Growing Up in Gilbert.

Growing Up in Gilbert.

Posted 09/13/2019

Neighborhoods and home towns play a prominent role in everyone’s childhood. It’s where we formed our first friendships, played until the street lights came on, hosted lemonade stands, learned how to ride a bike, had our first picnic in the park, you name it – our neighborhoods are much more than just places we lived, they are a part of us, and in some ways, shaped who we are today.

Which is on of the reasons why choosing a place to raise a family can be a daunting task. To help make the decision easier, we’d like to introduce you to one of Arizona’s most coveted towns. 

Recognized by as the No. 1 place in the U.S. to raise a family, the Town of Gilbert is a vibrant, young community fueled by a strong economy, with  premier school districts, kid-friendly activities, family-friendly restaurants and much more.

Here’s a closer look:

Premier School Districts

Gilbert Unified School District

Offering a comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum, as well as a wide range of programs, clubs and extra-curriculars, the Gilbert Unified School District is known for it’s excellent and high-achieving academic institutions. Learn more about the district’s open enrollment here

Superintendent Dr. McCord visiting our first-grade Bobcats at Burk Elementary this week!

Posted by The Official Gilbert Public Schools District on Friday, August 9, 2019

Chandler Unified School District

A top choice among parents, the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) offers outstanding educational programs at all grade levels. Parents can choose from a variety of personalized learning experiences for their children to help ensure a first-class education. Learn more about CUSD open enrollment here

Annual Events 

Riparian After Dark at Water Ranch

Experience the thrill of nighttime and watch Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve come alive during the holiday season. On weekends throughout the month of December, take the family on a stroll through candle-lit trails at Water Ranch lake with hundreds of luminaries, festival light displays, school choirs, carolers and other live holiday entertainment. Each night of the event, Gilbert partners with a local nonprofit to collect items for the organization, so families are encouraged to bring a donated item with them. 

HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE!! The Gilbert Farmers Market is OPEN Till 11AM in Downtown Gilbert! Come on down to BUY LOCAL!

Posted by Gilbert Farmers Market on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Gilbert Farmers Market

This fall, make Gilbert Farmers Market your Saturday morning tradition. Located in Downtown Gilbert, just west of the iconic water tower, Gilbert Farmers Market offers visitors a variety of locally grown produce from nearby farms and Arizona Food Producers. During the summer season, the market features more than 60 vendors, while in the fall and spring seasons, the market expands to feature more than 100 vendors, with food trucks, games and entertainment for the whole family. The year-round market is open every Saturday from 7 – 11 a.m. April through September and 8 – 11 a.m. October through March,  with the exception of Saturday, Nov. 23, due to the Gilbert Days Parade. 

Gilbert Days Parade & Festival

Each November, residents look forward to Gilbert’s long-standing tradition of Gilbert Days. The town event celebrates all things Gilbert and hosts three main events, including the Gilbert Days Rodeo, Gilbert Half Marathan and 10K, and the annual Gilbert Days parade. The festival runs from November 22-24, with the parade on Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Held in Gilbert’s popular Heritage District, in Downtown Gilbert, the event will also feature live music, street performers, kids activities, food trucks, artisan, craft vendors and much more.

Kid-Friendly Activities 

Gilbert Regional Park

Scheduled to open on Saturday, Sept. 21, Gilbert Regional Park has become one of the communities most anticipated projects. The grand opening will unveil the park’s first 30-acres, along with a few attractions, including a 17-square-foot playground, 4,000-square-foot splash pad and toddler playground. The entire park is expected to be complete summer 2020 and will feature Gilbert’s first water park, a 7-acre lake, event lawn; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; and a bridge connecting the east and west portions of Ocotillo Road. 

FatCats Entertainment

An epicenter of fun for everyone, FatCats Entertainment offers everything kids love all in one setting. With a dine-in movie theater featuring reclining seats, a 20-lane bowling alley, an arcade stocked with popular games and glow golf, the kids are sure to have the time of their lives. After your evening of fun-filled activities, indulge on some chicken tenders, pizza and chocolate brownie sundaes for a classic kid-friendly feast. 

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Mother Nature’s Farm

Rated Arizona’s best pumpkin patch by the Phoenix New Times, Mother Nature’s Farm is a top—and timely—destination for families with young children in the fall. Take a stroll through Alexander’s Adventure Maze, feed the farm animals or shop for candles and decorations at Maneau’s Market. The pumpkin patch officially opens on October 1, so be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this beloved family tradition. 

Freestone Railroad

Come ride the rails at Gilbert’s Freestone Railroad. This family-friendly attraction takes travelers of all ages through the park on a miniature railroad to explore the surrounding grassy fields and sparkling lakes. Visitors can catch a “desert wave” on the park’s waterless wave runner or take a ride on the mini ferris wheel or antique carousel. With fun activities and food at family-friendly prices, all visitors are sure to have a whistle-blowing time.

Family-Friendly Restaurants & Sweet Treats 

Joe’s Farm Grill

A local family favorite with a focus on quality ingredients, Joe’s Farm Grill is the perfect place for your next family dinner. With a robust kid’s menu featuring cheeseburgers, corn dog bites, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken tenders, Joe’s Farm Grill is sure to satisfy everyone in the family. The best part? The restaurant uses local, all-natural beef for its burgers and trans-free oils, dressings and marinades when cooking, ensuring the food is not only tasty but healthy as well.

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Posted by Joe’s Real BBQ on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Joe’s Real Barbecue

A family owned and operated restaurant, Joe’s Real Barbecue is a great place to enjoy some mouthwatering meats with your loved ones. The family-friendly restaurant gives customers a taste of real, homecooked barbecue and offers a diverse selection of smoked meats and sides, including cheese potatoes, sweet corn, mac n’ cheese and cornbread. Plus, the menu also features kid-sized portions perfect for the little ones. Yum!

Frost Gelato Shoppe

Bringing a taste of Italy right to Gilbert, Frost Gelato Shoppe is a necessary after-dinner stop for your next family outing. With assorted flavors like espresso, peanut butter, coconut, pumpkin, chocolate and more, Frost Gelato Shoppe will surely be your family’s new dessert hotspot. 

There are so many opportunities for you and your family to make memories of a lifetime in this area of the Valley. Learn more about our Copper BendMarathon RanchLakeview Trails at Morrison RanchThe Lakes at Annecy and our coming-soon Waterston communities, and make Gilbert your new hometown today.