Visiting Tucson – Great Getaways in Arizona

It’s always surprising to hear how many Phoenicians have never spent time in Tucson. Just a short distance south of the Phoenix metropolitan area is a charming gem of southwestern sights to see. Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, but ASU fans shouldn’t let that stop them from enjoying the many fascinating places to see in Pima County. …

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Hiking with Kids in Arizona

As Arizonans, we love to hit the trails and enjoy the beauty of our desert environment. Hiking with kids is a fun way to spend time and get outside, but it is critical to be well prepared so you can make the hike enjoyable and safe for your children before you go. As experienced hikers, we have a few things …

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park

One of the best things about living in Arizona is ready access to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park is one of our very favorite places to visit, all year round. On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon will celebrate it’s centennial – it was designated a National Park 100 years …

Celebrate the Holidays Arizona-Style

It is the season for the wonders and magic of the holidays! Arizona brings its own special flavor to the holidays, with western scenes, Cowboy Christmas celebrations, stunning luminaria displays and unforgettable desert magic. Nothing warms the heart on a cold evening in the desert, whether in the tall pines or the Valley of the Sun, like the soft glow …

Fairs and Festivals in Phoenix – November 2018

November is the perfect time of year in Arizona for you and your family to get out and enjoy the weather and see the sights you can only see in the Sonoran Desert. The Phoenix area offers plenty of fairs and festivals this month to get you outside and entertained while you gear up for the Holiday season in December. …

Riding the Rails in Arizona

There is something special about trains. Their size, power and the ability to take us from one destination to another, sometimes through impassable wilderness, is awe-inspiring. Folks settled in Arizona by riding the rails and traveling in carriages and on horseback. In keeping with that spirit, there many opportunities to take a train ride through historic parts of our state. …

4th of July in Phoenix – the Best Phoenix Fireworks Shows!

Are you looking for the best place to see Phoenix Fireworks this Fourth of July? Well, Ladybug has you covered! Celebrate Independence Day with fun, festive fireworks at locations throughout the Valley. Here are some of our top recommendations of places around Phoenix. Wet ‘N Wild Hero Appreciation and Free Fireworks Wednesday, July 4, 2018 10:00 am – 8:00 pm …

Make a Big Splash! Waterparks and Swimming Pools in the Valley of the Sun

{Published in the July 2018 issue of the Deer Valley Times, North Tatum Times, and North 32nd News} Summer is in full swing and it’s hot outside! So what’s the best way to keep your kids busy while keeping them cool and getting them outside into the fresh air? Well, make a big splash and head to the water park, pool …

Tips for Camping with Kids in Arizona

{Published in the April 2018 issue of the Deer Valley Times, North Tatum Times, and North 32nd News} Summer is fast approaching and there is no time like the present to start planning outdoor activities and trips with your youngsters. One new activity our family plans to tackle this year is camping. We are avid hikers and love to find fun …