Thursday, March 14, 2013

Family Fun Tucson Weekend Events 3/15

Tucson Weekend Events!  Great Family Fun!

Nature Stories at Agua Caliente Park
What: Listening to stories is a wonderful way for children to learn about the natural world around them. Join us for a story reading at the park, followed by an art activity. This program is a partnership between Pima County Natural Resources and Tucson Audubon Society.
When: Friday, March 15
Time: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road
Cost/Ages: free, younger children and their parents
For more information contact: 520-615-7855 or
Reservations not required.

Saturday Sonoran Desert Weedwackers What: Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park. Work may require hiking and pulling buffelgrass on steep slopes. Meeting locations change frequently. For meeting location, call 520-615-7855 or email
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Tucson Mountain Park at 2020 N. Kinney Road - call for meeting location.
Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up
For more information contact: If you plan to attend, contact or call 520-615-7855.

Outdoor Family Days: Ranching Traditions in the Southwest What: Experience southwestern ranching traditions with a family outing to Florida Canyon Research Station. Tour the grassland habitat on a working ranch and visit with local ranchers to learn about ranching practices past and present. Families with children ages 5-12. Reservations required.
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon
Where: We meet at the UA Florida Station, Santa Rita Experimental Range, and visit the ranch thereafter. Directions to meeting location provided with reservation.
Cost/Age: free, families with children ages 5-12
For more information contact: 520-615-7855 or
Reservations required.

Tour of Hacienda de la Canoa
What: Join a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters to gain insights into the fascinating stories of the people that lived and worked on the ranch. Visit the historic ranch buildings and corrals and enjoy scenic views of the Santa Cruz River Valley. Reservations required.
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd., Green Valley
Cost/Ages: free, all ages welcome
For more information contact: 520-877-6004 or
Reservations required

 Birding at Sweetwater WetlandsWhat: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands is one of the premier birding spots in Arizona. As spring progresses the wintering ducks change into breeding plumage. Migrating warblers and shorebirds pass through as breeding kingbirds, flycatchers, and warblers return. This leisurely walk on easy trails is led by birding expert Mary Ellen Flynn. Reservations required
Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 West Sweetwater Drive
Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up
For more information contact: 520-615-7855 or
Reservations required.

Butterfly Magic at the Gardens
What:  Walk through an amazing living exhibit where exotic butterflies fly by and even land on you! See the stages of metamorphosis in front of your eyes!  We have not attended yet, but I have heard it is amazing!  We are going to be taking our family this weekend!
Date: October through April 30th
Time: 9:30 am to 4pm daily
Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, located ate 2150 N. Alvernon Way
Cost: Admission rates can be seen here or call 520-326-9686 ext 10

The Secret Garden
What:  This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
When:7pm - Saturday and Sunday too! 
Where: Pima Community College 2202 West Anklam Rd.
Cost: $10

What Family Farm Fridays Family friendly activities and a movie on the farm!
When:2-6pm produce box pick-up, 4-6pm family activities at dusk- movie
Were: Tucson Village Farm 4210 N Campbell
Cost: FREE

What: GARDEN GECKOS Our new early childhood parent/child program begins this spring. Garden Geckos is a program meant to introduce young children to the wonders of the natural world through exploration at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Each week will include outdoor time as well as a variety of activities including stories, crafts, songs and more. Program fees are for the entire four-week series and include one child (2-5 years old) and one parent. Join us for an hour of fun in the Gardens!  Learn about the wonderful world of bugs, including butterflies, spiders and worms, through hikes, games, stories and other activities
When: Wiggles & Wings, Fridays,  Mar. 15 to Apr. 5 (four weeks

Time: 10:30 a.m
Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way
Cost: $50, $40 members
Lots of great family fun to pick from.  Let me know what you are planning this weekend! 
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1 comment:

  1. Awesome, I wish I could head to Tucson for one of these!