No cost/low cost museum adventures

When in doubt, hit your local museum. There’s always something new to see, do or learn. Just this weekend alone, you have oodles of options. Here’s the scoop…

Arizona Museum for Youth offers an “Artful Tales” event that’s free with paid museum admission. It runs 11am-noon July 30 and 31, but space is limited.

“Artful Tales” pairs an interactive storytime with an art activity based on the theme of the book (something it’s also fun to try at home). Go, play, watch, learn.

On July 31, the Arizona Museum for Youth also offers an “Anime Watercolors” activity tied into the animation art featured in their current exhibit titled “Jump to Japan!”

“Anime Watercolors” is for the 8-12 set (adults needn’t attend the class with them), and the cost is just $5 for museum members ($10 for non-members).

Saturday marks your final opportunity to enjoy a free day of play at the Heard Museum, thanks to Target. Their “Sizzlin’ Summer Saturdays” program ends July 31, so don’t miss this chance to enjoy free museum admission plus plenty of hands-on activities and entertainment.

Sunday museum offerings include a 1 p.m. presentation of the 1968 film “Funny Girl” at the Phoenix Art Museum. The screening will feature a Q & A with an expert from Arizona State University.

There’s also something called “Magic Writing Bags” happening at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix that day.

On the non-museum front, you’ll find several events around the Valley — such as “Wire Tap Live” at Mesa Arts Center (July 31) and the “Miss Gay Arizona America 2010 Pageant” at the Tempe Center for the Arts (Aug 1).

To get the scoop on family-friendly exhibits and theater productions, check out Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s online calendar.

Zap the remote control. Forget the drive-through dining. Get out there and introduce your kids to something new and exciting.

Chances are, you’ll have just as much fun as they do…

–Lynn

Note: Always confirm event details (date/time, location, ages, costs, etc.) before attending

Coming up: Visual arts classes coming your way this fall, Superintendent candidates forum highlights, Shakespeare and SB 1070, Valley theaters earn 2010 National Youth Theatre awards, Lynn and Liz on “Ramona and Beezus.”

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