People are social species and we are constantly looking for ways to meet others and build our social circle. For families this can be especially difficult as carving out time in everyone’s schedule can be a challenge. Finding local clubs geared toward specific topics is a great and efficient way to meet new people in a safe environment and help build new friendships. Whether you like to snuggle up with a good book or challenge the elements in outdoor adventures, our community has everything you need. Learn about our list of the top local clubs your family can join in Chandler, AZ.
Chandler Public Library
One of the best resources in any city is the public library. The Chandler Public Library is no different. While you have a vast selection of books to check out, you also have an array of clubs you and your family can join. If you like fiction, Hamilton Library’s Fiction Group reads popular fiction monthly and meets on the first Thursday of every month at 1 p.m.
If you like local history, join the Chandler Museum Book Club. As a joint effort between the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library books of fiction and non-fiction are carefully selected for readers and club participants in an effort to enhance understanding of the museum’s exhibition Picturing Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler. The group meets at the Chandler Museum on 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. If you have a love for the outdoors and for reading, consider joining Chandler’s only walking book group, called Books in Motion. The walks are led by library staff at Veterans Oasis Park.
- Location: 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.
- Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday.
- Contact: 480-782-2800.
Friends Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Club
For the adventurous family, Friends Hiking, Camping and Outdoor Club provides a welcoming environment to enjoy activities like camping while you make friends within the community. This group has over 25 years of history and has organized a whopping 625 outings spanning eight states and Mexico. While crossing a border is not required to join, you’ll need an adventurous spirit. The group’s goal is to get individuals from within the community to really experience and see all of Arizona. There are activities for people of all levels, from beginner to advanced, so you’ll find an adventure that suits your family.
To join simply check out the upcoming events on the website and show up for a hike.
- Contact: Chris Maglandes at 602-818-7221 or Randall Baker at 602-616-9491.
Chandler Compadres Branch and Teen Center
The Chandler Compadres Branch and Teen Center offers a wide variety of age-appropriate activities for community children ranging in age from 5 to 18 years. The activities focus on helping youth develop in the five core areas:
- Character and leadership.
- Education and career.
- Health and life skills.
- Sports and recreation.
- The arts.
The AZYouthforce is a new workforce development program geared toward helping teens identify interests and learn how to apply their skills in the workplace. There are paid internship opportunities, a program to help learn financial literacy, and communication in interview skills.
For your child to join the club, you can register online. Annual membership begins at $30 per year per youth. Sports programs range from $20 to $40. To learn how to get a free family four-pack of tickets and membership to Arizona Science Center, click here or visit the website.
- Location: 300 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily office hours.
- Contact: 480-899-8302.
Aspires Kids Sports Center
The Aspire Kids Sports Center has been helping Chandler community youth since 1995 be healthy and stay healthy. The massive facility is 32,000 square feet and has state-of-the-art gymnastic equipment, a heated indoor swimming pool, a preschool gym, dance and martial arts rooms, and a comfortable lobby area. The available classes for your child to join range in skill level and interest. Choose from fun options like acrobatic gymnastics, dance, gymnastics for ages 0 to 5, martial arts, ninja, swimming, or trampoline and tumbling. Prices vary so check the website for an update on rates.
- Location: 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
- Contact: 480-820-3774.
Koli Equestrian Center
For horse fanatics and those that love or want to try horseback riding, the Koli Equestrian Center is a can’t-miss spot to help you and your family explore the wonderful Arizona desert. Participants can opt to ride as individuals or as families. No matter your skill level, the staff will ensure you have the information you need to be safe and successful.
Some experiences you can choose from include the Early Bird 60-minute Ride, the Margarita Sunset Ride, or the Kids Club Class. This 90-minute session includes group and arena time with a trail ride. To learn about the benefits of an annual membership in the Kids Club, visit the website.
- Location: Near Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Maricopa Road.
- Hours: Vary by selection.
- Contact: 602-796-3495.
So there you have it. Crème de la Crème of Chandler, Arizona, has loved sharing with you our list of the top local clubs your family can join. Learning is a social experience many times, and there is no better way to meet new people, have different experiences, and build bonds with others than finding something you have in common. What do you think of our list of suggestions? Is there something you and your family might find interesting?
While you decide on your next family social event, consider checking out Crème de la Crème of Chandler for your family’s child care needs. Our facility values family time and works diligently to ensure that your child has the best experience while with us. No matter your schedule or needs, we have options to fit your life. We have enriching programs to ensure your child is challenged and acquires skills necessary for life and academic success. Call our friendly staff at 800-374-5715 for an appointment and learn the benefits of enrolling your child at Crème de la Crème of Chandler.