One of the things I enjoy about living back in the Valley is there is no shortage of things to do. I have a serious case of FOMO, so I like to get to as many events as is feasible with two young kids and a limited budget. In a new series of Arizona Adventures, I will write about some of the activities we enjoy. This will sometimes include family outings, and sometimes adults-only activities.
First Fridays, held the first Friday of each month in downtown Phoenix, are fun for checking out art, live music, shopping and people-watching. I had previously gone a couple months ago with my sister-in-law, and this past weekend, I thought it would be fun for Pumpkin and I to go on a date.
We started off at Short Leash Dogs for dinner on Roosevelt Row. I’m surprised this was my first time there as it’s fairly close to work and it was delicious. I enjoyed the Moki Dog and Pumpkin liked her Mac ‘n Cheese, but was more interested in coloring her menu.
When we finished dinner, we were headed to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which, similar to other Phoenix museums, has free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Friday of each month. Pumpkin insisted we walk instead of drive. I was concerned that she would be too tired to make the walk back, but it was a good opportunity to hear live music and look at street art. When we were just a couple of blocks away from the restaurant, we found someone making balloon animals, and of course we had to get one. Luckily, there was no line, so the vendor was able to take the time to make Pumpkin her requested mermaid balloon.
At this point, I decided we needed to go back to the car. I had a feeling the balloon would get popped at the museum and I didn’t want that drama. Along the way, Pumpkin was excited to see the mural where we’d done family photos last year.
It was after 7 by the time we made it to the museum and parking was tight – we ended up in a lot across the street. Inside was busy as well, but once Pumpkin learned to be patient and wait her turn she was able to enjoy a few activities. (Note to self, arrive much earlier on First Friday.)
We wrapped up our night with a visit to the Heard Museum, where there was live music and spoken word poetry. Pumpkin, unfortunately, was not interested in either. I think she was hoping to see the superhero exhibit we saw last month, but it was gone to make way for a new exhibit.
We did find a table where we could make our own buttons, and some craft projects to work on – those were more Pumpkin’s speed.
It’s always nice to get some one-on-one time with my girls and, all in all, we had a fun and adventure-filled night for less than $30. (Next time, though, I don’t think we’ll try to squeeze quite so many things into one evening.)