It’s the time of year when the valley is the best place to be in the country!  While the rest of the country is huddling in the cold, we’re venturing out into the mild, sunny days that the winter months in Phoenix provide.  Here’s some great local attractions courtesy of your Avondale pediatric dentist:

things to do in winter in AZ

Check out the fun activities happening daily at the Phoenix Zoo!  With so many things to do, there is something for everyone.  Daily attractions include Monkey village, goat petting in the Red Barn at Harmony Farm, the Giraffe Encounter, and Stingray Bay.

Cityscape has extended City Skate, Phoenix’s only real outdoor ice skating rink through February 1st, and the ticket price includes skate rentals and access to the rink during public hours.  The rink is located in the middle of Central Ave, in the heart of Cityscape between Washington and Jefferson streets.

For the junior scientist in your family, just a few blocks to the east if Cityscape is the Arizona Science Center, where science comes alive in a 4-story arena.  It features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art Planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater, which will feature Galopagos:Nature’s Wonderland in 3D through February.

Just north along 7th Street is the home of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where the exhibits aren’t just for looking.  Your little one up to the age of 10 can crawl, climb, draw, build and explore three floors of colors, shapes and textures, and for the especially little ones, the main floor is home to the Place for Under Threes. The interactive exhibits engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the adults who care about them.

Want to take in some local art and culture?  Head down to First Friday in downtown Phoenix.  What started as a small event with no more than a handful of participating galleries in 1993 has since grown into a staple on the Phoenix events scene. First Friday (named so because it takes place on the first Friday of each month) in downtown Phoenix now has more than 80 galleries and art-friendly businesses that you can peruse at no cost.  First Friday in Phoenix is the nation’s largest event of its kind.  Join 10,000 of your closest friends and take in the sights and sounds of street vendors, live music, and exhibit openings