A day to discover and dream

I caught a wonderful whiff of curry Tuesday night as I passed an Indian restaurant on my way to a “Talk Cinema” event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which reminded me of this weekend’s “Discover India” festival at “Historic Heritage Square” — home to the Rosson House Museum in downtown Phoenix.

Event organizers describe “Discover India” as a “free celebration featuring a cultural show, food fair, festival parade, clothing & jewelry bazaar, cooking demonstrations” and more — including special activities for children.

My daughter Jennifer at a previous Discover India festival

I attended a “Discover India” festival many years ago with my daughter Jennifer and her best friend Brenna, who had their pictures taken in traditional Indian garb, shopped for matching bracelets and tasted all sorts of street food with Indian flair. They’re still close friends, though one attends ASU in Tempe and another UA in Tucson.

Heritage Square is located near the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, so you can make a whole afternoon of it. Youth who head to the museum today can participate in something called the “Dream Rocket Project,” which will culminate in the creation of 32,000 sq. ft. work art “providing a tangible demonstration of the beauty of individuals collaborating to meet universal challenges.”

The hectic holiday season is rapidly approaching, making today one of your last chances to enjoy family time unfettered by thoughts of cooking, cleaning or hunting for holiday gifts. Seize the moment, wherever it may take you.

— Lynn

Note: For additional ideas on enjoying family together time, visit the online calendar for Raising Arizona Kids magazine.

Coming up: Holiday happenings on Valley stages


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