Fall Family Fun

Fall has arrived in Arizona and we can finally go outside again without roasting. The best part about Fall? All the festivities around town! Find your perfect pick at a pumpkin patch, get lost in a corn maze, or prepare to be scared at a haunted house. Buckeye and the surrounding area have so many fall family fun options for everyone.

Rocker 7 Farms
For fall festivities, check out Buckeye’s very own Rocker 7 Farms. There’s something for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, and corn maze that the kids will enjoy. Take family pictures in the sunflowers, or enjoy a hayride. They are open Friday-Sunday through Oct 29th. Admission is only $9. You can find hours and directions right on their website.

Tolmachoff Farms
Another great place to take the family this fall is Tolmachoff Farms. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. With a pumpkin patch to find the perfect canvas for carving. They also offer a full sized, 6 acre corn maze, as well as a mini version that’s great for the kids. During the evening, take a walk through their haunted corn maze, if you dare! Also enjoy petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, and adult & child pedal cart track. For hours and directions, visit their website.

If you are looking for more pumpkin patches, check out this list from AZCentral.com: Halloween pumpkin patches in metro Phoenix 2017. While these aren’t in your backyard, they are still only a short drive away.

Haunted Houses
If you’re feeling daring, try a haunted house this year! While most aren’t kid friendly, you can find a few around the valley that the older kids will love! Or, you could leave the kids at home for a spooky date night.

At Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, their AZ Field of Screams is a must see for thrill seekers. This haunted corn maze is sure to get your heart racing. This is a great option for parents with older children. The farm also has a separate maze for families.

For a family fun, and spook-tactual night, Gold Land in Mesa offers a Haunted House and Haunted Mini Golf. Their once brightly colored miniature golf course transforms into a haunted graveyard. All ages are welcome to participate in this. Adults cost $9.99, while kids cost $7.99. Find more information and directions here.

Whether you and your family are a fan of finding the perfect pumpkin, or staying up late for a spooky game of mini golf, there’s no denying, Halloween in the valley is non stop fun. For more information on events around us here at Sienna Hills Community, follow the links above.

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Celebrate Spooky Halloween in Buckeye

Autumn is here! In October, take a hayride, visit a haunted house, and celebrate the spooky season with friends. Check out these exciting Halloween events in Buckeye and Metro Phoenix.  

Halloween Carnival – Buckeye  – Saturday, October 28, 5–9 p.m.
Join your Sienna Hills neighbors at Buckeye’s 77th annual Halloween carnival. Enjoy games, mystery bingo, and delicious food and drinks while you celebrate all things spooky. This one-night Halloween event is perfect for the whole family.

Rocker 7 Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – Buckeye – Friday–Sunday, Oct. 7–30
Hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Navigate your way through a four-acre maze. Experience an authentic wagon hayride. Rocker 7 Farm Patch has it all during its Fall Festival—autumn family fun at its best!

Odyssey Halloween Zombie Run – Buckeye – Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.
Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Join in the fun at this spooktacular fun run. After you survive the zombie attack, stick around for a “Boo Brunch” and face painting. Funds raised will be sent to support a school in Ghana.

Murder Mystery Night – Avondale – Saturday, October 21, 6–8:30 p.m.
Whodunit? Maybe it was you! Capture the clues and solve the mystery on this night of fun and intrigue. Join in the mystery and enjoy snacks and interactive fun at Avondale Library’s 4th annual adults-only event. All proceeds benefit the library.

Haunted Houses – Metro Phoenix
Sans kids and ready for an a”boo”solutely exhilarating night of fright? Haunted houses abound throughout Metro Phoenix. Take a peek at this list of offerings and decide for yourself which spine-tingling experience is right for you.

October 31 is coming fast—how will you celebrate the season?

Sienna Hills is an amazing place to call home. With its prime location, there is always something to do. Head out this Halloween and enjoy all there is to offer.

Celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day at Sienna Hills Community

Coming up on September 30th is National Family Health & Fitness Day, which we here at Sienna Hills love to promote! Family Health & Fitness Day comes around every year in September, just in time for the weather in Arizona to drop below 100, and as the weather cools down, it gets easier and easier to get outside and get active! It is even easier when you live in such a beautiful and active community, such as ours. Keep reading to get a few ideas of what you can do to celebrate this day with your family.

Swimming

Take advantage of our fabulous pool and rec center while it’s still warm enough. Swimming is a great way to get exercise in, while also having fun. Play on the splash pad, organize pool games with the neighbors or simply just swim laps. There is an activity for all ages at the pool, so come on down.

Hiking

Sienna Hills Community is located in the heart of the desert, which means tons of great hiking trails all around. Head out to Skyline National Park where there are 27 miles of trails for hiking, walking, biking or even horseback riding! Venture out a little farther from home to Buckeye Hills regional park or Woolsey Park Wilderness Area to find even more great hikes and sights to see. Make sure to bring lots of snacks and water though, as keeping hydrated and fueled is also an important part of Family Health and Fitness Day.

Sports

Along with our great pool, is all the great parks and sports areas in the community. Basketball, soccer, or just playing on the playground. The options are endless at our neighborhood parks. Invite the whole neighborhood out for a fun game of soccer to encourage everyone to get moving on this day.

We can’t wait to see everyone out and about with their families on Sept. 30th for Family Health & Fitness Day, even if it’s just for a short walk around the community. Staying active and teaching our kids good habits is so important for happy, healthy homes. How will you celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day?

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means costumes, trick-or-treating, and entertaining friends and family. Whether you’re planning a haunted house-party, trick-or-treating with the kids or a night at home passing out candy, we want to make sure you’re prepared for the night ahead with some Sienna Hills Safety Tips.

Trick-or-Treating

By far, the most popular activity on Halloween is trick-or-treating. Dressing up in your costume and going door-to-door to collect candy is the highlight of every kid’s night. There are many things to consider if you’re thinking about taking your kid out on the 31st, or letting them go with a group of friends. If your child is going out with a group of friends, help them set boundaries and let them know to stick to familiar routes. If you’re taking your child with you, be on the lookout for cars at all times, and stick to sidewalks and well-lit streets.

Selecting the Perfect Costume

Whether they’re going as a princess or a pirate, something to remember when selecting a costume is color. The most popular hours for trick-or-treating are 5:30 to 9:30, which means most trick-or-treating happens in the dark. Try to avoid dark costumes if you can, but if it’s unavoidable, add glow sticks or flashlights to the ensemble. Not only will these keep you and your children visible, it will help you find your way while you’re going house to house throughout the Sienna Hills Community. Another costume hack is substituting a mask for face paint. That way, your child’s view won’t be obstructed. If the costume includes props, be sure they are soft and flexible.

Spending the Night Indoors

If you’ve decided to opt out of the traditional festivities for a night inside, there’s a few things you can do to keep your night as pleasant as possible. First thing to know is, if you’re welcoming the Sienna Hills trick-or-treaters, keep your porch light on. This seems to be the most universal sign for “we’re home and we have candy.” If you’re not welcoming trick-or-treaters, simply flip it off or put up a sign.

A great way to include all kids on this spooky night is with the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can use a teal pumpkin outside your home to symbolize that you have non-food treats, or treats that do not include allergens. If you’d like to learn more you can visit their website.

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in America! Following a few easy safety precautions will ensure you an even greater holiday! Hope to see you trick-or-treaters around the Sienna Hills Community!

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Get Ready for Family Fun: Things to Do in Buckeye This Summer

Summer. Is. Here. And you’re in luck—there are so many things to do this summer in Buckeye.  Your days will likely be filled with adventurous outdoor activities at the Sienna Hills’ community pool, parks, and surrounding open spaces, but when you’re ready for a change of pace, take advantage of the plethora of opportunities awaiting you.

Here is a list of family activities to get you started this summer:

Salt River Tubing – May 1–September 4   9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.  (Maricopa County)
The pool at Sienna Hills is an everyday oasis, but when you’re searching for something to shake up the routine, an inner tube may be the answer. Enjoy a cool, relaxing float down the Lower Salt River, a Phoenix summertime tradition.

Desert Botanical Garden—Flashlight Tours – Thursdays & Saturdays, May 27–September 2  7:00–9:30 p.m.  (Phoenix)
Grab a flashlight and explore the sensory adventures awaiting you on this self-guided tour. Experience unique plant and animal nightlife, an activity perfect for the whole family.

Harkins Theatres—Summer Movie Fun – May 29–August 4   9:45 a.m.  (Phoenix metro)
Take a break from the heat and enjoy a kid-friendly weekly movie event all summer long. This super-affordable, first-come, first-serve activity showcases G- and PG-rated movies and is sure to please.

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration – Tuesday, July 4    6:00–9:30 p.m.  (Buckeye)
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with flair. Head over to Youngker High School for a night of family fun activities, all-American eats and treats, and a can’t-miss spectacular fireworks show.

Phoenix Zoo—Winter in July – Saturday, July 15   (Phoenix)
Blizzards, squirt guns, and snowmen, oh my! Beat the heat and chill out with wild animals at the zoo-turned-winter wonderland, complete with icy treats and a Cool Zone.

Also be sure to take advantage of free days at local museums and check out free concerts and movies in the parks throughout the city. Fortunately, residents of Sienna Hills are perfectly located to take in all the fun family activities in and near Buckeye. Explore the mecca of things to do in summer awaiting your discovery. What are you waiting for?

Celebrating Father’s Day in the Valley

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate our dads who do so much for us every day! There are so many fun activities around the valley for Dads, we thought we would share a few of our favorite places to go. We hope everyone has a fun, safe and enjoyable Father’s Day!

Baseball Game: Baseball season is in full swing and there is no better way to spend a summer day with Dad than at the ballpark! Unfortunately, there aren’t any home games the weekend of Father’s Day, but visit the Diamondbacks website to find a day that works for you.

Botanical Gardens: During the summer months, the Desert Botanical Gardens is offering flashlight tours during the evening, which could be a fun activity to do the night before Father’s Day, plus all dads get FREE admission.

Lunch/Dinner at a local Brewery: There are so many great breweries around the Phoenix area, so if your dad is a big beer lover, Father’s Day is the perfect time to explore a new place. A few options closer to home in Buckeye include, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company, The Litchfield Taproom and 8-Bit Aleworks.

Top Golf: Located near the Talking Stick Resort (a great place for a staycation might we add), this is a fun activity for the whole family. A multi-level driving range that has endless options for interactive golf games plus amazing food, just screams Father’s Day.

Pool Day: If you want a more relaxed Father’s Day, a great option would be a day by our lovely Sienna Hills Community pool! Enjoy the pool and your family!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you spend it with family. We would love to know what Father’s Day plans you may have. Share them with us on our Sienna Hills Facebook page!

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Celebrate Earth Day with Fun Events in Buckeye and Phoenix

Calling all Earth lovers: Earth Day is coming! On Saturday, April 22, join with others in your community and give back to celebrate our amazing Earth.

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As a recognized effort by 192 countries, Earth Day was established in 1970 to draw collective attention to environmental awareness and protections. Earth Day serves to offer a special reminder to people worldwide the importance of taking care of Mother Earth in every way possible.

If you’re planning to celebrate Earth Day in Buckeye and the greater Phoenix area, here is a list of exciting local events sure to make it a fun-filled day of giving back.

The Bees Knees – Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun Tan Honey Farm invites you to come spread wildflower seeds at Robbins Butte. The conservation of bees is crucial for the health of our planet, and bees love wildflowers! This Earth Day event in Buckeye is sure to benefit our planet for years to come.

Earth Day Phoenix – Saturday, April 22,  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With a focus on sustainability, this 8th annual zero-waste event showcases nearly 100 vendors offering event-goers information about eco-friendly topics including recycling, solar energy, Earth-friendly gardening, and more.

Earth Day 2017 – Phoenix Zoo – Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend the day among Earth’s most majestic animals. Though it celebrates environmental awareness year-round, Earth Day offers the zoo a special occasion to get its word out about sharing the planet and saving endangered species. Enjoy a day of family friendly games and activities that nurture nature.

Earth Day Planting Class for Kids @ The Farm – Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the Garden Girls at The Farm at South Mountain as they educate your little one about growing and eating organic foods. Each child will leave with a freshly planted herb to grow at home. Recommended for 4–9 year-olds; reservation required.  

For residents of Sienna Hills, caring for Earth is an everyday activity—after all, each home in this growing community exhibits innovative, energy-efficient achievements designed by these renowned homebuilders—but on this special day, enjoy giving back with your fellow neighbors and community members and help make Earth Day 2017 a success!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Near Sienna Hills

Like a sneaky leprechaun, St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and for residents of Sienna Hills, adding a green-themed event to the calendar is as simple as checking out these exciting events in Buckeye and the surrounding areas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire – Phoenix  – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.
Catch a wave from St. Patrick or high-five Big Red, mascot of the Arizona Cardinals, at the city’s 34th annual celebration of all things Irish. With a special salute to Irish music and dance, this parade is perfect for the whole family.

Irish Cultural Center – Phoenix – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Explore your Irish genealogy, enjoy three stages of Irish music, and watch authentic bagpipers and step dancers celebrate their crafts. Take an exhibition tour through McClelland Library, and be sure to enjoy the Celtic spirit of this annual cultural event.

Greening of the Fountain – Fountain Hills – Friday, March 17, 12 p.m.
Dress in green and head over to Fountain Park for the world-famous greening-of-the-fountain event. Watch as the green water sprays high in the air in tribute of this annual Irish celebration. Stay after and check out the Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, open March 17-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run – Glendale – Saturday, March 18, 7:00 a.m.
Whether you choose a half marathon, 1k, or a distance in between, lace up your tennies and join in the fun at this shamrock-themed race. If you’re not an early riser, make a plan to head out for the entertaining Kilt Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 17.

Padre Murphy’s – Glendale – Friday, March 17, doors open @ 10 a.m.
For 24 years, this establishment has served up fine Irish fare, from corned beef and cabbage to festive green drinks. Live music, clowns, and face painters make this an enjoyable eating experience for the whole family.

Concerts in the Park – Buckeye – Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.
For those who want to stick closer to home and enjoy music under the stars, get out the lawn chairs and sit back while hearing live music at Buckeye’s recurring concert series. Wear some green and bring Celtic spirit to this bluegrass event.

There’s always something to do around Buckeye, but every year, March 17 promises a little extra. With its prime location, Sienna Hills residents are sure to enjoy a memorable St. Patrick’s Day!

The Holiday Season is Officially Upon Us!

While some of us celebrate decade old traditions, some enjoy anything but the typical.

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Whether you can’t make it home for the holidays, or this serves as a second Thanksgiving for just friends, we love this trend. Get your Sienna Hills neighbors together for an informal, relaxed holiday. For Friendsgiving, people like to make it more of a pot luck, rather than having one person cooking. Let your guests know what type of dish to bring, and they can put their spin on it.

Throwing the Best Party

If you’re an entertainer, you know how important it is to throw the best party. There’s always a new way to cook Thanksgiving dinner favorites, or a way to make your own decorations for the season. A great way to throw a memorable Thanksgiving dinner is throwing a new twist on an old favorite. With the spacious kitchens in all the Sienna Hills model homes, we are sure that your Thanksgiving dinner will be one that the whole family can participate in.

Places to Take Family/Guests

Buckeye is such a fun city, full of places to explore during the holidays. Here are a few things to do with the family during Thanksgiving weekend:

Shopping

Small Business Saturday on November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is a great way to support local stores and restaurants in the Buckeye Community. Sundance Towne Center, Main Street Buckeye and Verrado’s Main Street District are just a few places to shop local!

Here is a list from Trip Advisor for the Top 10 Places to Eat in Buckeye. Whatever you decide, make sure you support your local community by dining out on November 26th.

Season of Giving

Volunteering could be the most rewarding way to spend your Thanksgiving. The Buckeye area has many opportunities to give back to our wonderful community. Visit the City of Buckeye to get involved and give back! You can also visit the All Faith Community Food Bank to find out ways to donate and volunteer.

Whatever it is that you’re doing this Thanksgiving, remember to spend time with those who matter, and always give Thanks! From the Sienna Hills Community, to you and your family, we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Buckeye!

October is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest! We may not be in Bavaria, but that’s no reason we can’t borrow from the world’s finest autumn celebration. Buckeye has all kinds of activities and entertainment planned for you and your family to enjoy the harvest season and commemorate our cotton farming heritage.

The action starts Thursday, October 6 and continues through Sunday, October 9. Here’s a rundown of the events that are on tap (no pun intended):

Carnival: All day Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 6-9
Bayless Park (300 East Highway 85)
Food, vendors, games, rides

Live Band: Saturday, Oct. 8, 11am-4pm
6th Street Plaza
Food, Vendors, Kids Zones

Car Show: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9am-1pm
Downtown Buckeye
Free admission, food vendors on site

Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 7-9, 9am-4pm
Helzapoppin’ Arena
Admission: $3 (12 and under free)

Sangria & Shopping: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am-4pm
6th Street Plaza
$10 for Sangria wine glass includes 4 drink tickets
100+ vendors

Taste of Buckeye: Saturday, Oct. 8, 6-10pm
6th Street Plaza
Food, Vendors

Gather your friends and family, come out next weekend for Oktoberfest, and raise a toast! (The giant glass mug of beer in your hand is optional.) You can find more details about all the events on the Buckeye government website: http://www.buckeyeaz.gov/events/.

There’s always something going on in Buckeye—just one of the reasons that makes Sienna Hills such a great place to live. Stop by to visit or check out one of our model homes, open daily.

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