Gilbert’s Guide to Fall Break
FALL BREAK 2018 – WHAT, OH WHAT, ARE WE TO DO
Gilbert has surged from an agricultural community on the outskirts of Phoenix into the place to be. With ongoing kids’ activities, concerts, art shows, unique restaurants, and much more, Gilbert will be the place to visit during fall break. Families will have their choice of activities during early to mid-October and we promise, they won’t disappoint!
Looking for the hip-side with a family-friendly vibe? Head downtown Gilbert to the Heritage District for great food, game filled patios, and even a little water play below, you guessed it, the water tower.
Here’s our daily take on making the most of fall break:
Monday, October 1
Hit the Links. Swing into fall break with a great first day at Topgolf! You can choose to have your kids go to the Kidzone while you play a game or have the whole family join in on a game. Browse the games you can play.
Tuesday, October 2
Endless Indoor Fun. A day the kids will never want to end, is a day at Main Event. There are so many activities to choose from: bowling, video games, laser tag, billiards, gravity ropes, karaoke, mini golf, rock climbing, and virtual reality. Everyone will find some way to make their day great! Learn more about the activities on their website.
On the Farm. Spend a day at Agritopia starting with a farm tour to learn about the property. Then, have lunch at Joe’s Farm Grill or The Coffee Shop. End your visit by browsing The Farm Store and Barnone. Learn more about Agritopia on their website.
Thursday, October 4
Skate it Out. Start the day with a public skate session at AZ Ice. The South Pole rink will have an open session in the morning followed by a pickup hockey session in the afternoon. Check out their website for schedules if you and your kids want to continue going to open skate sessions.
Friday, October 5
Movie in the Park. End the first week of the month by joining Gilbert Parks and Recreation for a screening of Monsters Inc! The movie showing starts at 6:30 p.m. right outside of the Gilbert Community Center. Admission is FREE. Pack a picnic or you can buy food from vendors. For more information follow the event.
Saturday, October 6
Meet at the Market. The best way to start your Saturday is at the Gilbert Farmers Market. Anywhere from 60 to 100 vendors, the Gilbert Farmers Market hosts farmers, food vendors, food trucks, beauty products, plants for décor, pet treats, and more. Did someone say samples? Several vendors sample their products. Hours may vary depending on the season, stay up-to-date via their Facebook page.
The seventh season of Gilbert Art Walk is the perfect place to enjoy art and music while supporting local artisans and crafters at this FREE, family-friendly event located under the water tower in downtown Gilbert. For current updates check their Facebook page.
Sunday, October 7
Farm Fresh Fun. Vertuccio Farms is hosting a corn maze & fall festival starting October 1st! From mini-golf to pumpkin bowling to a 7-acre corn maze, this fall festival will be a hit for the whole family. Join the fun! See the website for more details.
Monday, October 8
Get Outdoors. Take a nice stroll around the beautiful Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. There are all sorts of hidden treasures at the preserve with paved and unpaved paths to walk, run, and ride. Watch the birds, lizards, and rabbits. Dig for dinosaurs, fish in the lake, and come back on Friday and Saturday to view the night sky at the observatory. Find out more at the preserve website.
Tuesday, October 9
It’s in a Book. Storytime with the museum volunteers is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Historical Museum. Extend the learning experience by spending time exploring the exhibits. Learn more about what you can see and do at the museum on their website.
Wednesday, October 10
All Out Fun. There is plenty of activities to fill a day at Fat Cats only located in Gilbert. Start your visit with bowling, playing some games at the arcade, or putting at glow golf. Then catch a movie. From what we hear, it is all out fun! Find all the details on their website.
Thursday, October 11
Dance to the Music. Do you love live music? What about FREE admission? See the local band, Lane Change, and enjoy a night out with your family at the Gilbert Downtown Concert Series. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on under the water tower. Take your own picnic or choose from plenty of dining options in the Heritage District. There will also be food trucks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. selling drinks and snacks. For dates and more information, check out the Gilbert Downtown Concert Series page.
Friday, October 12
Out of this World. Meet up with friends at Pure Esports to get your game on! This is a social gaming environment for playing many different video games. To see the games available at Pure Esports look on their website.
At night the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is hosting a public star party. Enjoy some stargazing and see if you can spot the big and little dipper. Maybe even find Orion’s Belt. There will be telescope’s provided by members of the East Valley Astronomy Club. You can check out all the stargazing opportunities on their website.
Saturday, October 13
Keep it Local. The Made with Love Market is the newest addition to Gilbert’s local scene. You’ll find trendy and handmade items that are locally made. The market pops up on select Saturdays in the Heritage District, just north of Barrio Queen, Clever Koi and Grubstak. The market features family-friendly, hands-on activities that have been organized by local businesses. Follow them on Instagram and keep up with their schedule and amazing list of vendors.
Barktoberfest is happening from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., hosted by Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Whether you have a dog or not, this event is tons of fun! And make sure you stick around for the costume contest, it’s paw-tastic! For more information go to the event page.
Sunday, October 14
Find your Great Pumpkin. Bring the whole family to help choose the best pumpkin for carving your Jack-O-Lantern. Get first pick earlier in the month since all month-long Mother Nature’s Farm will have a pumpkin patch, rated the best in Arizona by New Times! They have a wide range of pumpkin sizes, activities like hay rides, shops, and other treats. For more details and to plan your visit, visit their website.
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