UA for Families
Fun and discovery for all ages on the University of Arizona campus.
Museums, Galleries, Performances, Sports
A red-bricked mini-city in the heart of metro Tucson, the University of Arizona is abundant natural green space, respected museums, acclaimed arts and entertainment, and edge-of-your-seat sporting events. But ... the campus isn't just for college students. It's a font of fun and learning with engaging public programs for all ages.
At Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium the wondrous exploration of our universe includes rotating science exhibits and discovery programs, a planetarium, and laser light and music shows that thrill young and lifelong learners. Sharing space with Flandrau, the UA Mineral Museum houses one of the finest gem, mineral and meteorite collections in the world and features a dedicated Southwest Mining & Minerals Gallery. For an adventure not found anywhere else, tour the remarkable mini-world Biosphere 2. The futuristic-looking facility, sitting on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet, is an international laboratory for cutting-edge science shaping the future of our planet named one of the "50 Must-See Marvels of the World" by Time Life Books.
UA's outstanding cultural offerings include Arizona State Museum, established in 1893, where you can marvel at the 20,000-plus pieces of Southwestern Indian pottery and the 35,000 specimens of American Indian basketry and fiber arts. The museum's Paths of Life exhibit showcases sights and sounds of Southwestern Native American culture. At the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the wide-ranging collections include over 5,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, with masterpieces spanning eight centuries and innumerable artistic styles.
Explore Southern Arizona's pioneer history at the Arizona Historical Society's Arizona History Museum. The museum houses the stories and artifacts of Arizona personalities such as Geronimo and Wyatt Earp, as well as Emperor and Empress Maximilian and Carlota of Mexico. Family-oriented exhibits include a mining tunnel and a hands-on re-creation of 1870s Tucson.
Arts For All
Bringing world-famous and emerging artists to the historic landmark Centennial Hall, UA Presents fills the seats for shows for the entire family. Enjoy a fabulous concert with a traveling orchestra, catch a Tony Award-winning musical production, or laugh out loud at a trendy comedian. The UA School of Theatre, Film and Television consistently ranks among the best nationwide and provides affordable opportunities to see up-and-coming artists and productions.To see UA students put on a show of their own, grab tickets to a production of the Arizona Repertory Theatre. Musicals and plays take the stage here, but don't miss the pre- and post show discussions to meet the actors and learn what goes on behind the scenes. A mecca to photography buffs, the Center for Creative Photography rotates exhibits from its dazzling collection of more than 90,000 works by 2,200 photographers, from Edward Weston to Ansel Adams, who helped found the museum in 1975.
With an expansive grassy mall and gardens of native plants, the campus-wide UA Arboretum is the perfect place to get in touch with nature without leaving the city. Learn about native plants' medicinal value, how plants from different climates are able to thrive in the heart of Tucson or look around for special wonders -- including a tree grown from a seed that orbited the moon! Guided tours regularly take place around campus, specializing in the different types of plants you'll see along the way, or take a self-guided tour with information from the Visit Tucson-UA Visitor Center at the corner of Euclid Avenue and University Boulevard.
Make a Day Of It
Adjacent to the western edge of the UA campus is Main Gate Square, a bustling pedestrian-friendly corridor lined with restaurants and shops. After all the fun on campus, your family will need to refuel, and here you'll find a little bit of everything, including several local independent places. Several restaurants offer patio seating, so you can grab a bite and enjoy the people watching. Tree-lined Geronimo Plaza frequently hosts live music, especially during Friday Night Live! Summer Jazz Concert Series. You can also hop aboard the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, which runs through historic neighborhoods, eccentric shopping on Fourth Avenue, the middle of downtown Tucson's entertainment district, and across to Mercado San Agustin's hip public marketplace.
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