4 Ideas to Inspire Your Kids This Spring

Photo Credit: Lighttruth via Compfight cc Springtime is a haven for families seeking bonding and culture. Between the cheery weather and spring-break, March is full of fun activities to engage the kids and experience the state. Locally, there are tons of happenings to get out there and learn something new, experience beauty and nature, and support the local cultural community by inspiring your kids & teens at local events.

In Arizona, March brings one of the nicest times of year to spend the day at one of our many cultural organizations, linked below:

 1. Museums – 2. Gardens – 3. Zoos – 4. Theaters

1. Museums

Children's Museum Tucson.

The children based museums around the state have a number of upcoming events for entire families, with events catered to children of all ages, such as story-telling, art projects, and wee wiggles!

Visit the Children's Museum Tuscon website here. Visit the Children's Museum of Phoenix's website here. Visit Mesa's I.D.E.A Museum website here.

Some of the local fine-art museums are also hosting special events for younger audiences in March to get your child thinking and creating.

Located in Tucson, MOCA.

Get out to view the featured exhibits at MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, when kids under 17 receive free entry after 1pm on March 7th for Playtime to learn about art in an interactive setting. On March 5th and 26th, join MOCA for Minor Mutiny when high school students with ID get in without charge to enjoy an inspiring after school program of self-guided tours and activities. The full calendar of MOCA events can be viewed here!

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In Central Phoenix, join The Phoenix Art Museum for their PhxArt Kids Day! program on March 14th for Leonardo da Vinci inspired crafts and education geared towards inspiring children with science, observation, and art. The Phoenix Art Museum also has an exhibition opening on March 4th when Andy Warhol: Portraits providing bright colors and a familiar name for many children. To supplement the opening of Warhol the museum is hosting live music, light-works, and dancing at Silver Dream Factory.

From mim.org: MiMKids: Junior Museum Guides.

At Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum there will be a session of MIMkids Mini Music Makers throughout the month every Wednesdays and Saturdays, during which you and your toddler participate in music and movement courses while developing motor, pre-language, and musical skills. Full information on the program here. For Grades 6-12, join the MiM for the 4-class program, MiMKids: Junior Museum Guides where participants discover the wide world of music. There is a similar program for children aged 6-10 called MiMkids: Musical Adventure Series. All children of all ages and all families are invited to participate and enjoy their family weekend on March 21st and 22nd. View the full family weekend schedule here at: Spring Break: Family Week.

Be sure to browse all the local museums for their upcoming inspiring and eye-opening events!

2. Gardens

dbg butterfly

Kids of all ages will be wowed by the spectacular live butterflies at the Butterfly Magic Exhibit in the Tucson Botanical Garden and the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Desert Botanical Garden. Both of these gardens and our award-winning local garden, Tohono Chul, also have a number of children's days (including creepy crawlies!) during March which can be viewed on their event pages.

Desert Botanical Garden event page is here. Tucson Botanical Garden event page is here. Tohono Chul event page is here.

Desert-Sonoran Museum is also hosting kid's events and day camps during the month to engage your children with "hands-on, minds-on" programs about the rich Soronan desert wildlife. There is Museum Explorers day-camps for grades 1-6 and Coati Kid's Club for ages 6-12. Other children-friendly events are available to browse on their event page here.

3. Zoos

If your child is an awed animal lover the state's zoos have elephant sized plans to entertain and educate them this March, starting with day and night camp programs at the two local conservatories, Reid Park Zoo and the Phoenix Zoo

Reid Park: view their event page here to see the upcoming events including Little Critters,  Young Explorers, and Shutterbug programs which encourage creativity and learning around the park and with the animals. These events do have limited space so reserve your spot soon!

Phoenix Zoo: view their event calendar here including Party Safari, "the wildest party for families", on March 1st! Information about their camps for all ages can be found here.

4. Theaters

Throughout the Valley a number of theaters are aimed for young audiences to wow and familiarize them with the unique creative experience of the stage.

At Arizona Broadway Theater, in Peoria, see the Theater for a Younger Audience program showcasing The Emperor's New Clothes musical opening on March 24th and running until April 3rd providing entertaining songs, slap-stick, and a great lesson. During Arizona Broadway's 10th Anniversary Series they will also be premiering Disney's The Little Mermaid in the Valley, opening on May 22nd.

Peter Rabbit.

In downtown Phoenix, The Arizona Puppet Theater will be showing the classic Aesop's story of The Tortoise and the Hare, set in old time Arizona from Mar 4 - Mar 15, Wed-Sun. Recommended for preschool-aged children and up. Then starting on Mar 18 and showing until Apr 5, the theater will be playing the literary classic of Peter Rabbit adapted to puppet-work for laughs, suspense and fun. Recommended for preschool - grade 3.

Spring Break Camp!


Spring Break Camp is happening at the Phoenix Center for the Arts from March 16-20th. It is a week-long day camp for children grades K-6 to explore different art medias and promote creativity. Click here for full information and to register!


Be sure to browse all the local theaters for more shows that interest your kids and teens (or just you!)!