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Don’t Miss ‘The Toxic Avenger’ at Phoenix Theatre

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The lead role is played masterfully by Caleb Reese, a member of the popular local band “The Instant Classics.” (Photo: Phoenix Theatre)

“The Toxic Avenger” is a delightful love story set in the city of Tromaville, N.J., located just off the New Jersey Turnpike. In this campy musical by Phoenix Theatre, Super-nerd Melvin Ferd the Third vows to save his city from the mountains of toxic waste mysteriously appearing in his hometown.

In his quest to find the truth, Melvin meets love interest Sarah, a blind librarian, while doing research at the public library. After feeling Melvin’s nerdy face, blind Sarah quickly realizes she is not attracted to him romantically, but instead offers him the consolation of top secret information from the town’s archives (linking evil Mayor Babs Belgoody to the toxic waste debacle.)

Melvin heads to City Hall to confront the mayor, who is surprised by his discovery and exclaims, “I buried those papers in the archives of the public library and then hired a blind librarian!”

After some quick talking, the mayor promises to change her ways and deputize the super nerd into her posse. When Melvin leaves her office, she sends her goons to “get the geek!” The roughnecks waste no time in locating and harassing Melvin and eventually drop him head first into a glowing drum of toxic waste, leaving him for dead.

The goons also harass poor Sarah, who collapses in fear. A giant roar can then be heard through the city as The Toxic Avenger — a transformed, oozing, stinking, deformed freak with a super hero physique appears out of a toxic fog, and proceeds to rip the goons to shreds.
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Reese makes the part of Melvin Ferd the Third and his alter ego Toxie relatable and likeable throughout the show. (Photo: Phoenix Theatre)

When blind Sarah wakes in her hero’s arms, The Toxic Avenger refuses to let Sarah feel his seeping deformed face, but agrees to let her feel his bulging pecs, and suddenly Sarah can’t resist his romantic charms. After confessing that he is toxic, Sarah gives him the nickname “Toxie.” Sarah falls in “hot toxic love” with the hard-bodied do-gooder and “Toxie” sets out to save Tromaville from the corrupt politics and toxic waste taking over the city.

The show’s set is comprised of a mountain of steel drums filled with glowing hot toxic waste. At the top of the toxic mountain, a live band is perched, providing the rock and roll soundtrack under the brilliant direction of Jeff Kennedy. The radioactive mountain with percolating barrels of waste swivel around and open up to reveal different scenes during the show.

The lead role of Toxie is played masterfully by Caleb Reese. Downtowners may recognize him as a member of the popular local band “The Instant Classics,” playing regularly at Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen at CityScape Phoenix.

Reese makes the part of Melvin Ferd the Third and his alter ego Toxie relatable and likeable throughout. Whether he’s belting out big rock numbers or crooning the softer ballads — he keeps you rooting for the poor misunderstood hero the whole time.

Trisha Hart Ditsworth’s talent is obvious in her portrayal of Toxie’s love interest, the blind librarian Sarah. Her voice is beautiful and her comedic timing seems second-nature. Although most of the play is not politically correct, her character and apartment décor really pushes the envelope. She wears socks that don’t match, her artwork is hung sideways, she has a pool cue rack for walking canes, and her walls are covered in seeing eye dog-themed wallpaper.
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“The Toxic Avenger” plays through November 22 in the new Hormel Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. (Graphic: Phoenix Theatre)

Johanna Carlisle does double-duty in playing two characters, Melvin’s whiney mother and the evil Mayor of Tromaville. At the end of the first act the Mayor and Ma Ferd get into a fight during the song “Bitch/Slut/Liar/Whore.” This scene has the audience howling with laughter before intermission. Director Michael Barnard’s hilarious take on this scene provides one of the most memorable moments of the evening.

The music could’ve easily gone cheap and sleazy but it stays light and very funny. Phoenix Theatre has a deep talent pool and it shines in this production. Although the singing and dancing aren’t perfect, the obvious talent of every cast member make this a fun night out. Leave the kids at home though, this is an R-rated production with adult themes and language. See the show now through November 22 in the new Hormel Theatre in the Phoenix Theatre complex, located adjacent to the Phoenix Art Museum.


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5 Must-Try Creative, Iced Drinks in Downtown Phoenix

There’s no denying it — summer is here, and it brought some thirst-inducing temperatures with it. Fortunately, Downtown Phoenix bars, cafes and restaurants have a solution.

They’re keeping things cool with delicious ice-cold cocktails and iced coffee and tea drinks all summer long. Here are a few must-try iced beverages for those desert-hot summer days.

Black Rose Tea Macchiato at Tea & Toast Co. inside DeSoto Central Market
From left to right: Caramel Cape Town, Black Rose and London Fog macchiatos. (Photo by Tea & Toast Co.)

From left to right: Caramel Cape Town, Black Rose and London Fog macchiatos. (Photo: Tea & Toast Co.)

One of the newest ventures in Downtown Phoenix, Tea & Toast Co.’s menu features a plethora of iced tea options, one to suit every palate. However, the Black Rose Macchiato, pictured above, is just about everything you could ever want in an iced drink: creamy and caffeinated with just a touch of sweetness. The drink features their Manhattan black tea blend with a touch of rose and dash of cold milk, of which there are several non-dairy options available. All of their tea drinks are prepared using concentrated tea shots – like espresso – giving the Black Rose Macchiato a rich, full body flavor that isn’t diluted by the milk or rose flavor.

915 N Central Avenue — Monday – Thursday 6:30 am – 9 pm; Friday – Saturday 6:30 am – 11 pm; Sunday 6:30 am – 9 pm.

The “Kate + Ruben” at Valley Bar

This delicious cocktail, named after Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego and her husband U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, is a go-to drink on a warm summer night. Cruzan Rum melds well with three kinds of juices – pineapple, lime and Arizona & Co. Passion Fruit – while Campari balances the drink, preventing it from being overly sweet.

130 N Central Avenue (basement) — Monday – Friday 4 pm – 2 am; Saturday – Sunday 6 pm – 2 am.

Nitro Cold Brew at Songbird Coffee & Tea House
The Nitro Cold Brew. (Photo: Songbird Coffee & Tea House Facebook)

The Nitro Cold Brew. (Photo: Songbird Coffee & Tea House Facebook)

Everybody’s favorite drink just got better. Nitro Cold Brew coffee is a new addition to Songbird Coffee & Tea House, and it’s definitely a creative take on what’s become a go-to summer drink. Nitro Cold Brew gives a beer-like quality to coffee: It’s cold and a little bubbly with a rich head of foam. When treated with Nitrogen, cold brew coffee becomes velvety, creamy and almost sweeter.

812 N Third Street — Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 7 pm; Friday – Saturday 7 am – 10 pm.

Lemonade at Bowl of Greens

This Mediterranean-style restaurant is beloved by students and downtown workers for its healthy wraps, salads and juices, but their lemonade might be one of the best items on the menu. Like any good lemonade, it’s not overly sweet. But what makes this iced drink really stand out is the chopped, fresh mint, which though subtle, adds some much-appreciated kick to an otherwise traditional drink.

555 N Central Avenue — Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm.

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The Flawless at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. (Photo by Fara Illich)

The Flawless at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. (Photo: Fara Illich)

This simply perfect martini at Bitter & Twisted is a classic, and at a freezing 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a tasty way to escape from the heat.

1 W Jefferson Street — Tuesday – Saturday 4 pm – 2 am.

Family-Friendly Activities in Phoenix

Our mission: To make sure the words “I’m bored” are never muttered while you and your family are visiting (or living in) Phoenix. That’s why we’ve rounded up this handy guide of family-friendly things to do in Phoenix for you and will keep it updated with new attractions and specials as time goes by.

With wet and wild water parks, hands-on cultural centers, wildlife zoos and more, there’s no shortage of entertaining family-friendly activities in Phoenix:

Museums and Cultural Centers

Children’s Museum of Phoenix
This museum is a great option for children as young as infants and as old as 10. The historic Monroe School Building is home to more than 300 play experiences where kids are encouraged to touch everything and explore their imagination. Children can explore the many different exhibits, including the Art Studio, Book Loft, Building Big, Texture Cafe and Noodle Forest.

Tip: The first Friday every month from 5:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m., the museum is open to the public free of charge. The museum will be adding additional hours on Mondays for the months of June and July.
Details: 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix. 602-253-0501 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.
Admission: $11 for non-members, $10 for seniors (62+), free for children under the age of 1 and for members.

Musical Instrument Museum
This one-of-its-kind interactive museum is a hit with kids and adults alike. Guests can play instruments from around the world; learn how they are made and how they are played. You can even see instruments from music icons like John Lennon, Taylor Swift and Elvis Presley in the Artist Gallery.

Tip: MIMkids programs are offered every week for $12. Mini Music Makers is geared for children up to five years old and offers a place where parents and kids can sing, dance, and play instruments all while developing their motor, pre-language and musical skills. Their Musical Adventures Series is for kids 6-10 years of age where they will discover new cultures with music making and creating instruments.
Details: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for teens ages 13-19, $10 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under
Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum

Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum has more than 17,000 works of art from across the world. Kids get to enjoy the PhxArtKids Gallery, where they can participate in hands-on and brains-on activities.

Tip: Free admission is offered on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on First Fridays from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fees may apply to special exhibitions.
Details: 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, $6 for ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under. Price does not include feature exhibitions.

Heard Museum
The Heard Museum is the ideal place to experience the many cultures and art of American Indians of the Southwest. Hands-on activities engage visitors of all ages with weaving, creating your own wearable art and Apache burden baskets.

Tip: Free Summer Sundays at the Heard are offered for the month of July, which includes free admission. Kids and adults can enjoy hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and ice cream, with varying themes each week.
Details: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8848
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: May 24th-September 28th, $23 for adults, $18.5o for seniors (65+), $12.50 for students and ages 6-12, $5 for ages 1-5.

Challenger Space Center Arizona
This unique facility was actually designed by 5th graders when asked what they would like to see in a space center. It features various meteorite exhibits, a space shuttle landing gear tire, Atlantis Space Shuttle model, Columbia Shuttle memorial display, Iridium Satellite model and Lowell Observatory display.

Tip: On select Saturdays, Challenger Space Center hosts Family STAR Nights, an entertaining and interactive astronomy night that is fun for the whole family. Cost is $7 per person, free for kids 3 and under.
Details: 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (55+), $6 for ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under.

Arizona Science Center
Guests of every age will be educated, inspired, and entertained by the wonderful world of science. The Arizona Science Center has more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a five-story IMAX Theater and a state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium that will take you ‘to-the-moon and beyond’ with its presentations. Among its permanent exhibits, the Arizona Science Center features special exhibits that vary every few months, giving its guests a unique experience every time they visit.

Details: 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $26.95 for adults, $19.95 for ages 3-17, $23.95 for seniors (62+). Prices include featured exhibit.
Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center

i.d.e.a. Museum
Children are given opportunities to engage their senses and are encouraged to be creative while at the i.d.e.a. Museum. The three main exhibit areas, the Blacklight Room, the HUB, and Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery, allow kids to explore their imagination through design, science and technology. Artville is a town for kids up to four years old that offers a train, soft sculptures, Legos and light boxes with cubes, and puppets in the Performing Arts Center.

Tip: The i.d.e.a. Museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Details: 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-2468
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person, free for kids under one

Pioneer Living History Museum
Be taken back in time as you visit the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum. This 1800s town is spread across 90 acres, featuring authentic buildings and historically-accurate reproductions. Step inside a blacksmith shop, a sheriff’s office and jail, and a 1890s dress shop, all while costumed cowboys, lawmen and Victorian ladies greet you throughout your visit.

Details: 3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix. 623-465-1052
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, June 1-September 5, 7 a.m.—11 a.m.
September 6-May 31 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans, $7 for ages 5-17, free for kids 4 and under.

Arizona Museum of Natural History
Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 billion years ago to now. See some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived in Dinosaur Hall and see them in their natural habitat on Dinosaur Mountain. Kids can pan for gold in the History Courtyard or experience a real territorial jail.

Tip: The museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Details: 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. 480-644-2230
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (65+), $8 for students, $6 for ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under.

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
This is the place to take aspiring lil’ firefighters. See over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus, dating from 1725-1969. The Hall of Flame Museum has over an acre of fire history exhibits with pieces from America, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The museum is also home to the Hall of Heroes to honor those who have fallen.

Details: 601 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. 602-275-3473
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+), $5 for ages 6-17, $2.50 for ages 3-5, free for kids 2 and under.
Hall of Flame Fire Museum

Hall of Flame Fire Museum

Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Puppet shows are put on year round and vary every few months. This summer watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Monkey and The Pirate, and My Pet Dinosaur.

Tips: The Theater offers workshops on select Saturdays where kids can create their own puppet to take home.
Details: 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. (602) 262-2050
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for ages 2 and up, free for kids under 2 with the purchase of a child ticket.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Park
Located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site, the Pueblo Grande Museum is the largest preserved site within Phoenix. A trail takes guests through the prehistoric Hohokam village that features an excavated platform mound, ballcourt, and replicated prehistoric houses. Children are able to participate in hands-on activities where they can learn about the science of archaeology.

Tip: Archaeology for Kids Summer Camp and Art-e-ology Summer Camp is offered all summer. Kids can learn about the life of an archaeological artifact, how to identify artifacts in the field, and the science behind caring for artifacts.
Details: 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., closed Mondays and Sundays from May-September.
Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), $3 for ages 6-17, free for kids 5 and under.

Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo offers families the opportunity to see wild animals up close and personal. Watch as Sumatran tigers roam the savanna; feed towering giraffes at the giraffe encounter; witness Asian elephants play in a watering hole. The zoo also features a monkey village, safari train and stingray bay. Kids can even splash around in the Yakulla Caverns or Leapin’ Lagoon from March-October.

Details: 455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. 602-273-1341
Hours: January 13-May 31, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., June 1-August 31, daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., September 1-November 5, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., November 6-January 12, daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under.
Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience Africa in the heart of Arizona. Out of Africa will bring you and your family priceless memories with their array of animal experiences. Tiger Splash gives you the chance to see Bengal and Siberian tigers interact in a predator-and-play relationship, romping and splashing in a large pool. The Giant Snake Show teaches kids about various giant snakes and guests can even touch and hold some of the largest species. Hitch a ride on the African Bush Safari Tour to get an inside look at the animals and their habitat with a 40-minute narrated tour.

Tip: Family Campout at Out of Africa takes place from May 31-June 1. The campout offers families the opportunity to get away from the city lights and to wake up to the sounds of roaring lions and the smell of hot breakfast. $79.95 for adults, $49.95 for ages 3-12. Space is limited.
Details: 3505 W. Camp Verde Bridgeport Highway, Camp Verde. 928-567-2840 Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors (65+), $14.95 for ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under.

SEA LIFE Arizona
At SEA LIFE Arizona you will be transported into the wondrous ocean world. Guests can interact with creatures at the touch pools and encounter over 5,000 sea creatures, including sharks, rays, seahorses and tropical fish. There is even a 360-degree ocean tunnel that will give you an experience unlike any other in the desert.

Tips: Make sure to check the feeding and talk times online so you can get the most out of your experience.
Details: 5000 S. Arizona Mills, Tempe. 877-526-3960
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: (At the door) $18 for adults, $13 for ages 3-12, (online) $14.40 for adults, $10.40 for ages 3-12.
SEA LIFE Arizona

SEA LIFE Arizona

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium is now home to a new 15-acre safari park with more than 32 species. Guests can also visit a diverse water life in the aquarium or the 600 species that call the zoo home. If cute and cuddly is your thing, make sure to stop by the Baby Animal Nursery to see which species is currently staying there. Enjoy the view from high atop the media skyride, which takes you on a 15-minute ride around the park.

Tip: Kids can feed axis deer, baby goats, chickens and more for only 50 cents for pellets.
Details: 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield. 623-935-9453
Hours: Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $32 for adults, $15.25 for ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under.

Water Parks
The hours for each park vary by day and season. See their websites for details.

Wet ‘n’ Wild
As one of the most well-known and largest water parks in Arizona, Wet ‘n’ Wild features over 30 water slides and attractions. It is home to the Maximum Velocity, the first and only ride of its kind in the world. This coaster allows guests to race in tandem tubes down two slide tracks, with over 830 feet of drops and curves. There are plenty of attractions for the younger kids, as well. Went ‘n’ Wild Jr. is a kid sized water park that was made especially for kids and their families. Kids can play with water toys; enjoy spray zones, and various water attractions like the Tiny Typhoon.

Tips: The water park can easily reach capacity during the summer. Make sure you arrive early to beat the afternoon rush.
Details: 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale. 623-201-2000
Admission: $39.99 for adults, $29.99 for kids under 42″, $29.99 for seniors (65+), and free for kids 2 and under. Parking is $8.
Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild

Golfland Sunsplash
In addition to the many attractions at Golfland, Sunsplash has so much to offer families and kids of all ages. The water park features a wavepool, a lazy river, rock slides, a toddler play pool, and seven thrilling attractions. The most recent addition to the park is The Revolution, a seven-story ride that will catapult its riders into an open bowl. When you are done soaking up the rays and getting soaked, head to Golfland to enjoy bumper boats, laser tag, miniature golf, and choose from over 200 games at the arcade.

Tip: Sunsplash offers Night Splash hours on select days. The park remains open until 11 p.m. for everyone to enjoy attractions at night.
Details: 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. 480-834-8319
Admission: $29.99 for guests over 48″, $19.99 for guests 47″ and under, $19.99 for seniors (60+), $3 for kids 2 and under. Prices include Sunsplash entry only.

Arizona Grand Resort Oasis Water Park
This seven-acre water park was voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s Top 10 Water Parks. It features an eight-story tower with three slides, a wave pool, lazy river, 25-person hot tub, Wild Cat Springs for kids and private cabanas for relaxing and enjoying drinks and snacks from the Oasis Bar and Grill. The Oasis Water Park is reserved for resort guests only.

Tip: The Oasis Water Park offers families feature-length dive-in movies during the weekend evenings.
Details: 8000 S. Grand Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-438-9000
Admission: Included in resort stay costs.
Arizona Grand Resort

Arizona Grand Resort

Big Surf
Waikiki Beach Wave Pool is ranked the third largest in the country, holding more than 2.5 million gallons of water. Guests can rent rafts, surf boards or boogie boards and enjoy waves that are produced every three minutes. Big Surf features seven slides and a Kool Kids Zone that has a climbing area and slides for kids 48 inches and under.

Tip: Kids can participate in boogie board and surfing sessions that will be taking place all summer for a small fee.
Details: 1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe. 480-994-2297
Admission: Online prices: $25 for adults, $19.95 for kids 3 years of age to 4 feet tall, $19.95 for seniors (55+), $2.95 for kids 2 and under (only available at gate).

FlowRider at the Westin Kierland
Surf’s up! The Westin Kierland brings the ocean to the desert with the FlowRider boardsport simulator. Kids and adults alike can get instruction and take to the waves.

Details: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-624-1268
Admission: FlowRider is reserved for guests of the Westin Kierland Resort. Registration Fee (one-time, lifetime): $15. One Hour Session: $30
FlowRider at Westin Kierland

FlowRider at Westin Kierland

Surge Splash Pad at The Phoenician
The Phoenician Resort had added to their already fantastic pools with the new Surge Splash Pad. Kids can spray each other with water cannons, stay cool while buckets of water are poured on them, and playful turtles mist them.

Details: 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. 480-941-8200
Admission: For resort guests only.
Surge Splash Pad at The Phoenician

Surge Splash Pad at The Phoenician


Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park
Named as one of the Top 12 Best City Parks in America by Forbes, Encanto Park offers families nine rides and a variety of popular attractions geared towards kids aged one to ten. Guests can enjoy the historic Encanto carousel, bumper boats, splash zone, kiddie cars, pedal boats, and mini-coaster. Enchanted Island also has the C.P. Huntington Train, which takes its guests on a seven-minute tour of the island.

Tip: Friday nights starting at 5 p.m., unlimited ride wristbands for children or adults are only $6.50.
Details: 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. (602) 254-1200
Hours: See website for details.
Admission: Free. Prices vary for ride tickets.

Goldfield Ghost Town
Take a trip back into the 1800s when gold mining and gun fighting was the norm. Goldfield Ghost Town is Phoenix’s only authentic ghost town that offers guests the chance to learn about the past and enjoy some great entertainment. Witness an Old West gun fight performed by the Goldfield Gunfighters,pan for gold, and take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train. You can even take an underground guided tour through the mines or a jeep tour across the scenic Apache Trail.

Details: 465 N. Mammoth Mine Rd., Apache Junction. 480-983-0333
Hours: Daily, 10 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Prices vary per attraction.
Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield Ghost Town

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
Kids and adults will both get the true Western experience with a petting zoo, a tour through the Sonoran Desert trails by stagecoach, gold panning, and riding a mechanical bull. One of the best features at Rawhide is the Six Gun Theater and The Arizona Roughriders. Watch as Wild West stuntmen take daring falls and duel it out in gunfights and dodge explosions. Rawhide’s steakhouse has a menu that celebrates the spirit and hospitality of its Western roots through true cowboy portions.

Details: 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. 480-502-5600
Hours: May 1-13: Wednesday-Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.,
May 14 – June 30: Wednesday-Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., closed Monday-Tuesday,
Month of July: Thursday-Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., closed Monday-Wednesday.
Admission: Free. $5 parking.

Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden has the world’s largest collection of desert plants, more than 50,000 species to be exact. The desert plants are on display throughout five thematic trails that demonstrate conservation, desert wildflowers, desert living, and the people and plants of the Sonoran Desert. Guests can also enjoy the exhibitions on display and shows that vary every few months.

Tips: Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month
Details: 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-941-1225
Hours: May-September: Daily 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: $18 for adults, $6 for ages 3-12, $16 for seniors, free for kids 2 and under.

Butterfly Wonderland
Step into a magnificent rain forest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely. Guests start their experience in the 3D theater, where you are taken on a journey through the migration cycle of the monarch butterfly. See nature’s most amazing transformation unfold before your eyes as real butterflies go through metamorphosis in the Butterfly Emergence Gallery. Families can stroll through the 10,000-square-foot atrium, as butterflies flutter about and take rest upon your shoulder.

Tip: The Butterfly Wonderland also offers a mirror maze and laser maze to challenge your mind and body. Charges apply per maze.
Details: 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-800-3000
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for ages 3-11, $16.95 for seniors (62+), students and military, free for kids 2 and under.
Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Located in the heart of Scottsdale, this unique park offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. Guests can take a ride on Paradise and Pacific Railroad where they will be taken around the park on a one mile track. Kids will be delighted as they ride the beautifully carved and restored Scottsdale Charro Carousel, with 30 horses and two wheelchair chariots. Throughout the park there are several exhibits that display railroad engines, a baggage car from 1914, a machine shop, and the 10,000-square-foot Model Railroad Building that showcases displays and artifacts.

Tip: Let the kids run wild on the park’s two playgrounds with ladders, slides, towers and swings.
Details: 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2312
Hours: See website for seasonal hours.
Admission: Free. Tickets required for various rides and exhibits. $1 per ticket. Kids 2 and under are free on train and carousel with paying adult, children 12 and under are free in the Historical Railroad Exhibit.

CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park
This fun-filled park offers families many different activities to enjoy. Guests can compete in laser tag, bumper boats, volleyball tournaments, miniature golf, and batting cages. Kids can battle it out in Water Wars, fly to new heights in the Bungy Dome, or race to the finish line at the CrackerJax Speedway for older kids and the Jax Trax for the little ones.

Details: 16001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-998-2800
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: Free. Prices vary per activity.

Down on the farm

Superstition Farm
Tip: Guests can hand feed rescue animals and hold chickens for only $3.75 per adult and $2.75 for kids.
Details: 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. 602-432-5600
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays

Schnepf Farms
Tip: The first Saturday of every month, kids can participate in Farmer of the Day for $20. They will learn to irrigate; plant seeds; pick vegetables; and enjoy a hot dog for lunch.
Details: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. 480-987-3100
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kids can cool down at these splash pads across town.

Tempe Splash Playground: 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Aquatic Playground/Splash Pad: 83rd Avenue and Berridge Lane
Jaycee Park: 817 W. 5th St., Tempe
Esquer Park: 2407 E. McArthur Dr., Tempe
Hudson Park: 1430 S. Cedar St., Tempe
Rio Vista Community Splash Park: 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria
Chuparosa Park Spray Pad: 2400 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler
Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals: 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler
Espee Park Spray Pad: 450 E. Knox, Chandler
Espee Park Spray Pad

Espee Park Spray Pad

Paiute Park: 3210 N. 66th St., Scottsdale
Chestnutt Park: 4565 N. Granite Reff Rd., Scottsdale
Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park: 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale
Outlets at Anthem: 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix
Desert Ridge Marketplace: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
Tempe Marketplace: 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
San Tan Village: 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Riverview Park: 2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa
Kierland Commons: 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter: 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

Scottsdale Quarter

CityScape: 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Westgate City Center’s Fountain Park: 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Water Tower Plaza: 45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert
Goodyear Community Park: 315 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
El Mirage Gateway Park: 10100 N. El Mirage Rd., El Mirage
Edison Park: 901 N. 19th St., Phoenix
Francisco Highland Park: 2702 E. South Mountain Ave., Phoenix
Harmon Park: 1425 S. 5th Ave., Phoenix
Laveen Village Park: 3146 W. Vineyard, Phoenix
Mountain Vista Park: 13647 S. 50th St., Phoenix
Nuestro Park: 1433 S. Ninth St., Phoenix
Pecos Park: 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix

Pro Sports

Phoenix Coyotes: For only $10, kids can be a part of Howler’s Heroes where they receive Howler’s Heroes Cape, discounted tickets to games, Howler Mask, and limited edition cup for $1 refills.
Details: Arena, 9400 w. Maryland Ave., Glendale

Phoenix Suns: Kids can join the Gorilla Kids Club for $20 and get a free ticket to a Phoenix Suns regular season home game, official Gorilla Gear and apparal, members events, and more.
Details: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Arizona Diamondbacks: Come out to Chase Field for Kid’s Sundays. There are kids-only giveaways, free admission for No Chew Crew Members, and kids get to run the bases after the game.

Kids can also join the D-backs Kid’s Club for free and score a free gift at up to 20 home games each season.
Details: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Arizona Cardinals: Kids can be a part of the Arizona Cardinals Kids Club. As an official member, they will receive a team pack that includes a letter from Coach Arians, official membership credential, subscription to the Kids Club Newsletter, t-shirt, duffle bag, sunglasses and the chance to be the Cardinals Kid Captain of the game where they can be on the field for the coin toss. Cost is $25.
Details: University of Phoenix, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale

Phoenix Mercury: Fans ages 6-17 can join the Mighty Mercury Kid’s Club for $10. Members will receive a membership credential, a Mighty Mercury t-shirt, special autograph sessions at open practices, discounts for clinics throughout the year and more.
Details: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
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Downtown Phoenix Directory Showcases New Mural Project

February 6, 2015 by Fara Illich

With a vibrant new cover, co-created by Jose Andres Giron and Carlos Rivas, two resident artists at the Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC), the Downtown Phoenix Directory January-June edition hit the streets just in time for Super Bowl 2015.

The cover art depicts a mural project in the Paseo de ALAC, the alleyway behind the arts and cultural center, featuring a vibrant community gathering place bridging art, culture, tourism and downtown businesses. This makes it the perfect complement to the restaurant and business guide.

directorycover“For ALAC to be represented is a proud moment for us all,” said ErLinda Torres, president and CEO of ALAC. “It’s urban, it’s ethnic, it’s contemporary – it really represents the state of Arizona and the people of this city.”

With a local artist-designed cover, local photography and more than 400 restaurant and business listings – this edition of the directory really showcases greater downtown’s immense growth and diversity.

Andres Giron, the cover designer, grew up in the Golden Gate Barrio of Phoenix and watched the cycles of change in Downtown Phoenix since the 1950s. The design really celebrates downtown’s revitalization and talented Latino artists, many of whom will be collaborating on the mural project.

According to plans, the mural will stretch across the entire backside of the city-owned building at 147 E. Adams Street.

“I was just trying to tell a story and create a spectacular impression of an otherwise dirty alley by beautifying it,” Giron said. “It’s also about encouraging artists to work together and learn from each other.”

Eight different artists will be collaborating on the project, including Carlos Rivas, whose signature “shape-shifters” can be seen in murals around the city.

Individuals see different things in the abstract figures Rivas designs, which is why the interpretation is fluid and shifting. Each unique form is a reflection of the music he listens to, friends and family who inspire him and the vibrant urban landscape around him.

The directory is distributed to businesses, restaurants, visitors and conventioneers throughout downtown. To pick up your copy, just look for a Downtown Phoenix Ambassador, who can always help you find one, or download it here.


15 Things to Watch For in 2015

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15 Things to Watch For in 2015

With the launch of Grid Bike Share and new events like Viva PHX, 2014 rounded out to be quite the year for Downtown Phoenix. More people are living and visiting the core, new businesses, restaurants and events are attracting more activity, and there’s a progressive interest in enhancing the walkable, urban and vibrant downtown we want. The downtown story is still being written, with several major projects, developments, openings and events already in the works for 2015. Here are 15 we’re excited about.

Photo courtesy of Super Bowl Host Committee

1. Super Bowl Central

It’s the game everyone’s talking about, and it’s at our doorsteps in just two weeks. Super Bowl Central is coming downtown from Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Feb. 1 for several days of game-related activities. Both visitors and residents are invited to partake in the festivities, which include a 30-by-100-foot rock wall with a waterfall in the center as well as musical performances by Walk the Moon and The Roots. Coming downtown? Live downtown? Here’s some tips to get you in and around the core.

Space Between

2. Opening of the Space Between Pocket Park

A vacant piece of land currently sits on First Street near Fillmore Street, in a place that falls between developed and underdeveloped; between public space and private space; and between distinct neighborhoods. To fill in the gaps, Downtown Phoenix Inc. in partnership with Logan Simpson Design and Balfour Beatty Construction, a soon-to-be pocket park will emerge this year in its place, acting as an open space where the community can gather for lunchtime and events or as a quiet corner to study and relax.


3. March Means Music (and more)

Music lovers and festival goers might as well block out the entire month of March as there are numerous events that you don’t want to miss. The month begins with Local First Arizona’s Bartending Competition at Crescent Ballroom, where the finest bartenders from across the Valley compete to concoct “Phoenix’s Best Cocktail of the Valley.” A week later, Artlink Phoenix’s 27th annual Art Detour will celebrate Phoenix arts and culture, from March 7-8, with special gallery and artist-studio openings and exhibits, hands-on activities, food trucks and more.

Kicking off March Means Music, Phoenix Chorale will perform “Desert Song” on Saturday, March 7 at Trinity Cathedral. Join them for a desert-inspired concert that celebrates the rich hues, history and heritage of the southwest. The following weekend, Viva PHX returns to Downtown Phoenix Saturday, March 14 bringing an eclectic, and to-be-announced, line-up of bands and musicians to stages scattered within walking distance in downtown. Just one week later, Phoenix Lights, a new music and arts festival at Civic Space Park, will light up the stage on Sunday, March 22. Later that month, the music festival and fundraiser, McDowell Mountain Music, takes over Margaret T. Hance Park for three days of performances, food trucks, vendors and more from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29.

4. Downtown West Side Development Planning Process

It’s early in the planning process for a 7.5-acre publicly owned piece of land on Fillmore Street between Fourth and Sixth avenues. Neighborhood leaders and property owners have spent the past six months working with a planning and architectural firm to generate conceptual ideas for some potential uses of the parcel. And in two weeks, Tuesday, Jan. 27, the community is invited to an Open House, where the City of Phoenix will present the ideas and community members can provide feedback and voice their own. Though the parcel of land may not be complete by the end of the year, it will still be interesting to see what comes from the planning process this year.

Desoto Central Market

5. Desoto Central Market opening

After months of anticipation, the Desoto Central Market is close to finishing with plans to open early this year. Final details haven’t been announced, but chef Stephen Jones, formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, is opening his own restaurant there called Yard Bird + The Larder.

Urban Wine Walk

6. Urban Wine Walk

The self-guided tour to some of Phoenix’s finest bars and restaurants returns to the light rail corridor on Saturday, May 16. From downtown to midtown, various wine samples will be available for purchase with complimentary, complementary bar bites to fuel your journey.

7. Finalization of the Roosevelt Streetscape

Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and Seventh Street is in the process of getting a makeover by the City of Phoenix, making it a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly place. By December of this year, the expected completion date, you’ll see new shade trees, expanded sidewalks and new bike lanes.

containers on grand

8. Containers on Grand

A new housing project is coming to Grand Avenue, which we wrote about in December, that’s recycling shipping containers and transforming them into comfortable places to live. With a wait list already formed, the 20-unit apartment complex, Containers on Grand, will open this year on the corner of 12th and Grand avenues.

Roosevelt Row

9. More Events and Activity Coming to the Roosevelt Row Arts District

Adding to their already popular annual events, the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC) is adding more vitality to the area this year with both new and reemerging events.

Along with community favorites like Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, Pie Social on Saturday, Nov. 14, and the second annual New Year’s Eve Flannel Ball on Thursday, Dec. 31, save the date for the return of the Roosevelt Row Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17! And though the date has yet to be announced, the organization will bring more pie love to the area with the new Roosevelt Row Pie Pairing. Follow Roosevelt Row CDC on Facebook for updates on event details and dates.

10. Renovations to Begin on historic Barrister Place building

Last year, the city issued and awarded a request for proposals (RFP) to renovate without compromising the historic significance of the building, which is located on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street. According to this AZCentral article, renovations of the building and construction of the two new buildings on the surrounding land will begin this year and upon completion will include new apartments and commercial space.

Urban Ale Trail

11. Urban Ale Trail

Last year’s inaugural Urban Ale Trail was a hit and you can keep trekking this year on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more beer specials and bar bites at various restaurants around the core.

12. Near completion of the Hilton Garden Inn in the historic Professional Building

Make sure to look up as you pass this beautiful art-deco building standing on the corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street as it will be nearing completion by the end of the year. It’s being renovated into a Hilton Garden Inn and will include retail space along Central Ave.

13. Breaking ground on 1,000 housing units all over Downtown

With increasing activity in the housing sector in Downtown Phoenix; the year 2015 will see the breaking ground of 1,000 housing units around the core.

Zombie Walk 6

14. Zombies

Each year, thousands of zombie-loving folk shuffle through downtown, celebrating the undead way of life. Join us this year on Saturday, Oct. 24 for the biggest, baddest and bloodiest gathering west of the Mississippi: Zombie Walk 7.

15. Completion of the University of Arizona Cancer Center

Construction is expected to finish on the five-story, 220,000-square-foot cancer center located on Seventh and Fillmore streets this year, further expanding the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Through a partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, the center will function as a cancer clinic providing outpatient services. It will, according to this Phoenix Business Journal article, generate 360 permanent jobs.


TrueDTPHX Blends Art, Music, Community


Experience the true downtown at TrueDTPHX, a free local music festival at Civic Space Park during 2015 Pro Bowl weekend, Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Just days before Super Bowl Central transforms Downtown Phoenix into an NFL-themed fan campus and Pro Bowl kick off in Glendale; we’re celebrating everything that makes our community great.

In addition to beautiful weather, a vibrant art scene, breathtaking public spaces like Civic Space Park and top-notch restaurants, Phoenix boasts some of the very best local music. While our city sits under the spotlight during two major back-to-back sports events, let’s share a slice of the TrueDTPHX with visitors, loved ones, strangers and friends.

In addition to great live performances by Jared and the Mill, Luna Aura, Decker, Captain Squeegee and many others, Phoenix-based painter and designer Isaac Caruso will be constructing a visually stunning interactive art piece, with the help of the public.

As a means of connecting the community through art and music, True Music Xperience, the group behind 2013’s successful True Music Festival, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. developed a concept that really captures what locals love about their city – and brings it all together.

Featuring food trucks, local craft breweries, a solar powered stage and multiple composting and recycling vessels, TrueDTPHX is a festival for the people by the people.

So hop on your bike or take the light rail down to Civic Space Park Friday, Jan. 23 for a night of indie-pop and electronica from 7-10:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 24, don your dancing shoes for an eclectic mix of jam-rock and multi-genre music during a full day of family-friendly fun from 3-10:30 p.m.

Design Our Directory and Dining Guide Cover

Call for local art submissions:

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership seeks to commission a local artist to create the cover artwork for its upcoming 2014 July-December Downtown Phoenix Directory and Dining Guide.

90,000 copies of the Directory are distributed during a 6 month period. This is the second edition of an artist designed cover.

The brochure-sized cover should capture the spirit of Downtown Phoenix’s diversity and vibrancy while paying tribute to the urban landscape.

For more information about the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, visit


– Once commissioned, the artist will be required to complete the job to satisfaction by June 2, 2014.

– All two-dimensional media will be considered, however, the final product must be able to be used in a graphic design program (high quality photographs and scanned images are acceptable).

– The cover will be rectangular, 4 x 9 inches and printed on gloss paper.

– Submissions from outside the greater Phoenix area will not be considered.

– One-time payment of $1000.

– The Downtown Phoenix Partnership will retain all usage rights and may re-use the image for other promotional purposes.

– All applicants must be 18 and older.

Requirements for Submission:

– Link to online portfolio or minimum of 5 images in .jpg or .pdf format.

– If submitting 5 images, please include an image list with title, year of creation, dimensions and medium in .pdf or word .doc file format.

– A 350-word proposal detailing your plans for the cover artwork in either .pdf or .doc format. Be sure to list contact information, including a phone number and email address.

Deadline for application: April 30, 2014.

How to apply: Email, subject line: 2014 DOWNTOWN DIRECTORY COVER


Downtown Phoenix Spring Into Action

Downtowners, this is your call to action: Spring has sprung and now is the time to transform our city into the Downtown you want.

With well over 30 community engagement events taking place over the next three weeks, this is the time to join the community and make your voice heard.

Whether you want a say in future transportation planning and urban design or want to hear 34 bands in one weekend and catch D-backs opening day fun, this Downtown Phoenix Spring into Action Community Engagement Calendar is the place to start.

It unravels the who-what-when-where-why of each event, meaning there’s no excuse not to go to, for example, the unveiling of a new park design or a neighborhood bike ride.

Click here to explore the options and plan how you’re going to get involved in our city. We’ll see you out there!


Downtown Phoenix Will Be Super Bowl Central

Downtown Phoenix Will Be Super Bowl Central

super-bowl-announceIt’s official: Downtown Phoenix is Super Bowl Central for Arizona’s 2015 game! We’d like to say we’re surprised, but as we’ve seen over the last year, Downtown is THE place to be for major events.

Super Bowl Central – which includes all fan activities as well as the media center, NFL experience, NFL Headquarters and NFL House – will take over 12 city blocks in the heart of our city from Fifth Street to First Avenue, Jefferson to Monroe streets.

With two entertainment stages, beer and wine gardens, football fun, and cultural activities, you’re going to want to head straight for Downtown next February to be a part of the action.

Did we mention that the most iconic image for Super Bowl will be here too? You’re definitely going to want to snap a selfie next to the 30-foot tall Super Bowl XLIX Roman Numerals on Washington Street (you’ll also be able to see them as you go past on a Light Rail train).

Want to know what will go where? Read on for the breakdown:


Super Bowl Central

Twelve blocks of family-friendly fun. Look for two live performance stages featuring local and national acts, beer and wine gardens, and outdoor cultural- and football-themed activities (because it’ll be gorgeous in February). Super Bowl Central is a new addition from the last time we hosted the game in 2008, and one million people are expected to attend.

NFL Experience

Billed as the world’s largest interactive football theme park, this is the the big dog. It’ll take place at the Phoenix Convention Center and have everything from kid’s football clinics, interactive football games, free autograph sessions and so much more. Round up the kids and make this a priority!

NFL House

CityScape will play host to the VIP hospitality headquarters where the high-end business partners and VIPs will mingle.

NFL Media Center

Also in the Phoenix Convention Center, over 5,000 members of the media from 30 different countries will headquarter here for the week.