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5 for $25: Low Cost Family Fun – The Arizona Beehive
5 For $25 Family Fun

5 for $25: Low Cost Family Fun

Wide receiver Michael Floyd at the 2012 training camp. Photo by Broderick Delaney via Flickr

Wide receiver Michael Floyd at the 2012 training camp. Photo by Broderick Delaney via Flickr

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 playing hard and saving big are both on your to-do list, these boredom busters are a guaranteed good time for everyone.

#1: Watch the Pigskin Fly

Are you ready for some football? From July 29th-August 26th, the Arizona Cardinals hold a training camp featuring 16 open practices at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Admission and parking are both free, and there are no reserved seats. Players are available for autographs at the conclusion of sessions, and a special interactive Kids Zone with inflatables will be open until August 21st. See azcardinals.com/ for details.

Where? University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale

How much? Free!

#2: Get Doggone Active

Got a dog?—or just like watching them? Gilbert’s Cosmo Dog Park, named for its first K9 officer, is just the place for you. The park has large, fenced-in areas for dogs and allows separate spaces for timid pups and active pooches alike. With a lake, dog washing stations and pet drinking fountains, Cosmo Dog Park is 17 well-maintained acres of fun.

Where? 2502 E Ray Rd, Gilbert

How much? Free!

#3: Fire Up!

Phoenix’s Hall of Flame Museum is perfect for the little (or big) firefighters in your family. Six exhibit galleries detail the history of firefighting, from horse-drawn firefighting apparatuses of the 1700s to the present day, featuring a kid-friendly, hands-on fire safety learning area. You can cover the whole of the museum in about an hour…but little sparks might want to stay a bit longer.

Where? 6101 E Van Buren St, Phoenix

How much? $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-17, $2.50 for ages 3-5, and kids under 3 are free

#4: Go Nuts for Kronuts

What’s a kronut? Only Karl’s Quality Bakery’s take on a croissant-donut hybrid (their version is donut dough and layers upon layers of not-so-diet-friendly buttery croissant dough). In classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla and seasonal offerings like lemon basil, the kronut reigns supreme at Karl’s. Can’t afford that trip to Europe? A gastro-tour through the breakfast menu here may be just the thing.

Where? 111 E Dunlap Ave, Suite 13, Phoenix

How much? $2.95-$3.25 for kronuts; other breakfast muffins, pastries and baked goods in the $1-$3 range

 #5: Go Beyond Books at the Library

Coderistas hard at work in the Phoenix Public Library system. Photo courtesy of Lee Franklin

Coderistas hard at work in the Phoenix Public Library system. Photo courtesy of Lee Franklin

Most library systems in Maricopa County host frequent activities for patrons of all ages. From Minecraft to open mic night and baby sign to meet-and-greets with local authors, libraries are the perfect place to hone a skill or meet likeminded people. Even though summer reading programs are over, exciting S.T.E.A.M. (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) and computer coding programs are coming up in September at the Phoenix Library.

Where? Location varies; check individual library system website s for details

How much? Free!

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