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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Tucson Back to School Events 2020 {Free Backpacks and More}

 Tucson Back to School Events 2020 
{Free Backpacks and More}

There are free backpacks at drive thru back to school events in Tucson plus there are even more school supplies!  

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🚗🚙Badges and Backpacks Drive- Up Event🚗🚙

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will be giving out 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies courtesy of Banner Aetna.

Where and When:
August 1 8-10am at Flowing Wells High School
August 2 8-10am at Sunnyside High School
August 8 8-10am at Cienega High School
August 9 8-10am at Rincon High School

🎒 School aged child must be present to receive a backpack.
🎒 A walk-up station will be available for those utilizing public transportation, biking, or walking.


COVID-19 has altered how back to school will function this year. However, one thing that has not changed is Pima County Sheriff’s Department commitment to our community. While large gatherings are not feasible, under current guidelines, we have been resolute to find a means to equip youth for the upcoming school year.

For the past six years the Pima County Sheriff's Department has been hosting Badges and Backpacks. Last year’s event, which drew over 4,000 attendees, was an all-inclusive back to school health, safety and activity fair. With the help of Banner Aetna we gave out 2,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Additionally, we had 80 exhibitors that all provided youth focused activities or resources.

🌟Special thanks:
Title Sponsor Banner-Aetna

Platinum Sponsors: iHeart Radio and Tucson Electric Power

Gold Sponsors: El Rio Health and United Health Care

🌟Community Partners who are providing additional items for the backpacks:
Eeggee's, Office of Emergency Management, Peter Piper Pizza, TRAK Tucson, Tucson Fire Department

For more information email:

Arizona Bilingual Newspaper brings the 9th Annual Kid’z Expo & Back to School event, Drive-Thru style, giving away over 2,000 backpacks. Our guests may drive through the main parking lot at the Kino Sports Complex where they can receive the backpacks in the comfort and safety of their own vehicles, where they may also interact, safely, with our vendors and sponsors who will be giving away lots of gifts and goodies, as well as conduct raffles on site and social media! We will have live entertainment and lots of fun!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Gaslight Music Hall Outdoor Drive In Concerts Giveaway {Win Tickets}

Gaslight Music Hall Outdoor Drive In Concerts Giveaway {Win Tickets}

The Gaslight Music Hall is keeping Tucson and Oro Valley entertained all summer long with their Outdoor Drive In Concert Series! They have set up a night, festival stage with full lights, sound, and even projection screens! This is one of the only ways to safely enjoy and support live music in Tucson and it has been a brilliant way to keep it going. Arizona Families appreciates Tony Terry and the Gaslight for making it happen.

100 parking spots available at only $30-35 per car! 

Families love ordering a pizza/popcorn package for the shows as well, that is delivered by their masked/gloved staff right to your shot! Sit in the bed of your truck or bring your own lawn chairs, these LIVE concerts are the way to still have fun all summer long! 7:30pm shows, after the sun goes down. Trust us, it is lovely out and a good time is had by all! 

Wed., July 29, 7:30PM
Heather Hardy and The Lil' Mama Band   
Heather Hardy and The Lil' Mama Band, featuring Alvin Blaine on guitar, Larry Lee Lerma on bass, and Dani Poce on drums. Heather Hardy is a Tucson-Based electric Violinist, Singer/Songwriter . She was inducted into the AZ Blues Hall Of Fame in 2002 and has been performing nationally and internationally for over 33 years! JCome join us for a night of blues, jazz, and originals songs and music that will make you wanna dance!

Thurs., July 30, 7:30PM
All American Girls, Women in Country
Heather Stricker, Chelsee Hicks, and Brianna Barnhart come together to celebrate the music of The Dixie Chicks! You'll hear songs like "Some Days You Gotta Dance," "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Goodbye Earl," along with a few surprises. Hurry and book these talented singers before they hop on their "Sin Wagon" out of town! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Social Distance Family and Kids Activity #2 {Social Distance Family and Kids Activities}

Social Distance Family and Kids Activity #2 Drive-In Movies 
{Social Distance Family and Kids Activities}

There are some really great drive-in movies happening in Arizona and I am sure all across the country. Due to social distancing, it may not have the feel of the old-time drive-in experience but it is similar and a great way to get out of the house with the family.

Find Activity #1 HERE

Arizona Families does not claim any responsibility for possible risk associated with social distance activities. 

Social Distance Family and Kids Activity #2 
Drive-in and Carpool Movies in Arizona

Drive-in Movies in Tucson to enjoy a film with the family from your own car and check our calendar for all these options and more here: 


What: Carpool Movies
Where: 4450 South Houghton Road Tucson, AZ 85730
at Medella Vina Ranch.
When: Weekends usually gates open at 6:30pm and movies start at 8:30pm
Cost:$20 per car
More Info here:

What:Cinema Carpool Experience 
When: Most nights weekly gates 6:15 pm and movies 7:20pm
Where: 2 Tucson Locations 198 S . Granada Ave Tucson, Arizona 85701 AND Oro Valley Market Place – 1690 E Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Cost: $20.90 car pass and other options to add snack and more HERE

What:Movie Nights are back at the Fairgrounds! 🍿double feature purchase options available. Concessions open. Social distancing and face coverings required.
When: Friday, July 24th Secret Lives of Pets 2 
Parking opens at 6:00 show starts at 8:00 AND Karate Kid (original) Parking opens at 10:00 show starts at 10:30
Cost:$15.00 per car, per movie.
*fees apply tix at

What: Pima County Fair will be hosting Encore Drive-In Nights presents BlakeShelton on July 25th! Don’t miss out on this one-night-only, family-friendly event with very special guests GwenStefani and TraceAdkins.
Where:3 Tucson Locations Pima County Fairgrounds Tucson Dragway also showing at 8:30pm and El Toro Flicks at 7:30pm 
When:July 25, 2020 8:30pm
Tickets: July 14th! Stay tuned for updates or learn more at
Drive-in Movies in Phoenix to enjoy a film with the family from your own car:

What: Digital Drive-In Phoenix
Where:1901 N. Alma School Rd., Mesa AZ 85201 
When: Looks like Tuesdays through Sundays
Tickets: $22 per vehicle more info HERE

What: POP UP Events Drive-In Nights
Where:Westworld of Scottsdale 16601 N Pima Rd
ScottsdaleAZ 85260
When: Weekends
Tickets: $15-$30 more info HERE

What: WestWind Drive in and Public Market
Where:5650 North 55th Avenue Glendale
When:Dsaily showings
Tickets: Adults $7.75/ Tuesdays $5.50 Kids 5-11 $1.75 Kids under 4 free more info HERE

Do you know of any others?
 Let us know in comments por favor

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Summer Events in Tucson for Families Online Events and Classes too! {Summer 2020}

Summer Events in Tucson for Families 
Online Events and Classes too!
 {Summer 2020}

Although this may be an atypical summer and there are not as many events going on, there is still plenty to blog about and we will update this list weekly and possibly daily.

Social Distance Family and Kids Activity #1 {Social Distance Family and Kids Activities}

Social Distance Family Activity #1 
{Social Distance Family Activities}

I have not blogged for a.long.time. This is my first post since March, 2020. We have been home, quarantined for over 100 days. Our state, Arizona has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases and luckily, we are able to stay home but the kids get a little stir-crazy. I taught summer school virtually. The kids have taken music and art classes through Zoom, we read all the time, and we are wearing the dishwasher out.

Arizona Families does not claim any responsibility for possible risk associated with social distance activities.

Social Distance Family and Kids Activity#1
Little Free Library Fun 

We went though our bookshelves and found books to take in the car to give to the little free libraries as we look for a new book or two ourselves. The quick and free exchange is a beautiful thing. My ten year-old reads a book a day so it easy for her to add her finished book to the box in the car and her excitement is palpable when we pull up to a new free little library in hopes of finding a new read. 

5 Tips:
1. We use disinfectant wipes on our donated books and when we get a new book we also let it sit in the sun for a few days.

2. We use the map found HERE and choose 2-4 locations near each other to check out.

3. We go in the evening when the Tucson, Arizona temps have usually lowered a little bit.

4. We take lots of water and sometimes pick up a drive-thru treat like Eegee's (watermelon is July's flavor of the month).

5. We let our dog come for a fun outing in the car since we only get out for a few minutes.

Have you gone on adventures that are socially distanced yet out of the house that you love? Share in comments please- we NEED more ideas :) 

Day #100 and something over here in quarantine.

Activity #2 HERE

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tucson Roadrunners Family Fun $12 Tickets for March 10th Game {Tucson Roadrunners Hockey 2020}

Tucson Roadrunners Family Fun $12 Tickets for March 10th Game {Tucson Roadrunners Hockey 2020}

What: Tucson Roadrunners will be taking on the San Diego Gulls for a great game!  The price of tickets is only $12 when using the link below. 

When: Tuesday, March 10th puck drop at 7:05pm

Where: Tucson Arena 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tickets: To get this amazing deal for $12 tickets go through this link HERE and use the PROMO CODE Tuesday

Monday, March 2, 2020

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories is Coming to Phoenix from March 12 – 14, 2020 {Ticket Giveaway}

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories
is Coming to Phoenix 
March 12 – 14, 2020 
{Ticket Giveaway}

**The Emotions from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out
Making Special Debut Appearance On Ice**

Grab your mouse ears and get ready for the ultimate celebration of the true original Mickey Mouse in a spectacular party as Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories comes to Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix! Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., this production will inspire families to make memories they will treasure forever, with performances from March 12 – 14, 2020!

Mickey Mouse is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on a journey through the Disney kingdoms to discover his favorite memory of all time. Using Mickey’s “Mouse Pad,” show hosts encourage fans to be part of the action and help the gang venture though Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales. Along the way, families sail away with Moana as she displays courage to save her island on a high-seas adventure with the demigod, Maui. Families will continue the journey the wintry world of Arendelle as royal sisters Anna and Elsa discover true love is the most powerful magic of all, and they’ll experience the mysterious magic of Fantasia as a Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes brooms come to life. “Live Your Story” alongside Disney Princesses as they use perseverance, determination and hard work to inspire Mickey and children around the world to share their favorite Disney memories. And get up and dance along with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends – plus a special appearance by The Emotions from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out for the first time on ice! Click to view show trailer here: Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories

WHEN: March 12 - 14, 2020
Thursday, March 12 7:00 PM
Friday, March 13 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

GIVEAWAY  HERE: 4 tickets to opening Night!!

TICKETS: Tickets start at just $20 each!
Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $18 each for select performances (discount offer only valid for Fri 7pm and Sat 6:30pm shows; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not valid for premium level seating)

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row premium levels)

Tickets now available for purchase online at or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply