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.
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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 from the treasure chest. Booths, gallery openings and live entertainment acts will line the street. | Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Center and First streets, Mesa. Free. 2ndfridaynightout.com. PeopleImages/Getty Images 9/9: Teddy Bear storytime and craft | Kids ages 3-11 and their families are invited to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at the library by participating in a Teddy Bear-themed storytime and craft project. | Details: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Glendale Public Library — Velma Teague Branch, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale. Free. 623-930-3437, glendaleaz.com/library. Getty Images/iStockphoto 9/9: 'Moana' | Cox Communications and Johnny Rockets present a free showing of "Moana" under the stars in Scottsdale's OdySea courtyard. At 5 p.m., 90 minutes before the movie, kids are invited to meet and take pictures with Moana and see a Hawaiian dance performance. In addition, families can learn to make a lei. | Details: 5-8 p.m. (movie begins at 6:30 p.m.) Saturday, Sept. 9. OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Courtyard, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. Free. 480-291-8000. odyseaaquarium.com. Disney/Associated Press 9/9: 'Breaking Legs' | A screening of "Breaking Legs" will be shown on an inflatable screen at Promenade Scottsdale. Admission to the teen dance comedy starring Liv Southard is one canned food item per person; a raffle ticket is given with each donation, which benefits the Harvest Compassion Center. | Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Scottsdale Promenade, 16245 N. Scottsdale Road. Free. ScottsdalePromenade.com. Vision Films 9/9: Grandparent's Day | Girly Girlz, a boutique and tea house, is celebrating Grandparent's Day by hosting a special tea party. Girls will enjoy the company of their grandparents while eating cupcakes, drinking tea and doing craft projects. Reservations are required at girly-girlz.com. | Details: 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Girly Girlz Tea & Trinkets, 15425 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $16.95. girly-girlz.com. Deirdre Hamill/The Republic
9/16: Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival
Four-legged and two-legged family members are welcome at the animal-themed arts festival. Enjoy pet readings and performances, pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society, as well as plenty of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics and photography. Tap your feet or paws to live music and satisfy your hunger cravings at the food and beverage vendors.
Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $5, $10 for a family, free for pets. 602-262-4727, shemerartcenter.org.
9/16: Kids Day Maricopa
The 10th annual event will feature guest appearances by Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, Smokey Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog and many others. The Maricopa Police and Fire Department will be on hand to provide crime prevention and fire safety tips.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave. Free. 520-568-7100, maricopausd.org/MWMS.
9/16: Litchfield Park Oktoberfest
Wigwam chefs will serve German entrees, a band will perform polka music, and German and domestic beers will be available for purchase in celebration of Oktoberfest. There will be a play area for children and family activities. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear German clothing to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Park Recreation Department.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Wigwam, 300 Wigwam Lane, Litchfield Park. $10 ages 13 and older. Free. 623-935-9040, litchfield-park.org.
9/16: Messy Fest
Queen Creek will get a serious dose of sloppiness at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre while raising money for Phoenix Children's Hospital. Look for massive mud pits, finger painting, food fights, mashed potato tug-of-war, grape stomps, ice cream slides and slime pits; plus an area for toddlers. Wear "clothes that you never want to wear again," but there will be two "human car washes" and a splash zone to clean off.
Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. $20 wristband or $5 to spectate. messyfest.com.
9/16: 6th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest
Taco fans will find plenty to love at this lively and tasty event in downtown Chandler. Two dozen restaurants will be on hand, serving up a variety of delish tacos including fish, chicken, carne asada, veggie and carnitas. The cultural celebration also features plenty of music and live entertainment, plus a lowrider car show and a taco-eating contest.
Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $8, $12 at the door, $75 VIP. rockintacoaz.com.
9/16: Stargazing for Everyone
View the moon, planets, star clusters, and distant galaxies through telescopes provided by local astronomers. Please bring a chair for the 45-minute presentation portion of the program. The event lasts approximately two hours total. Event will be held at the Group Campground. Please try to arrive by 7:15pm to facilitate parking. Please leave your dog at home.
Details: 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Vehicle entry fee is $6. 623-935-2505, maricopacountyparks.net/event.
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9/16: Constitution Fair
The Constitution Fair gives families a chance to learn about history with bounce houses and sack races on Saturday, Sept. 16. (Photo: The Republic)
The U.S. Constitution was created on Sept. 17, 1787, a turning point celebrated at this annual event that's all about patriotism and civic awareness. It has military displays, plane flyovers, fireworks, food vendors and live music. There will be replicas of national monuments, portrayals of Founding Fathers, petting zoos, pony rides, climbing walls and bounce houses.
Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Advance tickets: $4, $12 per family. At the gate: $5, $15 per family. constitutionfair.org.
9/16 & 17: PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
Young fans of “Paw Patrol” are sure to enjoy its live tour. The show tells the story of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Alas, at race time, Mayor Goodway cannot be found. Ryder calls the members of Paw Patrol to assist.
Details: 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $17-$74. 602-379-2800, comericatheatre.com.
9/17: 'Find Your Nose' Book Party
Valley author Rodo Sofranac and illustrators Mark Wilson and Kent Looft introduce "Find Your Nose." Storytime, snacks and arts and crafts round out this event that benefits Arizona Humanities.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Arizona Humanities, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free. RSVP at findyournose.eventbrite.com. 602-257-0335, azhumanities.org.
Through 9/28: Parenting Partners: Raising a successful teen
Learn strategies for raising respectful teens and communicating about topics ranging from drugs to academics. Parents and teens from all schools are invited.
Details: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28. Smith Junior High School, 10100 E. Adobe Road, Mesa. Free. 480-363-7886, creativecoachingconversations.com.
Contributing: Alison Stanton and reporters Weldon B. Stanton and Sophie Blaylock.
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