La Calavera Catrina

Josh Linam walks with his 1-year-old son Jonas through the La Calavera Catrina exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Oh hey! For many Tucson school districts it's almost fall break. 

Yeah, it snuck up on us too.

The good news is that means you're a quarter of the way through the weirdest school year ever. Congrats!

Whether you're in need of childcare or family-friendly adventures to get out of the house, check out these ideas for ways to fill your days. 

Find a fall break camp

Live Theatre Workshop fall camp

While waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear, Gino Cocchi, as Linus Van Pelt, gives excuses as to why the giant orange squash has not shown itself in  Live Theatre Workshop's 2018 performance of  "Snoopy!!!"

What: Live Theatre workshop's fall session kicks off with a week long Radio Stage Drama half-day camp for kids in third grade and up. Kids will be assigned a part in a radio play and that will be performed at the end of the week on the group's outdoor stage. There are two morning and two afternoon sessions, limited to eight campers per session. 

When: Oct. 12-16. Sessions are 8 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m. 

Cost: $175 per camper. 

More info: Go here to register and view the group's safety precautions. 

Humane Society of Southern Arizona Humane Amigos Camp

From left to right, Buddy, Brando and Zena Rose, run and play at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

What: Kids ages 6-11 can learn about animal care, animal behavior and preventing animal cruelty from the experts at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in this week-long camp. 

When: Oct. 12-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Cost: $250-$275 

More info: Register for camp and read the camp safety precautions here

Tucson Racquet Club Fall Break All Sports Camp

What: Kids ages 5-14 will spend the day participating in a variety of physical activities including swimming, tennis and basketball. 

When: Oct. 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cost: $205 for the week or $50 per day. Lunch is included. 

More info: Read the camp's safety precautions and register here

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Fall Break Mini Camp

Children examine a handcrafted winter scene at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

What: Kids ages 8-12 can make their own flea circus including a three-ring tent and a moving clown car all from recycled materials at this two-day camp. Space is limited to 10 campers. 

When: Oct. 18-19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Cost: $55

More info: See the museum's safety procedures and register for camp here

School Days Out at the Tucson JCC

Skylar Dehnert 7, center, watches as Layla Hadwin, 7, left, works with cookie dough ingredients during the cooking class at "Rock Away With Camp J."

What: Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can participate in sports, art, swimming, cooking and other fun activities at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. 

When: Oct. 12-16 

Where: Tucson JCC, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: $30 per day

More info: See the center's safety precautions and sign up for camp here


Explore some museums

Children's Museum Tucson

Shane, left, and Roland Symms enjoy a science experiment at the Children’s Museum Tucson during the Save Our Summer FUNdraiser. The benefit allows families or small social groups to rent the museum for a three-hour period for $300.

What: You can book a private play date at the Children's Museum Tucson for a group of 10 or fewer people in your social bubble as part of the museum's POP-in Play Date fundraiser, an effort to help keep the museum running until it can reopen safely. A donation of $300 is required to reserve a play date. 

When: There are two time slots available Monday-Saturday Oct. 12-18; Wednesday-Sunday Oct. 21-25 and Wednesday-Friday Oct. 28-30. 

Cost: A donation of $300 is required to reserve a play date.

More info: Reserve a slot and learn more here

Tucson Museum of Art 

The Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

What: Tucson Museum of Art offers a weekly, themed afterschool program for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. The theme for the week of Oct. 12-16 is wearable art and each session is limited to 30 kids, spread across three classrooms. You can sign up for the full week or just one day.

The museum is also open to the public, if you want to spend one of your fall break days exploring together as a family. 

When: The CREATE Afterschool @ TMA program runs Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. 

Cost: The afterschool program is $65 per week or $20 per day; Regular admission to the museum is free for children 12 and younger and $12 for adults. 

More info: Learn more here

Reid Park Zoo

Mapenzi — Penzi for short — celebrated her 4-month birthday with here first dip into the mud wallow.

What: See baby Penzi in person and visit with the other animals who call the Reid Park Zoo home. The zoo is open for daily wildlife walks, but you do have to reserve your tickets in advance.  

When: The zoo is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Cost: $6.60 for kids 24 months and older; $10.50 for adults; kids 24 months and younger are free. 

More info: Learn more about the zoo's safety precautions and reserve tickets on the Reid Park Zoo's website

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Guests enjoy a stroll through the dark to the Desert Gardens by the light of the trees during Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

What: Roam the museum's grounds and soak up some sun while being immersed in the Sonoran Desert any day of the week, or experience the museum's nocturnal inhabitants during select days this month. The museum is limiting the number of guests and reservations have to be made online in advance.

When: The museum is open Sunday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open late until 9 p.m. every Saturday in October. 

Cost: $19.95 for Arizona residents

More info: Learn more about the museum's safety precautions and reserve tickets here

Tucson Botanical Gardens

The La Calavera Catrina exhibit is on display at the Tucson Botanical Gardens through Nov. 29.

What: Experience this enchanting oasis right in the middle of the city by day or by night. You can see the gardens' latest exhibit La Calavera Catrina, a collection of towering calavera sculptures created by artist Ricardo Soltero on display in Arizona for the first time, a Dia de los Muertos altar and a giant marigold "tree." 

When: The Tucson Botanical Gardens is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are sold for specific time blocks within those hours. 

Cost: $15 for adults; $8 for children ages 4-17; free for children under 4

More info: Find more information about TBG's safety precautions and reserve tickets here


Pick the perfect pumpkin 

Family and friends look for the perfect pumpkins at the Marana Pumpkin Patch, on Oct. 24, 2019.

It might be 100 degrees outside, but you can still get into the fall spirit with a trip to pick the perfect pumpkin. We found six places you can choose your own great pumpkin from a pre-picked selection, or venture out to a patch and pluck one straight from the vine. 


See an outdoor movie

"Ghostbusters", "The Addams Family" and "Scooby-Doo" are among the not-too-creepy films you can watch at outdoor theaters throughout town starting this weekend. We put together a list of all the places with outdoor screenings, so you can see all of your options. 


Try a new virtual event

Learn how to tie-dye, make a DIY lava lamp or play nature bingo with this huge list of virtual events and things you can do any time


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