May 31, 2010

Summer Activities for June

By Stacy Johnson

So, amidst the other things going on here (and it isn't keeping my blog updated, or even my FB for that matter), I have put together a calendar of activities that are free or cheap that we can do here in the east valley (mostly QC or AJ).  There is something to do every single day of the month, so I don't have to hear "Mom, I'm so booooored, what are we going to do today?"  You know, in that whiny voice every mom learns to tune out so well.  Anyway, I figure at the beginning of each week, I'll post the udpated week's worth activities and contact person if any, for each activity.  We'll see how this works.  Here is Tuesday-Sunday for this week, in the future, come to my personal blog.

1-Tuesday -
**Begin your 60 day Book of Mormon Challenge today, read just about 9 pages a day and you can finish it before the kids get back to school.  I love it.  If you want to be part of a group doing it together, check out and then send me your e-mail.  I'm so in, so are my kids.
**The Scottsdale Drive-in offers a family discount on Tuesday nights.  It is $4.50 per adult and $1 per child ages 5-11.  Kids under 5 are free.  Pop some popcorn, fill up the cooler with  juice boxes and you're in for a double feature.  Too bad it isn't per car, I'd totally take all of you in my 15 passenger van:)

2-Wednesday -
**Make a treat with your kids and then surprise your neighbor.  Include the kids on this and make it something everyone can help with.  Ding Dong ditch your neighbor with your suprise.
**Usery Pass from  noon to 1 is "All About Deserts"  Bring a sack lunch and learn how the desert was formed and other cool info.  Cost is $6 per vehicle.  I am definitely going to this, it is in the Nature Center.

3-Thursday -
**Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is free all day on Thursday.  I think they have some kind of "texting" exhibit I think the teenagers might be interested in.   We might stop for a QT drink on the way home.  They are only .69 for a 32oz.  Sonic has a great happy hour too.
**AJ Library Water Splash play ages Birth to 2 is 9:30-9:50, ages 2-3 is 10:15-10:45, and ages 4-5 is from 11-11:30.  Wear your swimsuit and bring your towel.

4-Friday -
**Phoenix Art Museum is free on the first Friday of the month from 6-10pm.  Sounds like a great date night to me.  It also sounds like something the teenagers might enjoy more than the little ones.  I love the Phoenix Art Museum, especially when it is free.

5-Saturday -
**The Arizona Historical Society has a few museums.  Let's hit the one in Tempe today, but they are all free on the first Saturday of the month.  I've never been there, but what have we got to lose, it's free?
**The San Tan Mountain Regional Park south of QC has a cool even today from 1-2pm.  It is all about things that are scaled and tailed.   Meet you in the Critter Room.  Cost is $6 per vehicle.

6-Sunday -
**Let's get ready for Flag Day on the 14th.  Write a letter to someone serving in the military right now, or someone you know who has served previously.

Don't forget to read everyday too!!


  1. Great ideas! I love how you're doing the 60 day BoM challenge.

  2. Good for you...maybe I should consider this for myself in a writing perspective ha.

  3. Good list. I remember the days when I needed to come up with a whole summer program.

    I have only one goal for my son this summer: teach him how to make his own grilled cheese sandwiches, since that's all he eats. (He's 16 and has Asperger's.)

    Other than that, he's pretty good about entertaining himself between books, video games, DVDs, and the computer.

    If the grilled cheese lessons take, then next summer I may try something really daring and try to get him acclimated to the outdoors!

  4. Sounds like fun! Thanks for the tips.

  5. I wish I was closer...guess I'll have to come up with a list for up here. 12 year old walked in the door from the last day of school and immediately announced he was already bored. It didn't help that they had turned in text books an entire week before the last day and had just been doing "busy" stuff at school. You are doing a great job. Thanks for the terrific post..and the ideas.


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