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FAMILY FUN


3 SANTAN FAMILY FUN ARRIVES! SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the cen- ter spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.


OSTRICH FEST PARADE Ostrich Festival Parade and Ostrich Festival Fun Run, registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and run begins at 8 a.m. with the parade at 10 a.m., downtown Chandler. See local bands, dance students, the El Zaribah Shriners, Hall of Flame Museum representatives, dignitaries riding in Corvette Club of Arizona cars and local floats. The proces- sion travels south on Arizona Avenue from Ray Road to Chicago Street. 866-993-2477, www.ostrichfestival.com.


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18, 24, 25, 31 AZ RENAISSANCE FEST Arizona Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday through April 1, near the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Cheer for brave knights and roam a 30-acre festival illage filled with castles, cottages, pubs and 12 stages of nonstop performances of music, dance and comedy. Enjoy nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters, jousting, live entertainment, music, artisans and a marketplace. Children’s activities include


people-powered games and rides. Buy tickets online at www.RenFestInfo.com, or save with discount tickets purchased at Fry’s Food Stores. Discount ticket prices are $20 for adult, $10 ages 5 to 12, free ages 4 and younger. Tickets purchased at the festival are $2 more. Senior discount tickets are $19 for those 60 and older, available only on festival days at the front gate ticket booth. Parking is free courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Located east of Apache Junction on U.S. 60, past Gold Canyon Golf Resort. 520-463-2700, www.RenFestInfo.com.


4, 11, 18, 25 SUNDAY STORIES Sunday Stories, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Enjoy guided activities that follow featured stories: “Storm on the Desert,” March 4; “Sing Down the Rain,” March 11; “The Three Little Javelinas,” March 18; and “Cactus Hotel,” March 25. All ages. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


4, 25 SUNDAY A’FAIR Sunday A’Fair, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Enjoy perfor- mances by local bands, arts and crafts by Arizona artists and hands-on activities


for families. Free admission. 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-994-2787, www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.


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20, 26, 27 WIGGLE WORMS Wiggle Worms, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


5 LUCKY CHARM PLATE Lucky Charm Plate, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. As You Wish. Ages 4 and younger decorate themed plates during Mommy & Me, a special session for moms and their young artists. $20; includes pottery. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.


7, 14, 21, 28 FAMILY NIGHT Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Enjoy themed r ecreational activities and entertainment each week. All ages. $2-$3. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


7, 14, 21, 28 BABY TIME Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


7, 21 JUST 4 KIDZ Just 4 Kidz, 4:30 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Ages 7-11 enjoy crafts, experiments and other fun activities for free. Learn to make pop-up cards on March 7 and soda bottle rockets on March 21. Preregistration required. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


8 SONORAN SUNSET Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Experience an evening of entertainment by Firefly, a trio of sisters from Gilbert, under the desert moon in the outdoor amphitheater. Refreshments available for purchase. 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.


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8, 15, 22 PRE-K STORYTIME Pre-K Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


9-11 OSTRICH FESTIVAL 24th Annual Ostrich Festival, 2 p.m.-midnight Fri., March 9; 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., March 10; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun., March 11; Tumbleweed Park. Enjoy the World Class Midway, entertainment, music, animal shows, carnival rides and family fun. There will also be more than 100 vendor booths offering arts, crafts and unique gift items; and Ostrich Alley featuring ostrich burgers, emu oil, hand-painted ostrich eggs and more. General admis- sion at the gate is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Parking is $5. Discounts are available at all local Fry’s Food Stores, and Family Fun Packs are $65, which includes two adult, two youth and two all-day carnival ride passes. Fry’s also carries $20 all-day carnival ride passes and regularly priced admission tickets. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 866-993-2477, www.ostrichfestival.com.


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