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Drac & Mavis from HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION in Phoenix this Weekend for Father’s Day!

In anticipation for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, which opens in theaters July 13, characters Drac and Mavis will be in Phoenix this weekend for Father’s Day! Come say hello to them at the following locations:

Harkins Norterra on Saturday, June 16 from 1-5 p.m. (no ticket purchase necessary)
Father’s Day Diamondbacks game on Sunday, June 17 in the Sandlot (until the 7th inning) (must purchase tickets to the game)


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PG for some action and rude humor

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

Adam Sandler (Dracula)
Andy Samberg (Johnny)
Selena Gomez (Mavis)
Kevin James (Frank)
David Spade (Griffin)
Steve Buscemi (Wayne)
Keegan-Michael Key (Murray)
Molly Shannon (Wanda)
Fran Drescher (Eunice)
Kathryn Hahn (Ericka)
Jim Gaffigan (Van Helsing)
Mel Brooks (Vlad)

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Bug Fest!

Sun, 3/11 | 10AM-3PM
Free in the outdoor courtyard of OdySea in the Desert.
No admission required to attend.
All ages welcome!

The Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium Foundations present the biggest bug bash of the year with the first annual Bug Fest event! Enjoy cockroach races, edible insect treats, crafts, insect petting zoos and more.

This event is free and recommended for bug-lovers of all ages.

Stations & Activities include:

Cockroach Races
Come one, come all to the race of the century! This is a competition unlike any other, featuring some of the animal kingdom’s most impressive athletes. These competitors are in peak physical condition with tough-as-nails exoskeletons, six nimble legs, and a hunger for victory. Step up and see if you can predict who will scurry across the finish line first.

Insect Petting Zoo
Petting Zoos are known for housing some of the cutest and cuddliest animals around, and this Petting Zoo is no exception… well, so long as you consider Giant katydids, millipedes, and tarantulas “cuddly.” These gentle giants are often described as scary or gross, but we’d like to politely disagree and instead invite you to face your fears and maybe make a new friend.

Entomophagy (bug tasting)
Despite the fact that edible insects are absolutely delicious, for some, it requires a bit of bravery to take the leap. Edible insects hold huge potential as an ingredient in creating new and delicious foods. The more you know about the benefits associated with edible insects the easier and more enjoyable the experience becomes.

Admit it, this might be the most unforgettable gift ever. For just $5 we’re offering up the chance to name a cockroach after someone you love (…or hate) and receive a personalized naming certificate. Customize a roach name card, snap a photo, and share it with your loved ones and/or sworn enemies. All proceeds go to the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Meet some of the Southwest’s most helpful, horrifying, and harmful inhabitants. Learn which species to welcome, which to avoid, and which to call an expert about.

Dream up and bring to life your very own creature creations with our Build-A-Bug craft station, or skip the DIY and take home a one-of-a-kind insect greeting card instead.

Butterfly Gardening Station
A Butterfly Wonderland specialist will demonstrate which plants to add to your garden to attract beautiful butterflies this season.

Bee Station by Rango Honey
Meet bee keeping experts, learn the ins & outs of caring for these important pollinators, and even sample some local honey varieties.

Canine Bed Bug Detection Station

Questions? Call us at 480.800.3000
or email us at [email protected]

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Wear your favorite #hannajams and join us for story time and activity to celebrate. Stop by your Hanna store on March 2 from 11am – noon or 3 – 4pm.

Find your Hanna store:

Get cozy in our Dr. Seuss pajamas:

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Children’s Acting Lessons at Dearing Acting Studio

This post is sponsored by Dearing Acting Studio. We love this local business! Looking for a fun activity for your kids that builds confidence, encourages teamwork, and supports communication skills? My eight-year old daughter was so excited to have the opportunity to take acting lessons at Dearing Acting Studio for a month and they didn’t disappoint!   […]

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Christmas Bucket List

One of the Christmas traditions I always look forward to is an Advent calendar filled with chocolate. Sharing this with our daughter during her first Christmas season was something my husband and I anticipated. That is, until we realized she might be a liiiiittle too young to have chocolate. I ended up finding a great […]

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