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Old 03-29-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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I am a 24 year old single mom of a three year old daughter who is moving to Scottsdale next month. I am starting a job there as a dental assistant. I've been there and looked around somewhat, found an apartment, things like that. I was curious as to what all there is to do there, any good parks for kids? How are schools and daycares there? Any must see must do activities? We love to be outdoors, I want her to experience nature as much as possible. Any tips are appreciated, thanks
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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I think my favorite park for kids over there is the train park off Hayden (can't recall the formal name unfortunately). The weekends tend to be crowded, but overall a fun place for kids.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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McCormick Ranch Railway park is fun. Lifetime fitness at 101 and Scottsdale Rd is a veritable jungle gym and water park for kids. There are many nice apartment complexes near there in Kierland.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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The train park is a lot of fun for kids and check out the Scottsdale greenbelt area off Hayden. I think it starts on Shea and the grassy trails stretch about 20 miles. It's a nice place to walk or ride bikes and there are lots of bridges and scenic pond lakes. It's shaded with trees and covered with grass. I would also recommend walking around the pretty outdoor shopping areas such as Kierland, Scottsdale Quarter, or the Waterfront area.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Thank you! I also heard there is a large art scene in Scottsdale. I that true? I love art and we love going to museums!
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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That's right, there is a huge art scene in old town Scottsdale and up North in Carefree.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Avondale and Tempe, Arizona
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I am a 24 year old single mom of a three year old daughter who is moving to Scottsdale next month. I am starting a job there as a dental assistant. I've been there and looked around somewhat, found an apartment, things like that. I was curious as to what all there is to do there, any good parks for kids? How are schools and daycares there? Any must see must do activities? We love to be outdoors, I want her to experience nature as much as possible. Any tips are appreciated, thanks
Can a single mom like yourself afford Scottsdale? They don't call it Snobsdale for no reason.

If you don't have money, don't drive a fancy car, or don't look like something on the cover of Vogue magazine, you probably won't fit in very well.

I'd look elsewhere in the valley if I were you.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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Can a single mom like yourself afford Scottsdale? They don't call it Snobsdale for no reason.

If you don't have money, don't drive a fancy car, or don't look like something on the cover of Vogue magazine, you probably won't fit in very well.

I'd look elsewhere in the valley if I were you.
Dental assistants make good money. She could easily afford an apartment in south Scottsdale at the least.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Avondale and Tempe, Arizona
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Dental assistants make good money. She could easily afford an apartment in south Scottsdale at the least.
Depends on the office. Some assistants can pull in a good salary but others are making just above minimum.

Single moms usually aren't rolling in the dough because of the high cost of raising a child on their own.

I would agree about south Scottsdale maybe but the rest of Scottsdale is much more expensive than other suburban areas that are just as nice imho.

The cost of living can really bite, excuse the bad pun.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Wow, just because someone is a single parent does NOT mean they can't afford to live in Scottsdale. There are plenty of townhouses and apartments that are affordable. There are even some houses that are affordable.

As for "must see" places for a 3 year old, other than those already mentioned I'd recommend the Phoenix Children's Museum on Van Buren & 7the St (downtown) and the Phoenix Zoo. Also, there are lots of festivals and events around town that are fun to check out.
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