It is that time of year again. The kids have yet another wonderful week out of school. For teachers and students, this is a blissful time. For parents, it is a stressful time. It means 1 of 2 things are going to occur.
1. Mom or Dad will be overwhelmed trying to budget for a week’s worth of full time care for their child(ren).
2. The stay-at-home parent will be overwhelmed trying to entertain the kids for an entire week.
Either way, the potential stress will ensue shortly as Phoenix schools prepare for early release and a week of closure. However, to lessen the burden and stress, parents should plan ahead of time, before the week comes. This will save them from getting 20 extra gray hairs, the kids from being locked outside, and the whole family going nuts!!!
Fortunately for Phoenicians, old and new to the Valley, our weather is incredible at this time of the year. Phoenix Parks are some of the best this examiner has visited. From Pecos Park in the East Valley to Rio Vista Park in the West, families have a plethora of park options to choose from. Visit Basha’s or Fry’s for a picnic style lunch and enjoy the day with the kids, for less than $20 a person. – Check the deli section, select a pre-made sandwich for approximately $3.99, a few mini bags of chips at 3 for $1, and a few bottled waters/juices, and lunch is covered for about $15 for a family of 4!
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater hosts puppet shows daily for children. The shows are appropriate for Pre-K and up. The featured shows for Spring Break are Jack and the Beanstalk (showing until March 18) and Jack Rabbit and the Easter Bunny (Mar. 21-Apr. 8). The times for shows are: Wed-Fri only at 10 am; Sat. 10am & 2 pm; Sun 2 pm. Tickets are $6 for children 2 and up and $8 for adults. Members are $5 for children and $7 for adults. Adults-only shows are $8 in advance and $10 day of the show. All tickets are purchased at the theater. Call (602) 262-2050 for school and group rates.
Maybe you are a parent that has children who love to learn, but right now, you don’t want to be the teacher. They love to read, but if you read Cat in the Hat one more time, you will scream. The Pottery Barn has storytime EVERY Tuesday, from 11:00-11:30 am, and kids of all ages are welcome. Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first story time, and a special gift after attending five times. There are two locations in the Valley: Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center. So mom can shop and the kids can learn all in one swoop!
Lastly, friends can get together and visit AMF Bowling Centers for a great deal. By joining the AMF E-club, guests can receive coupons and deals in their inbox, or they can contact their local center for special offers available. Center locations include (but are not limited to) Tempe Village Lanes, Shea Village Lanes, Christown, Peoria and Glendale.
Spring Break does not have to be a week of breaking the bank. The grocery bill may be higher than the norm, but mom and the kids can still locate something fun to do, especially in Phoenix. Don’t let them drive you crazy…you drive them crazy by overwhelming them with fun, inexpensive activities.