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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Immerse Yourself in Contemporary Culture at SMoCA

Art lovers and students alike will want to take a trip to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to enjoy the exhibitions, the SMoCA Lounge and to be a part of one of the many performances that are held there. The SMoCA works hard to bring a mixture of contemporary art to its visitors and this really shows through in the layout of the building and the exhibitions that are chosen. The SMoCA is open 7 days per week and each Thursday visitors will be able to benefit from free entry. The SMoCA is not just dedicated to contemporary art; it also celebrates architecture and stunning design, making it the ideal place for budding designers to visit. The exhibitions that have run in the SMoCA include: ‘The Most of’ Lit Lounge which is held on stage in the Lit Lounge and features performances Shaz Bennett, Kim Potter, Molly McCloy and many more, the Summer Opening Celebration which is a free event held once per year to showcase new exhibitions and Edible Stories which is an interesting look at the world of food and its place in our culture. If you are the kind of person who likes to explore different themes and ideas within art and design you will get a lot from a visit to SMoCA. You will love the laid back and relaxed atmosphere which encourages thought and creativity. If this is a place you have never thought of going to before it is time to get it on your ‘To visit’ list. If you would like to bring your groups to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art...
Explore the Universe at the Remarkable Arizona Science Center (Phoenix, AZ)

Explore the Universe at the Remarkable Arizona Science Center (Phoenix, AZ)

The Arizona Science Center is the place to go if you want to find out more about the stars, the galaxies, the universe and what they’re made of. Every second you spend in the center will be packed with ‘wow’ moments as you come up close and personal with some of the most thrilling sights, sounds and experiences. So what can you expect to find in the Arizona Science Center? Firstly you will want to go around the exhibits which include: Da Vinci: The Genius which takes a look at the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and his art, ideas, engineering and more, the All About Me exhibit takes a look inside the human body while the Get Charged Up gives you a chance to be hands on with experiments. The Evans Family SkyCycle will suspend you 15 feet in the air as you ride on a 90 foot long cable –don’t worry though, it’s all perfectly safe! The Planetarium will have visitors gasping in wonder as they take in the sights of the universe and find out more about the stars, planets and constellations. The Arizona Science Center has different shows that are held here so make sure you find out which one you would like the best. As well as this there is also an IMAX cinema where you can be thrilled by movies like – To the Arctic 3D and Legends of Flight 3D. With so much to see and do in the Arizona Science Center you will want to spend at least 3 hours there to be able to get round everything. If you would like to bring your groups to the Arizona...
Phoenix Zoo: Let the Kids go Wild! (Phoenix, AZ)

Phoenix Zoo: Let the Kids go Wild! (Phoenix, AZ)

Everyone knows that kids love animals, and at the Phoenix Zoo they can meet many different fascinating species from around the world, join in with various activities, learn about animals, play and have fun, and so much more. The zoo is perfect for large or small groups and is suitable for all ages. It is open 7 days per week which means that you can go there whenever you like. The animal exhibits include the Monkey Village where you can watch the monkeys having fun with each other, see the animals of the desert, get up close with giraffes, pet animals in the Petting Zoo, visit Stingray Bay where you can see these creatures underwater, take a look at some endangered species and learn about conservation and lots more. Once you have taken a look at the animal exhibits there is still plenty to do. There are three playgrounds to choose from including Yakulla Caverns, or why not test your nerve with a Wild Walk, take a Safari Train and see animals in closer detail or go on the Endangered Species Carousel. In addition to all of these regular exhibits there are events that are held at certain times during the year and these allow children to take an in depth look at various animals and learn about conservation. The Phoenix Zoo is also the perfect place to host a birthday party and there are different packages to choose from. With so much on offer you really need to take your children to visit the Phoenix Zoo as they will love it. If you would like to bring your groups to...
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Your Kids will Love Exploring the Interactive Exhibits! (Phoenix, AZ)

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Your Kids will Love Exploring the Interactive Exhibits! (Phoenix, AZ)

It is a well known fact that children will learn more through play and getting involved with activities, which is why all children love the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. All of the interactive exhibits inside the museum have been carefully designed with children in mind. There are more than 10 different exhibits and areas to have fun in and as soon as children see what is going on around them they just can’t wait to explore. There are exhibits for all ages which means that everyone will get something from their visit. For younger children there is the Place for Threes and Younger, the Noodle Forest (which is filled with soft foam ‘noodles’ hanging from the ceiling), Ian’s Corner where transport takes on new forms, and The Grand Ballroom: Rock and Roll. Older children always love role playing in the Market: Role Play Paradise, climbing the Schuff-Perini Climber, the Texture Cafe where everything is child sized, Woosh – an interlinking set of tubes that balls can be rolled through, Pedal Power where they can ride bikes and tricycles to understand balance, Building Big and so much more. With so many different exhibits and areas to learn and have fun in it is no wonder that people can spend hours here. While you are in the museum you can speak to any of the Art Studio Assistants of the Playologists if you need any help and they will be more than happy to assist you. If you have children who love to play and learn, this is the place to be. If you would like to bring your groups to the...

Desert Botanical Garden: Perfect for Relaxation in Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ is an amazing desert garden filled with a huge range of different plant species. It is the ideal place to visit in groups of any size and it is open 7 days per week from 7am until 8pm. Once inside the garden you will be able to explore, check out exhibitions and even learn a thing or two at one of the educational classes that are run by experts. So what else can you do in the Desert Botanical Garden? Well, why not take one of the many beautiful & scenic trails (you can pick up information on these via the website or once you get to the gardens)? These trails give you the perfect opportunity to walk round at your own pace, relax and take everything in. If you prefer, you can join one of the informative tours of the garden which set off at frequent intervals and are run by friendly and knowledgeable guides. You might want to experience one of the events that happen in the Desert Botanical Garden and throughout the year there are several to choose from. You might want to wander round one of the sculpture exhibits, enjoy the Topia 2013 ballet which is performed on the 80 foot panoramic stage, or enjoy music in the garden. If you are in the garden as night starts to fall you can watch the sun go down – a sight that will stay with you forever. So if you want to relax in stunning surroundings and learn more about desert plant life, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ is...

Corral West Horse Adventures: Become a Cowboy for the Day! (Phoenix, AZ)

Every child has surely wondered what it would be like to be a cowboy. If you have, then you will love Corral West Horse Adventures where the emphasis is on having fun with all of the family. Here you will be able to enjoy different activities on horseback which include rides such as a 1 to 2.5 hour Trail Ride Loop and Sunset Rides. On these trails rides you get to live out that quintessential cowboy fantasy experience: riding into the sunset! Both of these options will include your leader taking into account the experience of the riders in your group so that no one feels out of their depth. Corral West Horse Adventures also do cookouts and campfires, where you can take a ride into the desert and enjoy a good old-fashioned cowboy-style cookout under the stars. This is great for people of all ages and children under five will go free. Wagon rides are the perfect choice for anyone who does not feel so confident in the saddle but who still wants a wonderful experience. These can be a 45 minute ride or a longer ride where you will go further and have a campfire in the desert before heading back home. There is a minimum of 10 people that can book onto these making them a good choice for parties or special occasions. As well as being able to live like a cowboy for a day you can buy Sheriff’s badges, straw cowboy hats and western bandanas to make you look the part. So if you want to live like a cowboy for a day this is the...

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