Tips for Getting Your Child Involved in Music

Music is an important part of our lives. It enriches us emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Studies have shown that music and music lessons improve cognitive development in children, as well as brain efficiency, learning speed, and overall brain health. Learning to play a musical instrument helps individuals understand mathematical concepts, develop better motor skills, teaches discipline, inspires creativity, can build …

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Taking Your Kids to a Professional Hockey Game

It’s hockey season! With the regular season is in full swing from October through April, with post-season lasting until early June, going to a hockey game is a great way to get your kids out of the house and have a fun sports experience for the whole family. We love going to see the Arizona Coyotes whenever we get the …

Back to School Basics in the Valley of the Sun

Back to school already? The summer seemed to fly by and it’s once again time for kids in Phoenix to start back to school. With summer heat and monsoon season in full effect, every bit of advice to make life a little less hectic and eliminate the drama is welcome. We collected some great tips from teachers, parents, doctors, and …

How to Find the Right Summer Camp for Your Kid

The summer months are coming soon and parents all over the Valley are scrambling to find ideas for ways to keep their kids busy or provide weekly childcare while they are out of school. One solution many parents take advantage of is summer camp. Here are some tips for finding the right summer camp for your kids this year. Why …

Tips for Getting Your Kids Involved in Sports

There are many great options for getting your kids involved in local sports programs here in the Valley of the Sun. Whether you want them to participate in team sports or as an individual, here are a few things to keep in mind when you are selecting a sport for your child.

Touchdown! Taking Your Kids to a Professional Football Game

Football season has arrived! A football game is a great way to get your kids out of the house on the weekend and can be a fun, outdoor and indoor learning experience for the whole family. We have been Cardinals season ticket holders for many years and always enjoy going to the games. This year we got an extra ticket …

Art and Culture in the Valley of the Sun

Arizona is home to some of the most unique sights to see and places to visit in the world. The Sonoran Desert itself is one-of-a-kind, featuring the lushest desert in the world with distinct flora and fauna only found in our area. The arts and culture in the Valley of the Sun are no exception to this pattern. Many of …

Water, Water Everywhere – Aquariums in the Sonoran Desert

{Published in the June 2018 issue of the Deer Valley Times, North Tatum Times, and North 32nd News} Water is a scarce resource in the desert, so we don’t typically imagine Arizona to be a place where you can find high-quality aquariums. Fortunately for Sonoran Desert dwellers, that perception is wrong. Arizona is home to a number of world-class aquariums, including …

Kids and Baseball: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Baseball season has arrived! Our family loves to go to baseball games. Not only does this activity let you get your kids out of the house, you can also see nature and science in action. Fresh air and birdwatching abound, not to mention baseball statistics, field geometry and the aerodynamics of baseballs in action! Ladybug’s favorite team is, of course, the Arizona Diamondbacks. She …