SandFest at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix



I don’t know about you, but I love the beach and my hubby and I can’t wait to take my little man to dig his toes in the sand while we play and soak up some sun.  However, this stress-free vacation becomes a little more difficult when you have to plan for a long weekend, book a place to stay, pack the car with everything you’ll need, and time accordingly for optimal snoozing for your munchkin in the car.  Want a little taste of some beach-filled-fun for the whole family right here in Phoenix?  Look no further!  The most talked about event of last year, SandFest, is back at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix!  This event is sure to be an unforgettable family experience packed full of activities all weekend long, and we are giving you the full run down below.

On Friday, March 4th (5-9pm) there is a Beach Bum Block Party! for adults only (21+), which means … wait for it …drinks, food trucks, beer pong, beach volleyball, a sandpit, live entertainment, and more.  So, call your babysitter, get it on the calendar, and plan that date night!  Best of all?  This is a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, so your adult-only night out is directly benefiting their amazing programs and educational offerings that we all enjoy throughout the year.  Tickets are $20/person if purchased in advance, or $25/person if purchased at the door.  RSVP and learn more about this event here.

Saturday March 5th (9am-4pm) Sandfest continues with Sandcastles on 7th!  The “Sand Guys” from the Travel Channel’s Sand Master’s show are lined up and they will be busy designing and creating a one-of-a-kind signature sand sculpture.  Better yet?  They are going to share some of their tips and tricks with you.  So when you do book that long weekend vacation by the beach, you can put your newly acquired sandcastle skills to work.  I fondly remember playing on the beach with my family, begging my mom to help me build a sandcastle.  I know I could use some pointers, and these are definitely the guys to get them from!  Food trucks and entertainment will also be present, and to top off the day, there is a sand-sational sandcastle building competition, and you get to vote for your favorite!  This is a free event for the whole family, and there is reduced museum admission for $8/person so you can head inside and have some fun after you have had your fill of sandcastles!  RSVP and learn more about this event here.

IMG_0049Finally, on Sunday March 6th (9am-4pm) send the grandparents down to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix with your kiddos for Sand-Parent’s Day!  This event, sponsored by Carstens Family Funds, builds upon the sandcastles built on Saturday and offers great opportunities for grandparents/grandchildren to dig in together!  This is free for grandparents and grandchildren visiting the museum together, with the same $8/person reduced admission price.  RSVP and learn more about this event here.

 This weekend is coming up fast, and the weather is sure to be gorgeous, so plan some time, head downtown, and go check out the fun-filled weekend of sand and entertainment at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.  While you’re there, be sure to tag @nphxmoms and @childmusephx and use our hashtags #nphxmoms and #sandfestphx to share the fun with your friends!

This post was sponsored by Children’s Museum of Phoenix, considered one of the top 10 children’s museums in the country.   We love this local business and all that it brings to our city and families!  

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Kate was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona. She became a new mom in March 2015, when her son Walker was born, and is loving every minute of motherhood. She is an early childhood educator, with a bachelor’s in early childhood and a master’s in educational leadership. She spent five years teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in the Phoenix area. In addition, Kate is the owner of Peas in a Pod Nanny Agency, which she opened in 2011. Although originally from Arizona, Kate also lived in the glorious cities of San Francisco and Chicago (where she met her husband). She spends her free time exploring new restaurants, taking trips when time allows, and soaking up time with her family.



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