10 best events for kids and families this week, 9/13-20

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:01:42 AM. We help kids and families find fun things to do around Phoenix. Here are our top picks for Sept. 13-20.
This week is kid and family fun is eclectic. Bring on the Tacos with the Rockin' Taco Street Fest in Chandler and the Polka with Litchfield Park's Oktoberfest.  There's a chance to engage in fresh air and wonder with stargazing at the West Valley's White Tank's and get down and dirty in Queen Creek's Messy Fest, which includes a chance to freshen up with two human car washes.   Don't forget to check out our listing of September's free family events at azcentral.com/things-to-do/kids. And if you haven't stopped by AlltheMoms.com to see the latest in trending parenting news — some funny, some shocking, some just plain weird then hit that check out that too.  9/3: Free Mesa museum admissions | The Arizona Museum of Natural History and the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa are offering free admission. Explore dinosaurs or pan for gold at the natural history museum; explore your imagination through design, art and technology at the i.d.e.a. museum. | Details: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. MacDonald, Mesa; and i.d.e.a Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. Free. www.ideamuseum.org, arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org.  Courtney Pedroza/The Republic 9/8: Pirates Block Party | Mesa invites sea dogs and landlubbers to the second annual block party. Come dressed as your favorite buccaneer for this art walk in downtown Mesa. Highlights include live music; a best pirate costume and pirate-speak contest; and a walk-the-plank activity for kids with prizes pulled...Read more
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