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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!

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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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Uptown Jungle Mesa

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to get your kids’ wiggles out? Head to Uptown Jungle Fun Park!

Previously known as Urban Jungle Mesa, Uptown Jungle in North Mesa is open and thriving! They are an indoor fun park for the entire family!

We know there are several trampoline parks in the valley, but Uptown Jungle (UTJ) is not your average trampoline park. It is an adventure park with countless activities for kids of all ages! There’s countless reasons we love Uptown Jungle (UTJ) in Mesa, but we’ll name a few below.

Reasons We Love Uptown Jungle

INEXPENSIVE
We love how inexpensive UTJ is! You can jump for only $11 per hour and $15 for two hours. Save even MORE money by using your Pogo Pass! Learn more about the Pogo Pass here.

Or, if you really want to get a deal, check out UTJ’s awesome membership plans and become a part of the UTJ family!

TODDLER AREA
They have an enclosed toddler area! Our littles love the trampolines, but when there are too many big kids, it’s easy to get hurt. We love that UTJ has an enclosed toddler area with soft, safe spaces for kids 5 and under.

SNACKS
They have a full snack bar available! Part of our experience is the kids get to pick a snack out after our jump time is up. That’s one of their favorite parts!

ONE EXIT
There is only one entrance/exit! That sounds like a weird thing to love, but when your children are running around like crazy, it’s very stressful to have to watch two exits to make sure they don’t escape or get taken.

ENCLOSED AREAS
There are separate spaces for everything! There is an enclosed trampoline park, an enclosed basketball trampoline area, an enclosed toddler space, an enclosed rock wall, and an obstacle course that does not connect to any of those. We love that because it’s safer, but also because kids get bored with something so when they go to a new section it’s almost as if they’ve gone to a new park!

ONLINE WAIVERS
The waivers are all online! Not only is that better for health reasons, but it saves time when you get there. The lines have never been longer than 5 minutes because everyone had their waivers already done!

BYO GRIP SOCKS
You can wear any grip socks. It does not have to be their specific socks. But if you do need socks there, it’s only $2.75 a pair!

CLEAN
Their facility is super clean. I’ve never gone in there and left feeling gross. Some trampoline parks are sticky and you can just tell it’s germy. Not UTJ. Their facility is very clean and well kept.

PARENT’S LOUNGE
They have a parent’s lounge! It’s not something we have been able to enjoy yet because our kids are young and still need supervision, but we are definitely looking forward to the days when our kids are old enough to hold their own and we can sit and relax in the lounge. Our husbands definitely enjoy watching sports in there.

Attractions

BALL BLASTER ARENA

The kids have a blast filling up the giant scoop with balls and having them get dumped right on them! Kids playing on the upper level can also play along by using the air-powered blasters on each side.


NINJA COURSE

Let your kids complete their own version of “American Ninja Warrior” as they climb on various levels of towers and rock walls, all while safely strapped into a harness.


MEGA PLAY STRUCTURES

The fun never ends with hundreds of square feet of ladders, slides, bars, tunnels, and more.


SUPER SLIDES

With several different slides throughout the park, your child is sure to find one they want to ride over and over again. Heck, you may even find yourself wanting to take a few turns!


SPIDER TOWER

If your kid loves climbing, then they may spend a lot of time going up and down this spider tower. We especially love it because it provides a “safety net” in case of falling, which is sometimes just as much fun for the kids on this attraction!


TRAMPOLINES

What would a fun park be without endless trampolines? UTJ features trampolines for all ages. With 2 trampolines in the enclosed toddler area, and dozens of trampolines around the park, everyone is sure to find plenty of space for their jump tricks! There’s a dodgeball arena covered in trampolines, as well as a dunk section and freestyle jump section.


OBSTACLE COURSE

Our kids tired themselves out just making their way through the obstacle courses! There’s an inflatable obstacle course that is super fun for the kids to run through, as well as a built-in obstacle course in the mega play structure.


TODDLER AREA

We love this area because it makes our kids feel like they’re not missing out on anything. There is a tiny obstacle course, slides, all the things to jump off of and climb on, and a tiny enclosed trampoline area just for toddlers. Sometimes when things get a little crowded and bigger kids don’t really pay attention to the little ones, Scotti and Beckham enjoy the toddler area and get a lot more space to themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Uptown Jungle charges a flat admission fee to access ALL the park attractions listed above. Below are the various prices. NOTE: Parents get in free if they are not jumping, or for ½ price if they want to jump. If you need to purchase Grip Socks, they’re only $2.75 + Tax per pair.

  • 60 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $11
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $14
  • 90 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $13
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $17
  • 120 Minutes
    • Monday – Friday – $15
    • Saturday – Sunday & Holidays – $20

What do I need to bring?

If you have grip socks, you can bring your own or purchase a pair at the front desk. It’s always a good idea to bring water, as you and your kids are sure to be thirsty after all the fun! They also have snacks and drinks for purchase.

Do I have to purchase jump socks?

You can use grip socks from ANY jump park when visiting Uptown Jungle! If you don’t have any or forgot yours at home, you can purchase them at the front desk for only $2.75 a pair.

Do they offer discounted tickets?

Follow Uptown Jungle on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with their latest offers. They always have specials going on, so keep an eye out! 

If your family loves to frequent Uptown Jungle like we do, then purchasing a membership pass may be the best option for you! Ranging from $30/month to $70/month, there’s options for the whole family.

If you want to really save some money, be sure to get a Pogo Pass and get 2 FREE admissions to Uptown Jungle. You can’t beat that!

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Creme & Chocolats Review

Our love language is TREATS!! 

With everything that has gone on this year, it’s so nice to know that our favorite treat places are still open and thriving. One in particular, Creme & Chocolats!

Creme & Chocolats is located in the heart of Mesa, just down the street from where we grew up. We have been enjoying the shops and treats in Dana Park for decades and it’s the perfect place for the yummy “crepe place” to call home.

We take our kids out to treats frequently, but some treat places are so confined and small that it’s hard with little kids. Not C & C! They have a beautiful, large patio where the kids can run around and drip their ice cream on concrete without any concerns.

The ambiance is perfect. It takes you out of hot, dusty AZ for a bit and brings you into a beautiful French Café. The décor, the food and even the owners, The Godin’s and their gorgeous accents, all add to the French atmosphere.

Meet the owners

Bonjour, we are the Godin’s, a french family of five from Quebec Canada. Being parents of 3 boys and married for more than 10 years, we always strive to find new places to go on date nights or to take the kids out for family time.  We came to Arizona with the dream to share our favorite treat for anyone who seeks a great product, and a unique french experience. Everything we created at Creme & Chocolats is focused on providing a place for friends and family to come together to enjoy a special treat, create memories, and share a chocolate moment together. 

Treat Options

We have enjoyed almost their entire menu because it’s one of our favorite places to visit.

Our kids love the ice cream cones! They offer 10 different soft (and I mean SOFT) ice cream flavors that are beautifully swirled with delicious flavoring. Then you can top it off with sprinkles (Peyton’s favorite) or  your choice of premium chocolate options. The thick chocolate over the ice cream is the perfect summer treat.

For a quick on-the-go treat, Megan loves the Butter Pecan MilkShake. It’s the creamiest, most flavorful shake I’ve ever had, topped off with loads of whipped cream. (Excuse me while I wipe off my drool).

We went there for lunch this past week and were blown away by their options of savory crepes. You haven’t had a wrap yet until you’ve tried it in crepe form. They take their delicious dessert crepe and fill it with 4 different savory options. Megan’s husband recommends the Southwest with BBQ chicken while Ashlyn enjoys the Parisienne with eggs, ham and cheese (just don’t ask her to pronounce it correctly 😂).

Their raspberry lemonade is so refreshing, but they also offer lemonades in 7 different flavors. I can’t imagine choosing a favorite, but I’ll be trying them all for sure, because the raspberry one was to die for!

 One of our favorite family options is the fondue! They let you select two of their chocolates and offer a large variety of dippers including pretzels, marshmallows, strawberries and bananas. They also offer all of their food to go, so it’d make for the cutest date night picnic!

 They also offer dipped  ice cream sandwiches, French Macaroons, Sorbet, hot chocolate – the absolute creamiest we’ve ever had. We drink the hot chocolate by the gallons around Christmas time!

But… the real reason we go to Creme & Chocolats is… THE CREPES! We don’t know if it’s the batter, the chocolate, the fresh fruit, or the ice cream on the side, but the dessert crepes are our absolute favorite treat in Mesa! Megan will suggest crepes on date night without fail. Their combination of crepe, chocolate, fruit and ice cream makes for the most perfect dessert you could want.

Tip: if it’s your first time, get the milk hazelnut chocolate crepe and add a side of black cherry ice cream. You will not be disappointed.

Catering

Did you know they offer catering? I’m seriously so sad they weren’t around for our wedding dinners because it would have been a no brainer, but now I’m planning ahead for all of the future parties we could have catered with their delicious crepes!

Baby showers, wedding showers, receptions, work parties, random girl’s night out?? Don’t be surprised if Ashlyn and Megan throw a random party for no reason and have it catered by C&C. You’ll definitely want to be there!

Gifts

We both give treat gifts to our adult friends and family for birthdays. C&C offers the cutest gift options!

You can send someone a box of delicious macaroons (also offered in themed flavors and colors).

We frequently send our friends their chocolate fondue cans and almost always have them stocked in our own home.

They also offer packages of their crepe mix! Sending this with a jar of chocolate is undoubtedly sure to win you title of “BFF”!

Enjoy!

We hope you get to go enjoy all that Creme & Chocolats has to offer, whether it’s for date night, girl’s night out, family outing or for no reason at all. We want to hear how you like it so make sure to tag @cremechocolats and @azmomsquad in your social media!

Now excuse me while I run to grab another swig of my Butter Pecan Milk Shake! 🤤

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Pogo Pass Review

Your All Access Pass to Arizona FUN!

If you’re like me, you love a good deal when you can get your hands on one. But I can honestly say that the Pogo Pass has saved our family more money than ANY other coupon or discount I’ve come across the last several years!

I was introduced to the Pogo Pass several years ago by my friend, back when it was just starting to become more popular. I will admit, I was a little confused, maybe even skeptical, at first. She told me that I could purchase a Pogo Pass for $39 a YEAR, and that it would give me access to all these amazing events and venues around Arizona. I originally thought the pass would give me great deals to these places if I paid the $39 fee. But I was dead wrong. And ever since purchasing the pass that first year, I have renewed every year since.

The $39 annual membership fee gives you the all access pass to get into the associated events and venues (listed later in this post) for FREE. 

That’s right, FREE.

Here’s just ONE example of how good of a deal the Pogo Pass is:

Admission to the Phoenix Zoo for 1 adult costs $25.

With the Pogo Pass, you get 2 visits a year.

So, you can pay $25 for 1 visit to the zoo, or you can pay $35 for 2 visits AND get access to a long list of other venues you can visit for free!

The deal speaks for itself.

I know it sounds “too good to be true”, but trust me, I’ve been using the Pogo Pass for years now and will forever be renewing it.

Date Nights AND Family Fun, all in one pass!

I purchased my first Pogo Pass prior to having my daughter, back when my husband and I just got married. After looking over the venues, I thought it would provide a lot of fun date night opportunities, especially for newlyweds who were on a tight budget. I was absolutely right!

We are big sports fans, so the first year of our marriage was spent going to countless sporting events including the Diamondbacks, Rattlers, and Arizona State teams. We went to all these events for FREE after paying the annual membership fee of $39 each (which is great for a newlywed couple on a newlywed budget!).

The Pogo Pass provided us with a year’s worth of entertainment for an incredibly low price, and it has done so ever since. 

Now that we have our toddler, she too, has her own Pogo Pass. The membership has provided us with hours and hours of family fun at some of the most exciting places in town. 

Now, before diving into the many events, attractions, and venues you have free access to with the Pogo Pass, let’s go over a few frequently asked questions that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Pogo Pass?

A Pogo Pass is a membership that gives an individual 12 months of FREE access to a variety of events, attractions, and venues throughout Arizona.

How do I use the Pogo Pass?

Simply present your Pogo Pass barcode at any of the current participating venues. Please make sure to check availability at each venue by clicking the venue logo on the website. Sporting events require you to reserve your tickets under “events” on that teams individual page.

Is there a mobile app available?

Yes! It’s super convenient to have our Pogo Passes right on our phones so we can easily access them when we arrive at each venue.

How long is my pass valid for?

Pogo Passes are valid 1 year from the date of purchase, not for a calendar year. If you purchase your pass in the middle of the year and events are past or out of season, they will be available to you the following season until your pass expires. 

At what age do I need Pogo Pass?

I just started getting my daughter (2) her own Pogo Pass this year, because most of the venues on the pass allow free admission for children under the age of 2. Before she had her own, I only had a pass for my husband and I, and Scotti would generally get into places for free. But you can always check the current list of venues to see at what age they start charging admission.

Will any new Venues or Events be added?

Yes! I’ve had a Pogo Pass membership for several years, and our family has been able to visit a variety of venues that have been added over the years. Whenever they add a new venue, you’re able to start visiting IMMEDIATELY with an active pass, at no additional charge. So I always like to keep an eye on the venues to see if anything new has popped up!

Is the Pogo Pass only available in Arizona?

No, there are a few states that offer the Pogo Pass membership! Click the location below to see what venues are offered at each of them.

Pogo Pass Events & Attractions

Now, let’s dive into the events and attractions so you can see what the Pogo Pass gives you FREE access to! Click the venue name to be taken to the Pogo Pass venue page.

NOTE: This list is up to date as of this blog post being published. Please make sure to check the website for the most up to date venue information as these are subject to change.

Golfland Sunsplash

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to Golfland Sunsplash while the full waterpark is in operation.

i.d.e.a. Museum

Members receive two (2) general admission visits to the Idea Museum.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Members receive general admission tickets to two (2) Arizona Diamondbacks games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Arizona Rattlers

Members receive general admission tickets to three (3) Arizona Rattlers games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Phoenix Zoo

Members receive two (2) general admission tickets to visit the Phoenix Zoo. 

Phoenix Rock Gym

Members receive two (2) visits to the Phoenix Rock Gym.

VIP Airsoft Arena

Members receive one (1) free entry to VIP Airsoft each quarter during Public Play hours.

Stratum Laser Tag

Members receive two (2) visits to Stratum Laser Tag. Each Pogo Pass is good for one (1) complimentary game of laser tag.

Fat Cats Gilbert

Members receive admission for one (1) game of Glow Golf per week AND one (1) game of Bowling per week

Golf N’ Stuff

Members receive three (3) visits to Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Center:

  • One (1) visit for Bumper Boats
  • One (1) visit for Laser Tag
  • One (1) visit for Miniature Golf

K.T.R. Family Action Sports Playground

Members receive two (2) visits to KTR Center in Mesa for two (2) hours each visit during open gym hours.

Sun Devil Athletics

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to ALL of the following ASU home games:

  • Women’s Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Uptown Jungle Fun Park

Members receive one (1) visit to Uptown Jungle Fun Park for a 60 minute session.

Fat Cats Mesa

Members receive admission for one (1) game of Glow Golf per week AND one (1) game of Bowling per week

Enchanted Island

Members receive two (2) visits to Enchanted Island Amusement Park for an “All-Day Ride Pass”.

Phoenix Mercury 

Members receive four (4) general admission tickets to Phoenix Mercury games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

University of Arizona Athletics

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to ALL of the following University of Arizona home games:

  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field

Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs

Members receive one (1) general admission visit to Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs.

USA Skateland

Members receive two (2) visits EACH month to USA Skateland Chandler or Mesa during Public Skating hours.

Arizona Zipline Adventures

Members receive one (1) visit to Arizona Zipline Adventures to include a ride on the Copper Zipline Tour (two ziplines).

International Wildlife Museum

Members receive one (1) general admission ticket to the International Wildlife Museum.

Tucson Roadrunners

Members receive two (2) general admission tickets to Tucson Roadrunners games during the regular season. Each Pogo Pass member receives one (1) ticket per game.

Ice Den Skating Rink

Members receive one (1) public skate admission ticket EACH month.

Use code AZMOMSQUAD for 20% off your membership!

That giant list of events and attractions should have your running to purchase your Pogo Pass membership now!

Whether you have 5 children living at home, or you and your spouse want a year of affordable date nights, I cannot recommend the Pogo Pass highly enough. 

Use code AZMOMSQUAD to get 20% off your membership purchase! That makes it only $39.95 a year! Click here to purchase your passes today, and start exploring all the family fun that Arizona has to offer!

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Schnepf Farms

One of our favorite things about Fall is the festivals! We love picking out pumpkins, getting spooked by a haunted train ride or corn maze, and riding all the rides! 

Schnepf Farms has everything you need for the perfect Fall festival. We have been going since we were kids and it gets better and better every year.

It’s located in the heart of Queen Creek and run by the Schnepf Family. It’s been operating for over 75 years and every year they add something new and more exciting.

One of the things we love is the u-pick garden. You can pick your own fresh veggies and fruits and especially pick out the perfect pumpkin, just in time to carve it for Halloween.

Spooky Train Ride

The spooky train ride is always a family favorite. During the day it gives you the opportunity to see most of the farm and all the festivities. At night time, the ghosts and goblins come out. It takes you through a dark, thick forest complete with a graveyard and several live, spooky characters. It also travels through a tunnel with a strobe light and some scary décor. Our 2, 4 and 6 year olds did just fine with all the ghosts and goblins, so we would definitely say it’s kid-friendly.

The treats are a major seller for us. We love the candy coated pecans, the cotton candy, and our personal favorite, funnel cake. They have so many yummy festival treats available so make sure to come hungry!

Photo opportunities

There are lots of photo opportunities. Instead of paying money for a Fall photo shoot to get that perfect family photo, bring your nice iPhone and snap a bunch of portraits at one of the many photo op locations including hay bails, pumpkin patches, old trucks, tractors, sunflower garden, corn maze and more!

Free rides

Once you get in, all the rides (not including the train) are free! There are all kinds of kid-friendly rides including a roller coaster, swings, flying airplanes, and my kids’ personal favorite, the giant slide! They also have an adult fair ride that my stomach couldn’t handle, but if you’re a thrill seeker, my husband definitely enjoyed it!

Plenty of entertainment

They also offer all kinds of entertainment, tons of food options and private s’mores bonfires. There is something for everyone. Bring the family, kids, make it a date night, a girl’s night out, or bring your professional photographer if you are an influencer or blogger.

Perfect family day out

Schnepf Farms is a family-friendly, family-owned farm and you will not be disappointed with your visit. There is way too much to do on this giant property. We were there for about five hours and still only did half of the activities offered at the farm.

Visitor Information

Ticket Price
$23/person* (2 years and under FREE)
*Military/Veteran, Police/Dispatcher and Firefighters pay $10/person

Season Pass $61/person

Opening Dates & Times
October 1st to November 1st

Thursdays: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Fridays: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mask Required from 10am-2pm)
Saturdays: 10:00am -10:00pm
Sundays: 10:00am – 9:00pm

More information can be found here.

We hope you enjoy the Fall festivities at Schnepf Farms! We posted about other Fall events happening in Arizona in our previous post HERE!

Events · Recreation · Things To Do

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.

Recreation · Things To Do

Paddle Boarding In Arizona – With Desert Paddle Boards

One of the things we love about Arizona is the endless activities the desert offers. We have the ability to be outside 365 days of the year in certain areas (and if you have the right clothing and equipment). Between hiking, biking, camping, tubing, there is endless fun in the AZ desert and the views are priceless.

One of the things we love doing is floating down the Salt River. The Salt River has a natural current for miles and it can be a relaxing trip with friends or a vigorous exercise, depending on your equipment. We love connecting inner tubes together and chatting with friends or kayaking up the river for a great workout, and just recently, we discovered paddle boarding.

The Paddle Boarding Discovery

We might be way behind the times here, but paddle boarding is one of our new favorite hobbies. We discovered Desert Paddle Boards through a friend. We went with some mom friends early one Saturday and went against the current for a good workout. We didn’t make it very far, but we did get the exercise we were looking for. I was sore in places I didn’t know could be sore!

I was a little nervous my first time because I didn’t think I could keep my balance, but I soon realized that paddle boarding is for all levels. I was able to stand or sit on my board just fine, and at one point, I started doing headstands! It was thrilling and such a fun way to bond with girlfriends. We ended up “parking” our boards together halfway upstream and chatting for another hour. It was a much needed girls’ morning out.

Paddle Board Yoga

Later that month, Ash and I decided to go try paddle board yoga. Again, we were a little nervous and not sure what to expect, but we ended up having an amazing time, and again, an incredible workout. Paddle board yoga is offered at various public pool locations. Check online to book. This particular one was at Hamilton Aquatic Center and was taught by yoga teacher, Vanessa Siren with @siren.yoga, who just so happens to be our aunt.

She was so much fun, and because she was our aunt, she made sure we were right up front and pushed us the hardest. I have done yoga several times in my life, but paddle board yoga is next level! That will go down as a top ten workout in my life. We definitely struggled with the poses and both of us fell in at one point, but we had so much fun!
The boards are slightly different for the yoga class than the ones that we went down the river with. The yoga boards are rectangular and are hooked onto the pool ropes so you don’t float away during the session. The boards to float down the river were long and skinnier, and come with a paddle.

Paddle Boarding With The Kids

Last weekend we decided to do a family trip with our children, who are 2, 4 and 6. We packed their life vests and went back to the Salt River. One of the ways to do it is to have one truck parked at the drop off location and one parked at the end location so you don’t have to hike all that way back to your vehicle after floating downstream.

The kids all had life vests on, which Desert Paddle Boards provided for free. They sat at the front of our boards and had the best time! As they got more and more comfortable, they started jumping from board to board, or held on to the side of the board and floating along in the water. Along the way we saw ducks, frogs and even wild horses! The view is breathtaking and the whole trip (even with kids) was very therapeutic.

Paddle Board Features

Another nice thing about these boards are the elastic straps at the front. These allow for you to strap down sunscreen, water bottles, shoes, etc. so you don’t have to leave it all at the car.

Desert Paddle Boards is super inexpensive, and a great way to experience the AZ outdoors without being in the heat. Sarah (the owner) offers the boards at only $20 per half day and paddles and life jackets are included. She is located at Higley and McKellips, so she’s super close to the river, only a 20 minute drive from there. She suggests to get to the river early on weekends or holidays because it gets very crowded. She also takes Venmo for an easy, contactless payment.

A couple of other things to keep in mind:

  • Remember a strap to tie down the boards and paddles
  • Make sure you have a truck
  • Make sure you have a Tonto parking pass
  • Bring lots of sunscreen as you are out in open sunlight the entire time
  • Wear a fanny pack and pack snacks
  • Strap water bottles onto the elastic bands of the boards
  • You can fit two small children and an adult comfortably on a board
  • If you plan to have your phone with you, put it in a ziploc bag

If you’re looking for another way to enjoy the desert scenery, this is definitely on our recommendation list and Desert Paddle Boards is our favorite to work with. Go check her out at @desertpaddleboards on Instagram or on her website at www.desertpaddleboards.com for more info.

Tell her AZ Mom Squad sent you!

Enjoy your new favorite way to float down the river!