Cosanti features handcrafted wind-bells and sculptures by artist Paolo Soleri. Ceramic, blended from Arizona clay, stoneware and water, form pieces that are cast-molded from a slip, hand carved with designs and finally kiln fired. Bronze bells have also been produced since 1959, using a sand-casting method. Purchase of any of these unusual and beautiful pieces helps support the resident artist. The building, an architectural wonder in itself, is a designated Arizona Historic Site making it a must visit attraction in Scottsdale.
Located on 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of land, this park has undergone massive changes since its initial construction. A favorite of railroad enthusiasts and the little ones in the group, this is a perfect place for a family day out. The park features an Antique Carousel and Clock Tower. The Model Railroad Building, which houses various artifacts relating to trains and rail, has been reconstructed as a 19th-century style rail-shed. Try something from the snack bar served out of a Southern Pacific caboose. The ticket prices and timings of the attractions vary, check the website for further details.
This 70-acre (28.32 hectare) park in South Scottsdale has recreation facilities as well as meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Facilities include five ramadas, one spray pool, two fishing lakes, two playgrounds and one basketball court. If taking a walk with your pooch is on the agenda, Vista Del Camino Park has the only dog run in Scottsdale. The 18-hole disc golf course is a fun place to spend an afternoon with friends or family.
Want to go fishing while the kids enjoy a game of soccer? Then head to this 100-acre (40.46-hectare) park and have a lovely day out with family or friends. The gym and exercise courts at the community center include a variety of fitness options. An uncluttered pathway at Chaparral Park lets you choose between taking a walk or rollerblading. The ever-popular Mighty Mud Mania takes place every July and the kids will enjoy Tube Trouble where tubes grouped in sets of three form a challenging tunnel. With ballfields and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool and relaxing ramadas, there's something for everyone at this park.
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts transformed a small western town into a well-respected cultural community. Throughout the years, the arts are explored through music, dance, drama, and other artistic mediums. Programs promoting the importance of the arts to children of all ages are conducted regularly. Lectures, workshops, and classes are held on a variety of thought-provoking subjects. The Virginia G. Piper Theater, Dayton Fowler Grafman Auditorium and other spaces within the center are available for rent.
Located in the McDowell Mountains foothills, this National Historic Landmark was the former Winter home and school of the famed architect. Wright had been visiting Phoenix for years and he had stated that Arizona needed its own architecture. So in-between these visits, he purchased the land for a paltry sum and then subsequently began construction and attracting students. The structure today is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and is open for tours. Some of the highlights include Wright's former office, The Garden Room, the pool, theater and Main Studio.
A not for profit organization, jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District, Chandler Center for Arts, is the venue for cultural art shows. This center can accommodate various concerts, theater performances, workshops, and dance classes. school and other local and regional performers can rent the hall for rehearsals. Recipient of many awards, the organization is really focusing on advancing arts and culture in the greater Chandler area.
Situated at the heart of the city, Chandler Downtown Community Center is where some of the city's most events and activities are staged. One of the neighborhood's most important recreational and entertainment centers, a day here is certain to be eventful and enjoyable. Featuring sports tournaments, exhibitions, concerts, community gatherings, workshops and stage shows, there's more ways than one to keep yourself entertained here.
A quiet little suburban town, Chandler was founded on the initiative of Dr. Alexander John Chandler, who, in 1891 built a ranch to study irrigation engineering. He sought to build a town where his ranch lay, a sprawling 18,000 acres, and his efforts saw the construction of the town center in 1913. Though the town may not have a rich history, it has earned notoriety after the Chandler Roundup incident of 1997, a joint initiative of the local law enforcement and federal agencies that saw racial profiling and led to large-scale 'roundups' of what were thought to be 'illegal immigrants'. Chandler has little to offer a tourist, save for the Ostrich Festival, a few cultural centers and museums. Visit the website to know more.
improvMANIA is a comedy club and a training ground for kids as well a adults. Open three days in a week, the club has theme nights hosting stand-up comedy for all age groups and on Fridays for adults. If you love making people laugh then join their workshops for stand-up comedy and many other forms of sitcoms. You can also book them for your private events and have a blast with your friends and family.
Stadium Club, on North Alma School Road, is an entertainment venue that the whole family can head to for a fun-filled night out. With karaoke five nights a week, Happy Hours, Thursday Ladies Nights and 25 TVS showing the latest sporting events, this is a place that guarantees entertainment. With an extensive food menu and 25 beers on tap, you have a lot of variety as far as food and drink go. To add to it all, they also have pool tables and darts. When you head to this family-owned and operated joint, you need not leave any member of yours behind, as the place welcomes kids as well.
An expansive recreational ground, Tumbleweed Park has various play area like farm area and city area. Slides, jungle gyms and swings keep kids engaged and entertained. The park has some beautifully maintained tiny huts.