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Spring Break 2015: Time for a Staycation?

No time to plan a spring break getaway this year? No problem! There are plenty of fun things for families to do right here in the east valley over spring break. Your children will have a blast being out of school, while you don’t break the bank on an expensive weeklong trip.

1. Spring Training Baseball Games (various locations) Take your little slugger out to the ballgame this year! If you’ve never taken your little ones to the Cactus League Spring Training games right here in the valley, now is a great time to start a tradition! Teams play throughout the month of March at 10 different locations all over the Phoenix area, two of which are right here in Mesa! You won’t even have to buy peanuts and CrackerJax to have a good time! (But, it wouldn’t hurt!)

2. Amazing Jakes Indoor Amusement Park (Mesa) Skip the hot, hour-long lines and high costs with this indoor theme park right here in Mesa! Your kids will love the classic arcade games like ski ball & air hockey, climbing rock wall, indoor mini golf, bowling, and spinning teacups for the little ones. For the adults, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet and bumper cars for all ages.

3. Renaissance Festival (Apache Junction) The Renaissance Festival is back this year just in time for Spring Break! Running on weekends from February 7, 2015 – March 29, 2015, this cultural faire has entertainment and excitement for the whole family. Give your child a glimpse back in time, to an era much different from our own. The fair is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

4. Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix) In spring, the beauty and wonder of the Botanical Garden comes to life through the incredible butterfly exhibit. Your children’s eyes will light up with wonder and awe when a butterfly softly lands on their skin! Strolling through a whirlwind of butterflies is a magical experience your kids won’t soon forget! The Butterfly Pavilion is open daily from 9am to 5pm from March 7, 2015 to May 29, 2015.

5. The Phoenix Zoo (Phoenix) While the Phoenix Zoo is open year-round, visiting over spring break is a great way to spend the day before the heat sets in. Quiz your 18 month old on animal names and sounds, or read fun facts about critters with your 5 year old. Keep education a focus, even while they’re out of class!

6. Shamrock Dairy Farms Tour (Stanfield, AZ) Here in the east valley, we’re lucky to have access to prosperous farmland not too far from home. The state of Arizona is actually the home of the functional and popular Shamrock Dairy Farm. Taking your kids on a barnyard adventure to a working dairy farm is a great way to spend the day and get in touch with your country side.

7. Take a Hike! (North Mesa) Ever heard of The Usery Regional Park? Just north of Mesa, this park and trailhead is a great location for camping, hiking, and just being outdoors with your family. The little known secret about the park is that they have “Just For Kids” adventure events and scavenger hunts. If your kid is curious, active, and loves being outside, bring them to Usery Park for a hiking and adventure excursion this Spring Break.

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