Comfort Suites Peoria Sports Complex
8473 West Paradise Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: (623) 334-3993
Fax: (623) 486-0496
Arts & Museums
This educational facility was created to introduce the youth of the city to the enigmas of outer space. The interactive displays at the center let you learn what working in mission control is all about or what it takes to be a real astronaut. Fun for the whole family, the Challenger Space Center includes its own planetarium, make shift space crafts and a gift shop. The center also lets you organize themed parties for kids of all ages. Check website for more.
This park houses a museum about the railroad history of the United States, thanks in part to the Arizona Model Railroading Society. Here, you will see train layouts of all scales in a trail around a whimsical little city full of details. It is a great location for birthdays parties and picnics - they have two party areas. Admission is free but they accept donations to help pay for operational costs. The Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park offers free rides in a miniature train through a trail around the desert outside the small museum. It is a great place for family fun.
Visit the traditional home of the ancient Hohokam and Patayan peoples who left traces of petroglyphs (rock art) in the Hedgpeth Hills. View more than 1500 of these on a quarter-mile trail. Different interpretations of the designs can be studied at the indoor exhibits. Remember to carry a cap, sunblock, binoculars and plenty of water during your visit. It would be advisable to carry along a notepad to jot down points. Children get an opportunity to create their own petroglyphs out of clay.
The People Service Action (PSA) Behavioral Health Agency has set up the Art Awakening program to that creates environment where people with psychological disabilities and adjustment issues can express themselves through art. This studio, one of many in the city, displays paintings and pieces that help the artist to express. The program also promotes singing and creative writings. Various workshops are conducted for youngsters and adults to help build a positive outlook of life.
The Air Park is a part of the Luke Air force Base, named in honor of lieutenant Frank Luke. Luke was a courageous fighter during World War I, who was bestowed with the 'Medal Of Honor'. This base is one of the largest training centers in the nation responsible for creating the aviators of tomorrow. The main attraction here is the SPAD XIII, constructed in memory of Luke. The park also houses different air-crafts that were used during World War I and World War II. The park observes restricted access to the general public. Those who wish to visit this park, will have to fix a prior appointment with the public affairs office.
As the name suggests, Practical Art sells and exhibits art that are created out of everyday objects and come in use around the house. Not merely for decoration, pieces include glassware, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and even soap. This gallery and shop promotes the work of local artists and kids can be enrolled in workshops that tease their creativity. Practical Art also rents out its gallery space for a range of events. Call ahead for more.
This shop brings home fresh style with prints from artists of very diverse styles. You'll find thoughtful, appealing stills and panoramas from Dave Wilson, beautiful landscapes of Isabelle Hall and and Julie Gilbert Pollard and thought invoking abstract work of Linda Pullinsi. Other featured art includes the famous work of Robert Hilton, Pat Kofahl, and Louis Mason. More than 2,000 frame styles are offered to preserve your beautiful choice.
History comes alive at this turn-of-the-century town, where life during the latter decades of the 19th Century is reenacted. Features include a sheriff's office, jail, dress shop and a schoolhouse maintained just as it was once was. Covering 90 acres (36.42 hectares), experience life of a forgotten time with restored structures like the Ashurst Cabin, The Phoenix Bakery, Flying V Cabin or replications like Fort Woods, the Bank and Bandstand. The charming chapel can also be used for Victorian themed weddings. Please check the website for updated timings.
Founded in the 1920s by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this museum houses tributes to Native American art and culture. At the Heard Museum, permanent displays are showcased along with traveling exhibits displaying the rich heritage of the people. The center was renovated to include an educational facility called the Ullman Learning Center. Free tours are offered daily and there's plenty of parking space. See website for more details.
Spend a few hours at Garfield Galleria; a simple structure that houses 13 spaces of varying sizes dedicated to art and art exhibition. The galleries and working studios within are owned and rented by independent artists and host special events through the month. While certain spaces are fixed in terms of artist or medium, the others make way for an ever changing schedule of art appreciation. For instance, Studio 200E functions both as a studio and gallery space for photographer Margaret Wright. And at Marisabel's Studio Boutique, visitors can study her paintings while also picking up pieces of jewelery created by her. Garfield Galleria provides an eclectic mix for all art buffs.
Music lovers should head to the Musical Instrument Museum which has a collection of 15,000 musical instruments as well as multimedia exhibits. The collection of musical instruments comes from every corner of the world. Many so strange, they are exhibited along with an instructional video. Visitors get the opportunity to learn the diverse music styles that exists around the globe. The museum also has live performances held at its theater.
One of the largest in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum includes a staggering collection of exhibits from the world over. Permanent displays in this facility include miniature interiors as well as 20th-century art. Featured pieces cover contemporary art and fashion design with international exhibits from Europe, Asia, Latin America as well as Western America. Interactive, hands-on activities are featured for kids at the PhxArtKids space. Traveling displays are often included in the museum's highlights. Exhibits include popular works by Sui Jianguo, Lawrence Weiner and Pete Wegner.