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Gift Experiences in Arizona

No toys please! We have a better idea!

Gift giving can be stressful and superficial. It’s difficult to find the perfect toy or item for birthdays and Christmas. Take the stress out of gift giving and give people what they really want – time and memories!

We’ve made it our goal to give experiences more than tangible gifts and we’ve received amazing feedback! We try to give our children an experience each year for their birthday or Christmas.

One year we gifted them a zoo pass. We went to the Phoenix Zoo nearly 50 times that year and they still ask to go almost every day.

Another year we gave them Disney On Ice tickets. They got to go with their grandparents and have not stopped talking about it since.

Myself and my two children all have April birthdays so one year we gifted Disneyland tickets and went to celebrate all three birthdays. That was an experience they will not soon forget.

I have always given my husband experiences. Some of them included snowboarding tickets, racecar driving experiences, paintball sessions, axe throwing, escape rooms, hotel stays, golf trips, etc. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Any time our parents ask what to get the kids, we always ask them for experiences. We want them to spend time with the kids. That’s the greatest gift you can give someone – your time and attention.

Every year we give our parents experiences to do with each other or with our kids – zoo lights, concerts, musicals, Disney On Ice tickets, etc.

We have compiled a list of experiences in Arizona that you can gift for your children, spouse, parents, friends, siblings, etc. Experiences are priceless and we are excited to share some of our favorite expe riences in Arizona!

  • Top Golf – Gilbert
  • 1689 S. Santan Village Pkwy,
  • Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • 10am-11pm
  • $47/hr per bay (6 people per bay)
  • Phoenix Zoo Pass
  • 455 North Galvin Parkway
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • 9am – 3pm (during zoo lights)
  • Annual memberships as low as $69

  • POGO Pass
  • Annual pass includes hundreds of FREE entries to the best entertainment spots in Arizona
  • Use code AZMOMSQUAD to get the pass for only $39.98!

Rooms for 8 people cost about $100

Great for group or family gifts!

Movie tickets are always great stocking stuffers!

AMC – Stapley has completely remodeled their theaters so if you haven’t been recently, you’ve gotta check it out!

Dine-in available!

Cooking classes for kids

Gift card and family fun passes available

Workshops and parties available for adults and children

Ride along starting at $69

Flights as low as $60!

A great gift for the hubby!

$125/hour for private coaching

On sale for $145/person as of Dec 2020

9 am – 8 pm

$120 for private lessons

$23/person or annual passes starting at $36

9 am – 4 pm

$15/child, $25/adult

$23/person or annual passes starting at $36

  • Build-A-Bear
  • 2180 E Williams Field Road
  • Gilbert, Arizona 85295

Costco regularly sells discounted gift cards

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Even if they already have a bear, they can go pick out countless outfits and accessories.

We will continue to add to this list as we discover more of our favorite experiences and activities throughout Arizona!

Make sure to check places like Groupon for discounts and deals before you purchase!

We hope you enjoy a season full of experiences and memories!

Events · Family Fun · Seasonal · Things To Do

Santa Claus in Arizona

One of our favorite holiday traditions is taking the kids to see Santa! Unfortunately, among other things, this year brings lots of changes to this timeless tradition.

We did some research on not only where, but how you can visit St. Nick this season.

Here are some of the best places in the valley where you’ll be able to get that timeless Santa picture with the kids!

While you’re in the holiday spirit, be sure to check out our latest post of the holiday boutiques going on around the Valley!

Bass Pro Shops – Santa’s Wonderland

  • Where: 1113 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ
  • When: November 7th – December 24th
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Must make reservations within a 7-day period. Santa will be behind a partition and children can sit on a bench in front of it for photos. Face coverings are required and they will submit you to a temperature screening.

Superstition Springs Center – Photos with Santa

  • Where: 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ
  • When: December 4th – December 24th
  • Cost: Free visit, photos purchased from professional photographer
  • Details: Reservations recommended, masks required, contactless visit

Doughnuttery of Chandler – Socially Distanced Santa and Doughnuts

  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Multiple visits around the valley – some are still being announced.
  • Cost: Pre-order donuts to purchase and say hello to Santa
  • Details: Drive thru event. 12/5 @ Finley Farms from 9-11 am, and 12/12 @ Autumn Park from 9-11 am. Other locations TBA.

San Tan Village – Photos with Santa

  • Where: 2218 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ
  • When: December 4th – 24th
  • Cost: Free to visit, photos only taken by professional photographer that must be purchased
  • Details: Contactless visit, masks required, reservations recommended
man in santa claus costume

Mesa Convention Center – Breakfast with Santa

  • Where: 263 N Center St, Mesa, AZ
  • When: December 12th, 8-11 am
  • Cost: $3 per person – includes a to-go breakfast and goodie bag
  • Details: Drive thru event, participants must pre-register

Merry Main Street – Visits with Santa Claus

  • Where: 1 North MacDonald, Mesa, AZ
  • When: December 4-5; 11-12; 18-19
  • Cost: Free visits, cell phone pictures allowed
  • Details: Contactless visit, face coverings required

East Valley Santa Claus – For Hire!

  • Where: Anywhere! He will do virtual visits, home visits, and parties
  • When: Anytime
  • Cost: Go to www.eastvalleysantaclaus.com to get a quote for your specific needs
  • Details: Serving Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Mesa, and San Tan Valley

Westgate – Santa Saturdays

  • Where: Westgate Entertainment District
  • When: November 28, December 5, 12, 19
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Catch Santa cruising by on a fire truck and snap a socially distanced picture at designated “Santa stops”. You can also sign up to receive a call from Santa November 27 – December 24.

Chandler Fashion Center – Photos with Santa

  • Where: 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ
  • When: November 20 – December 24
  • Cost: Free visit, purchased professional photography
  • Details: Contactless visit, masks required, reservations recommended. Visit is free, photos only allowed from professional photographers and must be purchased.

Tempe Marketplace – Virtual Photos with Santa

  • Where: 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ
  • When: Everyday through December 24
  • Cost: Free visit
  • Details: Virtual Santa photos only

Merchant Square – Noel Night

  • Where: 1509 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ
  • When: December 4th, 6-8 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Guest appearances from Santa and the Grinch! Storewide sale going on December 3rd – 6th.

Christmas at the Princess

  • Where: 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
  • When: November 20 – December 31
  • Cost: Various packages
  • Details: One digital photo included, personal photos allowed. Must make reservations. Various Christmas festivities to take part in so be sure to check their website to see what they offer.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms

  • Where: 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ
  • When: November 24 – December 31
  • Cost: $15/person
  • Details: Admission includes meet & greet with Santa, Christmas movies, hayride, cookie decorating, carousel, bonfires, and more!

Christmas Photo Sessions

  • Where: Phoenix, AZ
  • When: November 28th
  • Cost: $60 for all digital photos from your session
  • Details: Limited space available to pose with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Call or text for additional details or to book your session.

We hope you have an amazing, safe holiday and get to continue the tradition of visiting Santa. If you end up going, please leave a comment with your review of that specific location or tag us on Instagram so we can share!

Happy Santa visit!

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Boutiques in Phoenix

It’s that time of year when local shops come together in hundreds of boutiques around the Phoenix Valley. We absolutely LOVE holiday boutique shopping so we decided to compile a list of our favorite markets and boutiques to make it easy for you to plan and shop in Phoenix!

We’ve included all of the Instagram handles for each Arizona boutique, so be sure to check their Instagram page for the most up to date information!

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Click the images below for more information on each boutique.

Berry Merry Christmas Boutique
November 9th-14th
1501 E Woolford Rd
Show Low, AZ  85901
Highland Yard Vintage Market
@highlandyardvintagemarket
November11-15; 18-22; 27; 28
1509 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
Kandy Kane Castle Holiday Boutique
November 12-14
2159 E Riverdale
Mesa, AZ 85213
Wildflower Beauty Bar Holiday Event
@wildflowerbeautybar
November 14
861 N Higley Road, Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert Backyard Boutique
@gilbertbackyardboutique
November 14
Online Only this year
Mesa Bazaar Artisan Market
@mesabazaar
November 21
Main & McDonald – Downtown Mesa
So Sassy Holiday Boutique
@sosassyboutiques
December 10-12
3891 E Latham Way, Gilbert, AZ 85297
Pinners Conference AZ
@pinnersconf
November 13-14
Westworld of Scottsdale

Sugarplums Holiday Market
@sugarplumsmarket
November 12-14
2851 E Morrison Ranch, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Holiday Sip & Shop
@vintageandvinoaz
Every Fri-Sun, November 13 – December 20 2180 E Williams Field, Gilbert, AZ 85295
Holiday Bliss Boutique
@powerranchcommunity
November 21
4546 E Haven Crest Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85297
Boutique at Eastmark
@eastmarkboutique
November 14
5100 S Eastmark Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85212
Vintage Charm Holiday Boutique
@vintagecharmboutique
November 19-21
2600 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
Peppermint Lane Holiday Boutique
@peppermintlaneboutique
December 3-5
2668 E Pegasus St, Gilbert, AZ
Backyard Christmas Boutique
@backyardfallboutique
December 13-14
1105 E Sorenson, Mesa, AZ

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Things to do in Phoenix This Month

October Events & Experiences For The Whole Family

October is here, and it’s one of our favorite months of the year here in Arizona!

Whether you were born and raised here in the Valley, or this is your first October in Arizona, we want to share all our favorite local events and activities with you! Being born and raised in Mesa, we’ve seen a lot of events come and go over the years, and we’re always excited to try out new ones each year. Now, let’s jump right in!

Below is a list of events happening in the Valley throughout the month of October (listed in chronological order). We’ve listed the event website next to each event for you to find more information about your visit!

NOTE: We are continually adding to this page as we find more family friendly events happening in October. Be sure to check back often for the latest event information! 

If you have an event you’d like us to share, please email the press release to us directly at info@azmomsquad.com.

Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm

Price:
Admission: $10/person

Dates & Times:
September 26th – October 31st
Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Hayride, adventure maze, farmyard animals, spider web crawl, pumpkin picking, arts and crafts, and more!

Location:
Mother Nature’s Farm
1663 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233

Website:
http://www.mothernaturesfarm.com

Contact:
(480) 892-5874
news@mothernaturesfarm.com


Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

Price:
Admission: $23/person online, $25/person at the gate
Ages 2 and under free
Parking: Free
Season Pass: $61/person (good for any day)
Train Tickets: $4 (day time) and $7 (spooky)

Dates & Times:
Every Thursday – Sunday, October 1st – November 1st
Thursdays: 1:00 – 9:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Mini golf, petting zoo, hay rides, pig races, bon fires, amusement park rides, zip lines, face painting, 4 acre & 10 acre corn mazes, musical review show, yard games, deer feeding, and several different places to eat throughout the farm!

Location:
Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Website:
https://www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com

Contact:
(480) 987-3100


Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze

Price:
Admission: $15/person, 2 and under free
Train Ride: $2
Tomato Canon: $2

Dates:
October 1st – November 1st
Wednesday-Thursday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Things to Do:
Family & mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, jumping pillow, train ride,hay pyramid, pedal cart track, corn box, and much more!

Location:
Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N. 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303

Website:
https://tolmachoff-farms.com

Contact:
(602) 999-3276
tolmachoff1farms@yahoo.com


Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival & Corn Maze

Price:
Admission: $12/person, 2 and under free

Dates & Times:
October 1st – November 1st
Closed Monday October 5th & 12th
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Things to Do:
Mini golf, 5 acre corn maze, pallet maze, zip line, rides, train ride, pumpkin bowling, duck races, and more!

Location:
Vertuccio Farms
4011 S. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212

Website:
https://vertucciofarms.com/fall-festival/

Contact:
(480) 882-1482
conoandangela@vertucciofarms.com


MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Price:
Weekday Admission: $10/person, 1 and under free
Weekend Admission: $12/person, 1 and under free
Pony Rides: $5
Horse-Drawn Hayride: $5
Feed the Animals: $3
Mechanical Bull: $5
Pumpkins: $4-$25 depending on size

Dates & Times:
CLOSED Tuesdays
October 3rd – November 1st
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Normal hours on Halloween)

Things to Do:
Hay-bale maze, petting zoo, panning for gold, lawn games, pedal car and track, and more!

Location:
MacDonald’s Ranch
26540 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Website:
https://macdonaldsranch.com/pumpkin-patch

Contact:
(480) 585-0239
macranch@macdonaldsranch.com


AZ Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze

Price:
Admission: $25/person

Dates & Times:
Every Friday & Saturday in October
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location:
Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303

Website:
https://azfieldofscreams.com/

Contact:
(602) 999-3276
tolmachoff1farms@yahoo.com


Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch

Price:
Admission: $5/person
Ride Tickets: $1 (most rides are 2-4 tickets)
All Day Ride Pass: $20/person
Family Pack: $20 (25 tickets)
Parking: Free

Dates & Times:
Weekdays: October 22-30, 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Weekends: October 24, 25 & 31, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Things to Do:
Rides, carnival games, inflatables, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, pumpkin picking, and so much more!

Location:
Paradise Valley Mall
4568 E Cactus Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Website:
https://halloweentownaz.com/

Contact:
(480) 435-4325
halloweentownaz@gmail.com


If you have an event you’d like us to share, please email the press release to us directly at info@azmomsquad.com.