MARICOPA — For those wanting to spend more time with family close to home, there's lots of options in Maricopa to help families do just that.

Some events happen only once while some last all year round. There's lots to do in Maricopa and these are just a few.

Nathan Ullyot, the city of Maricopa's director of community services, said families and seniors enjoy events and places in Maricopa such as Copa Glow, Copper Sky, Pacana Park and others because they enjoy connecting.

He hopes people will find their passions, become more invested in them and create memories.

Henry Pollock, recreation supervisor for the Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, said in an email families enjoy coming to Copper Sky because it is a "one stop shop for family fun in the city."

Parents can get in workouts or lie by the pool while their children participate in recreational programs such as Little Cookers, CW Active/Leap, Copa Tots, Child Watch and more. There are also activities families can do together like e-sports, drop-in sports and family group exercise classes, to name a few.

  • Copper Sky Regional Park has 98 acres with activities for families to participate in. This park includes many features including a couple of interactive playgrounds, a 5-acre lake for fishing with a variety of fish, a dog park with different areas for timid and active dogs, eight multipurpose sports fields with four of them lighted, six shaded ramadas with picnic tables and BBQ grills and a 5,000-square-foot group ramada and more.

    It's open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities at Copper Sky such as pickleball, disc golf and urban lake fishing are lesser known activities at this center, though still fun activities for families.

"It's as complicated or simple as you want to make it or you can get as skilled as you want or keep having fun with your kids or grandparents or vice versa," Ullyot said.

Pollock said Copper Sky has "something for everyone" in a family to enjoy and their activities and programs are available for all skills, abilities and levels.

"We pride ourselves on creating a fun family environment for the city of Maricopa," Pollock stated. "Most everyone from our guests to staff are here to welcome you to the Copper Sky family with open arms."

Ullyot said as people go into the summer breaks they should remember "experiences are things that stick with you a lot longer than stuff does."

It's good for the community to get out and have traditions because it helps build them as a community. They get comfortable with who they live around and see each other in a positive way, so when negative things come up in the media, they realize life isn't always like that. It can look like having fun, smiling and enjoying each other's company.

Maricopa has lots to offer families and individuals. There are events happening all the time. These include:

  • Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center has loads of fun for everyone from bowling to arcade games to the movie theater.

    Bowling hours are Monday-Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoe rentals are $3.25 per person. The cost for games per person varies depending on the day.

    Movie theater tickets cost between $3 and $10.50 depending on the time of day and age. You can go here to check out the showtimes.

    There's party packages for kids starting at $16.95 per person.

    The arcade, laser tag and redemption area are closed until further notice as it's under construction. 

  • Pacana Park is around 28 acres with amenities for the whole family to enjoy. It's located at 19000 N. Porter Road.

    People can fish, play games and sports, have picnics, exercise, watch the birds and more. It's a relaxing spot to spend time with family.

    Some Google reviews of the park say: "It's a relaxing and enjoyable neighborhood recreation area," "Very clean and big" and "This park has it all."

  • Southern Dunes Golf Course is open Sunday-Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. It's located at 48456 W. State Route 238.

    Prices vary depending on what golf event you would like to participate in and the number of people. There's family Troon golf and more to spend a relaxing time and have fun competition with family.

    According to Google reviews, people seem to enjoy their time at this golf course. One said, it is a "beautiful and challenging course. Will play here again." Another said, "the staff was very friendly and the facilities were great," while another said, "worth the drive. Fun to play. An instant favorite. Staff was friendly and helpful."

    When you're done golfing, you can eat at Arroyo Grille restaurant at the golf course.

  • Sonora Wings Tandem Hang Gliding is located on 11934 N. Russell Road and offers fun for groups and families of all sizes. There are no age or ability restrictions.

    Safety is a priority as people fly with an experienced and qualified instructor as a guide. They don't require people to have prior experience.

    According to the website, there's "spectacular views" and you'll get an "unforgettable" experience and thrill.

    On the Facebook page, people have commented positively on their flights such as "highly recommend" and "loved it, planning the next glide."

    These flight costs vary depending on the altitude, training package and other factors. Call 480-251-1515 or email to make reservations and check on availability.

  • Dwarf Car Museum contains dwarf race cars and classic cars called Dwarf Car Cruisers handmade by Ernie Adams. It's located at 52954 W. Halfmoon Road and open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    On the Facebook page, people had positive reactions to the museum such as "loved that place. A must see for anyone in the area," "definitely worth a visit" and "had a great time there hope to get back one day."

    Also located near the museum at 53443 W. Century Road is Ginger's Barber Shop and Flat Tire Springs gift shop.

    Gifts can be purchased online or in-person from T-shirts to coffee cups to license plates and magnets and more. At the vintage barber shop, real haircuts are available.

Some other places to look for events are the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, Maricopa Library and Cultural Center and the Maricopa Community Center, to name a few.

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Kimlye Stager covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at kstager@pinalcentral.com.

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