President Russell M. Nelson was announced as the 17th president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The announcement was made by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a live broadcast from the annex of the iconic Salt Lake Temple. He was sustained and set apart in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
Valentine’s Day lends an air of love to the entire month of February. In the October 2010 session of General Conference, President Uchtdorf advised families to show their love for one another by spending time together. For those families with tight budgets, below are four FREE ways to show your love. The final highlight is more pricey for larger groups, but if planned well won’t be a budget-buster. Plan to spend a little extra time together to build loving memories.
Phoenix’s Art Exhibits
The city of Phoenix hosts a First Friday Art Walk each month. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time riding the trolley (free) and viewing the work of local artists. Venture downtown the first Friday of every month. The art exhibits are reading for viewing at 6 in the evening and pack up at 10. On these special Fridays, the Heard Museum, which promotes Native American artwork, is free.
Location: Downtown Phoenix
Mesa’s Historical Airport
For children who love airplanes, the Falcon Field Airport is a wonderful observation location. This historical airport in Mesa allows families to watch planes take flight and return. The airport has a visitor’s center filled with information for aviation lovers and inquisitive minds. Their associated Falcon Field Park offers a beautiful area for picnics or playdates.
Location: 4800 E. Falcon Drive Mesa, AZ 85215
Mesa’s Free Country Dance Lessons
Looking to learn something new with your spouse? Denim and Diamonds in Mesa offers free dance lessons on Wednesday and Saturday Nights. The dance lessons start at 6:30 in the evening. This is a great opportunity for a cheap date night! Bond with those you love by spending time learning some new country dance moves.
Location: 7336 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ 85207
Queen Creek’s Skate Park
For families who love to rollerblade, scooter, skateboard, or ride anything with wheels, time spent at the Queen Creek Skate Park will be worthwhile. This location has a grassy park with a play area alongside the cemented skate area. The skate park is free, allowing families to come as go as they please.
Location: Ocotillo Rd. and Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85243
Gilbert’s Game Center
This experience is pricey, but for smaller families, or couples looking for something different to try, FlipSide in Gilbert is the place to go. FlipSide fun center offers bowling and arcade games along with some unique experiences such as miniature bowling, a gymnastics blast pad, and a laser maze. Purchasing an experience package is about $22 a person. However, arcade and single activity prices vary. The facility offers family specials and discounts on arcade money (such as getting a five dollar bonus for spending twenty-five dollars in the arcade).
Location: 4874 S Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85298
Price: Maximum: $22 per person