Want To Add More Fun To Your Life? Three Local Ideas


Are you looking to add more fun and connection to your life – and your family life – this year?  Here are three ideas you can use to start your year on a positive note.


We adopted this little guy (Ollie) from AAWL 10 years ago

1) Donate your time or your money to great local organizations. Families Giving Back is a terrific organization that allows whole families (including young children) to donate their time to those in need. You can replenish food banks, stock food bags for children in need, or make cards and other goody bags for children in the hospital. There are so many great ways to help. I promise your children will walk away from this experience feeling proud and excited to have helped their community. Two other local organizations we love to support are Arizona Animal Welfare League (a no-kill animal shelter) and Florence Crittenton (a local organization supporting young women).

2)  Pick up a new sport…or join a team for one that you haven’t played in years. I recently joined a tennis league. After finishing our first season, I can say that I have learned so much. This is after playing almost my entire childhood and then not picking up a racket again until after I turned 35. Being a part of a sport as an adult is so different from when you played as a child – and very rewarding. If tennis is not your thing, think about a soccer league, running group, softball team, or other adult league. All you have to do is search online and you will be sure to find a group that needs you! Also, learning to play tennis again means that we play as a family together, and this is a tradition I hope continues for years to come. A family that plays together, stays together!

3) If sports are not really your thing, look into a cooking class, art class or other creative outlet. Here are three that look fantastic: Sweet Basil, Sur La Table, and Arcadia Farms. Or try a little wine and painting at one of these new hot spots: Pinot’s Palette & Me The Artist. You can also find crafting and sewing classes at JoAnn Fabric.

There are so many other great new things you could start this year – can you share any local fun activities with the rest of us?