Our spring break coincided with our cousins, Alistair and Rose's spring break, so my Mom and sister and I rallied the five kids and took them to Phoenix, AZ to enjoy the heat. It was the perfect "summertime" trip that included baseball, croquet, picking grapefruits, picnic dinners outside, and swimming. Yes, tons of swimming.
We also did a little sightseeing and took the kids to:
Butterfly Wonderland in nearby Scottsdale, AZ
The Phoenix Zoo where we were able to check "camel ride" off our bucket list.
The Children's Museum of Phoenix where my sister and I discovered a common interest among all 5 kids. Grocery shopping! Now if only we could send them into the real grocery store with some money and a list, that would be so delightful!
We rented a lovely AirBnB that I would totally recommend to families with young kids traveling to Phoenix. The family was so gracious, leaving us a nice gift basket upon arrival. The best part was that our host was super cool with the 5 kids and told us we could ride bikes in the house. How cool is that?! Apparently, she is the eldest of 7 and her laid back attitude made for an especially relaxing trip. I should note that this particular house does not have a pool. Fortunately, my Aunt lives only 3 minutes away and shared her pool with us during our stay.
My sister and I were able to sneak away for a couple of hours one morning while my Mom kindly offered to watch the kids so we could hit up a few yard sales which the kids would probably not have enjoyed. It was so exciting to see how far a dollar will go in Phoenix. Look at my loot I scored for $10! It doesn't stop there. In looking at comparable real estate to our home in Berkeley, it's only about 1/3 the price. Perhaps, a retirement to Phoenix is in our future.
Other things to note...
Sedona- Beautiful red rock, only 2 hours north of Phoenix
Call the Phoenix Public Libraries and ask for "culture passes" to specific places. You'll receive two free admissions to places like our Arizona Science Center, The Phoenix Zoo, or The Children's Museum. You have to act quickly though because the best passes to the best places go quickly.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Sweet Salvage- only open once a month at certain times.
Melrose District on 7th ave and Camelback is an entire area dedicated to antique shops!
Audrey's on Cave Creek & surrounding shops
The Henry- this is the new hot spot in Phoenix
St. Francis- beautiful! Great food
Chelsea's Kitchen- if you split their $13 nachos it feeds two people. Not bad for a nice night out!
The Yard- a popular hang out spot/bar with an outdoor patio game area. Relaxed vibe by day, bar by night. They have a full patio play area with ping pong, fooseball, and corn hole.
Windsor (our favorite!!! Windsor Style Burger is amazing! Vegetarian options are good too).
Postino's Wine Bar. Famous for their bruschetta.
The Vig Central (They have a Vig Rig that will pick you up for free)
Aunt Chiladas Mexican Food with a boce ball court.
Z Tejas- cheep margaritas!
The Parlor- great food & environment. Not a scenic bike trip, though.
Snooze- delicious but scrap the weekend bc of the wait.
Luci's Healthy Marketplace- our favorite coffee/lunch spot.
Newton Square- a bookstore, library and eatery. Very fun!
Dick's Hideaway- authentic New Mexican food (next door to the above spot). This is not very kid friendly.
Maizy's - sweet potato fries!
Lux on Central- super hipster coffee shop, always packed. Fun vibe.
The Habit (decent burgers)
Zipps (gross food, cheap drinks)
Churn- homemade ice cream in the cutest parlor!