More moms are booking it to sunny Phoenix. This bright city boasts more than 325 days of sunshine each year, and it’s now one of America’s fastest-growing urban centers, with a melding of 22 communities, according to TLC’s Phoenix City Guide. If you’re one of the newbies, let us shed some light on mom-specific resources in the area.
Sign up for a class or sport. Find the perfect activity for your little ball of energy. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department is chock full of youth classes, sports and programs. Whether you’re interested in theater; tap or ballet; or baseball, basketball, or tennis, there seems to be an activity for any young personality. Check out the youth workshops, too—the newest in the lineup is a fun one: Archaeology for Kids.
Meet more moms (and dads). In Phoenix, you have your pick of mommy groups—the city is packed with them. Phoenix Mommies is a free group focused on all parenting stages, from pregnancy to the teen years. The group has active discussion forums, offers support to moms and runs a handful of volunteer efforts. Café Mom is another option. The online community, where millions of moms from around the country can connect, lists groups where you can meet other Phoenix moms, get support, and advice on a slew of parenting topics, from breastfeeding to raising kids with special needs. If you like groups with a more physical presence, Meetup has a section dedicated to local mom gatherings every day of the week. For instance, Tot Town takes place at The Shiloh Community Center on Wednesdays; here, moms can meet and chat while their little ones (newborns to 5-year-olds) play. Meetup.com also has a list ofyoung parent meet-up groups—with specific groups for young moms, older moms, religious moms and other interests—read through and see if there’s any worth giving a whirl.
Check out local after school programs. The City of Phoenix offers four afterschool programs for kids. The Sunnyslope Youth Center is offered 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday for kids ages 12 to 18. The center is connected to Winifred Green Park, and it has a basketball court, open field, two playgrounds and an array of classes, from hip hop and break dancing to ballet and mural arts. The Thunderbirds Teen Center has a program that runs 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday for kids ages 11 to 17. The center has a handful of activities, including homework help, recreation classes and field trips. The center even has a state-of-the-art recording studio to make music.
Explore Phoenix with the family. Whether it’s an art walk, music in the park or a farmers market, Visit Phoenix.com aggregates a list of area events. The site lists events in a user-friendly way, with options for “tonight, tomorrow, the next 7 days and the next 30 days.” AZCentral.com also has an ongoing list of Phoenix kid-friendly events, from chili parties to the state fair.
Get to know your schools. Phoenix has 325 public schools and more than 200 charter and private schools, which can be overwhelming to consider if you’re new to the area. Start by going to City of Phoenix school district site, where you can narrow down your specific search. Here you can learn more about schools in your area, including test scores, student demographics and special programs. You can easily find your district by using The City of Phoenix intersection search tool.