Entertainment costs way too much for most people. A family of four at a sporting event such as a baseball or football game, will have to shell out more than $200 for tickets, food and souvenirs.
But seniors do not have to spend their life savings to enjoy entertainment and experience new adventures in Mohave County. There are many things to do that will not break the bank - and none of them will get you arrested .
All seniors have to do is to get out of that comfortable easy chair and/or off the couch to experience new adventures. It's time for them to take their eyes away from the TV.
Visiting the Mohave County Museum of History and Arts [(928) 753-3195], the Historic Route 66 Museum [(928) 753-9889], and the Bonelli House [(928) 753-3195] in Kingman can be an interesting and educational trip into the area's past.
Not only does the museum of history and arts, located at 400 West Beale Street, have excellent displays and an extensive library of old maps; it contains various books and historical photographs relating the county's heritage.
Also on display at the museum of history and arts is a complete collection of paintings of the United States presidents and their first ladies. The exhibit is one of only three painted-portrait collections in the United States which includes the first ladies.
The museum of history and arts and the Historic Route 66 museum's hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and it is open by special request on - advance booking only - on Sundays. The museums are closed on all major holidays.
Historic Route 66 Museum is located in Old Town Kingman at 120 W. Andy Devine Avenue. It offers displays of photos and life-sized dioramas depicting the travel and travelers along this road which was so important in its day. The story begins with early trade routes and the Beale Wagon Road, which enabled pioneers to cross the land in prairie schooners such as the one on display at the museum.
The Bonelli House is a page straight out of Kingman history. The house was built in 30 days at the end of 1894 and stands today at 430 East Spring Street. George A. Bonelli paid $40 for the Kingman property and the original house was a gift for his bride, Effie E. Tarr. According to history, Bonelli desired the latest innovations so he had the two-story house wired for electricity.
Bonelli House is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, but is closed Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays.
General admission to the Historic Route 66 Museum, Bonelli House and the museum of history and arts is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
The group rate for groups of 10 and larger is $2 per person. Group fees can be handled directly between the staff and the group leader.
Individuals who pay the entry to one of the museums receive free entrance to the other two venues.
If seniors enjoy the outdoors, visiting Mohave County Parks is one of the most reasonably priced forms of entertainment and adventure available to them.
Both Mohave County Davis Camp and Hualapai Mountain Parks have a day use pass (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) that can be purchased for a vehicle with four people in it for only $7. If more than four people are in the vehicle, an additional $2 per person is charged.
Davis Camp Park, situated on more than 60 acres on Highway 95, adjacent to the Colorado River just north of Bullhead City, has almost two miles of beach front access and offers a wide variety of recreational activities. They include excellent fishing areas where anglers can hook into trout, catfish, carp and record-sized stripers; day use of the swim beaches and picnic ramadas; concrete and dirt boat and watercraft launching ramps; RV spaces with 30 and 50 amp services with sewage and water hookups; tent camping areas; and fully furnished vacation homes (two are pet friendly) that are for rent.
To launch personal watercraft or boats, a one-day watercraft launch pass at Davis Camp Park can be purchased for $12, which also allows up to four people to also enter the park.
For further information about Davis Camp Park and the various fees charged for RV camping, cabin rental and tent camping, contact the park office at (928) 754-7250.
Hualapai Mountain Park is situated on almost 2,300 acres of picturesque mountain areas ranging in elevation from 4,900 to 8,400 feet southeast of the Kingman. It offers visitors a wide variety of recreational activities including picnicking, 70 different camp sites, hiking, access to quad trails, 35 RV camping sites (11 have barbeque grills), and rustic cabins for rent that will sleep from two to ten people.
There is a free pass for all disabled veterans no matter what their disability percentage rating that is designated by the VA to Davis Camp and Hualapai Mountain Parks. It includes free entrance for three others who are in the same vehicle, but if more than four people are in the vehicle, an additional $2 per person is charged.
Disabled veterans must provide either their State of Arizona Disabled Veterans Pass or an identification card issued by the VA indicating the individual has a service-connected disability. However, residents and visitors to Mohave County don't have to be disabled to enjoy the county's parks.
For further information about Hualapai Mountain Park and the various fees charged for RV camping, cabin rental and tent camping, contact the park office at (928) 681-5700.
There are numerous parks and hiking trails situated throughout Mohave County where people can visit to have a picnic, fly a kite, take a walk or watch a local sporting event held at one of the fields where teams compete. One example is Centennial Park. It's located in Kingman at the intersection of North Burbank Street and Beverly Avenue. On any given weekend evening, local teams compete in softball games.
For further information about any of the Mohave County Parks, call the administrative office at 757-0915.
Speaking of exciting and interesting places, the Mohave County Library system is an excellent venue for the latest reading material, to check out a book and to get on the internet.
The library locations and hours of operation are:
Lake Havasu City at 1770 North McCulloch Boulevard - 928-453-0718; Bullhead City at 1170 East Hancock Road, 928-758-0714; and Kingman at 3269 N. Burbank Street, 928-692-2665. All are open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from 9.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chloride Community Library is located at 4901 Payroll Avenue and can be reached at 928-565-2200. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Dolan Springs Community Library is located at 16140 Pierce Ferry Road and can be reached at 928-767-4292. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Golden Shores Community Library is located at 13136 S. Golden Shores Parkway and can be reached at 928-768-2235. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Golden Valley Community Library is located at 3417 N. Verde Road and can be reached at 928-565-2989. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Meadview Community Library is located at 149 E. Meadview Boulevard and can be reached at 928-564-2535. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
South Mohave Valley Community Library is located at 5744 S. U.S. Highway 95, Suite 102, and can be reached at 928-768-1151. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Valle Vista Community Library is located at 7264 Concho Drive, Suite B, and can be reached at 928-692-7662. Hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 2:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
In addition to computers, all of the libraries offer free Wi-Fi and all library public-access computers are turned off 15 minutes prior to the libraries closing.
If seniors are not interested in visiting one of the parks in Mohave County or a library, but want a place where they can gather for enjoyable activities, nutrition and social interaction, there are several senior centers available to them. Many of the senior centers offer a wide variety of programs, including exercise classes, line dancing, yoga, ping pong and bingo, to name just a few.
For further information and programs available at the various senior centers, call Mohave County Senior Center at 1776 Airway Avenue, Suite C, in Kingman (928-757-8150); Lake Havasu Senior Center at 450 Acoma Boulevard S. (928-453-0715); Golden Shores Senior Center at 13136 S. Golden Shores Parkway in Topock (928-768-2421), and River Valley Senior Center at 2285 Trane Road in Bullhead City (928-763-0193).
There is no excuse for seniors to be bored in Mohave County. There is a cornucopia of activities for seniors including visiting parks, hiking trails, senior citizen centers and libraries that are waiting to be explored.
Within the next few days, I will be posting another Butch's Brew column that breaks down the various parks and hiking trails located within Mohave County that offer a wide variety of services and facilities.