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Saturday, August 4, 2018

FREE Kids Workshop at Home Depot 8/4/18 {Bookworm Bookends}

FREE Kids Workshop at Home Depot 8/4/18 
{Bookworm Bookends}

WHAT: Join our Kids Workshop on 8/4 at 9am to build a window birdhouse. Kids get all the supplies, a home spot apron, and a pin and certificate after completion.

WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2018 9am-12noon

WHERE: ALL Home Depot Locations

Cost: FREE

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Family Weekend Event Calendar for Tucson, Arizona {August 4-5, 2018}

Family Weekend Event Calendar for Tucson, Arizona
 {August 4-5, 2018}

Ready to have some fun with your family this weekend in Tucson? Here is our fabulous Arizona Families Kids and Family Events Calendar 

Win 1 of 4 $25 Gift Certificates to Apple Annie's Peachmania HERE


Apple Annie's Giveaway for Peach Mania: Fruit Orchard Location August 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 {Win $25!}

Apple Annie's Giveaway for Peach Mania: 
Fruit Orchard Location  August 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 
{Win $25!}
Arizona Families has collaborated with Apple Annie's for many years- we love them and they gave us these certificates to pass on to readers!

Peach Mania: Fruit Orchard Location   A celebration of Willcox Peaches, featuring sweet & juicy tree-ripened peaches! The 18th annual Peach Mania starts with a delicious “All You Can Eat” Peaches & Pancakes breakfast served from 7:30 AM-10:30 AM each Saturday and Sunday. 
Take a free wagon ride and experience the fun of picking your own peaches! Enjoy free samples of peaches and peach products. Sit in the shade of our peach orchard and enjoy a slice of homemade peach pie or a bowl of homemade peach ice cream. Apple-smoked burger lunches will be served daily from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. A perfect way to spend a memorable day with family and friends!

There is also  Salsa Fest happening!
Come try free samples of our delicious salsas.
All salsas will be 20% off; Tomatoes, Chili Peppers and Jalapeños will all be 20% off when you buy 5 lbs. or more.
Take home free, delicious Salsa recipes and make your own at home.

August 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 


Apple Annie's Fruit Orchards

Located at:
2081 W Hardy Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643

Call Us:

  • Take I-10 to Willcox, AZ
  • Take Exit 340 and turn West onto Ft. Grant Rd
  • Travel 5.5 miles to Apple Annie’s sign turn right onto Nickels Rd
  • Follow the apple signs with the arrows. 
Cost:FREE to check out peaches and other foods prices vary :)

GIVEAWAY  Enter to win 1 of 4 $25 Gift Certificates below for the last two weekends of yummy peachtime!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Tucson {4th of July in Tucson 2018}

Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Tucson
 {4th of July in Tucson 2018}

There are so many different fireworks and celebratory events happening in Tucson, Arizona for the fourth of July this year! Fun for the entire family! If you know of any other public events to list please let us know at 


WHAT:The 22nd Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
Residents may enjoy the “A” Mountain Fireworks Celebration from the Tucson Convention Center’s (TCC) Parking Lot B (off Cushing Street between Granada and Church Avenue) or Parking Lot C (off Granada between Broadway Boulevard and Cushing Street). Parking will be free. There also will be entertainment and food vendors (burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and refreshments) available from 7-9 p.m. in Lot B.
The Sun Link streetcar provides convenient access to the TCC at the Cushing Street stops. Parking will be available at the TCC and throughout downtown. The last streetcar will leave the Avenida del Convento stop 30 minutes following the conclusion of the fireworks show.

When:Wednesday, July 4th 7-10pm
fireworks at about 9:15pm

Where:Park at the TCC or enjoy from Mercado or Sonoran School of Glass- they also have their own events listed  

Cost:Free food costs vary

WHAT:You are invited to our 4th of July picnic at Udall Park in Ramada's 6 and 7 at 5 pm. We will be having games, food, and a great time together to celebrate independence day. Bring a side dish (potato salad, etc...) and apple pie to share. Invite your friends and family!!

WHEN:7/4/18 5pm

WHERE:UDALL Park 7200 E. Tanque Verde


What: Diamonds in the Sky Bring the family to enjoy a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July celebration featuring MORE INFO

All Star Baseball game
Kids games and prizes
Food Vendors
Fire Works after game

There will be door prizes, $1 hot dogs and plenty of activities for kids, including a jumping castle, obstacle course, face painting, games, bubble station and more!

General admission tickets only $4 and kids, 5 and under, get in FREE! Buy them at Kino Sports Complex starting June 18.

For more details visit:

Clearbag policy strictly enforced

 What: Oro Valley Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 5:00pm-9:30pm 
The schedule includes:
5 – 6:30 p.m.     Heart and Soul
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.     Games and giveaways with Frank Powers
7:15 – 8:45 p.m.     Heart and Soul
8:55 p.m.           National Anthem
9 - 9:30 p.m.      Fireworks

  • American Flying Buffalo
  • Angela's Mexican
  • Cafe Francais
  • Dragon Pizza Co.
  • Enjoyabowls
  • Fiesta Filipina
  • Fruit Shack Smoothies
  • Gigi's Fusion
  • Jackie's Food Truck
  • Kababaque Indian Grill
  • Kona Ice
  • Kool Twist (Eegee's)
  • Little Boler Beanery
  • Los Locos Tacos
  • Mobile Bistro
  • Mutt's Brats
  • North Tucson Firefighters
  • Popped Artisan Popcorn
  • Ricuras de Venezuela
  • Sweet Street Donuts

  • backyard games for all ages
  • photo booth
  • face painting
  • arts & crafts sponsored by Lucky Cat Social Art
  • jumping castles
  • Bubble Balls!
Beer Garden
Purchase domestic and craft beer and wine. 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Town of Oro Valley for the installation of a play structure at Naranja Park.
  • $6 – 1 ticket
  • $20 – 4 tickets



When: Wednesday  July 4 5-9:30pm  FIREWORKS at 9 pm

Where:Naranja Park 810 W. Naranja Drive


WHAT: 4th of July at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center

WHEN: Wednesday 4th of July 9am-4pm center is open the 4th of July event is from 1-4pm



What:Star Spangled Spectacular Marana

When:July 4 5-9 p.m. FIREWORKS at 9
VIsit for more information.

Frequently asked questions? Visit

Come out to Marana's spectacular Independence Day celebration. Enjoy live music, dozens of food trucks, inflatables for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show.


Things to do:
Kid Zone provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
Live Music
Face Painters
Beer Garden provided by the Marana Heritage Conservancy and Hensley Beverage Company

Performances on the Bud Light Stage By:
Alien Atmosphere
Little House of Funk
Drew Cooper
Silent Rival
Steff and The Articles
Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 N. Silverbell



Celebrate Independence Day in one of the USA's oldest neighborhoods! The Mercado District will play host to live music with DJs at both MSA Annex and Mercado San Agustin, along with food trucks and the iconic A Mountain Fireworks show!

Wednesday, July 4th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Overlook Restaurant, located in the Oro Valley Community Center.
Celebrate July 4th with an all-American classic BBQ, featuring beef brisket, BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, ice cream sundae bar and much more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets so you can view the Town of Oro Valley fireworks show at 9pm. No pets please.
Adults: $25, Children Ages 5-12: $12, Children under 5: FREE.
Reservations required, please call 520-229-5355.

Celebrate Independence Day at Sonoran Glass with BBQ, glass art demonstrations, make-your-own glass projects, “A” Mountain fireworks, and an educational talk on U.S. Glass. Entry is $5 with kids 12 and under admitted free.


Experience making glass art! No appointment or experience necessary.

In the torchworking studio, the Flame Shop, create Independence Day Themed Beads, Flag Drink Stirrers, Stamps, and other projects for $5-15. Firework Sun catchers in the Warm Shop for $15 (or two for $25).

6-9PM — BBQ FOOD! (Pre-order only!)

What would a Independence Day party be without some great BBQ food!

Includes your choice of BBQ Ribs or Roasted Chicken with corn-on-the-cob, and a side of coleslaw or beans. Plates are $12 and are pre-order only!


Kids can grab a balloon and cool down in the hot summer sun with our Red, White, and Water Balloon Fight!

Soda, cookies, and other kid-friendly snacks and drinks will be available inside.


Discover how early glass light bulbs were made and how profoundly this invention impacted American History.

This 30 minute lec-mo will be accompanied by a demonstration of how to make a glass light bulb using borosilicate glass and an oxygen-propane torch.


Close to “A” Mountain, Sonoran Glass School is a great place to watch the fireworks. Our west lot will be sectioned off for firework viewing.

Use one of our chairs or bring your own! Enjoy listening to classic American music from brass band ensembles on our PA system.

Celebrate Independence Day Old West style! Kids 11 and under get in FREE every day. Enjoy games with prizes, pie eating contests and a special holiday musical show each day. Plus, there will be a parade at Noon on July 4th to celebrate America's birthday! Visit for more information.

When: July 1-4, 10 am-5pm

Where: Old Tucson

For more information and to buy tickets, visit


 What:Let Freedom Sing  

Join us July 4th at Let Freedom Sing, a star-spangled celebration of our nation's birthday! Musical selections include patriotic standards and all-American hits, featuring the Arts Express choir and band with soloists Armen Dirtadian, Crystal Stark, Chach Snook, Dennis Tamblyn, Juan Jose Aguirre, Jodi Darling and MORE! This show is directed by Tim Warren and Armen Dirtadian - with Lou Pimber as emcee!
When the concert is over, the festivities continue at the Sounds of America Celebration, in partnership with
Main Gate Square - University Boulevard. Enjoy live music, tasty restaurants, 4th of July Specials and fun for all ages!

When: Tuesday July 4th at 3pm

Where: UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. university Boulevard

Tickets:  Get Tickets HERE or By Calling (520) 319-0400

After Let Freedom Sing, join us for the SOUNDS OF AMERICA CELEBRATION at Main Gate Square - University Boulevard

Featuring free concerts from 4:45pm to 8pm:

Crystal Stark at
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
Way Back Machine at Gentle Ben's
Don Armstrong and Friends at Woops
Sean Gale at Fuku Sushi Tucson

Tasty Restaurants & Cafes • Happy Hour Specials •
Live Music at 4 Venues • Fun for All Ages •
4th of July Specials • Giveaways
Head to the top of Tyndall Garage, when it’s time for the fireworks
over A-Mountain.

When: July 4 5-8pm

Where:Main Gate Square university Boulevard


What: Parade on Mt. Lemmon

When: TUESDAY JULY 4 Parade is  at 12noon road is closed from 11am-2:30 so come early. No fireworks and fire restrictions are usually in effect.

Where: Mt. Lemmon

Cost: Parade is free

What: 4th of July Parade with Splash Zone NORTH side of the road will get WET!

When:9am-11am on July 4, 2018

Where: Between Christ Lutheran Vail Church and del Lago Golf Club. Colossal Cave Road will be CLOSED from 9-11am. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Discount Disneyland Tickets Buy Now - Vacation through 2018!

Discount Disneyland Tickets 
Buy Now - Vacation through 2018!
We affiliate with Getaway Today because we vacationed with them on our own and loved the deals and service. We have affiliate links and codes in this post from them and all photos are from them.

  • Get a 4-Day Park Hopper for the gate price of a 3-Day Park Hopper - that's up to a $25 per ticket savings!

  • Purchase by July 6, 2018

  • Tickets must be purchased at least five days prior to travel.

  • Valid for travel through December 31, 2018

  • Tickets may be purchased separately or as part of a package. If purchasing a package, remove the 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets from the package HERE and select the 4th Day Free ticket option.

  • If purchasing a package use code AZFAM for additional $10 savings

  • There are many 4th night free hotels available HERE too!

  • We always try to save on Disney as much as we can and splurge a little on treats and souvenirs!
    See our post about some additional saving tips HERE

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Free and Cheap Summer Movies for Kids in Tucson {2018}

    Free and Cheap Summer Movies for Kids in Tucson

    It's Summer in Tucson and it is hot!It is nice to have an indoor activity to do with the kids and on the cheap.  We have quite a few theaters that participate in low cost or even free for kids movies during our hottest summer months.  I know that there are lots of activities and some days, we just want to get out of the heat and watch a move.

    Some of these movies we haven't even seen yet, so we are extra excited to see them at such a bargain.

    All of the movies along with so many daily activities (many free) will be listed on the daily calendars that come out every day for Tucson HERE and Phoenix HERE you can also join the Summer Activities Group on Facebook HERE

    1. Cinemark and Century Theatres and Films 50c-$1for everyone 

    Theatre 1: El Con Theatre Printable Schedule and $1 coupon for snack pack HERE
    Theatre 2: Century Gateway Kolb/Speedway Printable Schedule and $1 coupon for snack pack HERE  
    Theatre 3: Oro Valley Printable Schedule and $1 coupon HERE
    Theatre 4: Sierra Vista Printable Schedule and $1 coupon HERE

    2. Harkins Summer Fun Films for Kids $1 for everyone

    Films begin at 9:45am
    Theatre 1: Arizona Pavillions Schedule HERE
    Theatre 2: Tucson Spectrum HERE


    Loft Jr. is a free monthly series showcasing great new and classic family-friendly films from around the world! Each screening at The Loft Cinema features fun pre-show activities hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store starting at 9:15am!

    4. The Loft Cinema Kids Festival

    The Loft hosts the fabulous and free movies with free popcorn too!  The films will be on all our summer calendars. You can also check the Loft website 
    Loft Kids Fest Kick-Off Party at Himmel Park, with a free screening of Trolls! July 20th  at 6:00pm, and the film starts at 8:00pm. Get ready for a troll-tastic good time under the stars, and remember … you can’t stop the feeling! This event will be held on the North side of Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Boulevard.

    It will be from July 20-29 for 10am screenings

    All movies show approximately 7-9pm starting at dusk

    Despicable Me 3 Dive in Movie on Ora Mae Harn Pool on 6/16/18

    6. Reid Park Demeester Free Movies in the Park INFO HERE

    The SAACA Reid Park Movies

    Cox Communications
    Movies in the Park

    • Friday, June 22 - Jumanji
    • Friday, July 6 - Wonder Woman
    • Friday, July 20 - Star Wars The Last Jedi
    • First Fridays, Monthly

    ​May - September

    Activities begin at 6:00pm
    Movie at dusk (approx. 7:45pm)at Reid Park 

    Time: Sunset
                    May 19              Coco
                    June 16            Despicable Me 3
                     July 21             Star Wars: The Last Jedi
                     Aug. 18           The Lion King

    Oro Valley Community Center
    10555 N. La Cañada Drive
    Oro ValleyAZ 85737
    8.Oro Valley Aquatic Center Teen Movies

    This FREE summer movie series is presented by the Youth Advisory Council and is a fun, safe and secure event for Oro Valley teens, ages 13-19. Join us for free fun pool games, food, and a movie!
    • June 23          Black Panther
    • July 28            Jumanji
    • Aug. 25           Spider-man
    • Sept. 8            Coco

    Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
    Oro Valley Aquatic Center
    23 W. Calle Concordia
    Oro ValleyAZ 85704

    9.Cinema La Placita  at Tucson Museum of Art

    Every Thursday evening at 7:30, May through August, hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the cool summer evenings and a pleasant summertime event. $3 per person includes popcorn! RAINOUT PROCEDURE: We make the decision whether or not to cancel a movie at 7PM, but don't have a way to update this website from our location. So, after 7PM, call our hotline, 326-5282 to hear a recorded message. 

    10. 2nd Saturday's Downtown

    7:30pm! KIDS' EVENTS BEGIN AT 6:30!
    At the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum in the Historic Train Depot, 414 E. Toole Ave

    The next show is July 14

    10. The Fox Theatre Tucson

    The Fox Theatre always has a lot of great movies to take the family to and kids 12 and under are FREE. 
    TUE. JUNE 26 • 10:00 am
    The Fox Theatre Foundation invites Children and their parents to a FREE activity filled morning, Tuesday, June 26 at The Fox Theatre to celebrate youth literacy from 9am-12pm.
    Doors open at 9am with kids activities, snacks, refreshments and giveaways in the lobby.
    At 10am there will be a special screening of Disney’s, BFG. This magical film, developed from the story by Roald Dahl and directed by Steven Speilberg is rated PG.

    There are also discount offers for different movie theatres in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona for all movies- info HERE

    Get into 17 family fun attractions in Arizona including the Phoenix Zoo with this pass for only $39.98- a 60% discount with code AZFAM Check it out HERE