Enjoy April in Central Arizona with your little one

Dozens of fun things to do with kids under 5

Part 1

April is a magical time between comfortable spring weather and the triple-digit summer heat, and there’s a lot of things to do with your family. Everything from movies, cultural events, the arts, plenty of story times, and big events, there is no shortage of fun – mostly free – things to do in the Valley of the Sun in April! Here is the list for the first part of April:

·         Sunday, March 31

o   Scottsdale – FREE Bug Fest at OdySea in the Desert from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., click here for more information.

·         Friday, April 5

o   Phoenix – FREE First Friday at Children’s Museum of Phoenix from 5 – 9 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Phoenix – FREE First Friday at Arizona Science Center from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Gilbert – Wiggle Worm Adventures at McQueen Park (weekly) from 9 – 11 a.m.; kids 0 – 5 years $1.50 for residents, $2 for non-residents (adults free), click here for more information.   

o   Gilbert – FREE Color Lab at Maricopa County Southeast Regional Library from 3:15 – 4 p.m., click here for more information

o   Gilbert – FREE Baby Play Date at Maricopa County Southeast Regional Library from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., click here for more information

o   Peoria – FREE Songercise at Sunrise Mountain Library (weekly) from 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., click here for more information.

·         Saturday, April 6

o   Phoenix – FREE Easter Bunny Fest at Desert Ridge Marketplace from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Chandler – FREE Story Time at Barnes and Noble (weekly) from 11 – 12 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Mesa – FREE Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts at Main St. and McDonald from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Scottsdale – FREE Exclusively Little Expo at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Scottsdale – FREE Cultural Connections Concert Series at OdySea in the Desert from 1 – 5 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Peoria – Fee TBD, Dumbo Sensory Friendly Show at Harkins Arrowhead 18 at 9:45 a.m., click here for more information.

o   Peoria – FREE Movie Night at Paseo Verde Park from 5 – 9 p.m., click here for more information.

·         Sunday, April 7

o   Phoenix – FREE Train Rides at Adobe Western Railroad Park (weekly) from 12 – 4:30 p.m., click here for more information.

·         Friday, April 12

o   Anthem – FREE Sensory Play Time at North Valley Regional Public Library from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., click here for more information.

o   Gilbert – FREE Storytime with Bear at McQueen Park and Activity Center 10 and 10:30 a.m., click here for more information.

o   Gilbert – Wiggle Worm Adventures at McQueen Park (weekly) from 9 – 11 a.m.; kids 0 – 5 years $1.50 for residents, $2 for non-residents (adults free), click here for more information.  

o   Tempe – FREE Movie Under the Stars – Moana – at Mountain Park Health Center from 6 – 8 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Peoria – FREE Songercise at Sunrise Mountain Library (weekly) from 10-11 and 11 – 12, click here for more information.

·         Saturday, April 13

o   Chandler – FREE Story Time at Barnes and Noble (weekly), 11 – 12 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Gilbert – FREE Paws 2 Read with Delta-registered therapy dogs at Maricopa County Southeast Regional Library from 10:30 – 12 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Scottsdale – FREE Movies in the Desert – Ralph Breaks the Internet – at OdySea in the Desert from 5 – 9 p.m., click here for more information.

o   Peoria – FREE Paws 2 Read with Delta-registered therapy dogs at Sunrise Mountain Library from 10 – 11:30 a.m., click here for more information.

o   Peoria – FREE Music on the Plaza at Peoria Center for Performing Arts at 4:30 p.m., click here for more information.

·         Sunday, April 14

o   Phoenix – FREE Train Rides at Adobe Western Railroad Park (weekly) from 12 – 4:30 p.m., click here for more information.

For even more fun activities, check out these community groups and businesses known for fun, free activities for kids and families:

·         Maricopa County Regional Library Branches and your neighborhood library with plenty of free activities for you and your family all week long! https://mcldaz.org/custom/branches/

·         Michael’s Craft Stores offer plenty of fun activities for young children. Find your closes location and check out their schedule. https://www.michaels.com/classes

·         Barnes & Noble bookstores have free story time for kids and families. Find your closest location to see the schedule. https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/