Free family fun day

Face painting. Finger puppets. Book marks. Bracelets. Key chains. Journals. Goofy glasses. Buttons. Wind chimes.

They’re all free activities your children can enjoy this weekend at ASU’s “Family Fun Day” on the Tempe campus.

There’s free entertainment too. Think Blue Bike Kids Show and Zumbatomics with Melinda Mills-Walkey. Plus the chance to visit with “Super Why” from KAET/PBS.

Families can enjoy the “Words of Art” exhibition at the ASU Art Museum too. It’s also free of charge during the event, which runs Sat, July 9 from 10am to 2pm. Don the sunhats, lather up with sunscreen, pack the water bottles and join the fun at Mill Avenue and 10th Street.

Even Changing Hands Bookstore of Tempe is joining the fun with author/illustrator events at their “pop-up booth.” They’ve got all sorts of monthly activities for kids — including reading clubs, storytimes for preschoolers and bilingual storytimes.

There’s a costume storytime the first Saturday of each month, an animal talk with the Phoenix Zoo the third Saturday of each month and an explore-a-story event with Childsplay each fourth Saturday of the month. They’re all free.

Other Changing Hands offerings this month include a pajama storytime for preschoolers (Thurs, June 14), an animal collage workshop (Sat, July 16), a family pirate event (Sat, July 23), a family comedy improv show (Mon, July 25) and more.

There’s plenty for parents and teachers to enjoy this month at Changing Hands. Educator and motivational speaker Sandra Zerner discusses her new book “It’s Good 2B Good” Wed, July 6. Music education advocate Scott Lang presents “Leader of the Band,” his book profiling the professional and personal lives of nine music teachers, Fri, July 8.

Changing Hands Bookstore partners with Hoodlums Music & Movies for “Community Movie Night” Fri, July 22. They’ll be screening “Why We Fight,” a PG-13 film by Eugene Jarecki that “examines the rising influence of the military-industrial complex.” The uber-studious among you can click here to read a study guide.

Just don’t bother the rest of us. We’ll be busy playing with our finger puppets.

— Lynn

Coming up:  Tropical heat — Arizona style, NYC’s first “green” library goes orange!


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