updated 5/24/2011 5:17:32 PM ET 2011-05-24T21:17:32

Building Family Memories That Inspire and Educate

PHOENIX, May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In an effort to continue its commitment to tourism that inspires while it educates, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is offering two distinctive programs that provide the ideal way to expand your children's horizons, keep their minds engaged during the summer months and build lasting family memories. 

With LEGO exclusive mini-build weekends and family access to the amazing world of science at Arizona Science Center, Native American Family Exploration Camps with our partners at The Phoenix Herpetological Society, ourfour swimming pools, a huge waterslide and Cinema Splash, a retreat with us is sure to become your entire family's most memorable summer vacation. Adventure is the essence of the human spirit and it is our hope that this comprehensive programming schedule will create that opportunity for every member of your family.

For our acclaimed LEGO mini-build weekends, now in their fourth year, we will be joined by an expert from the LEGO® Storeat Chandler Fashion Centerto lead a weekend workshop for a limited number of guests. 

This special engagement was designed for young guests to have a hands-on experience with guidance from LEGO experts.  Kids will learn the best assembly techniques and walk away with a unique LEGO mini-build model (a LEGO BBQ grill in June and a LEGO Watermelon in July), each an exclusive for this event, with the date and location engraved.  In addition, the LEGO event will host an exclusive, small-scale 3-D emerging model building experience at each session. Offered twice, June 17 -19 (Father's Day weekend) and again on July 22-24 with rates from $115 per night, families receive:

    • one night in a luxurious guestroom (Friday check-in)
    • access for two children into the LEGO mini-build workshop (Sat -10am -2pm)
    • two LEGO welcome amenities
    • a $10 LEGO gift-card
    • a 2-year LEGO Club Membership
    • a $5 coupon redeemable at the LEGO Store at Chandler Fashion Center
    • access for two children and two adults to Arizona Science Center
    • a $25 Aji Spa gift certificate, per adult, valid for use on a-la-carte spa services the entire weekend

Each participating family is welcome to enter additional children into the mini-build workshop, if paid in advance and up to class capacity, for $15 per child. 
For our second installation of summer adventure we are bringing in Amil Pedro, an esteemed Maricopa artisan and modern-day Indiana Jones, for two inspiring weekends of culture. This special engagement was designed for young guests to work closely with Pedro, who still serves on the Sheriff's Posse/Search Unit assisting in desert rescue efforts.  Utilizing their "tracker packs," a camouflage backpack that they will receive upon check-in containing: a compass, a bandana, a CSI engraved pencil, a note pad and their very own keepsake "CSI- Cultural Scene Investigator" t-shirt, Pedro will lead them on an exploration into the surrounding environment, focusing on plants, animals, ancient ways of life and desert tracking skills.  Following that, he will lead a two-hour arts and crafts session where young guests will have the opportunity to make beaded lanyards, arrowheads using ancient flint-knapping methods and practice feather wrapping.

In addition to the tracking workshop, The Phoenix Herpetological Society, will also be on-site with an exhibit showcasing reptiles indigenous to the Sonoran desert.  Teaching youth that, "conservation begins with education" the exhibit provides guests with a hands-on learning experience and opportunities to photograph, touch and even hold some of the reptiles. We are fully committed to the safety and well-being of our guests surrounding this event and for that reason any species that could be potentially dangerous will be showcased through glass cases only. Offered twice, June 10-12 and again on July 29-31 with rates from $119 per night, families receive:

  • one night in a luxurious guestroom (Friday check-in)
  • access for two children into the culture-tracking workshop (Saturday)
  • two "tracker pack" welcome amenities
  • a $25 Aji Spa gift certificate, per adult, valid for use on any a-la-carte spa service the entire weekend

Each participating family is welcome to enter additional children into the culture-tracking workshop complete with the "tracker-pack", if paid in advance, for $20 per child.   

Both adventure packages are suggested for children 5-12 years old and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  To book one of these packages call: 602-225-0100 and mention either the LEGO11 or the CSI2011 promotional code. For full details on how to reserve your summer adventure with us visit, including pricing and a full schedule of events visit: www.WildHorsePassResort.com/summer-adventures.

While your youngsters are engaged and well-attended, take the opportunity to explore our Native American spa menu atAji Spa.  For every family on the LEGO or CSI package, we will offer a $25 gift certificate, per adult, which may be applied towards any a-la-carte spa service valid the entire weekend.   This gift certificate cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or applied towards a promotional service.

Media Contact: Stephanie Heckathorne
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 602-385-5746

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, located on the Gila River Indian Community, is a total destination resort showcasing the heritage, culture, art and legends of the Pima and Maricopa Tribes.  The resort offerings include: 500 culturally themed rooms, Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Dining at Kai, the Forbes Four-Star Native American Aji Spa ; 36-holes of Troon-managed golf at Whirlwind Golf Club; the 1,000-acre Koli Equestrian Center, and a boat cruise to the nearby Rawhide Western Theme Town.  For more information please visit www.wildhorsepassresort.com .

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The following pictures are available for download:

[Image] Amil Pedro Signs Official Culture Tracker Certificate
[Image] Lego Fun

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