kids in between, Scottsdale
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.
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
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.
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 / www.pioneeraz.org 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 / www.rawhide.com
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 / www.goldfieldghosttown.com
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
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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
26540 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 480-585-0239 / www.macdonaldsranch.com
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
Enjoy Hands-on Fun at the
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.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-252-8848 / www.heard.org
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 / www.heard.org
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 / www.pueblogrande.com
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale Admission: Adults $6; Students (6-17) $3; 5 and under free;
480-444-1234 / www.scottsdale.hyatt.com 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
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
Chicks (spicy chicken sliders), as well as a variety of
4501 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale salads, fresh fish and pasta dishes.
480-970-4321 / www.sprinkles.com 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 / www.daveandbusters.com
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 / www.donandcharlies.com
Cost: Average children’s entrée $5.95; Average adult entrée
$16 - $25
Life is Sweeter at the
Hours: Opens at 5 p.m. daily
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 / www.sugarbowlscottsdale.com
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) / www.pppatio.com
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 / www.phxartkids.org
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 / www.desertstages.org
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 / www.smoca.org
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
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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 www.scottsdaleaz.gov 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 / www.themim.org
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.
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 / www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
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 / www.azmnh.org
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 / www.arizonamuseumforyouth.org
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.
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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 / www.azscience.org
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 / www.therailroadpark.com
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
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 / www.hallofflame.org
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 / www.outofafricapark.com
Admission: Adults $36; Kids 3-12 $20; under 3 free
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving and
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 / www.phoenixzoo.org 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 / www.dbg.org
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 / www.saltrivertubing.com
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 / www.scottsdale.hyatt.com 7575 East Princess Dr., Scottsdale
Note: Open to resort guests only. 480-585-4848 / www.fairmont.com/Scottsdale
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 / www.kierlandresort.com 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Note: Open to resort guests only; swimmers must be 42” tall 480-941-8200 / www.thephoenician.com
to ride the waterslide. Note: Open to resort guests only.
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 / www.crackerjax.com
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!
16447 N. 91st St., Ste. 105 (inside AZ on the Rocks), Scottsdale
480-628-1453 / www.zenergyyoga.net
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 / www.azontherocks.com
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 / www.f1racefactory.com 480-585-7465 / www.coyotesice.com
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 / www.eaglemtn.com
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 / www.grayhawkgolf.com 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 / www.kierlandgolf.com
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 / www.tostitosfiestabowl.com
Maricopa Indian Community. 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale
480-948-0260 / www.mccormickranchgolf.com Waste Management Phoenix Open (Feb.)
Flashlight Tours (May-Aug.) 602-870-0163 / www.wastemanagementphoenixopen.com
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 / www.paradadelsol.org
insects and night-blooming flowers. 480-423-2449 / www.thephoenician.com
San Francisco Giants Spring Training (March)
Summer Concerts at McCor- Sanctuary Golf Course at WestWorld – Junior Golf 877-4SFGTIX / www.sfgiants.com
mick-Stillman Railroad Park Program
Colorado Rockies & Arizona Diamondbacks Spring
(May – July 4) 10690 E. Sheena Dr., Scottsdale
Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and 480-502-8200 / www.sanctuarygolf.com
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 / www.azdiamondbacks.com
480-585-5300 / www.troonnorthgolf.com
Kids can run the Mighty Mud or NASCAR (April & Nov.)
Mini Mud courses. Puddle pools 866-408-7223 / www.phoenixraceway.com
offer muddy fun for tiny tots.
Phoenix Mercury Basketball (May-Aug.)
Zoolights (Nov.-Jan.) 602-252-WNBA / www.wnba.com/mercury
More than 250,000 holiday lights Arizona Cardinals Football (Sept.-Dec.)
create magical displays 602-379-0101 / www.azcardinals.com
throughout the zoo.
ASU Sun Devil Football (Sept.-Dec.)
Polar Express (Nov.-Jan.) 480-727-0000 / www.thesundevils.com
Ride the Grand Canyon Railway to Arizona Fall League Baseball (Oct.-Nov.)
the “North Pole” where you’ll meet www.mlb.com
Phoenix Coyotes Hockey (Oct.-April)
Las Noches de Las Luminarias (Dec.) 480-563-PUCK / www.phoenixcoyotes.com
Thousands of hand-lit luminarias Phoenix Suns Basketball (Nov.-April)
line the pathways of the Desert 602-379-SUNS / www.suns.com
Insight Bowl (Dec.)
View more events at www.EventsinScottsdale.com 480-350-0911 / www.insightbowl.com
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 / www.360-adventures.com 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 / www.mcdowellsonoran.org 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 / www.hotairexpeditions.com
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 / www.aoa-adventures.com 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 / www.unicornballoon.com
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 / www.fortmcdowelladventures.com
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 / www.arizonapowerchutes.com
480-837-3966 / www.azadventures.com 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 / www.macdonaldsranch.com
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 / www.rainbowryders.com
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 / www.windwalkerexpeditions.com
480-970-8186 / www.myarizonaguide.com 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 / www.yellowjeeps.com
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 / www.apachetrailtours.com 877-613-9653 / www.desertwolftours.com
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 / www.stellaradventures.com
602-569-4889 / www.azdesertevents.com 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 / www.gogreenzebra.com
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 / www.arizonaoutdoorfun.com 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 / www.mild2wildrafting.com
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 / www.azadventures.com 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
602-400-2445 / www.arizonaoutdoorfun.com
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.
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 / www.inaraft.com * * * 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 / www.pinkjeep.com 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 / www.desertvoyagers.com
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 / www.redrockjeep.com 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 / www.roadrunnerdesertadventures.com
Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with
Arizona’s number-one custom desert Hummer tour
fun for kids
Word Search C A C T U S W R E N O B T P M
B K L W A J M G N H A Q I A L
R A E P Y L K C I R P F B L K
COYOTE Z T T K U N E R R J B R B O Y
HAWK E V A V A T O E E R J J A V X
D C P R O N L I E S A M R E Y
MESQUITE W V O Y A C S N P V P G K R O
PALO VERDE U H O Z A N N E E R Z W C D K
N C A C P U T L L V O U A E O
A K T W R S I U G T R C J O R
ROADRUNNER Y U T D K N Q R L B T E S F A
S K A T A T Z V K A M A W D U
W O E T I U Q S E M H H R U G
R Q U A I L H X W U K O G B A
X J B G H G M Y Q G P P Y S S
Bug me! Word Jumble Unscramble the names of the desert bugs to solve the riddle.
E T PE E I D C N TBLEEE
14 1 13 7 6
NUS SEDRIP PAW S
8 4 11 3
15 2 12
G A LW T N I I S K K C
16 9 10
No matter how hot it gets, !
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 16
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
• 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
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
• When threatened, pinacate
beetles (more commonly
known as stink bugs) stand
on their heads and emit
a toxic spray from their rear ends to
fun for kids
Scottsdale’s Top 40 Crossword
Find the answers to these clues in the “Top 40 List” beginning on page 2
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
11 12 13
* * * 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