On Saturday, being a teacher or a school librarian can get you in free to UA Science: Flandrau and several of the University of Arizona's most popular museums.
Teacher Day at UA is a new campuswide open house for teachers and their families in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week (which is the first week in May).
"We want everyone in education to come on out and just learn about all that the UA has to offer for area classrooms," said Jacquelyn Jackson, executive director of Tucson Values Teachers, a nonprofit dedicated to initiatives and actions that work to retain, recruit and reward K-12 teachers.
Organizers hope to draw about 3,000 educators. "It's a first-year event, but we've spread the word widely," Jackson said, noting that educators (and up to three family members) from all districts, and charter and private schools are welcome.
Once they sign in, the teachers get a tote bag and a UA resource guide that lists programs available to help them in their classrooms.
In one, for example, UA students will teach sun safety and skin-cancer prevention to high school classes, she said.
• The action at Flandrau includes a volcano demonstration and the Girl Scouts Bedazzle a Bottle, which is an area where your kids can decorate their own water bottle.
• The Business/Education Expo at the College of Education includes information on more than 40 UA programs designed for teachers that range from teen-related consumer health to schoolday matinees by the Arizona Repertory Theatre and teacher training in greenhouse/controlled-environment hydroponics.
There will also be giveaways by businesses, including Walgreens and OfficeMax.
• Organizers call Worlds of Words at the College of Education the world's largest collection of international children's literature. You can also meet authors and illustrators.
• The Arizona State Museum's activities include mini-tours through the Paths of Life exhibit, along with hands-on activities that include making tissue flowers and examining real pottery shards.
The Center for Creative Photography is offering free interactive exhibition tours of "Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture."
• And while you're on campus, check out the Poetry Center's Young at Art Festival, which will also include activities for teachers and children. There's also music and other entertainment.
If You Go
• What: Teacher Day at UA includes free admission to UAScience: Flandrau, Arizona State Museum and the UA Museum of Art, a business/education expo, and free items for the classroom in addition to discounts at UA bookstores and Main Gate Square restaurants and shops.
• When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Teachers need to sign in at UA Science: Flandrau, 1601 E. University Blvd.
• More info: coe.arizona.edu/teachday
Read more about the Young at Art festival in Friday's Arts section.