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Fun and Family: Kid-Friendly Things to Do in and Around Mesa, AZ

Cox Customer Appreciation Day
Tomorrow, June 1st, bring a copy of your most recent Cox bill (you will not be able to keep your bill) to The Phoenix Zoo, Big Surf Waterpark, or the Sonora-Desert Museum (in Tucson) for 2 for 1 admission.  I've heard on our facebook page from some enthusiastic supporters of the Sonora-Desert Museum.  It sounds like lots of fun, and this might be a great chance to make a day trip out of it.  Go here for details.

Fit Kid Challenge
Register with Cardon Children's Medical Center to participate in their challenge to keep kids and families healthy this summer  One family will win a San Diego vacation for four, and various other prizes will be awarded weekly.  Go here for details and to register.

Unique summer camp for kids
Creativity Camp is a chance for kids ages 5 to 13 to get a chance to design and build their own toys.  Collin Smith, an experienced toy designer teaches the camp this summer in both Gilbert and Mesa.  Creativity Camp is 5 weeks long and costs $75 per child which includes all supplies, staff, facilities, small snack, and water.  Check it out here.

Summer activities at Mesa Public Libraries
There are lots of fun activities at the libraries, like Bubble Blast at the Dobson Ranch branch this Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 where kids do a craft and play with bubbles.  Other activities include a guacamole party sponsored by Chipotle, a performance by an African drum and dance theater, and a taste-testing event for teenagers that features chocolate.  Much, much more.  Generally, you can find each activity at each of the library branches.  Go here for a schedule of events. 

Events at Bookmans Mesa
Every Wednesday at 10am Bookmans at Country Club and Southern has Sign! Sing! and Play! with Miss Jessika.  Kids have a fun time learning sign language and doing various activities.  Storytime with Toni is every Friday at 10am and includes a story, activity, and refreshments.  Bookmans also offers other fun activities from time to time like "Design Your Own Paper Guitar," this Wednesday, June 1st at 1pm.  All these classes are free and no registration is required.

Other things to do:

Did you know that Chandler has some great pools and they offer free swim days and $1 admission for the whole family once a week?  Times vary, go here for details

Free swim and water safety event at Carson Aquatic Complex this Friday from 4-7pm.  Go here for details.

The East Valley Tribune has a list of pools to visit here

Check out the Desert Botanical Garden at night for one of their Flashlight Tours.

Have a fun week!

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