Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool Summer Nights at The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for Families



 We went to the Cool Summer Nights Program at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for their Insect Insanity night.  It was so beautiful driving over Gate's Pass and getting to the museum at sunset.



The themes change every event and there are always animal encounters and the regular exhibits. Some exhibits do close before the end of the program such as the Hummingbird Aviary which closes at 7pm.  It is still hot at the beginning and unless you experience a monsoon - it can still be dry and warm during the event. As the sun goes down, be prepared to enjoy the museum in a completely different way.


My son is very into entomology and loved this particular night. He played with a millipede, June/Rose beetles, cockroaches and moths!  There was a fabulous talk given by an entomologist from the University of Arizona that my son was very excited to have been able to attend.


Always be on the lookout for nocturnal animal encounters on and off exhibit.  On the trails you could see tarantulas, scorpions, mice and even a rattlesnake- always watch.  We saw all of those critters except the snake. In fact, one of my son's favorite things to do during the Cool Summer Nights programs is search for scorpions with the black light. You may want to purchase one before you go or you can purchase them in the gift shops.




There are strollers you can borrow to push the younger kids around as they get tired from walking and/or being out a little later. My daughter used the stroller and they are quite durable across the trails and paths of the museum.

The upcoming Cool Summer Nights night schedule is:

July 26 — Astronomy Night

Join the experts from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) for a star-studded adventure. Enjoy special astronomy presentations and take time out to star-gaze through telescopes at a variety of locations. Guests will also enjoy presentations of Creatures of the Night featuring nocturnal Sonoran Desert animals.

August 2 — Conservation Night

Join the Museum in recognizing significant conservation achievements as it presents its Sonoran Desert Conservation Award. Award recipients will share highlights of their conservation projects. Be inspired! A variety of local conservation organizations will be on hand to show how to get involved.

August 9 — Full Moon Festival — Poetry and Music

The arts take center stage at this Full Moon Festival. Witness the unveiling of the Museum's first poetry exhibit. Enjoy performances by the U of A's corrido contest winners. Attend a free photography workshop or art class. Or join in the family poetry and art activities, like black light painting

August 16 — Desert Harmonies


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Tonight is all about making music in the desert! No matter what your musical taste, there's no better place to indulge in it! Listen and enjoy a variety of musical performances including some just for kids, like the Nap Skippers. Some of the performances will be by children and everyone will enjoy making instruments at a special build-your-own instrument activity station

August 23 — Science Rocks! and Teacher Appreciation Night

In time for back-to-school, the Museum hosts an evening of science encounters. From mineral and rock interpretive stations to science demonstrations, the museum will demonstrate that science isn't static — it rocks! Enjoy presentations by the Physics Factory, a team of scientists and educators with a common goal: to share their enthusiasm for physics with students, teachers and the community. From hands-on learning to eye-popping stage shows, The Physics Factory demonstrates that physics is an exciting discovery process

August 30 — Go Batty for the Museum's Birthday!

Although the Museum turns 62 this year, it's not contemplating retirement! Tonight's festivities embrace everything that infuses the Museum with its unique approach to learning and loving the Sonoran Desert region. From a complimentary photography class, to "bat talks" from experts, to listening to bats communicate with bat detectors, to bat-themed birthday cakes, this night will be a fabulous fiesta of fun!

I was given passes to take my family on Insect Insanity night, however all the opinions in this post are my own.



A Day in Tucson #TBT

I consider myself a Tusconan, Tucsonense to the core.  I lived here as a baby and  spent many Spring vacations here with my grandparents as a child. I fell in love at a very young age with the majestic beauty of the desert and moved back here to stay when I was 14.  I graduated from Sabino H.S and went on to graduate from the UofA-los gatos salvajes! I have lived and worked here for  over 20 years, yet I can always find something new and fun to do as a family.

 Our town offers so many wonderful happenings and hangouts.  I want to share one day of adventures here.

We went to the Musuem of Art- Family Days- Picture This!  A brief tour through the current exhibit of 100 years 100 Ranchers: Photographs by Scott T. Baxter and a storytelling activity for the kiddos.  We then moved to the Educational Building where the entire family had the opportunity to work on an art project. There was a live Cowboy posing for us to try pencil or charcoal drawings!  Fun and dirty LOL  These happen every 1st Sunday with free admission and I always list them on Tucson Happenings.

We then went to Empire Pizza on Congress.  Another first for us. The pizza was great!  Cheesecake was heavenly. I also appreciated the $1 lemonades and sodas with free refills. I guess that Empire has decided that marking drinks up 300% isn't really that cool.  The cheesecake was also out of this world.  It was a hot day so we sat inside at the bar- it was actually fun for the kids with the music.  In the evening or during our "Summer Lite"  season from October to April, I would probably opt for the patio :)



On the way home we went to check out Limberlost Park- a lovely gem of a jungle gym there!  Will definitely be making some trips there in the future.
Finally, we ended up at Rillito Bridge to watch the bats fly out at dusk -around 7:40pm as we ate some yummy fruit juice paletas from Trader Joe's. 

What is something you have done lately with your family in Tucson?



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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The sale is on 7/24-7/26, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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