5 For $25 Family Fun

5 for $25: Local Family Fun

5 for $25 Family FunWe all know that carving out time for family bonding is essential. Luckily, having fun doesn’t have to break the bank! So put down the remote and step away from the cell phone…if “play hard” and “save big” are both on your to-do list, these boredom busters are a guaranteed good time for everyone.

#1: HIT THE TRAIL

Arizona has hundreds of miles in trails to suit everyone from the most seasoned trailblazer to the weekend walker. One in particular worth checking out is Thunderbird Conservation Park’s H Trail, a kid- and pet-friendly 3.6 mile loop that provides desert views of the Northwest Valley and the Phoenix Temple.

Where? W Pinnacle Peak Rd & 59th Ave, Glendale

How much? Free

#2: GET ARTSY

Culture doesn’t have to cost you! Did you know that the Phoenix Art Museum is free (donations gratefully accepted) on Wednesdays from 3-9 PM and from 6-10 PM every First Friday? Look for free Make It! programs on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM that encourage families to create together.

Where? 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix

How much? Voluntary donation (Wednesday afternoons/evenings and First Friday evenings)

#3: CATCH A MOVIE

Pollack Tempe Cinemas offers tickets at $3 every day—$2 on Tuesdays if you’re really pinching pennies! You can catch second-run movies here in this all-digital state-of-the-art theatre. With lower-priced concessions than most Valley theatres, even popcorn will be a necessary splurge.

Where? 1825 E Elliot Rd, Tempe

How much? $2/$3 per person + concessions

#4: TAKE A RIDE

: For $5 an hour per bike, you can take a leisurely ride around the Valley with your older kids (16+) with one of 50 Grid bike racks in Phoenix. Grid Bikes can even track mileage and calories burned, helping your family stay fit in the new year. Photo courtesy of Giovanni Arico.

For $5 an hour per bike, you can take a leisurely ride around the Valley with your older kids (16+) with one of 50 Grid bike racks in Phoenix. Grid Bikes can even track mileage and calories burned, helping your family stay fit in the new year. Photo courtesy of Giovanni Arico.

No wheels? No problem! Reserve a ride on Grid Bike Share. On their Pay As You Go Plan, $5 lets you and your older kids (16+) explore the city for up to an hour on one of Grid’s green bikes. You can reserve a bike using their mobile app or website and pick it up at one of 50 locations across the Valley. Enjoy the wind in your hair for an hour, and then return your bike at any hub station—it’s that simple!

Where? Various locations across the Valley/

How much? $5 an hour per person

 

A young girl packs food at the Feed My Starving Children Packing Site. Family service projects are popular at the Mesa site among church members, where children as young as five can volunteer to pack food that gets sent to the hungry worldwide. Photo courtesy of Feed My Starving Children.

A young girl packs food at the Feed My Starving Children Packing Site. Family service projects are popular at the Mesa site among church members, where children as young as five can volunteer to pack food that gets sent to the hungry worldwide. Photo courtesy of Feed My Starving Children.

#5: SERVE

Feed my Starving Children is a Christian non-profit that allows families to hand pack and distribute meals to those in need. Children ages 5 and up can volunteer, and the Mesa location can accommodate up to 140 people per session. Families can register online at http://www.fmsc.org/. Feed My Starving Children gives families a hands-on approach to service.

Where? 1345 S Alma School Road, Mesa

How much? Free; donations gratefully accepted

 

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