We 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
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
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