The weather starts to warm up and people start to get back outside in Phoenix during February.
Heck yeah. This is the Valley of the Sun, right?
Here is our chosen list of the Top 5 that will get you some sun, some chocolate and maybe a pretty sweet thank you from your kids.
1. Glendale Chocolate Affaire, Feb. 3-5
From chocolate covered strawberries to chocolate pizza, this event in downtown Glendale has every kind of chocolate confection imaginable. Spread out over three days, the event provides opportunities to get some chocolate for now, for later and for the next time your Facebook feed is so depressing you reach for a little something-something to get you through.
Details: 5-10 p.m Friday, Feb. 3; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale Avenues, Glendale. Free. glendaleaz.com.
2. Arizona Science Center’s “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey,” Feb. 5-May 29
Shark Week’s a thing for a reason. People love sharks. Or to be scared of sharks. Either way, the new Arizona Science Center exhibit promises to be cool with SENSORY4TM Technology for a walking, multi-sensory cinematic experience. “Come face-to-face with the great white shark” and “gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest predator.” Oh, and get a look-see at the teeth, the jaws and fossils as old as 370 million years old.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Sunday, Feb. 5-Monday, May 29. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets: $11.95 adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-17. azscience.org.
3. Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival, Feb. 11
Mounted horse riders bring the spirit of the Old West to Scottsdale with a parade. After three stages of entertainment keep the party going with Native American dancers, storytellers and musicians. Parents might dig the new Arizona Wine Garden, but cowboy games and a kids zone will keep the youngsters busy. Best part: It’s free.
Details: 10 a.m. parade start, activities continue through 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Free. scottsdaleparade.com.
4. Arizona Renaissance Festival, Feb. 11- April 2
Giant turkey legs, jousting, elaborate costuming and enough room and spectacle for kids to run amok and not get bored. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a huge hit with kids of all ages.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday and President’s Day, Feb. 11-April 2. Arizona Renaissance Festival, 12601 E. US Highway 60, Gold Canyon. Online tickets are $23 for adults, $13 for children 5-12, free for 5 and under. Box office tickets are $24 for adults, $14 for kids 5-12, free for kids 5 and under, $21 for seniors 60 and over. 520-463-2600, arizona.renfestinfo.com/.
5. Canal Convergence: Water + Art + Light, Feb. 23-26
This interactive event brings together local, national and international artists along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Visitors can experience eight large public art installations in the Arizona Canal, including “Les Luminéoles and Lentille d’eau” by Porté par le vent. Five colorful “helium light kites,” in the shape of dragonflies and carp, will soar into the sky each evening.
Details: 4-10 p.m. daily, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Free. scottsdalepublicart.org.
More kids events in metro Phoenix
And if you’re looking for FREE kids events in February, and aren’t we all, you’ll find them at azcentral.com, too.