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Worth the Trip: Pack up dog, kids for pooch picnic, museum party

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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:00 pm


Woof Down Lunch

If the thought of leaving the dog locked up at home typically nixes the notion of a day trip, bring that pup along. Dogs are meant to accompany their owners to this picnic in Prescott’s shady town square, where both of you can find respite from the Valley’s same ol’-same ol’.

United Animal Friends puts on the Woof Down, where you’ll feast on a pulled pork or vegetarian barbecue sandwich, cole slaw, chips, brownie and a drink as you listen to live bands. Agility, obedience and K-9 police dog demonstrations will give you something to watch, and there are a slew of activities covering pets, kids, and arts and crafts — including a lady who will spin yarn from your pet’s hair and make a toy bear out of it. (Bring a zip-top sandwich baggie full of hair you’ve brushed from your dog or cat, and a $30 donation to UAF, if you want one.)

About 70 vendors will set up booths for outdoor shopping, and any dog can enter free noontime contests (Best Wiggle Butt, Longest Tail, Best Spots, Happiest Dog, Most Unusual Color, Best Ears, etc.) to win a trophy.

Proceeds benefit UAF, a volunteer nonprofit working to increase pet rescue, spay/neuter, foster and adoption programs in Yavapai County.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Courthouse Square, 120 S. Cortez St. $10 ticket includes lunch only; $20 ticket includes lunch, a handcrafted ceramic pet bowl, pet food samples, an entry for the Grand Prize raffle and a ticket for another raffle prize drawings. (928) 778-2924 or UnitedAnimalFriends.org.


Night Wings

There’s not a whole lot to look at on the drive between here and Tucson, which is why we’re all for making one leg of the journey there and back in the dark. This event, taking place at the must-see Pima Air & Space Museum, gives a good reason to do just that — and avoids a Saturday-morning rush to hit the road.

One of the world’s largest aerospace museums, Pima’s collection of more than 300 commercial, civil and military aircraft is worth seeing anytime. Night Wings makes the trip even more worthwhile, thanks to a dozen or more aviation-related activity stations designed to engage children, a “Planes” movie scavenger hunt and (for $4 more) a sunset tram ride to check out 150 outdoor planes. Hello, gorgeous photo opps.

The museum’s Flight Grill stays open until 8:30 p.m. with supper options like burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream, but we also like the idea of hitting up any number of The Old Pueblo’s well-reviewed restaurants on the way out of town.

Night Wings repeats at the same time July 26 and Aug. 23.

DETAILS >> 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road. $10 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. (520) 574-0462 or PimaAir.org.

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