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40 family friendly ideas for the perfect Scottsdale vacation
        hether you’re traveling
        with toddlers, teens or

offers plenty of sun and fun
                                       Before You Go
                                       Here are a few things you can do ahead of time to make your Scottsdale vacation practically carefree!

                                       Consider Suite Accommodations
                                       Many suites include kitchenettes that are perfect for preparing simple meals and snacks in-room. Plus, two-room
                                       suites provide separate spaces for naptime and playtime, and also give mom and dad a little well-deserved privacy.

for the whole family. In this          Request a Late Checkout
guide, you’ll find helpful pre-        If your child naps in the morning or you just need some extra time to get packed, request a late check-out in
                                       advance; most hotels and resorts will comply unless they’re fully booked.
planning tips, information on
                                       Explore Sitting and Day Care Options
kids camps and special events,         Many of Scottsdale’s hotels and resorts provide on-property options for child care, from licensed babysitting
and a list of 40 fabulous activities   services to half- and full-day kids’ camps. Contact your concierge for information.

and attractions for kids. There        Schedule Some Downtime
                                       There’s no doubt about it, Scottsdale is full of exciting things to do! But be sure to plan for relaxation time, too.
are also word games, fun facts
                                       Consider splitting up once in a while – one parent can relax with a spa treatment while the other takes the kids
and a coloring page to help your       to the pool. Or one of you can hit the tees while the other takes the kids enjoy some time at a local museum.

young travelers learn about            Involve Kids in Planning
Scottsdale’s unique Sonoran            Letting kids pick out their favorite activities before you travel ensures that everyone gets to do some of the things
                                       they like. Compromise is still key, but taking preferences into account ahead of time will help keep everyone happy.
Desert setting.
                                       Things to Bring
                                       Thanks to Scottsdale’s casual, laid-back style, packing for your trip is a breeze. Here are a few items that will
We look forward to welcom-             help your family enjoy their time in Scottsdale, no matter what’s on the itinerary:
                                       •   Sunscreen                           •   Bathing suits                        •   Camera
ing you and your family to             •   Lip balm                            •   Sunglasses                           •   Favorite Toys
Scottsdale soon!                       •   Hats                                •   Water shoes/sandals                  •   Nightlight

                    desert delights
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                                                                          Saddle Up!                                                      Fly High in a Hot-Air Balloon
                                                                          Put on your boots and spurs because it’s                        Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sonoran Desert
                                                                          time for some Sonoran Desert adventure –                        from the basket of a hot-air balloon! You’ll
                                                                cowboy-style! Whether you’re a green-horn or an                  be able to watch as your pilot and crew roll out the
                                                                experienced rider, Scottsdale’s outfitters have the              colorful balloon and inflate it with large fans at the
                                                                ideal horse for you. Once you’re saddled up, your                launch site. After you hop into the basket, you’ll take
                                                                guide will lead you down pristine desert trails where            off gently and fly high over cactus-studded mountains,
                                                                you’ll encounter curious desert wildlife and beautiful           valleys and washes. Because the balloons are so
                                                                plants and cacti. Options vary by outfitter and can              quiet, you’ll see desert animals scurrying about,
                                                                include river crossings, cattle drives, stagecoach               undisturbed in their natural habitat. When you land,
                                                                and hayride combo tours, and pony rides for the                  you’ll receive a certificate commemorating your flight!
                                                                littlest buckaroos.                                              Admission: Prices vary; Contact individual outfitters listed
                                                                Admission: Prices vary; Contact individual outfitters listed     on pages 13-14.
                                                                on pages 13-14.                                                  Tour Time: 3-4 hours
                                                                Tour Time: Rides from 1-hour to full day are available.          Note: Age 8+, age guidelines vary by outfitter
                                                                Note: Age 5+ for most rides, age guidelines vary by outfitter

                                                                        Hit the Trail
                                                                        For the closest look at the Sonoran Desert – take

                                                                        a hike! The Gateway at Scottsdale’s McDowell
        Go Off the Beaten Path
                                                                Sonoran Preserve is a great place to start. One of the
        Climb aboard a Jeep, Hummer or self-drive
                                                                many trails branching out from the Gateway is the Bajada
        Tomcar or C2 vehicle for an up-close-and-
                                                                Nature trail, which offers interactive exhibits on desert
personal tour of the Sonoran Desert! Knowledgeable
                                                                plant and wildlife. Also offered at the Gateway is the
guides will tell you about the plants and animals
                                                                seasonal Family Friday Sunset Series, which offers
that make our desert one of the world’s most delicate
                                                                hands-on learning about topics like “Creatures of
ecosystems. You’ll travel to some of the Sonoran’s
                                                                the Sonoran Desert” and “All About Saguaros.” Guided
most remote areas and see sites like abandoned
                                                                hikes with area adventure companies also are a great
mines, ghost towns and ruins of ancient civilizations.
                                                                way to get out and do some fun Sonoran explorin’!
Options can include gold panning, target shooting
and combo tours that add horseback riding or river              Admission: Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is
rafting excursions.                                             free for self-guided hikes as well as some guided outings.
                                                                Contact outfitters listed on pages 13-14.
Admission: Prices vary; Contact individual outfitters listed    Tour Time: Vary from less than 1 hour to full-day.
on pages 13-14.                                                 Note: The Gateway and Bajada Nature Trail are appropriate
Tour Time: Half- and full-day tours are available               for all ages; for other trails, take into account your child’s
Note: Age 2+ for most tours; age guidelines vary by outfitter   fitness level and attention span.

                                                                                                                                             Pedal Power
                                                                                                                                             For fun and thrills embark on a moun-
                                                                                                                                             tain biking excursion! Guided trips will
                                                                                                                                    take you along scenic trails, livestock paths and
                                                                                                                                    paved roads for a Sonoran Desert adventure
                                                                                                                                    that will get your adrenaline pumping. If you’re
                                                                                                                                    looking for a more relaxing biking experience,
                                                                                                                                    rent a cruising bike and head for the Indian
                                                                                                                                    Bend Wash Greenbelt. Miles of paved trails lead
                                                                                                                                    from central Scottsdale to Tempe with parks
                                                                                                                                    along the way that offer ramadas, lakes, picnic
                                                                                                                                    areas and more.
                                                                                                                                    Admission: Access to the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt
                                                                                                                                    is free. Guided tours vary; contact individual outfitters
                                                                                                                                    listed on pages 13-14.
                                                                                                                                    Note: Must be old enough to ride and control a moun-
                                                                                                                                    tain bike for guided adventure rides.
                                                                                                                                    Tour Time: 1-4 hours

                                  the wild west
                                                                   Experience Arizona Pioneer Life
                                                                   Visit territorial Arizona and discover what it
                                                                   was like to live like a pioneer! You’ll see the
                                                          tools and implements Arizona’s settlers used to tame
                                                          the frontier. On the self-guided walking tour of the
                                                          village, you’ll see numerous original and restored
                                                          buildings, including the Ashurst Cabin, Gordon
                                                          School and the Opera House. There’s even a Cowboy
                                                          Action Shootout every Wednesday, Thursday and
                                                          Friday morning (weather and volunteers permitting).

                                                                                                                                 Travel Back in Time at Rawhide
                                                          Pioneer Living History Village
                                                                                                                                 Saddle-up, pardner! We’re hittin’ the trail for

                                                          3901 West Pioneer Rd., Phoenix
        Mine for Fun at Goldfield Ghost                   623-465-1052 /                                       Rawhide 1880s Western Town. Check out the
        Town                                              Admission: Adults $7; Ages 6-18 $5; Under 5 free               roughest and toughest cowboy stuntmen at the Six
        Follow the historic Apache Trail to Goldfield     Hours: Oct.-May: Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June-Sept.:       Gun Theater or watch trick roping, gun twirling and
Ghost Town! In its heyday, Goldfield was a bustling       Wed.-Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.                                     other sleights of hand at the Spirit of the West Theater.
mining town that boasted three saloons, a boarding                                                                       Burro and stagecoach rides, the “Deadman’s Drop” rock
house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery and                                                                       climbing wall, a shootin’ gallery and the desert train
a school house. Though the town went bust in the                                                                         ride add to the fun. Plus, the Rawhide Steakhouse offers
early 1900s, it’s since come back to life as a popular                                                                   gourmet gunslinger grub the whole family will enjoy.
attraction that features staged gunfights, gold pan-
                                                                                                                         Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass
ning, tours of the Mammoth Gold Mine and Lu Lu’s                                                                         5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler
Bordello, and rides on the Superstition Narrow Gauge                                                                     480-502-5600 /
Railroad. Jeep tours and horseback rides add to the                                                                      Admission: Free; unlimited ride wristbands $15
excitement! Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Mammoth                                                                         Hours: Thu.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 9:30
                                                                                                                         p.m.; Sun. 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (hours vary seasonally)
Steakhouse & Saloon.
Goldfield Ghost Town
4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd., Goldfield
480-983-0333 /
Admission: Admission for Mammoth Mine and other tours
ranges from free to $7; Jeep and horseback tours priced
Hours: Town open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; Saloon open
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily

   * * * travel tip * * *
   Pint-Size Pampering
   Several of Scottsdale’s spas offer pamper-
   ing treatments for kids and teens. Try the
   Ice Cream Mani-Pedi at The Phoenician’s
   Centre for Well-Being, the Bubble Yummy
   Mani-Pedi at The Spa at Four Seasons
   Resort Scottsdale or the Clear Skin

   Facial at Eurasia Spa at the Scottsdale
                                                                      Giddy-up! MacDonald’s Ranch Offers Cowboy-Style Fun
   Resort & Athletic Club.
                                                                      Gather up your buckaroos and explore the West like the cowboys did – from the back of a trusty horse!
                                                                      MacDonald’s Ranch offers horseback and stagecoach tours of the breathtaking Sonoran Desert. Kids
                                                             of all ages will enjoy the petting zoo, and for the littlest cowpokes (those under 5) MacDonald’s offers free
                                                             pony rides.
                                                             MacDonald’s Ranch
                                                             26540 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 480-585-0239 /
                                                             Cost: Horseback rides: $38 for 1 hour, $68 for 2 hours; Stagecoach rides: $38 adults/$30 kids 12 and under for 35-40
                                                             minute tour, $68 adults and $58 kids 12 and under for 70-minute tour
                                                             Hours: Advance reservations required for all rides
                                                             Note: Horseback riders must be at least 5 years old. Toddlers up to 5 can ride ponies for free

                 native america
                                                                                                                             Enjoy Hands-on Fun at the
                                                                                                                             Heard Museum
                                                                                                                             Learn about desert creatures at the
                                                                                                             Southwest Puzzle Pole or make a colorful hummingbird!
                                                                                                             It’s hands-on fun that explores the diverse Native
                                                                                                             American cultures of North America. At the Heard
                                                                                                             Museum in Phoenix, you can explore a full-scale replica
                                                                                                             of a Navajo dwelling and see colorful Hopi katsina
                                                                                                             dolls. And, at the Heard Museum North Scottsdale,
                                                                                                             you’ll find tidbits and fun facts about the Native
                                                                                                             American art and artifacts on display. Both museum
                                                                                                             branches also offer interactive take-home activities,
                                                                                                             as well as cafés serving up Southwestern treats.
                                                                                                             Heard Museum
                                                                                                             2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
                                                                                                             602-252-8848 /
                                                                                                             Admission: Adults $12; Students w/ ID $5; Kids 6-12 $3; Free for
                                                                                                             members, Native Americans and kids under 6
                                                                                                             Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                                                                                                             Heard Museum North Scottsdale
                                                                                                             32633 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
                                                                                                             480-344-3380 or 480-488-9817 /
                                                                                                             Admission: Adults $5; Students w/ ID $2; Kids 6-12 $2;
                                                                                                             Free for members, Native Americans and kids under 6
                                                                                                             Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                                                                                                                             Dig it! Explore Archaeology
                                                                                                                             at Pueblo Grande
                                                                                                                             At Pueblo Grande’s “Dig It: Explore
                                                                                                             Archaeology” exhibit, you’ll learn how archaeologists
                                                                                                             study clues from ancient and historic sites to learn
                                                                                                             about the people who once lived there. You’ll also build
                                                                                                             your own miniature Hohokam village and explore a

                Discover Hopi Culture at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale                                        life-size replica of an excavated trench wall where
                At the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Native American and Environmental Learning Center,         you can experience the science and excitement of
                cultural interpreters will guide you through hands-on activities and exhibits that explore   archaeology first hand!
the land, art, language and culture of the Hopi people. Artisan demonstrations, tours and informal discus-
                                                                                                             Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park
sions also are among the Center’s offerings.
                                                                                                             4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch                                                      602-495-0900 /
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale                                                                     Admission: Adults $6; Students (6-17) $3; 5 and under free;
480-444-1234 /                                                                      Sundays are free for everyone under 17
Admission: Free                                                                                              Hours: Oct.-April: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sun. 1
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (open to resort guests and general public)                                     p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; May-Sept.: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,
                                                                                                             closed Sun., Mon.

                                             eats & treats
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                                                                               Crazy About Cupcakes                                          Go Ahead, “Play” with Your
                                                                               Happiness is served daily at Sprinkles                        Food at Dave and Buster’s
                                                                               in the form of handcrafted cupcakes.                          If you like your favorite foods served
                                                                 Choose from flavors like Peanut Butter Chip, Banana,        with a super-size side order of fun, Dave and Buster’s
                                                                 Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Marshmallow and Red               is just the ticket. Bowling, billiards and arcade games
                                                                 Velvet. Flavors rotate daily, so there’s always some-       complement a sizable menu that boasts specialties
                                                                 thing new to try!                                           like gourmet burgers, BBQ pork sliders and Buffalo
                                                                 Sprinkles Cupcakes
                                                                                                                             Chicks (spicy chicken sliders), as well as a variety of
                                                                 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale                          salads, fresh fish and pasta dishes.
                                                                 480-970-4321 /                            Dave and Buster’s
                                                                 Cost: Cupcakes $3.25 each                                   21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

                                                                 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   480-538-8956 /
               Sports Fans Rule at Don &
                                                                                                                             Cost: Average entrée <$15
               Charlie’s                                                                                                     Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (extended hours Fri. – Sun.)
               Don & Charlie’s is the place to be for
sports fans of all ages! This big, friendly restaurant
is a virtual shrine to sports memorabilia, including
autographed photos, celebrity caricatures, signed
magazine covers and more. Choices on Don’s Clubhouse
Kids’ Menu include cheeseburgers, chicken tenders
and Natalie’s special spaghetti and meatballs.
Don & Charlie’s
7501 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
480-990-0900 /
Cost: Average children’s entrée $5.95; Average adult entrée

$16 - $25
                                                                                                                                            Life is Sweeter at the
Hours: Opens at 5 p.m. daily
                                                                                                                                            Sugar Bowl
                                                                                                                                            This bubble-gum pink landmark in
                                                                                                                             Old Town Scottsdale is a must-stop on any family
                                                                                                                             itinerary. For more than 50 years, the Huntress
                                                                                                                             family has been serving frosty ice cream treats and
                                                                                                                             classic American comfort food from their 1950s-style
                                                                                                                             soda fountain. Local cartoonist Bil Keane is such a
                                                                                                                             fan that the Sugar Bowl is often featured in his
                                                                                                                             “Family Circus” cartoon strip. Stop by for a patty
                                                                                                                             melt, PB&J, cheeseburger or tea sandwiches, but
                                                                                                                             make sure to save room for dessert!
                                                                                                                             Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
                                                                                                                             4005 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
                                                                                                                             480-946-0051 /
                                                                                                                             Cost: Average entrée <$10
                                                                                                                             Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (until midnight Fri.-Sat.)

                 Enjoy a Taste of the Old West at Pinnacle Peak Patio
                 Mosey on over to this Western charmer that’s been serving up cowboy-style vittles for more
                 than 50 years. Mesquite-broiled steaks, ribs and chicken top the menu, which also features
   hot dogs, hamburgers and gen-u-ine sarsaparilla. Kids – tell dad to wear his ugliest tie, then watch as a
   scissor-wielding waitress lops it off and adds it to the thousands of ties already hanging from the rafters.
   Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse
   10426 E. Jomax Rd., Scottsdale 480-615-1113 (day), 480-585-1599 (evening) /
   Cost: Average children’s entrée $4; Average adult entrée $16 - $25 Hours: Opens at 4 p.m. daily; noon on Sundays

                                                      art & music
                                                                               Celebrate Creativity at
                                                                               Phoenix Art Museum
                                                                               Explore the exciting world of art, starting
                                                              with the PhxArtKids Gallery! This interactive gallery
                                                              is full of hands-on and “brains-on” activities for
                                                              youngsters. You also can check out a KidPack at the
                                                              Admissions Desk. These child-size backpacks are filled
                                                              with activity cards, puzzles and other creative challenges
                                                              that correspond to art in the Museum’s collection.
                                                              Phoenix Art Museum
                                                              1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
                                                              602-257-1222 /
                                                              Admission: Adults $10; Kids 6-17 $4; under 6 free; free
                                                              admission for all ages on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
                                                              and during “First Friday Evenings” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
                                                              Hours: Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

                                                              Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m                                                              In the Spotlight at Scotts-
                                                                                                                                                 dale Desert Stages Theatre
                                                                                                                                                 This award-winning theatre offers
                                                                                                                                 children’s, mainstage and small cast productions

                Feel Young@Art at SMoCA                                                                                          in an intimate setting that draws you right into the
                Run by the education staff at the                                                                                show! Scottsdale’s premier community theatre is
                Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary                                                                                celebrating 15 years of bringing high-quality theatre
Art, the Young@Art Gallery features creative works by                                                                            productions to audiences of all ages.
youth. Exhibits have included topics like healing art
                                                                                                                                 Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
and the current exhibit, “Visions: Text Messages,”                                                                               4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
which looks at the juxtaposition of text and visual                                                                              480-483-1664 /
imagery to create art. And steps away from the                                                                                   Admission: $12- $25 (show only)
museum is the grassy Scottsdale Civic Center Mall                                                                                Viewing Time: 2 hours Hours: Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
and Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale
480-874-4666 /
Admission: Adults $7; Students w/ ID $5; 15 and under free;
free admission for all ages on Thursdays
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m.; Closed Mondays
year-round and Mondays/Tuesdays from May 26-Sept. 7

   * * * travel tip * * *
   Free Downtown Trolley
   Scottsdale’s free downtown trolley runs
   every day (except major holidays) from
   11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on
   Thursdays to 9 p.m. Trolleys run every 15
   minutes throughout the downtown districts.

   Visit for details.                                     Musical Instrument Museum Hits the Perfect Note
                                                                               The MIM is the world’s first global instrument museum that allows you to venture into different
                                                                               regions of the world to discover their unique instruments and music. Chinese opera, big band
                                                                 jazz ensembles and the instruments of a mariachi band are all here for you to see and hear. Don’t miss the
                                                                 Experience Room in which you can touch, play and hear exotic instruments from cultures around the world.
                                                                 Musical Instrument Museum
                                                                 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 480-478-6000 /
                                                                 Admission: Adults $15; Ages 6-17 $10; under 6 free
                                                                 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open until 9 p.m. Thu. and Fri.

               museum mania
                Play & Learn at Children’s
                Museum of Phoenix
                Make your way through oodles of
noodles suspended from the ceiling of the Noodle
Forest. Take a tricycle for a spin at Pedal Power. And
get creative at the Art Studio, a creative workshop
with exposed brick walls and tons of hands-on fun.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th St., Phoenix
602-253-0501 /

Admission: Adults and kids over 1 $9; under 1 free                              Don’t Feed the Dinosaurs
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                               For all the Dinosaurs that roar (and a
                                                                                whole lot more), the Arizona Museum of
                                                                Natural History is the place to be! You’ll watch a flash
                                                                flood at Dinosaur Mountain; see full-size skeletons of
                                                                mammoths, mastodons and the one-toed Hagerman
                                                                Horse; and walk under eight-foot-wide megalodon
                                                                jaws. It’s all here as you explore Arizona and the
                                                                Southwest from the creation of the earth some 4.5
                                                                billion years ago to the present!

                                                                Arizona Museum of Natural History                                           Kid Around at the Arizona
                                                                53 N. MacDonald, Mesa                                                       Museum for Youth
                                                                480-644-2230 /
                                                                                                                                            This museum is filled with hands-on
                                                                Admission: Adults $10; Students 13+ (w/ ID) $8; Kids 3-12
                                                                $6; under 2 free                                            fun! Art takes center stage at ArtVille, an engaging
                                                                Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to         exhibit designed with kids under 5 years of age in
                                                                5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.                               mind. Larger-than-life crayons, paintbrushes and
                                                                                                                            glitter glue can be found at every corner, emphasiz-
                                                                                                                            ing the town’s philosophy of artistic exploration.
                                                                                                                            Other exhibits include Play Ball: The Cactus League
                                                                                                                            Experience and ArtZone (for kids over 5 years old).

                                                                                                                            Arizona Museum for Youth
                                                                                                                            35 N. Robson, Mesa
                                                                                                                            480-644-2467 /
                                                                                                                            Admission: Adults and kids over 1 $6.50; under 1 free
                                                                                                                            Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

                                                                                                                               * * * travel tip * * *
                                                                                                                               Teen Scene
                                                                                                                               In addition to camps for younger kids,
                                                                                                                               many resorts have teen programs that
                                                                                                                               offer Xbox games, Internet cafés and
                                                                                                                               more. Two to try are The Hangout at The

                                                                                                                               Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Kids
                   Have Fun with Physics at the Arizona Science Center
                                                                                                                               Club (ages 13-17) at the Westin Kierland
                   Discover the fabulous world of science with more than 300 hands-on exhibits in five themed
                                                                                                                               Resort & Spa.
                   galleries! You’ll experience the thrill of a high-wire physics lesson. Explore the science of the
   earth and learn about the movement of the tectonic plates and the power of wind and sand erosion. You can
   even “get a grip” on science at the 15-foot climbing wall! An IMAX Theater and the Dorrance Planetarium add
   to the excitement for kids of all ages.
   Arizona Science Center
   600 E. Washington St., Phoenix 602-716-2000 /
   Admission: Adults $12; Kids 3-17 $10; Kids under 2 admitted free; IMAX and Planetarium tickets sold separately
   Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

               trucks & trains
Spotlight: Kids’ Camps
Scottsdale’s resorts welcome little travelers with
everything from day-long kids’ camps and themed
activities to pint-sized in-room amenities. Here are
just a few of the offerings that are sure to please
parents and children alike:

                   Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort
                   and Spa – At Camp Hyatt Kachina,
                   kids can hear cowboy storytellers,
                   learn about desert reptiles or take
part in eco-friendly activities designed in conjunction
with National Geographic Kids.

                 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – For
                 youngsters, The Kids Club offers
                 activities like scavenger hunts,
                 games, books, movies, swimming
and lagoon fishing. For teens, The Hang Out offers
Xbox games, movies, an internet café and more.

                   Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott
                   Resort & Spa – At this legendary
                   resort, kids can enjoy the Jackrabbit
                   Swimming Pool, a playground and
the Pitch N’ Putt zone. On holidays, Hopalong College
offers activities like nature walks, ice cream socials
and Native American storytelling.

                  Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale –

                  Learn the Secrets of the Sonoran or                      Ride the Rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
                  explore Cowboy Crafts with Kids for                      Ride the Paradise and Pacific Railroad along a one-mile track! The railroad was built as an
                  All Seasons (KFAS). The KFAS facility                    exact 5/12 (five inches equals one foot) reproduction of a Colorado narrow-gauge railroad and
also offers pool and ping pong tables, LEGO tables         features three steam locomotives, two diesel engines, a turntable and trestles. The park also offers carousel
and rooms for playing Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.           rides, museum exhibits, playgrounds and the Snackstop Caboose.
                                                           McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
                  InterContinental Montelucia              7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
                  Resort & Spa – Planet Trekkers           480-312-2312 /
                                                           Admission: Admission to the park is free; tickets books for rides and exhibits are $10 for 12 tickets; single tickets are $1 each
                  is an interactive day camp where
                                                           Hours: Vary by season. Park opens at 10 a.m. daily from Sept. through May and 9 a.m. daily from June through Aug. Visit
                  kids can enjoy experiences like          website for detailed information.
treasure hunts, Gelato tastings, lifesize chess and

water battles at the Kasbah Pool.                                                                                                              Things are Hot at the Hall
                                                                                                                                               of Flame
                The Phoenician – Activities at                                                                                                 If you love fire trucks, the Hall of
                the Funicians Kids Club include                                                                                Flame is the place for you! This museum honoring
                games, crafts, sports and events                                                                               fire fighters and the equipment they use houses more
                that relate to daily themes like                                                                               than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating
The Wild West and Desert Discovery.                                                                                            from 1725 to 1969. Fire engines, fire-fighting gear
                                                                                                                               and a replica of a Forest Service fire lookout are just
                  Westin Kierland Resort & Spa –                                                                               some of the displays that you’ll see.
                  With the Westin Kids Club, children
                                                                                                                               Hall of Flame
                  can enjoy arts and crafts, scavenger
                                                                                                                               6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix
                  hunts, movies on the golf course                                                                             602-275-3473 /
or by the pool, the Pumpkinville Playground and                                                                                Admission: Adults $6; Students 6-17 $4; Kids 3-5 $1.50;
themed activities like Animal Yoga.                                                                                            under 3 free
                                                                                                                               Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

                                  flora & fauna
                                                                                                                                      Walk on the Wild Side at
                                                                                                                                      Out of Africa
                                                                                                                                      At Out of Africa, you’ll see tigers play
                                                                                                                      and splash in a pool, feed treats to gentle giraffes
                                                                                                                      and learn about giant snakes. This unique park gives
                                                                                                                      you the opportunity to view a variety of animals, both
                                                                                                                      large and small, in expansive natural habitats. You
                                                                                                                      can explore the wildlife preserve on foot or on a tram
                                                                                                                      tour. Out of Africa is located in Camp Verde, an easy
                                                                                                                      90-minute drive north of Scottsdale.
                                                                                                                      Out of Africa Wildlife Park
                                                                                                                      3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy., Camp Verde
                                                                                                                      928-567-2840 /
                                                                                                                      Admission: Adults $36; Kids 3-12 $20; under 3 free
                                                                                                                      Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving and
                                                                                                                      Christmas days)

                 Monkeys and Zebras and Elephants, Oh, My!
                 Ever wonder what an ocelot or a meerkat looks like up close? Or why zebras have stripes
                 and cheetahs have spots? Find out at the Phoenix Zoo! The zoo is home to more than 1,300
animals, including 200 endangered species. Daily activities include the Safari Trains and Carts, Monkey
Village, Wild About Animals Show and a petting zoo. Cruising bikes and paddle boats are available for rent
and offer fun ways to explore the zoo’s exhibits and lake. Enjoy lunch or snacks at the Zoo’s Harmony Farm               * * * travel tip * * *
or Cavern Café.
Phoenix Zoo                                                                                                                         Free Storybook Podcasts
455 North Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix 602-273-1341 /                                                                 Check out the free storybook
Admission: Adults $16; Kids 3-12 $7; under 3 free; Safari Train and Safari Cart tours are additional                              podcasts at iTunes. They’re per-
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Oct.-May); Summer hours (June-Sept.) are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.      fect for the flight or drive to Scottsdale,
weekends                                                                                                                 as well as quiet times once you’re here.

                                                                                                                                          Be a “Desert Detective”
                                                                                                                                          at the Desert Botanical
                                                                                                                         Using a special activity page to guide you, you
                                                                                                                         will investigate the unusual cacti and plants
                                                                                                                         that surround the Garden’s five thematic trails.
                                                                                                                         The Garden also offers special seasonal activities
                                                                                                                         and events, including the Butterfly Pavilion
                                                                                                                         (fall and spring), Kid’s Corner (spring), flash-
                                                                                                                         light tours (summer) and family programs on
                                                                                                                         topics ranging from star-gazing to art.
                                                                                                                         Desert Botanical Garden
                                                                                                                         1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
                                                                                                                         480-941-1225 /
                                                                                                                         Admission: Adults $15; Students 13-18 and college
                                                                                                                         w/ ID $7.50; Kids 3-12 $5; under 3 free
                                                                                                                         Hours: Oct. – April: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; May – Sept.:
                                                                                                                         7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

                                                                  wet & wild
                                                                                                                                             Totally Tube-u-lar Fun
                                                                                                                                             Known as Arizona’s “floating picnic,”
                                                                                                                                             tubing on the Lower Salt River is a
                                                                                                                            great way to soak up the sun and enjoy Scottsdale’s
                                                                                                                            Sonoran Desert scenery, including wildlife like javelina,
                                                                                                                            hawks and wild horses. Rent a tube from Salt River
                                                                                                                            Tubing & Recreation, then hop on the shuttle bus for
                                                                                                                            a ride to the river and enjoy the warm sunshine and
                                                                                                                            cool river waters!

                                                                                                                            Salt River Tubing & Recreation
                                                                                                                            Located on Power Rd. in Mesa, 7 miles north of the Highway
                                                                                                                            202/Power Road exit
                                                                                                                            480-984-3305 /
                                                                                                                            Admission: $15 (all ages) for tube rental and shuttle service
                                                                                                                            Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (last tube rental at
                                                                                                                            3 p.m.) from May 1 through Labor Day; Sat. and Sun. only
                                                                                                                            from Labor Day to April 30.
                                                                                                                            Note: Age 8+; must be taller than 4’

                                                                                                                                            Ride the River

               Very Cool Pools                                                                                                              The Salt River just east of Scottsdale
               Scottsdale’s resorts offer some of the coolest pools around! Here are a few local favorites that                             provides freshwater fun for the whole
               promise hours of wet and wild fun!                                                                           family! For high adventure, rafting excursions on
                                                                                                                            the Upper Salt provide thrills and chills on Class III
Find Acres of Fun at the Hyatt’s Water Playground             Make a Splash at The Fairmont Scottsdale
                                                                                                                            and IV rapids with names like Wall Slammer and
You’ll find 10 pools and more than 2.5 acres of fun           Nothing says wet-and-wild fun like waterslides and
                                                                                                                            Overboard. Steep canyon walls and Sonoran Desert
at the Hyatt’s Water Playground. Zip down the three-          you’ll find two towers of sliding fun at The Fairmont’s
                                                                                                                            scenery add to the adventure. For a more relaxing
story waterslide or swim through a Grecian-style              Sonoran Splash recreation area! The Sonoran Splash
                                                                                                                            calm-water float, the lush desert oasis of the Lower
temple to play a game of water volleyball. The Hyatt          pool also has a zero-entry deck area, which is perfect
                                                                                                                            Salt provides mild rapids that are perfect for rafting,
also offers the largest white sand beach in the area.         for little swimmers to play. The Fairmont boasts five
                                                                                                                            tubing, canoeing and kayaking.
And, if you get thirsty while you’re swimming, try a          pools in all, as well as the Pool Bar that will help you
frosty fruit smoothie from the pool bar.                      handle snack attacks with tasty options like shakes,          Cost: Prices vary; contact individual outfitters on pages
                                                              smoothies, PB&J sandwiches and more.                          13-14.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch                                                                     Tour Time: Half- and full-day tours are available
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale                      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess                              Note: Age 8+ though age guidelines vary by outfitter
480-444-1234 /                       7575 East Princess Dr., Scottsdale
Note: Open to resort guests only.                             480-585-4848 /
                                                              Note: Open to resort guests only; swimmers must be 42” tall
Ride the Westin’s Lazy River                                  to ride the waterslides.
Hop on an inner tube and float down a 900-foot-long
lazy river! There’s also a 110-foot waterslide, kids’         Dive into The Phoenician’s Cool Pools
play area and shallow pool. You can even “Discover            The Phoenician offers two children’s pools and a 165-foot
Scuba” as a family with the Westin’s expert dive staff.       twisting waterslide that make for plenty of fun in the
You’ll learn all the basics of scuba diving, then put         sun. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head on over
on the gear and try it out!                                   to the Oasis Pool Bar for treats like grilled cheese
                                                              sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream and frozen candy bars.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale                            The Phoenician
480-624-1000 /                         6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Note: Open to resort guests only; swimmers must be 42” tall   480-941-8200 /
to ride the waterslide.                                       Note: Open to resort guests only.

                                                                                         be active
                                                                                   Hit a Family-Fun Homerun
    * * * travel tip * * *                                                         at CrackerJax
                                                                                   With more than 28 acres of rides, games
                           Babies Travel Lite                      and activities, CrackerJax is a family fun paradise!
                           at Hyatt                                Activities include the Bumper Boats Lagoon, Water
   Thanks to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale                          Wars, miniature golf, batting cages and the new
   and Babies Travel Lite, you can shop online                     Bungy Dome. CrackerJax also offers an arcade,
   and choose from over 1,000 name-brand                           restaurant and a shaded, multi-level driving range.
   baby products, including diapers, formula,
                                                                   CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park
   bath products and more. Your order will
                                                                   16001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
   be waiting in your room the day you arrive.
                                                                   480-998-2800 /
                                                                   Admission: Unlimited select ride wristbands are $25 on

                                                                   Fri.-Sun.; $20 on Mon., Wed. and Thu.; $15 Tue.
                Strike a Pose at Zenergy Yoga
                                                                   Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with extended hours
                Release your inner Downward Facing                 until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
                Dog or relax into Child Pose at Zenergy            Note: Some rides have height requirements and an additional
Yoga, which offers classes for kids 3-5 and 6-10 years             cost
of age, as well as teens and tweens. There also are adult
classes and “Baby and Me” sessions for moms, dads
and newborns. Zenergy Yoga creates a safe, welcoming
environment for continuing an existing yoga practice
or trying something new!
Zenergy Yoga
16447 N. 91st St., Ste. 105 (inside AZ on the Rocks), Scottsdale
480-628-1453 /
Admission: See website for prices
Hours: See website for class schedule

                                                                                                                                                  Go Vertical at AZ on the Rocks
                                                                                                                                                  AZ on the Rocks is Arizona’s largest
                                                                                                                                                  indoor climbing gym and boasts walls
                                                                                                                                 up to 30 feet high! Whether you’re an experienced climber
                                                                                                                                 or have never scaled a wall, AZ on the Rocks is here to
                                                                                                                                 help you learn the ropes and perfect your technique.
                                                                                                                                 AZ on the Rocks Indoor Climbing
                                                                                                                                 16447 N. 91st St., Ste. 105, Scottsdale
                                                                                                                                 480-502-9777 /
                                                                                                                                 Admission: Family climbing day pass is $52 and includes
                                                                                                                                 gear rental; Individual climbing and bouldering passes
                                                                                                                                 also are available
                                                                                                                                 Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tue.-Thu. 3 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 to 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Note: All climbers must sign waivers; parents must sign
                                                                                                                                 for kids under 18 – no exceptions

                                                                                                                                                Chill Out at the Ice Den
                                                                                                                                                Strap on your skates and hit the ice
                                                                                                                                                at the official practice headquarters
                                                                                                                                 of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes! The Alltel Ice Den is
                                                                                                                                 open for public skating during select hours most

                     Get Ready to Race at F1 Race Factory                                                                        Fridays and weekends, and also offers Radio Disney
                     Experience the excitement of indoor cart racing at F1 Race Factory! You’ll speed around their two           Family Nights and Teen Request Live skates featuring
                     ¼-mile tracks at over 45 miles-per-hour for 12 to 16 heart-pounding laps. With up to 10 karts per race,     DJ-spun music, laser lights and door prizes.
   it’s the ultimate adrenaline rush! F1 also offers billiards, an arcade, a rock-climbing wall and the Trackside Bar & Grill.
                                                                                                                                 Alltel Ice Den
   F1 Race Factory                                                                                                               9375 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale
   317 S. 48th St., Phoenix 602-302-7223 /                                                                 480-585-7465 /
   Admission: Adults (16+ w/ drivers license) $21.95/race; Juniors (10-15 years of age) $18.95/race                              Admission: Adults (16+) $7*; Ages 6-15 $5*; 5 and under
   Hours: Mon.-Thu. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat 11 a.m. to midnight; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.                                      $5 (includes rental skates); *skate rentals not included in
   Note: All racers must be at least 54 inches tall and must wear closed-toe shoes                                               Adult and Ages 6-15 admission
                                                                                                                                 Hours: See website for public skating times

                                                  fore & more
Spotlight: Special Events                                                 Tee it Up!
In addition to the variety of annual sporting events                      Golf is a great activity for the whole
featured to the right, Scottsdale offers a year-round                     family and a number of Scottsdale’s
calendar of special events that appeal to kids of        most popular courses offer programs and junior golf
all ages. Here are just a few to get you started:        academies designed specifically for young athletes.
                                                         Most offer full instruction for beginners to advanced
                 Native Trails (Jan. – April)            players, including swing analysis, rules and etiquette,
                 Explore Native American cultures        sportsmanship, on-the-course training, and games
                 through song, dance and                 and prizes. Here are just a few area courses that
                 storytelling.                           cater to young golfers:

                                                         Eagle Mountain Golf Club – Summer Junior Golf Camp
                 Parada del Sol Parade & Rodeo (Feb.)                                                                              Game On!
                                                         14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy., Fountain Hills
                 See the world’s longest horse-                                                                                    Scottsdale is a sports fan’s paradise
                                                         480-816-1234 /
                 drawn parade and PRCA-sanctioned                                                                                  that gives you easy access to all the
                 rodeo action.                           Grayhawk Golf Club – Junior Golf Camp                     major professional sports leagues, as well as MLB
                                                         8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale                   Spring Training, college football’s Fiesta Bowl, PRCA-
                MLB Spring Training (March)              480-502-1800 /                       sanctioned rodeo competition, and the PGA TOUR’s
                Scottsdale Stadium hosts the San                                                                   most well-attended tournament, the Waste Management
                                                         Kierland Golf Club – Summer Golf Camps
                Francisco Giants during spring                                                                     Phoenix Open played at the TPC Scottsdale. Grab your
                                                         15636 N. Clubgate Dr., Scottsdale
                training. Nearby, the Arizona                                                                      tickets and catch the action today!
                                                         480-922-9283 /
Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies play at a                                                                        Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan.)
brand new facility on the Salt River Pima-               McCormick Ranch Golf Club – Junior Golf Academy
                                                                                                                   480-350-0911 /
Maricopa Indian Community.                               7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale
                                                         480-948-0260 /                 Waste Management Phoenix Open (Feb.)
                 Flashlight Tours (May-Aug.)                                                                       602-870-0163 /
                                                         The Phoenician Golf Club – Family Tees Program &
                 Tour the Desert Botanical Garden        Junior Golf Camps                                         Parada del Sol Rodeo (Feb.)
                 after dark and see nighthawks,          6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale                         480-990-3179 /
                 insects and night-blooming flowers.     480-423-2449 /
                                                                                                                   San Francisco Giants Spring Training (March)
                  Summer Concerts at McCor-              Sanctuary Golf Course at WestWorld – Junior Golf          877-4SFGTIX /
                  mick-Stillman Railroad Park            Program
                                                                                                                   Colorado Rockies & Arizona Diamondbacks Spring
                  (May – July 4)                         10690 E. Sheena Dr., Scottsdale
                                                                                                                   Training (March)
                  Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and     480-502-8200 /
enjoy local bands at these free Sunday-night concerts.   Troon North Golf Club – Troon Family Golf Program
                                                                                                                   Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball (April-Sept.)
                                                         10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale
                 Mighty Mud Mania (June)                                                                           602-462-6500 /
                                                         480-585-5300 /
                 Kids can run the Mighty Mud or                                                                    NASCAR (April & Nov.)
                 Mini Mud courses. Puddle pools                                                                    866-408-7223 /
                 offer muddy fun for tiny tots.
                                                                                                                   Phoenix Mercury Basketball (May-Aug.)
                 Zoolights (Nov.-Jan.)                                                                             602-252-WNBA /
                 More than 250,000 holiday lights                                                                  Arizona Cardinals Football (Sept.-Dec.)
                 create magical displays                                                                           602-379-0101 /
                 throughout the zoo.
                                                                                                                   ASU Sun Devil Football (Sept.-Dec.)
                 Polar Express (Nov.-Jan.)                                                                         480-727-0000 /
                 Ride the Grand Canyon Railway to                                                                  Arizona Fall League Baseball (Oct.-Nov.)
                 the “North Pole” where you’ll meet                                                      
                 Santa Claus.
                                                                                                                   Phoenix Coyotes Hockey (Oct.-April)
                 Las Noches de Las Luminarias (Dec.)                                                               480-563-PUCK /
                 Thousands of hand-lit luminarias                                                                  Phoenix Suns Basketball (Nov.-April)
                 line the pathways of the Desert                                                                   602-379-SUNS /
                 Botanical Garden.
                                                                                                                   Insight Bowl (Dec.)
View more events at                                                                     480-350-0911 /

               adventure outfitters
                                                                                                                          cottsdale’s adventure out-
                                                                                                                          fitters have explored the
                                                                                                                  Sonoran Desert from the majestic
                                                                                                                  McDowell Mountains to the lush
                                                                                                                  Salt River Valley. They’ve hiked
                                                                                                                  the trails, scaled the cliffs and
                                                                                                                  navigated the lakes and rivers.
                                                                                                                  They’ve traversed the desert
                                                                                                                  expanses on horseback, in Jeeps
                                                                                                                  and in hot air balloons. Best of
                                                                                                                  all, they know all the desert’s
                                                                                                                  most fascinating sites and hidden
                                                                                                                  treasures – and they can’t wait to
                                                                                                                  share it all with you!

Biking                                                  Hiking                                                    Hot Air Ballooning & Aerial
360 Adventures                                          McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
602-795-1877 /                   16435 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85254   A Balloon Experience by Hot Air Expeditions Inc.
Offering exciting guided adventures from mountain       480-998-7971 /                    2243 E. Rose Garden Loop, Ste. 1, Phoenix, AZ 85024
biking and rock climbing and to hiking and              The largest urban preserve in the nation offers more      800-831-7610 /
canyoneering.                                           than 100 miles of trails open to hikers, bicyclists and   “Best balloon tour in Phoenix!” states Fodor’s Travel
                                                        equestrians.                                              Guide. FAA-certified and insured with an impeccable
Arizona Outback Adventures
                                                                                                                  safety record. Hotel transfers provided.
16447 N. 91st St., Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
866-455-1601 /                   Horseback Riding                                          Adventures Out West/Unicorn Balloon
Providing comfortable, high-performance mountain                                                                  29834 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
                                                        Fort McDowell Adventures
and road bikes. Our guided tours are all-inclusive                                                                800-755-0935 /
                                                        P.O. Box 17597, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
and tailored to the rider’s skill level.                                                                          Celebrating 35 years of ballooning fun! Free flight
                                                        480-816-6465 /
                                                                                                                  video. Rated “Best Balloon Company” by Awesome
                                                        Ride the trails of the wild mustangs through the
C2 U-Drive All Terrain Desert Car Tours                 Verde River. City-slicker cattle drives, trail rides,
                                                        hayrides and camping available.                           Arizona Powerchutes
Desert Dog Hummer Adventures
                                                                                                                  7720 E. Evans Rd., Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
17212 E. Shea Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268           MacDonald’s Ranch
                                                                                                                  480-502-7640 /
480-837-3966 /                     26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
                                                                                                                  Dreams of flying fulfilled daily! Fly in a powered
The C² two-seat, all-terrain vehicle offers a u-drive   480-585-0239 /
                                                                                                                  parachute over the Sonoran Desert. FAA certified and
experience for hands-on desert adventure.               Guided horseback rides, hayrides, cowboy cookouts
                                                                                                                  insured. Hotel transfers available.
                                                        and cattle drives. Just minutes from most Valley
                                                        resorts!                                                  Rainbow Ryders, Inc.
                                                                                                                  5447 E. Sandra Terrace, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
                                                        Windwalker Expeditions Inc.
My Arizona Guide                                                                                                  877-771-0776 /
                                                        5447 E. Skinner Dr., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
P.O. Box 11653, Scottsdale, AZ 85271                                                                              Rainbow Ryders Inc. has 27+ years of flight experience!
                                                        888-785-3382 /
480-970-8186 /                                                                             Offering sunrise and sunset launch times.
                                                        Specializing in private rides for discriminating
Experience custom eco-tours in luxury, four-wheel
                                                        equestrians. Our professional guides accommodate
drive vehicles. Our experienced guides offer an
                                                        English and Western disciplines.
intimate educational journey.

                       adventure outfitters, cont.
Jeep, Hummer & ATV Tours and Rentals                    Southwest Desert Adventures                              TomCar Tours
                                                        7802 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Apache Trail Tours                                                                                               Desert Wolf Tours
                                                        877-962-6620 /
P.O. Box 6146, Apache Junction, AZ 85278                                                                         47801 N. Black Canyon Highway, New River, AZ 85087
                                                        Choose from Jeep/desert tours, scavenger hunts,
480-982-7661 /                                                                          877-613-9653 /
                                                        games, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, trail
As featured on the Travel Channel! See lakes,                                                                    See the Sonoran Desert up close and from the driver’s
                                                        rides, cowboys cookouts and more.
canyons and cacti on excursions to the Apache Trail                                                              seat on guided tours in safe, comfortable u-drive
and Superstition Mountain area.                         Stellar Adventures Hummer and ATV Tours                  TomCars!
                                                        P. O. Box 8329, Scottsdale, AZ 85252
Arizona Desert Events                                                                                            Green Zebra Adventures
                                                        877-8-STELLAR /
602-569-4889 /                                                                            8399 E. Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
                                                        Tame the rugged desert landscape on an H1
When the pavement ends, the adventure begins!                                                                    480-291-9899 /
                                                        Hummer, military M1009 Blazer or guided rental
Offering cowboy and Native American guides, nature                                                               See the Sonoran Desert up close and from the driver’s
                                                        ATV tour. Night-vision/stargazing tours and catering
and historical tours, and more!                                                                                  seat on guided tours in safe, comfortable u-drive
Arizona Outdoor Fun Rentals
2144 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-400-2445 /                Rafting, Tubing & Water Sports
An outdoor outfitting rental and tour company
                                                        AAM’s Mild to Wild Rafting
specializing in motorcycle, ATV, Jet Ski, boat, canoe
                                                        #1 Base Camp, Salt River Canyon, Globe, AZ 85501
and kayak rentals and tours.
                                                        800-567-6745 /
Desert Dog Hummer Adventures                            Explore Arizona’s beauty on a guided raft or kayak
17212 E. Shea Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268           trip. Trips from mild to wild, two hours to four days,
480-837-3966 /                     ages 3 to 93.
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery in one of our H1
                                                        Arizona Outdoor Fun Rentals
Hummers or drive one of our exclusive C² desert cars
                                                        2144 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
or ATVs.
                                                        602-400-2445 /
Desert Storm Hummer Tours, Inc.                         An outdoor outfitting rental and tour company
15525 N. 83rd Way, Ste. 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85260         specializing in motorcycle, ATV, Jet Ski, boat, canoe
Tel: 480-922-0020 / Toll Free: 866-DSHUMER              and kayak rentals and tours.
                                                        Arizona Rafting
Voted “Top 100 Adventures in America!” by National
                                                        P.O. Box 1550, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Geographic Adventures! Tours are four hours and
depart at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily.
                                                        719-395-2112 /                              * * * travel tip * * *
                                                        Offering world-class whitewater rafting trips!
Pink Jeep Tours                                         Half-day to five-day river adventures on the Salt          Before You Book
204 North Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336                 River featuring spectacular wilderness scenery. An         Please inquire about age guidelines and
800-873-3662 /                         easy drive from Scottsdale/Phoenix.                        intensity levels before booking any of
Providing off-road adventures since 1960! Our                                                                      these adventures.
                                                        Desert Voyagers Guided Raft Tours, LLC
award-winning excursions are known as the premier
                                                        P.O. Box 1554, Scottsdale, AZ 85252
must-do tours in Sedona.
                                                        480-998-7238 /
Red Rock Western Jeep Tours, Inc.                       Take a float on the lower Salt River! Sonoran Desert
270 Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336                          and mountain views and chances to see wildlife are
800-848-7728 /                      fun for the whole family!
Sedona’s original cowboy tour company offers
exciting and scenic off-road Jeep tours, vortex
experiences, horseback rides and more.

Roadrunner Desert Hummer Adventures
480-213-9428 /
Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with
Arizona’s number-one custom desert Hummer tour

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   G A LW T N I I S K K C
                                            16                           9   10

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Photo Hunt
                                fun for kids                    Desert Grossology
Can you find the five differences between these two pictures?   Impress your friends with these fun and
                                                                icky facts from the Sonoran Desert

                                                                            • Some species of horned
                                                                            lizards can rupture small
                                                                            capillaries around their eyes
                                                                            at will and squirt a bloody
                                                                solution at would-be predators. This
                                                                fluid not only surprises the predator, it
                                                                also can be irritating to the predator’s
                                                                mucous membranes.

                                                                            • The tail of the Western
                                                                            banded gecko has special-
                                                                            ized fracture planes that al-
                                                                            low it to easily break off if
                                                                the lizard is caught by a predator. This
                                                                allows the lizard to escape, leaving only
                                                                its writhing tail behind.

                                                                            • Walkingsticks, skinny
                                                                            stick-like insects, can
                                                                            regurgitate foul-smelling
                                                                            liquid and leak blood from
                                                                their leg joints to distract a predator.

                                                                            • Rattlesnakes shed their
                                                                            skin one to four times per
                                                                            year. Each time they shed,
                                                                            they add another segment
                                                                to their “rattle,” which vibrates back
                                                                and forth more than 60 times per sec-
                                                                ond to make the snake’s distinctive
                                                                warning sound.

                                                                            • When threatened, pinacate
                                                                            beetles (more commonly
                                                                            known as stink bugs) stand
                                                                            on their heads and emit
                                                                a toxic spray from their rear ends to
                                                                deter predators.
                                fun for kids
                                 Scottsdale’s Top 40 Crossword
                                 Find the answers to these clues in the “Top 40 List” beginning on page 2

                                 Down                                                    Across
                   1             1. Where tigers splash                                  3. Make a colorful hummingbird at this museum
                                 2. Articles of clothing banned at Pinnacle Peak Patio   5. Where you can be “Young@Art”
                                 4. Arizona’s MLB team                                   7. Sports-themed restaurant
                                 6. Abbreviation for the new musical museum              8. Ride horses or a stagecoach here
                                 9. Offers 28 acres of rides and games                   10. Arizona’s NFL team
                                 12. Where the NHL Coyotes practice                      11. The place for cupcakes
                                 13. Phoenix’s NBA team                                  14. 1880s Western Town
                                                                                         15. Scottsdale’s legendary ice cream parlour
                                                                                         16. What Goldfield is


          3                4

          5   6


                                       8             9


                           11          12                                 13




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  * * * fun recipe * * *
                        Try this recipe for a
                        cool summer treat
                        Prickly Pear Popsicles
                        3 medium prickly pear
                        2 Tbsp. lemon juice
                        1 cup water
                        1 cup sugar
Wash the pears and put in blender (stickers too)
with one cup water. Blend, then strain through
several layers of cheesecloth. Add lemon juice
and sugar, stir well. Freeze in plastic ice-pop


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