7 Kid-Friendly Ways to Stay Cool in Phoenix, AZ this Summer ūüĆě

Yes, it’s hot but you don’t have to go into hibernation this summer! ¬†There’s plenty to do in the Valley of the Sun even in the summer months and you don’t have to spend a lot to do it.

Indoors and FREE:

Visit the local public library.  Our MOMs especially like the toddler friendly events at the Apache Junction Public Library , the Dobson Ranch Library and Scottsdale Public Library.

The i.d.e.a Museum in Mesa is offering another free admission day on Sunday, May 20th.  Children of all ages are invited to visit the museum from 12pm to 5pm.  The Sonoran Safari exhibition is being featured this season and they have an awesome toddler friendly section.

The Childrens Museum in Phoenix is offering a free admission day the first Friday of most months from 5pm to 9pm.

Visit video game arcades especially with younger kids. ¬†Stay cool in the AC and let your 2 to 4 year-old loose in the arcade. ¬†They will think they are playing the games with you and will have fun with all the buttons and lights. ¬†Dave and Busters is free to visit with the added bonus of the restaurant and bar.¬†ūüėČ

Also indoors:

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Chandler is extremely reasonable and offers season passes for families.

Harkins has an awesome summer movie program that costs less than $1.00 per movie for 10 weeks.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations.

Under 6 can jump for $5 at Xtreme Air.

Go ice skating!  We like the Ice Den in Scottsdale.  5 and under skates for $5 ($3 with own skates).   3 and under skates for free at AZ Ice in Gilbert.

Local Beaches:

Looking for a beach?  Yes, we are in the desert but we do have a few beaches around believe it or not!

You might see some wildlife at Butcher Jones. ¬†If you have a 4×4 vehicle you can go back into the coves where there are more beaches that are less crowded.

Apache Lake has a campground, a marina and a jaw-dropping view.

Hit the beach but stay in the city at Waikiki Beach Wave Pool at Big Surf in Tempe.

Get your pool pass: 

There are some great public pools but did you know that you can get a day pass to the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix?

Day passes are also available at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.  Enjoy the rooftop pool!

Old Fashion Ice cream parlors:

1950’s style Sugar Bowl has been serving up cool treats in Scottsdale since 1958. ¬†They also have a gift shop and offer birthday parties in their new arcade parlor.

Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream in Phoenix has been around since 1951. ¬†Get an old fashioned sundae, ice cream soda or the popular authentic banana split!

Homemade Fun:

Get a snow cone maker! ¬† The kids will love making their own snow cones and playing with the different colors and flavors. ¬†You’ll love how easy it is to keep them entertained.

Have an Arizona snowball fight!  Pick your teams, dip these water balls in water and toss!

Make a ‘water pi√Īata’! ¬†Fill a bunch of water balloons, get some string and tie the full balloons to a tree, the covered patio or wherever you have enough room to swing a bat. ¬†The more balloons you hang, the wetter you will be!

Move to a neighborhood with awesome amenities:

Seriously though! ¬†HOA payments are much easier to make when you are enjoying the splash pad and community center at Eastmark, or the sandy beach and clubhouse at Val Vista Lakes or the fishing derby’s and movie in the pool at Dobson Ranch. ¬†Click here to request a list of awesome, family friendly neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area.

Visit our Calendar for a list of our upcoming summer events!

Photo Credit to Photos by Jessica Nelson

Top 5 Reasons Moms are loving Eastmark in Mesa

What’s all the buzz about Eastmark lately? ¬†Oh nothing…it’s just one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country¬†consistently recognized as the #1 seller in Arizona.

That’s all great but why are Moms loving it?

1. The variety of homes offered at many different price points suits the needs of a wide range of families. ¬†If you aren’t the new build type and need to move a little more quickly, there are several gorgeous gently used resale homes available. Check with The New Build Ninja for the list of specs available and get the best of both worlds, the brand spanking new home and the quick move-in!

2. The community feel is strong between neighbors.  There are many active Facebook social groups like Eastmark Moms, Eastmark Neighbors  and Eastmark Babysitters Group .  The beer club, gardening club and healthy life group brings those with similar passions even closer together.  The Eastmark Experience info page will keep you up to speed on the First Friday concerts, holiday events and all the other neighborhood happenings.

3. The amenities make life much more enjoyable and ridiculously convenient.  No mom wants to pack everything and everyone up just to drive several miles to the public pool or the park for fear of having to quickly pack up again and come home because someone had a meltdown or an accident.  Some of our favorite amenities are the 12 neighborhood parks, the splash pad, the Handlebar Diner, the Great Park, the Visitors Center with game room and the neighborhood pool.  The upcoming farm, lighted ball park and dog park are sure to be winners once they are complete.

4. The schools are very attractive and very close. ¬†Queen Creek high school is coming to Eastmark in 2019. ¬†Eastmark offers two of the country‚Äôs top-ranked charter schools. BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will be serving grades K-12 starting in 2019. ¬†Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark is¬†a STEAM-based elementary school that serves grades K-6. ¬†The Learning Experience,¬†serving the¬†early education needs of children 6 weeks to 6 years, plans to open an Eastmark campus. ¬†The public elementary school, Gateway Polytechnic, serves K-5. ¬†There’s also a new Legacy Traditional School being built nearby that will be opening this year.

5. The commute is super reasonable. ¬†These days anything affordable with the new home smell also comes with a 45 to 60 minute commute to the city depending on traffic. Eastmark is super close to the 202, the 24 and the 60. ¬†It’s 30 mins to Phoenix Sky Harbor and 10 mins to Gateway Airport. ¬†San Tan Village and all the shops and restaurants is 12 minutes away and Downtown Gilbert is only 18 mins away.

Got Eastmark questions?  Ask the New Build Ninja!

Jen Duncan (480) 707-7554

MOMnation…Not your Average Mommy Group

MOMnation isn’t just a Mom’s group. ¬†It’s a community that learns from each other. ¬†We’ve been learning a lot lately. ¬†Here’s what we’ve been up to!

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14 Moms toured Eastmark¬†model homes discussing the latest design trends and how to¬†¬†recreate designer looks on a budget. ¬†Our Moms had so many ideas at the end of the tour!! ¬†One attendee had this to say “…Talked to the hubby after we left and he was on board with doing some simple DIY upgrades I saw in the beautiful homes. My favorite had to be the accented ceilings and air stone wall, so pretty. Thanks for organizing a fun day¬†Jill,¬†Jen¬†&¬†Katie.” ¬†Organized by Jen Duncan, The “New Build” Girl, Katie Lambert and Jill Dench with Team Evolution Real Estate ūüôā

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Our very own Organization Guru, Katy Krupnick with The Tidy Cottage, completely reorganized an entire pantry in less than two hours while several Moms watched in awe (while sipping wine and eating delicious gluten-free brownies). ¬†Attendees went home with many tips and tricks on organizing their own homes…and a new obsession with gluten-free brownies. ¬†Thanks to Annette Johnson for hosting our awesome Moms!!

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In January, Movies on Main and MOMnation welcomed representatives from our charity of the month NCCC-National Cervical Cancer Coalition. ¬† Disney’s Frozen played and Princess Elsa and Princess Anna, with¬†AZ Enchanted Events, were there too hosting activities and taking photos with the kids and¬†MacPea Photography.

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74 Moms met “speed date” style at Boulders on Southern last Saturday and had two minutes to connect with each other before moving on to the next. ¬†Friendships were made and fun was had! ¬†Thanks so much to Ted for the great experience at Boulders on Southern!

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Shondi¬†Zwaschka¬†was the perfect hostess for ¬†our “GYST” class featuring: Money! ¬†After only one hour our Moms walked away with a better understanding of¬†basics on budgeting, saving on insurances, how much debt really costs and how to get rid of it, and how to start big E-funds for life’s curve balls. ¬†Priceless! ¬†(ha ha…get it?)

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MOMnation Day is every third Thursday at the Chandlers Farmers Market and Erika Lenz with Team Evolution Real Estate and #DogstoDoorknobs joined Katie Lambert (pictured) in January with some cute pups to adopt.  Special thank you to Angels for Paws Animal Rescue.  Please contact Erika if you are thinking of adopting a pup.  There are so many sweet friends that need great homes!