Sometimes fun things can be educational as well as entertaining. Language can be developed and enhanced in both arenas. Give your older kids a reason to research further or experience hands on science.
The Valley of the Moon offers scientific learning along with an “Electrical Storm on the Moon!” Dec. 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 2544 E. Allen Rd. www.valleymoon.infoThe event is free. But for just $5.00, you can sit among the lightning bolts. Surrounded by 500,000 volts, the star, Electrice, stands on a huge Tesla Coil spinning lightning from her finger tips. An exciting show to watch.
Be sure your children know how and why. In 1891, Nikola Tesla invented the Tesla Coil, a high frequency transformer which increases normal house current into a half-million volts. The Faraday Cage protects those who want to experience sitting in the middle of an “evanescent effluvium of ethereal electrical emanations” with no harm whatsoever. You or your teens can watch or sit amidst the lightening show.
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society’s 8th Annual Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry, Art and Craft Sale. After the news of finding whale fossils in the desert and naming a rock after a UofAZ professor, your children might enjoy an up close look here. To keep the Moms and Dads alert, free coffee is available, and cookies for the kids. Also, free giveaways for the kids! Fabulous Holiday gifts – Stocking Stuffers, World Class Mineral Specimens and Fossils. Dec. 3 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 3727 E Blacklidge Dr. (near Ft. Lowell and Dodge.) Contact JoAnne Sam – 403-0117 -firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonoran Bells, Tucson’s own hand -bell ensemble, presents “A Season of Joy.” With Christmas coming, what better way to welcome it than the sound of bells? Sunday Dec. 4, Start time 3:00 PM End time 12:00 AM. Location Northminster Presbyterian Church – 2450 East Fort Lowell Road Suggested donation $10.00 per person. www.sonoranbells.org577-7816 / sbinfo@sonoranbells
Friends of the Pima County Public Library host a book signing and sale featuring Tom Van Dyke‘s, A Cowboy Christmas, a mystical tale of action packed adventure with comic wit. $18.95 Help promote literacy and support Tucson’s public libraries. Friday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Book Barn on 2230 N. country Club. From noon to 2:00 PM at the Main Library Bookstore, 101 N. Stone Ave. Libby Stone ph 520-795-3763 email@example.com
Although I have grouped these as Middle and High School interest, they might also interest the younger children. You might want to check out my suggestions for younger students.