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.
Cozy up for Christmas
Running through the holiday season is Queen Creek’s Schnepf Farms Winter Wonderland. While their real ice rink might put you a little over budget at $10 per session, holiday train rides and hayrides out to feed the deer are $5 each and will get you in that holly jolly mood in no time. Bonfires, weenie and marshmallow roasts and hot chocolate set the scene for winter fun.
Where? Schnepf Farms, 24810 E Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
How much? Train rides and hayrides $5 each; ice skating $10 each
Glitter and Glow
Glendale Glitter & Glow begins every year during Thanksgiving weekend and will run this season through January 7th. Each weekend is a block party, and with 1.5 million lights, Glendale literally glitters, complete with live music, carnival games, a snow field and petting zoo, horse drawn carriage rides and handcrafted gifts. It could be easy to break the bank here with fair food, gift buying and fun games, but just enjoying the lights, the entertainment, and the party atmosphere is free.
Where? Downtown Glendale
How much? Admission for lights and entertainment is free; prices vary for food, games and rides
Go for Greased Lightnin’
Muscle cars and motorcycles are what you’ll see at Scottsdale’s weekly McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classic Car Show. A Valley tradition for over 20 years, this free event features hundreds of vintage vehicles from 4-8 PM every Saturday, 52 weeks a year. Whether you’ve got a thing for gleaming chrome and whitewall tires or are just a big Grease fan, it’s a great trip back in time.
Where? 8800-9199 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
How much? Free!
Jump, Jive and Wail
Touted as the “longest-running swing night in Arizona,” the FatCat Ballroom’s Swing Tuesdays will have you jumping, jiving and wailing on their 6,000 square foot wooden dance floor in no time. No experience is necessary, dances are open to participants of all ages, and you don’t even need a partner. $7 will get you not only admission to the dance, but lessons and water.
Where? 131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix
How much? $7 per person
Recycle your Reads
Love reading, but don’t have a book-friendly budget? Not to worry—Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has got you covered. With two Valley locations, Bookmans is a great place to recycle not only your old reads, but buy, sell and trade music, movies, video games and even housewares. Both pet- and kid-friendly, Bookmans locations are perfect for a lazy afternoon of strolling through the stacks.
Where? 1056 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa, and 8034 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix
How much? Varies; books are generally half the cover price or less and Bookmans accepts trade-ins