Four Fabulous Things to do in and around Scottsdale


In honor of my brother’s wedding in a few weeks, I am writing a blog post about something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue . . .and of course they are all things to do in and around Scottsdale.

Something Old: For something old, I am (ironically) talking about Puddleduds, a children’s resale clothing store located on Scottsdale Road, just north of Shea. My mom has been buying my girls clothing from this store for months, and I finally stopped in to check it out for myself. They have used, name brand kids clothes in stellar condition and at drastically reduced prices. I ended up buying five super-cute summer dresses for my girls, and they all look brand new. With three growing girls, I need all the help I can get in buying kids clothes, so I am very happy to find stores like this around the Valley.

Something New: I just saw this sign the other day for Air Time, an indoor trampoline park, opening soon in the shopping center at Scottsdale Road and Thunderbird. I am excited to try out this place once they open up. Check out their website for more info. I like the part about separate jump areas based on age, so hopefully the big kids don’t run all over the little ones. I just wish they were open before the temperature hit 110, but we can’t have everything we want.

Something Borrowed: I am going to borrow this link from It is a list of great summer staycation resort deals around the Valley. I would love to do this for a day or two with the kids. I don’t know if I would “love” to stay in the same room with a two-year old and two five-year olds overnight when I have a house right down the street, but I know the twins would have a blast staying at a fancy hotel, plus add in the fun pools and all the other great stuff they have going on, and I know they would truly love it, so it might be worth no sleep for one or two nights. . . maybe.

Something Blue: If you have not been to the Sea Life Aquarium at the Arizona Mills in Tempe, it is worth the drive for us North Scottsdale Moms. They have a fantastic setup and tons of fish and sea animals to see – and a few to touch – plus a little movie theater and a play area at the end. They are located in the mall, so you can hit the food court for lunch or dinner afterwards (we go to the Rainforest Café to really make the day special for the kids – there is nothing like a room full of animated jungle animals to keep them enthralled for an hour).

You can print your tickets for the aquarium online prior to loading everyone in the car; this will save on wait time once you get there. They sometimes have deals online, or you can try to find a coupon for a buy one adult, get one kid ticket free at Subway or Dunkin Donuts locations (these cannot be used online to pre-pay for your tickets, so you may end up waiting in line).

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July. And I hope you all enjoy exploring the city as much as I did writing this post.


Angela has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 10 years with her husband, Tom, plus a dog Eddie. They have twin five-year old daughters and a two-year old daughter. All three are excited to be flower girls in their uncle’s upcoming wedding. She currently serves on the Board of Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples (or PVMOM), a local not-for-profit multiples club. She also likes to read lots of books, is a big college football fan (Go Big Red and Sun Devils!), tries to keep up on scrapbooking, is starting to train for a ½ marathon in this brutal heat, attempts to garden, and loves reality TV. Contact Angela at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @angelabarako


  1. I called on the Hermosa Inn staycation which was listed at $239 for two days with ther extras. They refused to honor the ad and and insisted that I had to pay $375 for the staycation. According to the reservations lady that add was for one night, even after I read the ad to her that it was for two nights.

    I emailed the reporter who was listed. She emailed me back that she has not listed this and was frwarding to downtown. That was Thursday I am still waiting on a response from someone at AZ Republic. This is the first time I have ever had a published staycation that was not honored.

    When you call on any staycation make sure you get the persons info or request a manager if the person on the line is refusing to honor the published price.

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