Girls running the Thin Mint Sprint at Brandi Fenton Park. The run is in the fall.

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The exhibit at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, evokes the natural beauty that would have inspired Frida Kahlo's art. 

Tucson Botanical Garden

Especially the Frida Kahlo exhibit while it’s in town through May, 2017. Let them have the run of the place, explore the plants and paths and hidden spots.

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Arizona's Chelsea Suitos (3) gives out a big yell after scoring the Wildcats' fifth run against Minnesota in the sixth inning of their NCAA regional game at Hillenbrand Stadium, Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Amazing women athletes

Go see a University of Arizona women’s sport. There’s something going on almost every month of the year and it’s a chance to see amazing women athletes in action.

Depending on the time of year and your girl's interest and age — try women's basketball, volleyball, softball or soccer

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Tucson Village Farm

This UA program offers classes and camps for kids to learn how to grow, pick and prepare food. Or check out their u-pick nights during the growing season where you can harvest your own veggies.

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Tucson Festival of Books — Science City

Science City is a huge opportunity try all kinds of hands-on science and meet great women role models. Try to take two days, it takes that long to see it all.

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Mia Moon, 8, and Rutvik Pateo, 8, from Fulton Elementary School, help prevent a mock “uranium leak.”

Flandrau Planetarium

You can explore astronomy and the stars and check out the museum’s cool exhibits. Flandrau also hosts cool science-themed birthday parties.

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Sleep-away camp

Let your girl try out her independence at a residential camp. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona hosts several on Mt. Lemmon and you don't have to be a Girl Scout to attend. Check them out here.

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Cousins Carolina Martinez, 11, and Mia Pineda, 10, play in a pool of cool water below the first bridge at Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area.

Play in the water at Sabino Canyon

This is a friendly hike that includes water play many months of the year. Your girl will love jumping from rock to rock and wading in the shallow water.

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Shari Murphy, public relations director for Valley of the Moon crawls out of "the rabbit hole," just one of the cave-like structures and secret passageways a visitor will find. Photo by Chris Richards.

Valley of the Moon

This enchanting storybook land is a Tucson hidden gem. Your girl will love it because she doesn't have to sit still. Follow her down the windy paths of the property and stop to watch actors perform, listen to a story or come for a performance. 

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The Girls on the Run group gets ready to start its race. The group, for girls in grades 3-8, says its mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

Do a run or ride

Try the one-mile FitKidz and Family Fitness Fun Run/Walk in Marana with your active girl. Everyone gets a free eegee. This run is in March but check out the Southern Arizona Roadrunners for lots of races and runs to try.

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The stingray touch exhibit is a new feature of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Touch a snake, see a javelina, pet a manta ray and just generally get dirty and hot in the desert.


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