Beat spring break boredom with free and cheap activities

2014-03-13T14:15:00Z 2014-03-13T14:33:06Z Beat spring break boredom with free and cheap activitiesAngela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Spring break is here after today for many of Tucson's school kids. While it is great to have the kiddos home, they're gonna get bored just hanging around the house all day every day. And, let's face it, bored kids make for crazy parents. 

If you don't have plans to go out of town, and are looking for things to do on the cheap nearby, here's a list, broken down by day.


Divergent Party at Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road. Pre-teens and teens anticipating the release of the new movie, Divergent, can participate in a movie-based craft and eat snacks. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. 594-5225.

Play old video games at The Retro Room, 337 E. Fort Lowell Road. This place has 14 televisions all hooked up with at least two retro game systems including Nintendo, Sega Genesis, N64 and more. $5 for four hours of game play. 477-7603.


Spring butterfly walk at Molino Basin, Mount Lemmon. A walking tour of the basin area to search for butterflies with a butterfly expert. Meeting location will be given upon making the required reservations. 9 to 11 a.m. Free. 615-7855.

Jump on trampolines at Arizona Air Time, 3931 W. Costco Drive. Tuesday's special is two hours for the price of one. Kids six and under get two hours for $7. Ages seven and older get two hours for $11. 219-8486.


Have a midweek picnic. forecasts a temperature of 82 degrees. Reid Park, on E. 22nd Street and North Country Club Road has lots to offer with the duck pond, green grassy fields, rose garden and playground. You can also let the kids ride the train around the park for $2. Board near the zoo entrance.

Look at art at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids. 621-7567.


Youth Lib Crib at Woods Branch Library, 3455 N. First Ave. Kids and teens can use laptops, play video games, board games, read books, watch movies and make crafts. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. 594-5445.

Wristband night at Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. The wristband gets you unlimited attractions, which include a train ride, carousel, ferris wheel and the stunt show. Shows are at 7 and 8 p.m. Wristbands cost $8. Show only is $4. 296-4551.


Performance of Thumbelina at Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road. A villainous toad, heroic mouse and a tiny girl in this adaption of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Performances run every thirty minutes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 adults, free for ages 15 and under. 323-1331.

A night with the stars at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers give an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for viewing. Bring a flashlight and a lawn chair. 


Roller skating at Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd Street. Tiny Tots skating session is geared toward kids 12 and under. 10 a.m. to noon. $4 admission and $3 skate rental or bring your own if you have them. 298-4409.


Jerusalem Marketplace at St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Road. The children of the church school, in full costume, will host an ancient Jerusalem-style marketplace with interactive storefronts, near-authentic food and participatory crafts. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Free. 299-6421.

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