It's another month until opening day of the official Major
League Baseball season in Chicago, but in sunny Arizona, the Cactus
League already is underway, with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White
Sox opening their spring training seasons this weekend.
If you're headed to Mesa for a spring training peak at America's
favorite pastime, here are four things in Mesa worth a look
if you're traveling with kids.
Joe's Farm Grill
Come hungry, but not too hungry. Chances are you'll wait at
least 45 minutes just to put in your order. But it's worth it, for
the quality of this not-so-fast food and for the atmosphere in this
development charmingly named Agritopia. This is the same Joe's Farm
Grill you've seen on
Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food
The restaurant is housed in the family home where owner Joe
Johnston spend his childhood. It's in the middle of what was once
the family farm. Although much of the land has been developed into
the community now called Agritopis, there's still a 12-acre "urban
farm" that supplies the fruit, herbs and vegetables used in the
The wait can be long, but there's plenty of area for antsy kids
to run and play while their adults stand in line.
Arizona Museum for
This charming children's museum is aimed at the under 10 set and
uses an art foundation to keep kids engaged. The bright colors,
calm atmosphere and endless array of things to do, draw, build and
explore are a great way to entertain sun-burned kids on a long
Arizona Museum of Natural
When we first walk into this dinosaur-laden natural history
museum, take a look at the schedule for the flash floods. It
happens a couple times an hour and are worth a look.
Dinosaur-loving kids will find plenty to like about this museum,
which is crammed with huge, impressive dino skeletons.
When you want to introduce your Midwestern city kids to Mother
Nature at her desert finest, head to Usery Mountain Regional Park.
For $6, an entire carload can explore the nature center, take one
or more of the hikes (they range from .2 miles to 7 miles with
varying degrees of difficulty) and sign up for the night hike in
which you'll use black light flashlights to find scorpions, which
are covered in an exoskeleton that glows in the black light.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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