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Historic Downtown Glendale District

Introducing the Historic Downtown Glendale District! Enjoy tree-lined streets, red-brick sidewalks, and welcoming front porches as you stroll along this charming century-old area...the heart of Glendale. This post shares the best kid friendly places!

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Introducing the Historic Downtown Glendale District! Enjoy tree-lined streets, red-brick sidewalks, and welcoming front porches as you stroll along this charming century-old area…the heart of Glendale.

When visiting Catlin Court you will not only enjoy all the shopping, dining, and friendliness of Historic Downtown Glendale, you get to see different types of architecture as well. Within walking distance, you will find the Historic Downtown District that has retained the town square feeling. The historic Catlin Court Homes District is a joy to explore.

Did you know that Historic Downtown Glendale has a Charm Bracelet Trail? Start at Glendale Flowers & Gifts (7163 N. 58th Drive), Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures (5836 W. Palmaire Ave.) or Pink House Boutique (7009 N. 58th Ave.) to pick up the starter bracelet ($5 each) and your first charm. Then follow the map to pick up beautiful charms all throughout Old Towne and Catlin Court ($2 each). In addition, the monthly Shopping Promotions each have a special themed charm!

Celebrate your birthday with Glendale and be showered with gifts and discounts from businesses all around Historic Downtown Glendale. Start your journey at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures/AZ Information Center (5836 W. Palmaire Ave.) or Pink House Boutique (7009 N. 58th Ave.) to pick up your birthday passport! The passport is valid during the month of your birthday. Enjoy more than two dozen discounts, deals, and giveaways.


Bears And More

7146 N. 58th Drive Glendale, AZ 85301

Opened in 1992, Linda and her mother-in-law Valerie made their dreams come true by combining the love of bears with owning their own store Bears and More. Currently, in the shop, you will find Charlie Bears, Steiff, Deb Canham, Aurora, and Ty along with Raggedy Ann & Andy and Precious Moments stuffed animals. Lots of toys made in the U.S.A. are not powered by imagination. These include the wonderful animals by Schleich, boomerangs, Mystix, and Chips. Puzzles, card games, and retro toys are always in stock. There are lots of classic books to choose from as well.

Bears and More participates in Teddy Bear Day each year in September. We had a blast going in and picking teddy bears and giving them to the Glendale Fire Department. This is such a great tradition and helps the kids learn to help others in need.

My kids had a blast exploring all the rooms filled with all kinds of toys. They were pointing out things that looked fun. Such a great way to get your child interested in new unique toys! Bookmark this for birthday and Christian shopping!!

Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures
5836 W. Palmaire Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
Mon – Fri 10:30 – 3:30 Sat 10 – 5

Experience a treasured journey as you make your way through nine unique rooms finding eclectic items all along the way including Fashion Jewelry, Handbags, Women’s Apparel, Infant and Toddler Clothing, Home & Garden Décor, Kitchen gifts, Antiques, and Arizona souvenirs. If you are a local looking for a unique gift or looking for a fun AZ souvenir this is a great place to stop!

The Arizona Information Center is located inside Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures. The center features an extensive collection of Arizona travel information including local, regional, and statewide travel guides, maps, and destination brochures. if you’re ever looking for a new adventure, this is a great place to stop. It reminded me of being a tourist in a new town and seeing all the local fav things people can do




Eat & Drink

Cerreta Candy Company
📍 5345 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

Cerreta Candy Company is a family-owned business founded over 50 years ago by Jim Cerreta, Sr. He learned the art of candy production in his father-in-law’s factory in Canton, Ohio. He then passed the skill on to his children and grandchildren. Four generations of the candy business now oversee the production & operations of our delightful chocolates and candy products. It’s this deep family involvement and their time-honored authentic handmade production methods that ensure the highest possible quality and homemade taste of every piece of Cerreta candy.


Cerreta Candy Company is a fun local place to stop and pick up a treat for the family. They have pizza and Teddy Bear crafts to go. Great for your chocolate-loving family. On our latest visit on Teddy Bear Day, we stopped in to decorate chocolate bears. We got a little sneak peek at the factory and chocolate-making process. The kids had a blast decorating their bears. They had even more fun eating them!

Papa Ed’s Ice Cream


Arizona Doll and Toy Museum
📍 5847 West Myrtle Avenue Glendale, AZ 85301
Recommended for ages three and up.
Wed thru Sat 10
💲 Adult admission $5.00

Lizards For Kids and More
📍 7157 N. 59th Avenue Glendale, AZ 85301
Read our review here!

Glendale Heroes Regional Park
📍83rd Avenue and, Bethany Home Rd, Glendale, AZ 85303

  • Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

    Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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