Labor Day weekend is just around the corner for the state’s next observed holiday of the year. Will it be celebrated in peace and friendly company at home? Or will it be celebrated out and about with one or many of the activities available for Labor Day weekend?
Labor Day weekend at home can be celebrated by the pool or in the house. If it is being celebrate outdoors, in or out of the pool, there are many great ideas that can make those lucky holiday days and entertaining for the weekend. BBQ parties or get togethers are a great way to spend the day by the pool with family and friends. Have them bring a side or dessert, something to add to the spirit of the holiday. For veterans, be sure to fly your flags at half mast and decorate in red, white and blue in honor of their services to home and country. Another great idea for meal time is having a potluck, that way you to sample tastes from all corners of the country or at least your friendly guests. Activities to bring the family and/or friends together include relaxing or splashing around in the pool, horseshoes, bean bag toss, charades, and water balloons. Be sure to stay cool with frozen or iced drinks, like teas, lemonades, and spritzers. Ice cream or popsicles are a great way to cool you down or bring an ending to any snack time in the summer fun.
Labor Day weekend out and about in the Phoenix area and outlying hot spots can be celebrated outdoors or in cool places. Locally, for families, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, http://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/, and the Arizona Science Center, http://www.azscience.org/, have great exhibits and interactive spaces for the kids to play and learn while adults can relax or join in the fun. Sea Life Arizona, http://www.visitsealife.com/Arizona/, in Tempe at Arizona Mills Mall and the Phoenix Zoo are great places to take the kids or go exploring as a group. Sea Life and the Phoenix Zoo, http://www.phoenixzoo.org/, offer exhibits that allow for interaction with the animals as well as places to cool down and enjoy your surroundings. Another location to take the kids to have some fun is Wet’n’Wild Phoenix located in Glendale. Wet’n’Wild, http://wetnwildphoenix.com/, offers water slides, a wave pool, a children’s fun park and much more for the whole family. Sports events are another good way to spend the weekend. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Mercury both have games happening on this three day weekend. The D-backs are finishing up their three game series with the Giants and kicking off their series with the Blue Jays. Go D-backs! The Mercury face off against Connecticut before they have a week off from playing. Go ladies!
Labor Day weekend can be an exploration or planned fun for one or all. Locally, the Heard Museum, http://www.heard.org/, offers an exploration in the state’s native past with exhibits expressing the colorful culture of Arizona’s Native Americans. The Desert Botanical Gardens, http://www.dbg.org/, offer beautifully planted gardens that show off the desert’s splendor and relaxing oasis. Find butterflies feeding from the sweet flowers and the odd plant life that inhabits the desert. Camelback Mountain and South Mountain are great trails to go hiking for the day as well as any of the local urban lakes for fishing. Over short or longer distances, there are other recreational and spacious explorations that can be had. The Lowell Observatory, http://www.lowell.edu/visit.php, in Flagstaff, Arizona, has tours and observations daily of the planet’s skies. See the mysterious unknown and its twinkling spectacle in its entirety at the observatory with family or friends. If Flagstaff is too far of an exploration, any of the lakes near the valley offer several different experiences to be had. Lake Pleasant just north of Phoenix, there is fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, jet skis, and more available for family and friendly fun out on the lake. Setting up for a BBQ or a campsite is another option to experience being out by the lake. Another location for similar fun, would be Saquaro Lake. There is also horseback riding and canoing available at Saquaro Lake. Fishing is also availabel in Mesa, Arizona at the Salt River, in addition to tubing, rafting, canoing, and picnicing at the river.
To help find more on fishing, lakes, hunting, and more go to: http://www.azgfd.gov/
To help with more available in the Phoenix area not mentioned go to: http://phoenix.gov/
For tubing on the Salt River, go to: http://www.saltrivertubing.com/
Labor Day weekend is sure to be relaxing and cool with any one of these ways to have fun in the sun!