferret’s perspective by climbing through tunnels and exploring burrows in search of food. Make earth-themed behavior enrichment items for the zoo’s animals. Enjoy live entertainment and learn about recycling. All ages. $7-17; free ages 2 and younger. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-273-1341, www.phoenixzoo.org.
Desert Safety for Kids, 4-5:30 p.m.
Chandler Environmental Education Center. Participate in a map-based scavenger hunt while learning to live safely and enjoyably in the desert. Ages 8-13. $8-$10. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Amazing Race, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Learn land navigation and use a map, compass and GPS unit. Ages 6-13. $8-$10. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Dive-In Movie Night, 7:30 p.m. with
movie at 8. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. Watch “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” PG-13. All ages. $2 adults, 75 cents children, $1 seniors. 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2636 or 2635, www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Fishing Lessons, 4-5:30 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Learn the basics of fishing like casting, baiting and more. Ages 7 and older. $12-$15. Preregistration required. Meet at Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.
Earth Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Celebrate Earth Day with nature activities, trails, exhibits, info booths and demonstrations.
• Monster Trucks • Dia Del Niño
• Lego Club • Monster Creator • Earth Day
• Monster Creator • Desert Safety
• Storytime • Lunch Bunch • Amazing Race
• Farmers’ Market • Knit Happens
• Pajama Yoga • Dive-In Movie • Fishing Lessons • Earth Day • Monster Trucks
• Lunch Bunch
• Farmers’ Market • Build ‘n’ Play
• Baby Brain Time
See Page 8 for more City of Chandler activities!
All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
12th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals, gates open
at 11 a.m. Firebird International Raceway. Experience raw power, motor sports carnage and family fun. See legends like Big Foot and Bounty Hunter. Other highlights include Jet Dragsters, Truck Show ‘N’ Shine, Manufacturers’ Midway and the Kids Zone. All ages. Tickets begin at $22 with ages 12 and younger getting free admission with a paid adult. 20000 Maricopa Rd., off I-10, Chandler. 602-268-0200, www.firebirdraceway.com.
Dia Del Niño, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phoenix Zoo. This traditional Hispanic holiday celebrates children, animals and culture. Highlights include entertainment, hands- on activities, games, Mariachi music and folkloric dancers. All ages. $7-17; free ages 2 and younger. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-273-1341, www.phoenixzoo.org.
Lego Club, 4:30 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the Legos and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, www.chandlerlibrary.org
Build ‘n’ Play, 10:15 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. The library supplies the Duplo blocks and little builders supply the imagination. Ages 3-5. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Baby Brain Time, 10:10 a.m. Sunset
Library. Spend quality time with baby, listening to stories and singing while learning about infant brain development. Ages newborn-23 months. Free. Preregistration required. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2842, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
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• Pajama Yoga • Fractured Fairytale • Family Open House • Crawfish Boil • Wilderness Camp
• Book Adventure
• Monster Creator • Storytime • Open House • GameHall
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• Farmers’ Market • Meet Creatures
• Bird Walk • Historical Tour • Art Walk
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