August is soon upon us!

Between getting the kids geared up for school and heading back to work after vacation, it's undoubtingly a busy month for families throughout the Old Pueblo. Don't worry, if you're hitting the books already there is still time to sneak in some summer fun with these week's events...

Citywide, many neighborhood recreation centers and pools have opened their doors FREE to kids and teens under 17 years old. Wednesday, Aug. 2 is your last chance to dive into summer as part of this pilot program. For a complete list of participating locations, click HERE.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fifth Annual Back to School Bash

  • Where: Oury Center, 600 W. Saint Mary’s Rd.
  • When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE; first-come, first-serve

Finish out July, in-style!

Before the first day of class, bring the kids by the fifth annual Back to School Bash. There will be 1,000 backpacks given away with school supplies included, on a first-come, first-serve basis! Don't miss out on haircuts, gently used clothes, shoes and books, all for FREE!

The whole family can enjoy FREE comic sketches, jumping castles, face painting, hot dogs and more! 

Kids MUST be present to receive complimentary items.

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Special Storytime: Meet ClaraBelle Blue

  • Where: El Rio Library, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
  • When: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Gather around for one special story time to meet ClaraBelle Blue, with guest author Adiba Nelson!

Bring out your pre-school aged children for story time at the library. This story about three-year-old ClaraBelle Blue, a wheelchair bound child will inspire your own child to value diversity as she shows her friends that she can have fun, too!

ASL interpreters will also be available for this reading.  

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

Movies in the Park – Zootopia

  • Where: Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 920 S. Concert Pl.
  • When: Pre-showing activities at 6 p.m.; movie showing approx. at dusk, 7:45 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Hop on over to Reid Park for the tradition from 2003 that started with just a simple projection on a bedsheet.

Bring a blanket and lawn chair for this month's FREE showing of the Disney animated animal world of Zootopia!

The fun kicks-off at 6 p.m. with arts and crafts activities, games, inflatables as well as food vendors on site serving up treats available for purchase, throughout the night.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017


  • Where: Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St.
  • When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Tired of keeping your kids entertained with the same activities? 

Tucson Museum of Art, Children's Museum Tucson and the Sonoran Glass School have your answer...ARTivity!

Families can enjoy FREE crafts like create-your-own superhero cape as well as additional art activities like DIY glass art magnets, ranging from $3 to $10.

Go hands-on starting at 10 a.m., dance the day off with music and stick around for sweet and savory snacks from Pin Up Pastries!



Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.