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    "Activities with your child should tap enthusiasm for learning and supply healthy doses of confidence and self-worth in the process." ~Kenny Luck


    Health and Safety

    November 13, 2002 - John C. Lincoln Deer Valley hospital will be giving free public tours of their operating room between 8:30am-3:30pm. Kids are welcome and will get lollipops and balloons.

    CPR class at a local fire station (recommended for ages 12 and up)

    Fire Safety Week
    National Fire Prevention Week is held during the second week in October. Many fire departments will have an open house or hold fire safety programs during this time. They may also have safety demonstrations at other times. Try to visit your local fire department's activities whenever they may be. Their main purpose is to help you make your home and family safe from the dangers of fire and other hazards. There are many things to review and you can always learn something new. The more you know about fire, the better you can protect yourself.

    Scottsdale Gun Club
    The Scottsdale Gun Club has numerous classes and courses that are all designed to make you a more knowledgeable, accurate, and safer shooter. Through education and safety, they strive to strengthen the sport of shooting, and enhance your shooting experience.

    Shooter's World
    Shooter's World, an indoor shooting range in Phoenix, offers a free gun safety class for children. This class is intended to instill respect for firearms and reduce the curiosity factor by teaching how a firearm operates. It also teaches them what to do if they come into unsupervised contact with a firearm. Call 602-266-2600 for more information.

    The Ben Avery Shooting Facility Outdoor Learning Center
    The Ben Avery Shooting Facility at Carefree Hwy. & I-17 offers basic orientation, gun safety instruction, beginning firearms training, and hunter education in a classroom setting. They also have a Junior Shooters program for both new and experienced young shooters. Their goal is to provide a safe and fun environment, to teach responsibility, safe gun handling, and set goals in marksmanship under the guidance of expert instructors. Newcomers and their parent or guardian are required to attend a safety orientation meeting. Call the Ben Avery office at 623-582-8313 regarding these programs.

    Escape School
    You can arrange an Escape School presentation for your school group, scout troop, or church. The local Escape School instructor is Bill Malatin, 480-838-5639. It sounds like a neat program. Their website at contains lots of helpful info, including articles about internet safety and general safety as well as abductions, plus a safety quiz for kids. You can even order an Escape School video lesson for only $12.95. Click on "More" to find out about the Escape School classes.

    Hall of Flame
    This is one of the most family-friendly museums in town, with plenty of things to interest both children and adults. The huge air-conditioned building contains almost an acre of fire history exhibits. There are over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating from a 1725 horse-drawn carriage to 1969 motorized vehicles. Most are American, but they also have some from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. One of my favorites was a horse-drawn ladder sled! They even have a real fire engine for kids to climb around on. Plus, there is a play area featuring a two room house (complete with real furniture and appliances), and kids can sit in a toy chief's car, ride on a horse-drawn mechanical carriage (bring quarters), climb a fire pole, dress up like firefighters, do a Dalmatian jigsaw puzzle, or examine a doll house for safety infractions. Nearby there is an old switchboard exhibit as well as an operating alarm center. The Hall of Flame also sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes which includes a 9/11 memorial. A new 2,000-square-foot Wildland Firefighting gallery is scheduled to open in June 2002. Finally, there is a gift shop with lots of t-shirts and firefighting memorabilia. A mini-theater and guided tour is available for school groups. The Hall of Flame website at contains a complete directory with photos of all the museum's holdings.

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