Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase – 22nd Street

We have been looking forward to the annual Tucson Gem Show ever since we moved here from California! Our family enjoys looking at rocks, which you can read about in this post about our 2015 visit to the Petrified Forest. In particular, our second oldest is a rock hound and knows quite a bit about rocks, gems, and minerals since he has some books all about them. It would not surprise me at all if he grows up to be a geologist.

About a month ago, every time we drove to church on Sundays, we saw some tents going up right off of the I-10 and wondered what they were for. We realized a few weeks ago that they were part of the Annual Tucson Gem Show that takes place in Tucson every year. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show here is actually made up of multiple shows, I think over 50, with the main show taking place February 13 to February 16 at the Tucson Convention Center. So it’s almost like the Showcase is a preview of the Show that runs for 2 weeks.

The Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase on 22nd Street is only one of the 50 shows going on from February 1 to February 16. It was a great place for us to start though and we spent almost 5 hours there!

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A Visit to The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Josh unexpectedly had the day off yesterday so we spent most of the day at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, close to Saguaro National Park (West). We bought the family membership last year when we first moved to the area and it is definitely worth the $125 a year for all 8 of us! The single-use admission tickets would have cost more I think.

The Desert Museum is a unique experience: a zoo, botanical garden, an aquarium, natural history museum, and art gallery all rolled into one. We loved every minute and even though it was our second visit, we still were not able to see everything. We will have to come back again to see the aquarium, art gallery, the raptor free flight and walk the full desert loop trail. The museum’s high rating on TripAdvisor is well-deserved!

This was Josh’s first visit to the Desert Museum. It was actually quite busy today because of the federal holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr.) but the park is so large that everyone filters through and it wasn’t too crowded once we were inside.

Because the Desert Museum covers so many different areas of interest, I will be focusing on mostly the animals in this post.

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Treasure Hunt at Homegoods

Josh and I first went to Homegoods in San Diego and loved it, especially the specialty food section. Today, we went looking for photo props to use in pictures for the blog and ended up in the specialty food section of course. The kids were all good sports during our shopping trip. Don’t worry; they were rewarded with Culver’s custard for their patience! Our fourth boy’s birthday was last week and he had a free sundae to get.

This was our first time in this particular location. It is a little smaller than the Homegoods that was near us in San Diego, but it was still full of interesting finds. I would definitely return.

My favorite treasure was a bottle of Mount Mansfield Organic Maple Syrup. It was so neat to find it at Homegoods. I used to buy quart jugs of their syrup from their online store. That was a few years ago though, when we could afford it. Hopefully soon, we will be able to order from them again.

If you are looking for Christmas gifts, their maple candy is excellent as well as their maple syrup! You actually can’t go wrong with anything they sell. All of it is high quality and we have always enjoyed anything we have bought from them!

We did find some photo props at Homegoods too! One of them is in the picture of the maple syrup: the wood trivet. We are looking forward to using them with our bakes!