Family Won’t Forget Out of Africa Day Trip

by Ray Newton If your idea of a family adventure at the zoo is fun, then you will really enjoy a day trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park, about 2.5 hours north of Casa Grande and 4 miles off Interstate 17 at Exit No. 287 (Camp Verde). Unlike a zoo where animals are in … Read More…

Visit Pals at Rooster Cogburn Ranch

  by Blake Herzog The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at the foot of Picacho Peak has been entertaining visitors from near and far, far away for more than 20 years, earning segments on many “roadside attractions” TV shows and websites. While its thousand-strong herd of really big, strong birds is the marquee attraction, the petting … Read More…

Pony Ranch Has Fun-Sized Fun for Everyone

by Blake Herzog Photos Nancy Webb Pinal County’s entertainment options for kids of all ages have become especially limited since the pandemic started, which Nancy Webb says is part of the reason why The Pony Ranch featuring Tinytown has been busy since it opened in November. “There’s just not a lot available for parents to … Read More…

Casa Grande Public Library Get Ready for Tails and Tales!

Mark your calendars because the 2021 Casa Grande Public Library Summer Reading Program is just around the corner. This free animal-themed reading program is available for kids of all ages and will be a bit different this year. Beginning June 1, weekly activity grab bags will be available at the Casa Grande main library and … Read More…

Q&A: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Sharon Elliott, Marketing Manager, Boyce Thompson Arboretum Photos: Blushing Cactus Photography How long does it generally take to see all of Boyce Thompson Arboretum? If time is limited, what should visitors see first? Plan on spending a few hours to see the whole arboretum. Our gardens cover 135 acres, with 4.5 miles of trails. You … Read More…

Soak in the Sun on Arizona’s West Coast

by Blake Herzog Are you looking for a slice of the beach life but not in the mood for the famously frigid waters of the Pacific? Want to get out of town, but keep the same gorgeous winter weather? Then you should check out Arizona’s West Coast, formed by the Colorado River which separates us … Read More…

Have Your Kids Discover the Fun, Benefits of Playing in Nature

by Blake Herzog There are so many good things children get from playing outside, from the obvious (hands-on learning about nature) to the not-quite-so-intuitive (reduced risk of nearsightedness). Here are a few more of the benefits kids get from outdoor play: Getting exercise — The CDC recommends children ages 3 to 5 stay active throughout … Read More…

Why Off-Roading is Good for You

by Blake Herzog Going off the paved path in your (hopefully) 4-wheel-drive vehicle isn’t a fitness activity, but it can be the gateway to demanding hikes, formidable rocks to climb, and biking up mountains you never thought possible. In much the same way, the act of off-roading takes you down the road to many more … Read More…

Casa Grande Public Library Literati Book Club Moves Online

Vista Grande Library’s popular Literati Book Club has moved online! It is a big departure from the previous seasons, which welcomed 25+ adults every month over the past five-plus years. The comforting news is there are still eight book selections, as always. The more interesting news is the Literati will not be a Zoom meeting! … Read More…

Tucson: Little Trip, Big City

by Blake Herzog   Day trips are wonderful, and you may be taking more of them this year in lieu of longer jaunts. But they can be even better when there isn’t much driving required to hit a big change of pace. Consider Tucson, about an hour’s drive from Casa Grande and 90 minutes from … Read More…