SanTan Village shopping center in Gilbert will host Back-to-School Bonanzas 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17.
Friday’s event, situated on SanTan Plaza between Dillard’s and Harkins Theatres, will include games, mini makeovers from The Edge Salon, massages from the soon-to-open Aveda Experience Center, a live broadcast with East Valley Institute of Technology’s 90.7 The Goldmine radio station, and prizes -- including hundreds of gift cards from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets, American Eagle Outfitters and other restaurants and stores, according to a release from the center's parent company, Macerich.
Saturday’s "bonanza" will take place in the children’s play area, where kids can join story time with Mother Goose, music, dancing and crafts. There will also be character appearances from Bearemy, the Build-A-Bear Workshop mascot, and Wilbur from Famous Dave’s. Caketini will provide refreshments, and more gift cards from retailers like Auntie Anne’s, Yogurtopia and Brio will be given away.
Information is at ShopSanTanVillage.com/Events/BTS.