Keeping children active is important for physical health, mental health, and intelligence ability. Tucson has many interesting places where children can enjoy activities which raise curiosity, provide opportunities to learn new language, and expand their abilities.
The Valley of the Moon, on Allen Road provides a fairyland of adventure each month on the first Saturday. In addition, it provides a variety of special events: Science demonstrations, fire dancers, plays, or music. They open at sunset and close at 8:30 pm.
Beginning October 11, 12 and 13, there will be a play every weekend for 3 (three) days: Scooby Doo and the Haunted Ruins.
Children need not “sit down and be quiet” for this play. It is a roving play which allows the audience to follow the actors to different sites throughout the Valley. Shows begin every 30 minutes at the front gate.
Prices for the Halloween shows: Ages 7 - 15 is $5.00 Ages 16 and up is $8.00
Food Bank Night is Sunday October 13. Bring 2 cans of food per person for $3.00 off each ticket.
How often can you and the kids feed an ostrich? Just a few miles north on I-10, is the
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Ostrich oils, egg shells, feathers and eggs can be purchased. Eggs make a great omelet for a family of 6. Whole egg shells can be painted or beaded for display, or broken pieces for jewelry.
Kids ages 6 to 106 can buy feed and nectar for $5.00.
Besides ostrich, kids can feed deer, miniature donkeys, and rainbow lorikeets who fly right onto your arm. Sometimes, the boss comes out and kisses an ostrich!
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm through September and October. Beginning in November, they will open daily.
Unfortunately, National Parks, such as Saguaro National Park are closed due to the government shutdown. Two Historical monuments: Fort Bowie, which holds the history of the interactions of Cochise and America, and Tumacocari which holds the history of the Spanish settlements are also closed due to the government shutdown. National forest campgrounds such as Sabino Canyon will be closed until the government settles its squabble. Although the forest campgrounds on Mount Lemmon are closed, the town of Winterhaven is open, and celebrating Oktoberfest.
Meanwhile local parks are open for children and adults, including Randolph Park and the Zoo. So get out with your kids and help them learn.