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Out of Africa-Drive Through-

This review took place during restrictions place in May. So, this is not a full review of the park, but the best based on the availability of the park at our time visiting! Hope this helps you enjoy a day out! Out of Africa is Located in Camp Verde Arizona, 3505 W State Route 260.…

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NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway

Phoenix Raceway

We were invited by Capital One and GM BuyPower Card for a day to experience NASCAR with Driver Austin Dillon (#3). GM BuyPower Cardmembers can earn toward the purchase or lease of a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, including 5% earnings on their first $5,000 in purchases each year, with 2% unlimited Earnings…

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Sonrisa Park Scottsdale

Sonrisa Park in Scottsdale is right on the Phoenix border near the Paradise Valley Mall. The Sonrisa Park is maintained by the City of Phoenix, according to the sign posted on the park grounds. Sonrisa Park is located at the corner of N 50th Place and E Windrose Drive. there is no off-street parking, but…

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Desert Ridge Marketplace

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It has been a while since I went over to Desert Ridge Marketplace, so I decided to take a ride up there to see what changes have taken place. Desert Ridge was one of the splashpads we visited most when we first moved to Arizona. It had a Starbucks coffee nearby and was a bit…

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Simply Smashing Rage Room Tempe

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If you are looking to get out a little bit of tension, Simply Smashing Rage Room in Tempe may be for you. My background, being in psychology, made me think that this might be an interesting thing to cover for the blog. Not for kids-but for adults who need a release. We all might want…

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Lake Pleasant

After a weekend of my husband being stuck in a conference, we knew we needed to get out of the house with the kids! The weather was perfect and it was time for some outdoor family time. I love to go hiking, but my littlest one, Dimples, often gets a little grumpy on hikes and…

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KTR Mesa

KTR Mesa

KTR is short for “Kids That Rip”, and Mesa is their original location. KTR also has a location in Scottsdale and Chandler. Kids that Rip offers gymnastics, skateboarding and open play. Rip means “skating well” from my non vast knowledge of skateboarding. I never got into skateboarding, so you’ll have to excuse my naivety! KTR…

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Asante Library Surprise

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Asante Library is the newest member of the Maricopa County Library District. Officially opened in February 2020, this library now especially services the northwest corner of Surprise that has been rapidly growing the past few years. We actually did a park review of Asante Park a few years ago when there was not much around-and…

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The Awesome List of Train Parks

train parks in phoenix

Who doesn’t love a train? There are so many cool small train parks in the Phoenix area. Without really taking a trip, your kids (and you) can enjoy a fun train ride in the Phoenix area. Maricopa Live Steamers This amazing, all volunteer, park in Glendale has a great operation. Check out their trains that…

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Freestone Park Gilbert

freestone park

Are you looking for a fun park in Gilbert that has a little Surprise? This beautiful park in Gilbert not only has a few different playgrounds, it also has a teeny little amusement park! Freestone Park is located at 1045 E Juniper Ave. There are two different areas that you can park, depending on if…

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Signal Butte Park

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When we see that there is a new park that looks completely awesome, we have to go check it out. Even if it is an hour drive from our house! Signal Butte Park is located at 11132 E Elliot Rd Mesa. There is a building right next to it, which is the water treatment plant.…

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Footgolf at Peoria Pines


“What is footgolf?” Footgolf is the latest sport-combining soccer and golf! Have you ever played Fisbee golf? Or golf? Or Soccer? Or mini golf? Have you ever dreamed of going out on a golf course, but felt overwhelmed because you have no idea how to play golf? Or, have you not picked up the clubs…

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Washington Park Phoenix

washington park

This wonderful park in the Alhambra section of Phoenix right off of i17 is huge! When one of my friends posted a picture of her kids at the park, I went the very next day to take some pictures of it, even though my kids weren’t with me. I knew that my kids might be…

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North Mountain Park

north mountain park

North Mountain Park in Phoenix is another beautiful location in Phoenix for hiking. While this area doesn’t have a ton of trails, it does offer a playscape, a small walking trail within the park and a long winding roadwithin the park that has a large shoulder for walking on. If you want a challenge, the…

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Dreamy Draw Park Phoenix

dreamy draw park

If you are looking for a place to walk, ride a bike, use a stroller, walk with your kids and see some excellent outdoor scenery, Dreamy Draw in Phoenix may be your next destination! Dreamy Draw is located on the north side of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the Piestewa Peak Park. History I went…

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