The view over the carnival from atop the 106-foot high Grand Wheel, on its first night of operation at the opening day of the Pima County Fair, Thursday, April 14, 2016, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Hello reader. 

We're glad you stumbled upon our monthly list of things to do.

(This gif is weird, we know, but you have to watch the video because your kids have probably already seen it.)

Here's the deal: We love telling you what's going on in Tucson. And yes, there are things going on in Tucson. We believe in having options and plenty of stuff to keep you and the whole family busy.

We have made it our mission to bring you a list of events you actually want to do. 

This list is for everyone, but we know the 2-weeks-in-advance planner loves them. And the best part is you can expect these every month and every weekend.

We're here for you because we love you. 

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MOVIES

Marvel movies at Casa Film Bar

Are you nerdy for Marvel movies? Casa Film Bar is this month. Watch Ant-Man and the Avengers in one night. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 15, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. Bring money for beer and wine. 

Sing along to the "Sound of Music" at Loft

C'mon we know you know all the words. Dress up like Julie Andrews and use the complimentary props to make the experience more fun. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 15, one at noon and another at 6 p.m.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: General admission is $10 and $8 for Loft members and children (12 and under).



SHOPPING

Buy plants at the Native Seeds spring plant sale

Liven up your home with plants. At the sale, you can purchase some melons, tomatoes and more. 

Consider becoming a member. You can get a preview and first pick on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. and a 15 percent discount on your purchase.

Find more information here. 

When: Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16, open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Native Seeds SEARCH, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend. Bring money to buy plants.

$1 Sale at Buffalo Exchange

Get all the $1 (cash) you have and get that cute blouse before the next girl. Feel good about the money you spend because it benefits The Humane Society. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Buffalo Exchange, 2001 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Everything is $1. Cash only.



SPRING FAIRS RETURN

Spring Fling is back!

Your kids are probably already excited about this. UA's backyard fair is back with rides, activities and funnel cake. 

Find more information here. 

Carnival-goers walk past the Ferris wheel at Spring Fling, continuing today at the University of Arizona.

When: Runs all weekend, April 7-9. It's open from 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

Where: UA Mall

Cost: Admission is $5. Tickets range from $5 to $30. You can get 10 tickets for $5, 20 tickets for $10, 40 tickets for $20 and $30 for an unlimited ride wristband.

It's scattered throughout the UA Mall.

And Pima County Fair

More funnel cake! But this one is huge and there's way more to do. 

Find more information here. 

When: April 20-30

Where: Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd.

Cost: General Admission is $8, $4 for children 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $5. Check out the discounts here.



LEARN SOMETHING NEW OR TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Take an Improv 101 class

Learn to think on your feet with the Tucson Improv Movement's help. This 6-week beginner's class is pricey but you'll definitely get your money's worth. The class starts on April 4 and runs every Tuesday until May 9 at the same time each week.

Find more information here. 

When: Tuesday, April 4, 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Tucson Improv Movement, 329 E. Seventh St.

Cost: $175. Register here. 

Attend a free foraging class

Sounds perfect because SPRING TIME! You'll even learn about edible desert plants.

Find more information here. 

When: Friday, April 7, 1-3 p.m. 

Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Teens learn Vinyasa

Teens (13-18) will learn how to breathe while doing yoga.

Yoga mats are provided. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Are you wild about cheetahs?

Dr. Laurie Marker is and she will be at The Loft to talk about cheetahs. 

Find more information here. 

When: Wednesday, April 12, 7-9 p.m.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 

Cost: General admission is $20 and $18 for Loft members.

It's All About Children lecture at Himmel Park Library

Tammy Bearden from the University of Arizona's Museum of Art is presenting on children through art. 

Find more information here. 

When: Thursday, April 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

100 Best Plants for Tucson

Another class perfect for the spring time. In this two-hour class, you'll learn about other plants that thrive in Tucson weather. The class is in the Education Center Classroom 1.

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

Cost: Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for members. Get your tickets here. 

Learn to read music

Feed your inner Mozart with a free music-reading class. 

Find more information here. 

When: Every Monday, including April 24 at 7 p.m.

Where: Tucson Boys Chorus building, 5770 E. Pima St.

Cost: Class is free to attend.

Parks and Rec Trivia Night

Who sings 5000 Candles in the Wind? Why? Prove you know everything about Parks and Recreation. It won't be easy. You have time to rewatch every episode and form a strong team.

Find more information here. 

When: Tuesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 



TOURS

Edible Tree Celebration at UA Campus Arboretum

Tour the University of Arizona's campus arboretum and learn about the edible trees that students walk by everyday.

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours are every 30 minutes. 

Where: Starts in front of the Arizona State Museum Building, 1013 E. University Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Walking Tour

Explore some of the beautiful and historic houses in the neighborhood by UA. 

Find more information here. 

When: Sunday, April 9, noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: General admission is $25 and $15 for Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association members. Buy tickets here. 



MORE FAMILY FUN 

Bookmans Housewarming Party

Check out the new Bookmans. Actually it's always been there but it was Bookmans Sports. It has all the books from Bookmans Grant in it and it's huge. So many books! Go for the giveaways, raffles, games, kids activities and more.

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Bookmans Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

STEAM Ahead at Nanini Library

Your 3- to 9-year-old can have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through stories and hands-on stations.

Find more information here. 

When: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Where: Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Rd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Craft at Tap & Bottle

Get yourself and the kids out of the house. Go to Tap & Bottle with your latest craft project. Bring something to color, knit, paint, draw, or sculpt. This could be a fun thing to do with just your friends, too.

Find more information here. 

When: Sunday, April 9, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 135

Cost: Event is free to attend but the beer isn't. Bring money for beer and wine.

Tucson Earth Day Festival¬†ūüĆé

What's more earth friendly than biking? Bike to Tucson's Earth Day Festival. And learn about other ways to help the planet while you're there. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Art Sprouts at the UA Museum of Art

Children 2 to 5 can explore art, be active, read books and mess with art materials. 

Email Chelsea Farrar at cjfarrar@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-9504 to RSVP. 

Find more information here. 

When: Wednesday, April 26, starts at 9:30 a.m.

Where: University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Rd.

Cost: Free with admission. General admission is $8 and $6.50 for seniors 65+, free for members and UA students/staff/faculty.

"The Wonderful Things You Will Be" Storytime

Your children will listen to "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin and then do some activities. 

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday April 29, 11 a.m.

Where: Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 100

Cost: Event is free to attend.



OTHER GAL PAL DATE IDEAS

Go to the opening of Dave & Busters

All of Tucson is going to be there to play the games but go to the opening night for the happy-hour deals. Drink all the half-priced cocktails and play some skee ball. Other discounts include $1 off 22 oz drafts, $1 off a glass of wine and $3 off the whole bottle of wine.

And everyone 21-and-over gets a free $5 Power Card.

Find more information here. 

Classic games like Skee Ball are amongst the more than 135 games available to play at Dave & Buster’s at 1390 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd. Dave and Buster’s opens on Monday, April 3. Thursday March 30, 2017.

When: Monday, April 3, 11 a.m. to midnight

Where: Dave & Busters, 1390 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Listen to awkward stories

Because you can probably relate to them. You'll get to hear 10-minute stories from seven storytellers. 

Find more information here. 

When: Thursday, April 6, 7-9 p.m.

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cost: General admission is $8 and $6 for students. Get your tickets here. 

Support a local artist

Lex Gjurasic will have her Stamp Out Reality! exhibit on display at Tiny Town Surplus from April 4-April 30 but she wants you to celebrate it with her on April 7. There will be refreshments and she's bringing candy. 

Find more information here. 

When: Opening party is Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit runs from April 4 to April 30.

Where: Tiny Town Surplus, 408 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend. 

Go to an art show at Pop Cycle

Look at some art by local artists about resistance. There will be snacks, drinks, and live music.

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, April 8, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Pop Cycle, 422 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend.

Support Planned Parenthood

Are you a nasty woman? Go look at art ‚ÄĒ or buy some ‚ÄĒ by other nasty women. All the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. There will be beer and food trucks.

Find more information here. 

When: Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 6 p.m. until close

Where: Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend.

Join a book club ... the Why Not Book Club

Mostly Books is reading "A Darker Shade of Magic" by V. E. Schwab. Read it before April 19 and join in the discussion. 

Find more information here. 

When: Wednesday, April 19, 7-8 p.m.

Where: Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Book club is free to attend. 

Laughter yoga ...

Yeah, we have no idea but it sounds fun. 

Find more information here. 

When: Tuesday, April 25, 6-7 p.m.

Where: Quaker Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave.

Cost: It's free but it would be nice to donate some money.

Free yoga at Lululemon

Lululemon hosts different yoga studios every month, get to know the yoga studio while you get your workout in. 

So end the month with some poses and stretches. It's free. Don't forget your mat or use the ones they have there.

Find more information here. 

When: Sunday, April 30, 10-11 a.m.

Where: Lululemon Athletica at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. #255

Cost: Event is free to attend.