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Dive into Chandler Aquatics

PAGE 8 Just 4 Kids Sponsored by

City of Chandler Recreation Division

by Miriam Van Scott

School’s out, vacation’s here and the kids are looking for interesting things to do. And, with all the Valley has to offer, scintillating summer adventures can be educational as well as entertaining for the entire family. Here are tantalizing options available for SanTan Sun area families looking for cool fun out of the summer sun.

Dinos, Dutchman and directors Resources

Chandler Recreation Division coordinates a variety of programs for youths and teens at several facilities around town.

Chandler Community Center 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. 480-782-2727

Chandler Tennis Center 2250 S. McQueen Rd. 480-782-2650

Environmental Education Center 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. 480-782-2890

Snedigar Recreation Center 4500 S. Basha Rd. 480-782-2727

Tumbleweed Recreation Center 745 E. Germann Rd. 480-782-2900

For aquatic centers, turn to Page 6. Visit for more information, or check out the newest issue of Break Time now online.

Monday. Fee: $10 adults, $8 students with ID, $6 children ages 3 to 12. Info:, 480-644-2230.

All fired up

The Hall of Flame Museum and National Firefighting Hall of Heroes in Phoenix offers an acre of education and excitement focusing on worldwide efforts to battle blazes. Displays include more than 90 fully restored fire-fighting apparatus dating back to the 1700s, more than 400 helmets from all over the globe and six galleries filled with fascinating fire memorabilia. The Hall of Flame also features America’s only exhibit on wind-land firefighting, highlighting smoke jumpers, helitacks, brush trucks and hotshots as well as a tribute gallery dedicated to the bravery of firefighters’ heroic sacrifices.


COOL HISTORY: A young girl checks out an exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in downtown Mesa, which has a variety of displays in indoor comfort for a summer exploration.

Dedicated to inspiring wonder and respect for the Southwest’s natural and cultural heritage, the Arizona Museum of Natural History offers an exhilarating array of exhibits and activities for kids. Children can visit Dinosaur Hall and take a Walk through Time exploring the ancient world while investigating the origins of life, and even go fossil hunting in the Paleo Dig Pit. Film buffs are invited to learn about the many movies filmed in Arizona, and can “star” in their own Western adventures. Then it’s off to pan for gold and visit the Lost Dutchman’s Mine before heading to the Exploration Station for some hands- on fun with magnets, bones, scales and more.

June 2011

Arizona Museum of Natural History is at 53 N. Macdonald St., Mesa. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed

The Hall of Flame is at 6010 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Fee: $6 adults, $4 ages 6 to 17, $1.50 children ages 3 to 5, free ages 3 and younger. Info: 602-275-3473,

The science of fun

Children get up close and personal with the scientific world at the Arizona Science Center, with its five themed galleries of hands-on exhibits. Kids can lie on a bed of more than 1,000 nails, walk through a simulated human stomach complete with the sights, sounds and smells of digestion and discover how scientists are turning poop into power. The center also features a state-of-the-art domed planetarium and a four-story Imax theatre. For hardcore science buffs, the Arizona Science Center hosts birthday parties with guided activities focusing on mad mixtures, dinosaurs or rocket launch. Arizona Science Center is at 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Fee: $12 adults, $10 children and seniors; Imax and Planetarium admission additional. Info: 602-716-2000,

Picture this

The Phoenix Art Museum invites children to explore the world of creativity by encouraging them to participate in activities related to its exhibits. Kids ages 6 to 10 can check out a KidPack from the museum lobby at no cost. The child-sized backpacks are filled with puzzles, activity cards, games and challenges that correspond to the museum’s collection. The recently opened PhxArtKids Gallery provides a variety of colorful exhibits designed to delight the youngest art lovers. The museum’s special events offered during the summer such as Drawing Detectives, which offers “clues” on creating great artworks, and Dia de la Familia, an interactive celebration of Mexican Modernism, provide unique artistic adventures for kids. Phoenix Art Museum is at 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m. first Friday evenings, closed Monday and Tuesday. Fee: $10 adults, $4 children ages 6 to 17, free ages 5 and younger, free on Wednesday courtesy SRP. Info: 602-257-1222,

Strings attached

Whether children are interested in watching a puppet show, exploring the history of puppetry or making their own creations, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is the place to be. The summer schedule includes performances of family-favorites like “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “Cinderella,” “Old McDonald” and “The Monkey and the Pirate.” Youths can also tour the “25 Years of Great Arizona Puppet Theater” exhibit, which features rod puppets, marionettes and hand puppets from shows like “Brighty’s Grand Canyon Adventure,” “Frog & Toad,” “Peter Pan” and “Navajo,” or visit the gift shop for the most extensive puppet

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YOUTH ART: Kids and adults alike will enjoy the colorful, interactive ArtVille play area at the Arizona Museum for Youth in nearby Mesa.

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