UPCOMING EVENTS: September 23-27, 2011

It finally feels like fall in Phoenix…we will wait and see how long these cool breezes and refreshing rains cause.

Coming up this Saturday (9/28)…send your email to get your tickets today!!
Museum Day Live!
Visit a museum for free Saturday, Sept. 28, during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! In Arizona, 30 museums and cultural institutions are participating. To get in free, you must present a ticket. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday to request the ticket, which will be e-mailed to you. Print it and take it to get free admission. One ticket per household, per e-mail.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Family Storytime
Share books, stories, songs, rhymes, and music in a fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills. This program is designed for children birth to five years old accompanied by a favorite adult. What is your child learning? Children who love books and stories become more successful readers. Space is limited. Free tickets are available 30 minutes before program begins.
Ironwood Branch Library @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
4333 E. Chandler Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85048
PHONE: 602-262-4636

Free Baby Dance Class
This fun dance class is for babies walking through 2.5 years of age.  Free!
USA Youth Fitness Center @ 9:00 am
1530 S. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296
480-926-1480

Dinner at Chili’s – St. Jude’s Fundraiser
Bring the family and 100% of all net proceeds will be donated to St. Judes cancer research and treatment organization.
Chili’s Gilbert @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
3917 S. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296
480-812-4636

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. $2/resident, $3/non-res
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900

Families That Read Succeed: Preschoolers (3-5 yr olds)
Class Time: 1 hr
Instructor: Brie Hall
Studies show children who are read to 15 minutes a day tend to be more successful in school, perhaps due to their appreciation for reading started at a young age! In this class we will discuss what book play looks like for your preschooler, how parents/caregivers need to structure their reading routines for their preschooler, and share age-appropriate tips for reading enjoyment as a family, as well as share our favorite books for your preschooler!  $10 per person or $12 per couple
Baby Town  @ 9:30am-10:30am
3787 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ
480-299-1154

Toddler Discipline Solutions
Class Time: 1 hr
Instructor: Brie Hall
Participants will learn about various toddler discipline techniques, guidelines on when and how to use these techniques, as well as social-emotional milestones and how they affect your toddler’s behavior. Class includes take home materials.  $10 per person or $12 per couple
Baby Town @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
3787 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ
480-299-1154

Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids
Kids of all ages are invited to come to the store for story time every Tuesday.  Members receive an official book club passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times.  To locate a store near you, click HERE
Chandler Fashion Center @ 11:00 – 11:30 am
Nordstrom’s Wing
3111 West Chandler Blvd.
Chandler 85226
(480) 899-7155

Family Play Class
Attend a free preview of Gymboree’s School Skills Class that helps to build key social, emotional, and intellectual skills needed for school.  Classes are offered throughout the day.  Call to register for one.
Gymboree Play & Music – Scottsdale @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
7077 E. Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85013
480-656-0801

Fish Feeding
Come see an 18,500 gallon freshwater aquarium that offers an up-close view of trophy-sized catfish, bass, striper and blue gill.  Feeding includes an informative presentation about the fish.  Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Also, every day kids can help us feed the trout in our Trout Stream at 1:30pm.
Bass Pro Shop Trout Stream @ 1:30 pm
Bass Pro Shop Aquarium @ 6:00 pm

1133 N Dobson Rd
Mesa 85201
602-606-5600

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
National Geographic Kids Club 
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!
This week’s theme: Persephone will take you on an imaginary voyage under the sea.
Chandler Fashion Center @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-8488

Music Time
Enjoy singing, simple instruments and movements with your child.  For children ages 5 and under and their caregiver.
Bookmans Mesa @ 10:00 – 10:30 am
1056 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-835-0505

Family Yoga
When your children see them selves, what do they see? Wednesday at 10am at Midwives Rising Join Lil Yogis at Play For positive yoga for the younger child! Positive messages create strong, confident people ready to change the world! I think it’s fair to say we remember kind words from our parents and teachers as a child. Empower your child to be who they want to be! Come see us Wednesdays at 10am for positive yoga for the young child! All ages, by Donation.
Adult Yoga for all Levels & Ages
Taking time for you! With your lil yogi in the next room enjoy yourself and take care of your body, mind and spirit with some yoga! Located in the next room to your child!
Healthy habits start here♥ www.yogiatplay.com
Midwives Rising! @ 10:00 am
531 E. Lynwood St (7 St & McDowell)
Phoenix, AZ
602-242-4446

Preschool Hike
Preschoolers will enjoy a 1-mile hike designed just for them.  Be sure kiddos are wearing shoes good for hiking.  Bring your water and your sunscreen.  For ages 3 – 6.  Cost is $6/vehicle.
Usery Mountain Regional Park @ 10:30 – 11:30 am
3939 N. Usery Pass
Mesa, AZ 85207
480-984-0032

Inn Mommies Explorers
Rhyme Time with the Explorers: This is a wonderful group where you can come and meet other new moms and their babies. Bring your lunch if you like, the Babymoon Inn coffee and tea bar will be open!   Join us as we sing a few songs and rhymes before we get out a variety of toys to play. Get ready to Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 
This playgroup is for moms and babies of all ages that are exploring their world. Pregnant moms are also welcome. It is open to women that have given birth in all settings: home, at Babymoon Inn, or in a hospital. Siblings are welcome in the Explorers group.
We meet at The Nest at Babymoon Inn which is located across the street from the Birth Center.
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Pregnant moms are welcome too!
Facilitator: Michelle Hottya 818-606-5687
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center @ 11:00 am
2928 N 16th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Chandler Regional Medical Center’s @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
1955 W Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224

Phoenix Art Museum
It’s never to early to start art appreciation with your Sweet Peas.  You can enjoy PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children, along with galleries of art showcasing American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  The Phoenix Art Museum offers free admission every Wednesday afternoon and on First Fridays (6-10p).
Phoenix Art Museum @ 3:00 – 9:00 pm
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-256-7539

Phoenix Public Market
“our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors. It offers an eclectic high-quality mix of: Fresh in-season fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey, live plants and unique local arts and crafts, tasty hot foods, music, and more.

Open Air Market @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Know Your Food Labels Class
Are you confused by ingredients? Which ones are healthy? Which ones cause cancer? Is any food safe anymore?
Join Blue Russ and health educator Amanda Schneider to get your quesitons answered. (We’ll have fun along the way!) You will walk away from this class with the information and tools you need feel confident in the food shopping decisions you make for your family. Amanda will also give a brief presentation at the end about an amazing whole food supplement called Juice Plus. My kids use it!  Cost $10  Email info@blueruss.com with questions or click HERE
How to Sign up: Space is limited! Click on “Get Tickets” to make your payment, which reserves you spot (note that the email associated with your payment will be used to send you a confirmation and reminder)
Moxie Midwifery @ 7:00 – 8:30 pm
5505 W. Chandler Blvd. Ste. 5
Chandler, Arizona 85226
info@blueruss.com

ICAN of Phoenix
This monthly meeting is open to everyone. This months meeting will be jam packed with facts so be ready to be informed! We will cover the different types of scars, double and single layer sutures, and the risks of uterine rupture. We will also go over how some forms of induction may change those risks. I hope you can join us for this popular topic.
Dr. Ross’s Office @ 7:00 PM
2405 E. Southern #3
Tempe, Arizona 85282
http://icanofphoenix.weebly.com/

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Tumbleweed Tots
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes.
Tumbleweed Rec Center @ 9am – 11am
745 E. Germann Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
480-782-2900

SMoCA
Bring the family and enjoy free admission to the art exhibits.  “SMoCA brings art, architecture and design to Arizona to challenge expectations. We are not a museum filled with random selections of art from the past; rather we engage the thoughts and concerns of the present. The ideas that interest, trouble and perplex you are the same that artists investigate in exhibitions at the museum.”  Tim Rodgers, Director, SMoCA
Every Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday evenings (5-9p).
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art @ 12:00 – 9:00 pm
7374 E. Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-874-4666

Little Critters Story Time with Ranger Amy
Ranger Amy Ford reads a children’s book aloud Every Thursday, and a themed program centered around the story follows. Activities can include live animals, songs, crafts and puppet plays. The program is held in the air-conditioned Visitor Center.  Price: $6/vehicle
McDowell Mountain Regional Park @ 12:30 – 1:30 PM
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Scottsdale  85259
480-471-0173

Superstition Farm Farmer’s Market
Dinner, shopping and fun at a working farm: shop for organic and local foods.  The grill will be open for dinner, along with FREE admission to the petting zoo.  $1/hay rides, $3/horse rides.
Superstition Farm @ 4:30 – 7:30 pm
3440 S. Hawes Rd
Mesa, AZ 85212
602-432-6865

Ballet Under the Stars
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and watch a performance by Ballet Arizona in a unique outdoor setting.  Classical and contemporary ballet danced under the night sky.
Fountain Park @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
623-570-9526

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Mesa Community Farmers Market
May include depending on season: fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, hand-made craft products, lotions and soaps. Free admission, free parking. Accepts AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Located near downtown Mesa and cafes, coffee shops, museums, and antique stores.
Rendezvous Green @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
263 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
602-290-5067

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Group
With the exception of major holidays… For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
3555 S Val Vista Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Groovy Kids Music
Groovy Kids Music is for babies and kids of all ages. Class participants can expect music and movement, singing, rhythm, instruments, and fun!! This class is for children of all ages. The cost is $10 for one child, and $5 for each sibling. RSVP if possible, but drop-ins are welcome!  As always, the Babymoon Inn snack and drink bar will be open. We hope to see you there!
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 10:00 am and 11:00 am
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
602-314-7755

Babywearing International Meeting
Back for another month at Scottsdale Fashion Square. This time it will be in an empty restaurant space that was formerly Marcella’s at the East end of the mall, near Barney’s. There is a double door facing Camelback Road (facing south) on the outside of the building. You will need to enter through those. :)
Stop by and check out our carrier library, bring a friend and learn how to use one you already have, or just come out to play and chat.
As always, it is free to attend and all are welcome. You can join BWIP at any meeting for only $30/year and enjoy great benefits such as being able to borrow a carrier from our library for up to a month at a time.
Scottsdale Fashion Square @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
7014 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona

Loving Touch® Parent Infant Massage
Class time: 1.5 hrs
Instructor: Brie Hall, C.I.M.I.
Loving Touch® massage classes teach caregivers how to massage their infants (suggested for 6 month and younger).  Caregivers will experience how massage provides a positive way for parents to interact with their child, promotes bonding and attachment, helps parents understand their child’s unique rhythms, and enhances their feelings of confidence and competence in caring for their child.  Classes are taught by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and include a free bottle of massage oil and Loving Touch Infant Massage instruction booklet.  Prenatal participants are also welcome!  $22 per person, group classes
Baby Basics Scottsdale @ 10am-11:30am
5425 E. Bell Rd Suite 142
Scottsdale, AZ
480-299-1154

Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble @ 10:30 am
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-792-1312

Food Truck Friday
Phoenix Public Market @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
721 N Central
Phoenix, AZ

Enchanted Island Family Night
There’s never a charge to enter Enchanted Island. You simply pay for the rides you want to ride on, the games you want to play, and the food you want to eat.  Friday nights, enjoy special pricing for unlimited rides: $6.50 for Children or Adults Wristbands
Enchanted Island Amusement Park @ 5:00 – 9:30 pm
1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-254-1200

Ballet Under the Stars
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and watch a performance by Ballet Arizona in a unique outdoor setting.  Classical and contemporary ballet danced under the night sky.
Fountain Park @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-350-2822

Free Outdoor Concert – Tempe
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Tempe Marketplace @ 7:00 pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe 85281
480-966-9338

Free Outdoor Concert – N. Phoenix/Scottsdale 
Bring the family out to enjoy great live music performed by a variety of musicians.  Choose from two stages of entertainment.  For more information click HERE
Desert Ridge Marketplace @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix 85050
480-513-7586

Full Moon Hike
Families can enjoy a 1.3 mile hike along the Goldmine and Littleleaf Trails under the night sky.  Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  Cost is $6.00/vehicle.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
480-655-5554

DON’T MISS these FUN EVENTS this weekend!!
Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash!
Dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies rule the wetland habitats at Veterans Oasis Park during the late summer. This special event celebrates these beautiful insects through guided nature walks, hands-on crafts and presentations! Walks are approximately 20 minutes in duration and the terrain is easy. Last walk will depart the EEC at 11 a.m., due to the late summer heat. Don’t miss this fun-filled, family-friendly special event! Pre-registration is not required; drop-in anytime!
Veterans Oasis Park @ 9 a.m.-noon
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
480-782-2890

Dragonfly & Butterfly Walk 
For all ages, bring binoculars, hat, water. It’s flier season, and a great time to learn some basic identification and appreciation of these beautiful creatures. $5 donation   Meet at the Dragonfly Ramada
Riparian Institute @ 7:00 AM
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
2757 E. Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, Arizona
(480) 503-6234

STORYTIMES
Libraries:
Chandler, AZ http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/
Glendale, AZ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/index.cfm
Mesa, AZ http://www.mesalibrary.org/
Payson, AZ http://www.paysonlibrary.com/
Phoenix, AZ http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/default.jsp
Peoria, AZ http://library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris/default.aspx
Scottsdale, AZ  http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/
Tempe, AZ  http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=1588

Monterey, CA http://www.monterey.org/library/Home.aspx

WATER PLAY & SPLASH PADS
AHWATUKEE
Mountain Vista Park: spray pad, splash pad area open daily, approx. through October 1 from 5:30 am – 11:00 pm
13647 S. 50th Street (48th Street and Knox Road)
Phoenix, AZ  85044
(602) 262-6111 (South Division)

CHANDLER
Splash Pads Closed for the Season

GILBERT
Splash Pad at San Tan Village
The Splash Pad, located in the Children’s Play Area, is now open.
Through September 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
2218 E. Williams Field Rd.
Suite 235
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 282-9500

SCOTTSDALE
Chesnut Park is open year-round from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Chesnut Park is a 5-acre park, which includes picnic areas and two ramadas. Additional amenities include two lighted tennis courts, playground, spray pad, large open grass areas, and restroom facilities.
4565 N. Granite Reef
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
General: (480) 312-2771

TEMPE
Spray pads are conveniently located in the following parks.  Hours: 9:00am-7:00pm (Daily, Monday-Sunday)
Jaycee Park (located near the Westside Community Center)
817 West 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350-5200

Esquer Park (just east of the Loop 101 and north of Apache Blvd.)
2407 E McArthur Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

Hudson Park (south of Apache Blvd on Cedar Street between Rural & McClintock)
1430 S. Cedar St.
Tempe AZ

Do you have an event you want to add to our list?  We are happy to list your event in our weekly blog posts.  Any event, class or meeting that fits into our philosophy of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting will be posted.  We reserve the right to decline requests that do not promote healthy families and peaceful parenting.

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Location Name & Time
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Disclaimer:  
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Cassandra Okamoto, Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.