Friday, April 29, 2016

Tucson Family Friendly Events and Activities for Friday 4/29/16

 Tucson Family Friendly Events and Activities for Friday 4/29/16

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FREE National Parks Entrance April 16-24th MORE INFO HERE

Get into 17 family fun attractions in the Phoenix area including the Phoenix Zoo with this pass for only $39.98-
 a 60% discount with code AZFAM
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I Would Die 4 U: 2cson’s Tribute 2 Prince Rogers Nelson #Prince Fans!

The respective staffs of The Rialto Theatre, Hotel and Club Congress, and The Loft Cinema, along with Tucson bon vivant Kitty Katt McKinley, were, like most every sentient music fan, deeply saddened at the unexpected passing of Prince, an artist who has left an indelible mark on music and popular culture for over four decades. After shaking off the shock and tears, the three organizations joined forces on a combination of events intended to pay our respects to Prince, his life, legacy and unparalleled greatness. 

To that end, we are announcing I Would Die 4 U: 2cson’s Tribute 2 Prince Rogers Nelson.
Things will kick off at The Loft Cinema on Friday, April 29th, with a 7 p.m. sing-along to Prince’s classic cinematic debut Purple Rain, widely regarded as one the best rock films ever made. Regular Loft Cinema admission prices and policies apply.

Later that same night, at 9 pm, Hotel and Club Congress will transform itself into a southwestern Paisley Park, Prince’s famed residence and studio in Minneapolis, for a wild, unrestrained and funky dance party hosted by DJ Herm. Dance your sadness away until the wee hours, or just dance and cry like we all plan to do. If you come dressed like His Royal Badness (and make a real effort), you will be admitted for free.

On Saturday, April 30th, The Rialto will open its doors at 7 pm for the finale for this tribute to a true musical legend. The event will be hosted by Kitty Katt McKinley and features Prince tribute act The New Purple Generation (with guests Najima Jamilah, Clif Taylor, and Paul Jenkins) who will be accompanied by a small orchestra ensemble; Southwest Soul Circuit mainstays Kevin and Tanishia; KXCI’s Cathy Rivers performing “Darling Nikki” and other choice cuts with Mike Mihina and Lovemound; Jaime J; postmodern chamber music wizard Chris Black and his ensemble; a rain stage (do you have any doubt it will be lit purple?), burlesque acts by The Big Bang McGillicuddy, Lola Torch, Stormy Leigh, and Pussy Willow, and lots more including a new mural from Joe Pagac. After the live performances, a dance party will follow until U are completely exhausted. Dress to impress and get half price drinks all night long. DJed by DJ Butta Fly.

A portion of the proceeds will go to SAAF.

While we hate that Prince’s passing is the occasion that will bring us all together, we intend to embrace the joy that this wonderful performer, writer, and person has brought into the world. He will live on in our hearts for as long as we keep His memory alive.

Annie Comes to ASU Gammage!

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ASU Gammage is proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its second smash year, will play May 4-8 at ASU Gammage in Tempe. 

I took both of my kiddos (ages 6 and 9) to see this production when it was in Tucson. We had a great time together. They loved the story and particularly Annie's dog Sandy was a huge hit. For me, it was a nostalgic experience as I remembered watching the film version many times on VHS when I was young. This time around, I really enjoyed all the live characterization, especially Miss Hannigan- she rocked it! 

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. 

ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who has incorporated selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography. 

 The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” 

Tickets are currently available through an authorized ticket seller found only at 1-800-982-2787 and by visiting Group orders may be placed by calling 480.965.6678. 

ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard. The Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona series is presented by ASU Gammage, Broadway Across America. US Airways is the official airlines of ASU Gammage. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Super League Gaming Discount ~ Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre with Super League Gaming {A Giveaway}

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Now your family can play Minecraft in select movie theatres with Super League Gaming. Super League brings together gamers of all ages for a fun, social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen with superhero themed maps and mods in a custom Minecraft adventure called, Rise of Heroes.

Bring your laptop with Minecraft 1.9.2 installed and play first-person on your computer and then you wirelessly connect to Super League's server which puts you and everyone else in the movie theater's gameplay up on the big screen. Parents and siblings can attend for free to watch and cheer their gamer on.

Your gamers will play, collaborate and socialize on teams with 4-7 members their own age as they build, battle and use their creativity and imagination. Super League even provides all the tech help and support making this a great family-friendly event.

THE LEAGUE ENCOURAGES SOCIAL CONNECTIONS & TEAMWORKIt's all about teamwork and collaboration. Each player gets a free gaming t-shirt encouraging team building and camaraderie. There's even an opportunity for the winning team to evenly split a college scholarship. 

League starts April 30. Visit for a schedule of times and locations. Tickets are regularly priced $60. Use promo code "USFAMILY10" today for an exclusive $10 discount. Go HERE to sign -up in AZ there are TWO Theatres: Cinemark Mesa 16 and iPic Scottsdale 

To win two passes for the Cinemark Mesa 16 location league which runs May 4-25 PLEASE CLICK HERE

Free Admission to the Children's Museum Tucson

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      Children's Day Festival

Saturday April 30th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jumping Castles, live Music and lots of FUN!

200 S 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

FREE admission to the Children’s Museum

Come have fun with us!

Celebrate the little ones on their special day!

Five Fabulous Splash Pads in Tucson #splashpads #Tucson

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There are pools everywhere in Tucson but when you want your kids, especially younger kids to cool off while having a splashy time, you head to a splash pad. 
The following five splash pads are a great way to do just that, especially during the scorching, summer months.

*For a complete GUIDE to Summer Camps, Activities and daily calendars CLICK HERE

The Marana Heritage River Park
Photo: Marana Parks and Recreation 

 It looks like it can only be a wonderful, wet experience based on the pictures and the brand-spankin' newness. It may be very busy because of that too though ;)
Address:12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road Marana, Arizona 85653
Hours:The hours for August are 8am-7pm
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Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
Photo:Pima County Website

We have gone to this park many times over the years for the splash pad and other activities. This splash pad is a great place to hold a birthday party in the summertime. We have been to those as well. If the kids want to dry off a little bit the playground area is very close by, so make a day of it!

Address: 3482 East River Road  Tucson, AZ 85718 
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Photo: Arizona Families 

We have spent quite a few afternoons at this splash pad. Although we are not members, we have come for different events that the Ott YMCA hosts and have also paid the daily fee.
Address:401 South Prudence Road, Tucson, AZ 85710
Hours:5:30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday 5:30am-7pm Saturday  5:30am-5:30pm Sunday 
Fee: Free for members. FREE Guest Pass HERE $10 for full facility use day pass.
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Tucson Jewish Community Center
Photo: Mike Christopher Photography
Address:3800 E River Road Tucson, AZ 85718 
Hours:8am-7:30pm Sunday 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday 8am-5:30pm Friday 7am-5:30pm Saturday
Fee: Free for members. Daily pass which includes use of all facilities including recreation center is $10 per adult but includes their children.
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Oro Valley Aquatic Park 

Hours:Splash pad 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday
Fee:4-17 yrs. $5 18-49 yrs. $7 Senior 50+ yrs. $6
Oro Valley Residents 4-17 yrs. $4 18-49 yrs. $6 50+ yrs. $5 Infants under 3 years: Free
Summer Fridays are $5 for the entire FAMILY! 7/31, 8/7, 8/14

There are also some great options within a short driving distance from Tucson - Rancho Sahuarita and Sierra Vista The Cove.

Ballet Tucson's Youth Company Performance {A Giveaway}

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Ballet Tucson’s exceptional youth company presents its end of season concert.
La Boutique Fantasque (The Magic Toyshop)
Dolls come to life after hours in this magical and fantastic toyshop.
Giselle, Act II
Choreography: Chieko Imada, after Coralli and Perrot
The most famous of the romantic-era ballets, Act II is presented at Giselle’s graveside.  Giselle a peasant girl, dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another.
Saturday, May 21 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 22 – 2:00 pm
Tickets on sale January 5
General $25
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Giveaway: Win 2 tickets to either performance
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