AZAFAP Events & ActivitiesFamily Connections
Each Spring and Fall, about 500 members get together in a park and enjoy food, activities, prizes and entertainment set up by the pledge class of ASU’s fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. This special event gives children time to play and parents time to engage with one another. A drive-through trunk or treat was designed this year due to the 2020 pandemic. AZAFAP also provided a virtual picnic for all families to pick up a meal one weekend and then join each other online. This year in 2021, an in-person picnic will be held in addition to another pick-up meal opportunity!
This is one of our most popular events, so much so that we have moved from planning 1 camp per year to 3 camps per year! Families enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in the cooler weather of Prescott, Williams, or Mayer, Arizona. Each camp brings its own unique activity selections that can include horseback riding, canoeing, ropes course, rockwall climbing, archery, crafts, games, and more. Families are able to form deeper relationships within their own family and with other families through these fun-filled weekends.
Arizona is hot! What better way to connect with others during those summer months than to go to a nearby resort and have a “staycation”! Children have all day to play with other children at the waterpark, and parents have all day to relax with other parents and connect in a beautiful atmosphere. 2021’s staycations were held at the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix and the Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. Dads on one night, and moms on the other night, get together to meet one another and share experiences and resources over provided appetizers. The Pajama Program donated pajamas and books for the children to help them have a great sleep each night.
Parents Night Out
Parents Night Out events provide a safe space for parents to leave their children for a few hours so they can go and take a break. That break may look like doing the necessary shopping, going to a movie, chatting and sharing with other parents, or eating a quiet dinner without interruptions. Parents always come back with a smile on their face, ready for another day with their children!
Water Safety & Swim
Water safety learning and family fun are lined up for this swim event! Each child received a new swimming suit and a towel for their safe, swimming fun! Food and drink were provided for a break from the wave pool, but this even allows families to connect through an everyday, fun activity that occurs in Arizona.
Fore Family Fun
There is plenty of golf, laughing, and eating during this connections event. Many children from foster care have never experienced a golf club in their hands. While team sports are great, this introduction to golf clubs may spark an interest and result in a child becoming involved in a sport where you compete against yourself, not others. An important bonding time between parents and their kids occurs at this event, and families meet other families with similar interests.