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Top 5: Best Places to Take Kids - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Best Places to Take Kids (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Best Places to Take Kids — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 716-2000
azscience.org
Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.


Children’s Museum of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 253-0501
childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.


Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway,
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
(800) 582-7245
verdecanyonrr.com
Acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses.


Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd.,
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(480) 987-3100
schnepffarms.com
It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.


Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145,
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 478-7600
visitsealife.com
Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Best Places To Take The Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-716-2000
azscience.org
Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.


Children’s Museum Of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-253-0501
childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.


Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145, Tempe, AZ 85282
480-478-7600
visitsealife.com
Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.


Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,  AZ 85242
480-987-3100
schnepffarms.com
It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.


Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway,
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
verdecanyonrr.com
Acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Schnefp Farms

Schnepf Farms: Gardens, Tours, Events And More

Schnepf Farms is more than just a farm. With a Country Store & Bakery, U-Pick Gardens, special dinner events, guided tours and campsites, the possibilities for family fun are seemingly endless. And the history that makes up Schnepf Farms is equally as intriguing, as the combination of old and new buildings coupled with the family’s passion for farming creates a truly magical experience.

Don’t believe us? Well, how about this: The farm welcomes nearly a quarter million people per year. (Now that’s pretty impressive.)

Schnepf Farms has made some steady transitions from commercial farming to entertainment farming, while continuing to keep farming as the firm foundation of its mission. Planning around the existing orchards, they were able to incorporate rides, buildings and any other necessary additions to the property. The farm also educates thousands of school children on the importance of agriculture; it hosts weddings, and its fresh fruits and vegetables are always up for grabs.

The farm was originally the home and property of Ray and Thora Schnef, who cultivated cotton, wheat and vegetables. Later, in the ’60s, Ray began to grow potatoes for chips; and in the ’70s, they opened a vegetable stand that is now the Country Store & Bakery. Today, Mark and Carrie Schnepf with their four children are the sole operators of the farm. And in October 2006, Governor Janet Napolitano and the Arizona Office of Tourism designated Schnepf Farms as an Arizona treasure.

For a more hands-on activity, head into the farm’s organic, U-Pick Gardens. Here, you can roam its pesticide-free garden and gather vegetables for just $1.50 per pound. Grab a basket, and start pickin’!

Or, if you’re itching to learn about the farm’s history, Schnepf Farms offers tours Tuesday through Friday. These tours includes a guided hayride around the farm to view the organic gardens and orchards while learning the history of this 70-year-old family farm. Bus and group tours are also available, and you can bring your employees to the farm for a camping party or event!

Other events include Lil Farm Birthday parties held November through July. For $250, invite 40 of your closest friends and gather in a private area that comes complete with tables, unlimited train and carousel rides, and a private hayride to the petting barn. (Don’t worry; you can extend your invitation list at $10 per person.)

Dinners Down, the orchard’s fine dining event, consists of freshly picked food from the garden. This is a reservation-only event at $85 per person with all-inclusive tax and gratuity.

Educational opportunities are also available at Schnepf Farms, such as Veggie Picking and Fall Pumpkin Picking Visit. But, be sure to stop by the Farmhouse Museum. Considered to be the perfect wedding or private event spot surrounded by the peach orchards, country landscape and brick walkways, the museum also includes a room (with a fireplace) for an indoor reception as well as upscale bridal suites. This will makes any occasion cozy, charming and unforgettable.

For the outdoorsy folk, campsites are available, too — open year round with self check-in, free Wi-Fi, restroom and shower on-site, as well as bonfires within a fire ring. Bring your pets, too, as long as they’re on a leash. Here, you can plan your perfect camping event in comfort while still being connected to the great outdoors.

For more information about Schnepf Farms, please visit schnepffarms.com.

Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(480) 987-3100
schnepffaarms.com

Photo:Flickr, NatalieMaynor

Local Harvest: Where To Get Organic In Arizona

We hear people tell us to be “green” and shop “green;” however, no one tells us were to get our products to eat green. I am not talking about eating your green beans; I am talking about purchasing things that are locally grown and harvested.

In Arizona there are farms, stands and local orchards that grow organic food. Depending on the season and what you are looking for you can support local farmers and keep your family eating healthy and hearty.

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Date Creek Ranch
Northwest of Wickenburg
An environmentally healthy and diverse cattle ranch. You can pick your own beef, pork and apples. During July, peaches and summer apples are available. The cattle are grass fed with no fertilizer.

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Desert Oasis
A natural growing farm located in Buckeye
Where customers can find free-range chicken and turkeys. The animals are not hormone fed. They value good, nutritious, local food so their animals roam free and eat off the land.

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Dow family residence
A private family residence located in Mesa that provides organic fruit.
Here you can get grapefruit, lemons and oranges. Because it is a private residence they ask that you call in advance at 480-807-3386 or email cathydowiv@gmail.com. For a plastic grocery store bag of fruit, the price is $2.

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Fenway Park Orchards
A natural producer of apples and peaches located in Morristown
Provides white peaches, Anna apples, blackberries and yellow cling peaches.

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Mother Nature’s Farm
Located in Gilbert — has peaches, apples and pumpkins you can pick yourself.
This family-owned business was established in 1968 and has been focusing on healthy fruits and vegetables ever since.

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RSI Growers
Located in Glendale
Provides apricots, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, plums, strawberries, nectarines and other fruits and vegetables.

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Schnepf Farms
Located in Queen Creek
Provides peaches, apricots, sweet corn, plums and other vegetables. This 300-acre farm is the perfect place for getting garden taste with a cheap budget.

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Tolmachoff Farms
Located in Glendale
Provides peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, eggplant, pumpkins and other vegetables. The produce is pre-picked. During the November and December months, collard greens, mustard and turnip greens are also available.

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No matter where you live there are places to go in your area to support your urge to be an organic “green” shopper. Local grocery stores provide organic produce, but it is not always from local farmers creating a cost of oil and fuels that affect the price of local gas and grocery prices. By attempting to support local businesses and doing what is better for the health of your family and local economy you are doubling your purchasing power.