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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tucson Family Calendar {June 22, 2017}

Tucson Family Calendar
 {June 22, 2017}

El Dia de San Juan Fiesta ~ San Juan Festival {Tucson, Arizona}

El Dia de San Juan Fiesta ~ San Juan Festival 
{Tucson, Arizona}

We have gone to this for many years and love the focus of our Hispanic heritage aqui en Tucson!  San Juan is the saint to many because Juan is a very popular name and it is also considered the beginning of the monsoon season here in Tucson.
Photo Credit: Dia de San Juan Fiesta Facebook Page

What:El dia de San Juan fiesta!  The 20th Annual El Dia De San Juan Fiesta 
A CELEBRATION OF AUTHENTIC TUCSON CULTURE & HISTORY  This year’s event is organized by El Dia De San Juan Committee and facilitated by the offices of Vice Mayor Regina Romero and Supervisor Richard Elias. Collectively, we invite the public to the 20th Annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta Saturday, June 24 from 5-10PM at West Congress and South Avenida del Convento, behind the Mercado San Agustin. The Fiesta will feature a procession, live music and dance, food and arts & crafts vendors, games and activities for children, and free water. As always, the Fiesta is free and open to the public. Dia de San Juan Fiesta is non-alcoholic and boasts a family-friendly atmosphere. 

El Dia de San Juan honors St. John the Baptist, and has been celebrated by families in Tucson for over a century. Local tradition hails St. John the Baptist as the one who brings the rains, kicking off the monsoon season in the Old Pueblo. The Fiesta procession will start at 5:30PM at the Mission Garden with an antique statue of San Juan Bautista. Prayers from several cultural traditions are offered.

Following the procession, the Fiesta goes into full swing. There will be entertainment, including The Lopez Family Band, Mariachi Bellas Musicales and performances from Folklorico and Hip Hop dancers. In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water bottles are provided to Fiesta attendees. 

When: Saturday, June 24        5-10pm

Where:100 S Avenida del Convento and Congress west of I-10 You can't miss it to the left after crossing the highway west.


FREE Admission for Kids to Reid Park Zoo in Tucson Plus Free Backpacks {June 24, 2017}

FREE Admission for Kids to Reid Park Zoo in Tucson
 Plus Free Backpacks 
{June 24, 2017}

The Arizona Federation for Children has an awesome event this Saturday, June 24 from 8am-12pm. 
From their Facebook page: "Come visit us in Tucson at the Reid Park Zoo THIS Saturday, June 24th from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.! All kids get in free!" MORE INFO 

Disneyland Ticket Discounts {Savings Tips}

Disneyland Ticket Discounts 
{Savings Tips}

I LOVE Disneyland, it really is my happy place {cliche for real}. 
I enjoy every second of our visits. I live for Dole Whips, Matterhorn Macaroons, the smell of the water on Pirates, the skunks on Thunder Mountain, the drawing classes at DCA, the short lines at The Little Mermaid, all the parades and fireworks, the view from Tarzan's treehouse and the gazillion steps I track on my fit bit, just to name a few of my favorite things. I also like saving money with Disneyland Discount tickets and packages. Read below on this great summer offer.

This post contains affiliate links and will give a small percentage back to Arizona Families at no additional cost to you.

There is a wonderful Disneyland Ticket Discount offer right now. You must purchase the tickets (even on layaway) before JUNE 26, 2017 but you can use them at any time through December 31, 2017. Good for a summer trip. Maybe a Halloween trip? Holiday visit? If you book a 2 day or more package  (they have some of the BEST prices and special additions like free breakfasts) use the code AZFAM for an extra $10 off - that is equal to 2 churros more at Disney!


I am also sharing my 5 Top Disneyland Planning Tips to help save money before you go just to give you some ideas. I hope you find it helpful.

Tip #1:
Use gift cards to pay for as much as you can.  Get your giftcards at Target with your Redcard and get 5% off. If you pay for your meals, hotel and everything with this 5% can be significant. You can have a RedCard debit card, it does not have to be a credit card. 

You can also choose to get 2x or up to 4x fuel points with special offers at the grocery stores for buying Disney gift cards or even other restaurants you may visit while at Disneyland or along the way.  We will be driving from Arizona so this helps us out on the road and all year long. You may want to consider buying smaller gift cards all year to help spread out the expenses.

For example, I bought Disney giftcards for my kids Easter baskets and they will use them for souvenirs, so they can budget and we got 5% off with my debit Target RedCard.

Tip #2:
Look for hotel and package offers. We ended up going through this year. I researched and researched and this was the best deal over all of the other memberships we belong to. Plus, we are staying at a new hotel with breakfast included. has discounted ticket prices for both individual ticket purchase and hotel packages HERE 

TAKE  $10 OFF any 2 day Disney or Southern CA trip package  with the code AZFAM.  
Go HERE for more information.

Tip #3:
Buy "souvenirs' ahead of time. Check out local clearance sales and dollar spots/stores for Disney themed merchandise before your vacation. I started collecting all year and I have quite the stash.  I am making packages/bags for my kids each night at the hotel. You may also want to check the Disney Store for specials and free shipping if there is something particular you like.The glow sticks are great to have during the nighttime parades like the new Pain the Night Parade and World of Color- Info HERE

For example, I find a lot of fun Disney items at the 99cOnly Stores. Pictured above are items I have picked up there.  I also found Cars and Princess themed journals that can be used as autograph books.

Tip #4:
Save on food by staying at a hotel with breakfast included, fridge and microwave.  Look for local deals and coupons for other restaurants. This is where you can buy gift cards again for restaurants you may visit and get the fuel points! You may also want to consider bringing food into the parks to save while there. We bought an Entertainment Book for Anaheim - on sale now for any city here: Entertainment Books current offers HERE 

Tip #5:
Get advice!  Don't be afraid to ask friends and family their own personal advice for Disneyland trips. I asked on my personal FB page for advice and tips as well as on Arizona Families Facebook page.  There were many specific suggestions that were too many to list here.  You may also consider buying a guide book (discounted at Bookmans or other used bookstores).

For example, I will ask here: What is your best Disneyland Planning Tip?

Share with us in comments ;)

This post was not sponsored or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

Starbucks Coupon 50% Off Macchiato Coffee {June 2017}

Starbucks Coupon 50% Off Macchiato Coffee
 {June 2017}

I am a huge macchiato fan but normally go for iced coffee or americanos because of the price. Looks like this week every ember in my family will be texting for this Starbucks coupon for 50% off any macchiato.

Arizona Grocery Price Match List {June 21, 2017}

 Arizona Grocery Price Match List
 {June 21, 2017}

This post may contain affiliate links and be sponsored.Please see my disclosure policy HERE  

Walmart and Target will price match the other local stores you may have in your area- my posts are from Tucson, AZ stores but you can go through the links for Phoenix or other areas. Prices may be slightly different.
Walmart's policy says you do not have to have the ad with you but I printed my list to help me! Policy HERE to print or show at the store if you have any problems.
Also, they will not price match items that are sold by the pound in their store but sold per item at another store and vice versa.

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