Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What 2 Do 4 the 4th!

Google Maps4th of July Celebration (Thur July 4). Rookie league baseball game and fireworks. 5:30pm game starts; 8:30pm fireworks. Free; must pick up tickets prior to game. Surprise Recreation Center, 15850 N Bullard Ave, Surprise. 623-222-2000 or

Google Maps4th of July Celebration (Thurs July 4). Crafts, contests, carnival games, live entertainment, giveaways, water slides, climbing walls and fireworks. Noon-10pm; 9pm fireworks. Free; $15 ride wristbands. Pioneer Park, 1200 Commerce Dr, Prescott. 928-777-1349 or

Google Maps4th of July Fireworks Celebration (Thur July 4). Food and drink available for purchase and fireworks. 7-9:30pm; 9pm fireworks. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S McQueen Rd, Chandler. 480-782-2735 or

Google Maps4th of July Parade (Thur July 4). Parade marching bands, floats and more. 9am. Free. Parade starts at Beaver & Elm then goes from Beaver to Aspen, Aspen to San Francisco & San Francisco to Elm, Flagstaff.

Google Maps4th of Zoo-ly (Thur July 4). BBQ dinner, activities, special animal guests, inflatables, carousel rides, cool treats and viewing area of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks. 7-10pm; 9pm fireworks. $45 ages 13 & up, $35 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free. Phoenix Zoo, 455 Galvin Pkwy. 602-914-4333 or

Google MapsA Star Spangled Shoot Out (Thur July 4). Cowboys, gunfights, music, food and fireworks. 5-10pm. $10/person, ages 5 & under free. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler. 480-502-5600 or

Google MapsAll American Festival (Thur July 4). Live entertainment, Kids Zone, Water Zone, food and vendor booths, hot dog eating contest and fireworks. 5-10pm. $5, ages 12 & under free. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria. 623-773-8700 or

Google MapsBaby Dance Class. Infants walking-2 1/2 years (with an adult). Introduction to music, movement and dancing. 9:30-10am. Free. Arizona Sunrays Dance Center, 13832 N 32nd St #162. 602-992-5790

Baby's Night Out (Thur July 4-25). Parent with infants can watch a feature film. Features valet stroller parking, dimmed lights, reduced volume and changing facilities in the auditorium. 7pm. UltraStar Cinemas, Scottsdale Pavilions, 9090 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale and Ak-Chin, 16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa. 7pm. UltraStar Cinemas, Scottsdale Pavilions, Loop 101 & Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale. 480-278-7324 or

Google MapsDream On... (June 21-Sept 15). Discover the science of dreams, ideas that came from dreams and the worlds created from the imaginations of several artists. Includes hands-on and interactive activities. 10am-4pm Tues-Sat, noon-4pm Sun. Closed Mon. $7 ages 1 & up. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N Robson St, Mesa. 480-644-2468 or

Google MapsFabulous Phoenix 4th (Thur July 4). Live entertainment, classic car exhibit, Kids World area, food, beverages and fireworks. Begins at 6pm; 9:30pm fireworks. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 3rd St & Indian School Rd. 602-262-6862 or

Google MapsFirecracker Express (Thur July 4). Celebrates America's birthday with a barbecue, jazz band and train ride. Train departs at 1pm. $49.95-$79.95 adults, $34.95 ages 12 & under, ages 2 & under free (when riding on an adult\'s lap). Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale. 800-582-7245

RAK Event Of The Day
Google MapsFirework Fest (Thur July 4). Splash Pad, face painting, live music, historic military vehicle display featuring a vintage helicopter and fireworks. Picnic in the park with grab-and-go box dinner deals from participating Westgate restaurants. 5-9:30pm; 9pm fireworks. Free. Westgate's Fountain Park, 6770 N Sunrise Blvd, Glendale. 623-385-7502 or

Google MapsFlashlight Tours. All ages. Hear and feel the desert at night. Bring a flashlight. 7pm. Included with admission: $18 adults, $10 ages 13-18, $8 ages 3-12, 2 & under free. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy. 480-941-1225 or

Google MapsFrontier Days & World's Oldest Rodeo (Mon-Sun July 1-7). Parade, dances, arts & crafts show; rodeo features bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Times vary. $12-$25. Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr, Prescott. 866-407-6336 or

Get in the Swim. Celebrate the 4th in the pool! 1-5pm. Regular pool admission fees apply. Cactus, Chaparral, Eldorado, and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers, Scottsdale.

Google MapsGoldilocks (Wed-Sun June 19-July 7). Little girl unexpectedly meets up with three bears. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults, $7 children, under 2 free with another paid child admission. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham. 602-262-2050 or

Google MapsHometown Fireworks Celebration (Thur July 4). Live entertainment, games, bike & wagon decorating contest, Kids Zone and fireworks. 6-9pm; 9pm fireworks. Free;fee for games. Apache Junction High School, 2525 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Junction. 480-983-2181 or

Google MapsIndependence Day BBQ and Fireworks Show (Thur July 4). All ages. Slides, attractions, fireworks and an all-you-can-eat BBQ. Park open 10am-10pm; BBQ 6:30-8pm; fireworks at 9:30pm. Call for prices. Wet 'n' Wild, 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale.

Kids Club - Big Cats. All ages. Learn about animals with a sing-along, parade through the center and more. Companion games and activities also available online. 10am. Free. Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa.

Google MapsOld Fashioned Independence Day Celebration (Thur July 4). Activities, music, food, water games and fireworks. 6-9:30pm. Free. Youngker High School, 3000 S Apache Rd, Buckeye. 623-349-6320 or

Google MapsSesame Street Presents: The Body (June 30-Sept 2) This Interactive exhibition teaches children how their bodies work and how to keep them healthy as they hop, jump, run and dance their way through this hands-on Sesame Street adventure. 10am-5pm. $21.95 ($5 members); price includes general admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St. 602-716-2000 or

Google MapsSplash Bash (Thur July 4). Water games, kids' activities, DJ, pool safety information, music and food. 10am-5pm. $2/person. Litchfield Park Recreation Center Pool, 100 S Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park. 623-935-9040 or

Google MapsStar Spangled 4th Celebration (Thur July 4). Live entertainment, water and inflatable activity zones, food and fireworks. 6-10pm; 9:15pm fireworks. Free; $10 unlimited ride wristbands. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S Ballpark Way, Goodyear. 623-882-3120 or

Google MapsTempe 4th (Thur July 4). Inflatable village, rock climbing walls, live entertainment, rides, Luke Air Force Base flyover, Splash Playground, food, beverages and fireworks. 5-11pm; 9:20pm fireworks. $8 or 2 for $15, ages 12 & under free (discount tickets available at Fry\'s stores and select City of Tempe locations). Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado Pkwy & Mill Ave, Tempe. 480-350-5189 or

Google MapsThe Art of Video Games (June 16-Sept 29). Explores the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. 10am-9pm Wed, 10am-5pm Thur-Sat, noon-5pm Sun. $15 adults, $10 students, $6 ages 6-17, under 6 free. Free to all 3-9pm Wed. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave. 602-257-1222 or

Google MapsTown of Queen Creek 4th of July Celebration (Thur July 4). Water slides, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, games and fireworks. 8am gates open; 9:15pm fireworks. $15 per car; fee for rides and inflatables. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek. 480-987-3100 or


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