Today we are talking about five ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with kids across the East Valley! Our team found the best age appropriate Hispanic Heritage Month activities for kids, from tots to teens, to honor the month long celebration.
We also have a free event pick for families, and a fall break day trip or weekend adventure idea that can connect kids to Hispanic Heritage Month’s celebration of the influence and contributions of Hispanic Americans to our history and culture!
East Valley Moms
Hispanic Heritage Month for Tots & Preschoolers
Take advantage of the Children’s Museum’s Hispanic Heritage Month programs
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15 with programs and events that will bring a taste of Hispanic and Latino culture to the Museum for visitors to enjoy.
A FREE tot/preschooler activity
Listen to traditional Hispanic music for the month! Stephanie Jamison, owner and director of the Musik Box, and a specialist in Early Education told us, “The reason we start music so early with little ones is to introduce a variety of music, representing diverse cultures, styles and tonalities as well as varied instrumentation and voice types.
Not only will your child enjoy responding to these different types of music emotionally and physically, but intellectually it is important that your child experience all different types of music. We tend to appreciate and enjoy listening to music that is familiar. But, by exposing your children to a broad selection of music at an early age, you are helping your child to have a rich repertoire of familiar sounds and styles that will make more music accessible and interesting to your child throughout a lifetime.”
Hispanic Heritage Month for elementary aged kiddos
Guelagetza at Desert Botanical Garden
Enjoy the colorful celebration of Guelagetza at the Garden. Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca. Immerse yourself in art, music, dance and enjoy the flavors of Oaxaca’s eight regions.
Kids can join a colorful Oaxacan Calenda (parade), try some spicy and sweet mole, visit the mercado and for the parents, don’t forget to sample some mezcal. Oct. 7-8, Included with membership or Garden admission.
For tweens & teens
See Las Cafeteras perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts
Las Cafeteras performs music that is infused with Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes delivered with inspired lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in Los Angeles.
Throughout the entire production, mesmerizing folklórico dance and colorful sets accentuate the distinct vibrant sound that is Las Cafeteras. Get tickets here for their October 20 performance at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Free festival for the full family
¡Viva! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Make a fall break trip out of it
Visit one Arizona’s Spanish Missions
There’s four sites across Arizona that are Spanish Missions preserved by the US National Park Service. Visiting one of these sites is an excellent way to learn about the 500 years of Hispanic and Latino history and heritage that can be found in national parks.