Parent Hood: Three Sights to See with Your Kids over Holiday Break in Metro Phoenix

Steve Wiley is Jackalope Ranch's Parent Hood. He's a slightly unorthodox father of five who will weigh in weekly with his mildly-rebellious views and observations. If you'd like to see how he came to write this column, watch the intro video. This week he weighs with three things to do with your kids over break.


In just a few days, your kids are going to be home on Christmas break. All day long. In your house. Eating. Fighting. Slacking off. Eating (with two growing sons, I have to say "eating" twice). Making you slightly nuts.

If you don't want those two weeks to feel like two months, and you aren't one of those parents that lets electronic babysitters do all of your work for you, than you'd better find something to do with them.

Never fear, the ol' Parent Hood is here with three cool, relatively cheap (or free) ideas to get you and your wall-climbing children out of the house.

See Also:
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- -Parent Hood: Three Gifts That Won't Be In My Kids' Stockings

- 10 Favorite DIY Holiday Light Displays in Metro Phoenix

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Steve Wiley

Tempe Town Lake Mosaics

The idea for this whole post started with the video above. I really enjoy walking and chilling at Tempe Town Lake, and I often take my kids, so my lovely wife and I decided to go down and make a video to tell you all about it.

Tempe Town Lake is loaded with neat stuff, but one feature down there stands out to me, The Community Mosaics, and they're the highlight of the video. It's a perfect length walk to get over there. Perfect for exercise. Perfect for taking in all the sights on both sides of the lake. Most of all, perfect to spending some quality time with your kids.

Check out the video and you'll see what I mean. Community and art at its finest. Don't worry, if walking's not your thing, or if (gasp!) art's not your thing, Tempe Town Lake offers boating, biking, fishing, and a whole lot more.

Click here for more info on Tempe Town Lake.


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