event Photo courtesy Renaissance Fair

Go against the grain this Presidents Day and enjoy the royal treatment at the Monarch Monday festival.

Students, public employees, and others get an extra day off Monday in celebration of Presidents Day. Here are a few things happening around the Phoenix metro area that will give them something to talk about at work and school on Tuesday. 

A royal opportunity

The Renaissance Fair opened earlier this month and is holding a tongue-in-cheek festival to celebrate Presidents Day. In addition to jousting knights, archery practice, and Da Vinci Coladas, festival-goers can pay their respects to England’s 16th-century rulers as part of Monarch Monday.

The annual festival is in town until March 29 and can be found near the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Other than Presidents Day, the Renaissance Fair is only open on weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

Pop in at the pop-up carnival in Scottsdale

Inflatable slides are filling the courtyard at the OdySea in the Desert Complex for the Slide ‘N Ride Family Festival. The north Scottsdale entertainment center is offering carnival games and 10 slides from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The entertainment complex, now the Arizona Boardwalk, recently finished a major rebranding effort and is using the holiday as an opportunity to unveil its new look. The venue added a laser tag arena, a dinosaur museum, and an exhibit of artifacts from the Titanic to the complex.

Children’s Museum offers free entry for educators 

Most schools are closed for the holiday, and the Phoenix Children’s Museum is hoping educators will stop by on their day off.

The museum is holding its Educator Day and Resource Expo, offering attendees an opportunity to find new classroom resources.

Attendees can also experience this month’s rotating exhibit, the Sock Skating arena. The outdoor exhibit allows attendees to kick off their shoes and slide on the slippery plastic floor. 

An Evening With Teddy Roosevelt

End the day on a presidential note at the Madison Center for the Arts. The theatre is offering an opportunity to see An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt, a one-man play chronicling the life and presidency of America’s 26th president.