5 Activities for Out-of-Town Guests

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: December 2015

Desert Botanical Garden - Las Noches de las LuminariasIt’s that time of year when all of your out-of-town family and friends come to sunny Arizona to escape the winter freeze. If you’re looking for ways to entertain them, here are five fun suggestions:

Arabian Horse Farm Tour
From December 31-January 3, get a rare glimpse behind the scenes of some of the most exclusive Arabian horse barns in the country. During this free event, you’ll learn about the breed’s history and lifestyle, and get a chance to see and touch the horses. Some barns provide entertainment and refreshments. See website for times and locations.

Arizona Science Center Snow Week
Through January 1, the Arizona Science Center will feature more than 60 tons of snow blanketing the Heritage and Science Parks’ grassy hill. Activities include igloo building and making frozen bubbles as well as ice-centric demonstrations.
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Cost: $18 adults; $13 children
602-716-2000, azsciencecenter.org

Cultural Route 101
Through January 31, combine a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) on the Cultural Route 101 tour. Your experience starts with a 90-minute guided tour of Taliesin West at 9:30 a.m., which includes a glimpse of Wright’s private living quarters and office; and a self-guided tour of MIM’s display of musical instruments from around the world. Transportation between venues is not provided.
Taliesin West
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Tickets: $45 adults; $30 ages 6-19. Reservations must be made online for Taliesin West Insights Tour. Use promo code twestmim to get special rate: zerve.com/TaliesinWest/Cultural.

Desert Botanical Garden - Las Noches de las Luminarias
The Desert Botanical Garden is a great place to take visitors any time, but especially during Las Noches de las Luminarias, when the garden is illuminated with more than 8,000 luminarias. You’ll also be able to see the garden’s latest exhibit, “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden,” consisting of eight large-scale light installations scattered throughout the garden.
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
480-941-1225, dbg.org
Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 28-31
Cost: Adults $30; children $12.50 (ages 3-12); under three free

Holidays at the Heard
Visit the Heard Museum through Dec. 31 to hear American Indian music and see dance performances in addition to the 12 exhibit galleries throughout the museum. See website (below) for performance schedules. Be sure to try some fry bread or fry bread tacos from White Eyes Fry Bread. Extra bonus: Anyone wearing a jersey from one of the six college football teams playing in Valley bowl games and the BCS National Championship game will get two-for-one adult admissions to the museum and 10 percent off most items in the museum shops.
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: adults, $18; seniors, $13.50; children 6-17, $7.50; 5 and younger, free
Tickets: heard.org