Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Setting sail from Pleasant Harbor Marina, Lake Pleasant Cruises's sightseeing tours offer a unique waterborne view of the picturesque surroundings. Onboard the brand-new 65-foot boat named The Phoenix, up to 149 passengers can relax on the open-air top deck for sunny, breezy cruises or head to the climate-controlled main deck to enjoy music, beverages, and snacks. The boat is also available for private charters, which provide a full-service bar and bartender for corporate events, birthday parties, and weddings.
AZ Ice's sparkling ice rinks attract athletes of all ages and skill levels, giving them a chance to carve their names in ice using the blades on their feet. The rink hosts lessons in basic skating, figure skating, and hockey taught by skilled instructors; they range from Learn to Skate classes to Power Skating, which strengthens legs for hockey matches. Staff members also captain summer camps for kids, weaving ice skating into a jam-packed schedule of activities such as arts and crafts and bounce-house sessions. Both students and campers graciously step aside to make room for the masses during public-skate sessions.
Youth Sports and More teams up with a variety of local businesses to present kid-centric after-school activities. Camps and classes are held at institutions such as Zapien’s Martial Arts Academy, The Scottsdale Studio of Music, and Xtreme Gymnastics. Each location boasts licensed instructors and low student-to-teacher ratios that ensure ample attention. Kids can polish their stage presence during performing-arts sessions, or work off energy during martial arts practice. Music lessons introduce new instruments, and horseback-riding lessons grant youngsters the skill to finally win six-legged races.
On Friday, September 26, the unmistakable sound of scampering sneakers will herald the arrival of this unique run taking place at Pioneer Park. Participants will follow a path around a lake that cuts through softball and soccer fields. Pioneer Park will be in collaboration with Fiesta Peoria for this event, and after the race participants are invited to enjoy a family-friendly, post-race fiesta with live music and vendors. While awards will be distributed, all runners receive a race t-shirt and one ticket to the Saturday night Fiesta Peoria Concert.