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Plenty for the kids to see and do during spring break in the Valley

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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 5:43 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Fri Mar 23, 2012.

Spring break is in the air and your flock is ready for fun. Seize the day and capture priceless memories with the kiddos at these five Valley venues.

Sea life Arizona

What: Longing for the beach but the budget won’t get you there? Immerse yourself in the blue world of Sea Life Arizona with sharks, sea horses, rays, tropical fish, and Ziva, an injured sea turtle from Georgia.

When: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe.

Cost: $14.40 online or $18 at the door for ages 13 and older, $9.60 online or $12 at the door for children ages 3-12. Admission discounts available weekdays after 4 p.m.

Information: (480) 478-7600 or www.visitsealife.com/Arizona.

Shamrock Farms

What: If the kids think milk comes from a factory, it’s time to meet Shamrock’s mooing milk cow, Roxie, and her 10,000 girlfriends. The farm tour includes a guided tram ride through the dairy, access to the museum and a chance for little ones to play in Roxie’s play yard. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy hot dogs, pretzels or ice cream at Roxie’s Ice Cream Parlor.

When: 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Where: 40034 W. Clayton Road, Stanfield.

Cost: $9 for adults, $7.50 for military and seniors, $6 for children 12 and younger, free for children 2 and younger.

Information: (602) 477-2462 or www.shamrockfarms.net/farm-tour. Must make reservations 48 hours in advance.

Arizona museum for youth

What: Airplane-themed exhibits with a cock-pit simulator, paper plane launcher and an outdoor atrium. Young children will revel in the museum’s kinesthetic play space, Artville. They can also participate in the daily story time at 11 a.m. No food or drink permitted in the galleries, though patrons are welcome to eat a brown-bag lunch in the Family Zone.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 35 N. Robson, Mesa.

Cost: $7 for ages 1 and older, free for members.

Information: (480) 644-2467 or www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

USA SKateland

What: Go old school and take the kids to Chandler’s own roller rink for a fun, healthful activity. No outside food or drink allowed, but food and refreshments are available at the snack bar.

When: 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, open weekends with varying hours. Spring break camp is also available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through March 23.

Where: 1101 W. Ray Road, Chandler.

Cost: $5 for children, $6 for adults; patrons without their own skates can rent them for $3-$4. Spring break admission is $75 for the week or $20 per day.

Information: (480) 917-9444 or www.usa-skating.com/dynamic.asp?sel=14.

Make Meaning

What: Craft a memory at Scottsdale’s new “Make Meaning” store, hailed Best of New York by New York Magazine. Activities including cake decorating, glass blowing, jewelry, paper crafts, candle dipping, soap or ceramics. The store serves sweets, snacks and beverages and includes a retail boutique.

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 N. Scottsdale Road.

Cost: $12 for a day pass, plus a $9-$50 per-project fee. Ceramics or glass projects must be picked up four days later. All other projects are completed on site.

Information: (480) 845-0000 or www.makemeaning.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-5629 or sperrault@evtrib.com

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