Saturday, August 02, 2014

KIDSTUFF

Group Free

Through August 6
Westgate Wednesdays
This family-friendly weekly series draws children and parents for dancing, frolicking in the splash pad, sing-alongs, prize giveaways, activities and crafts. Each week features different crafts, games and themes, including a Princess and Pirate Party, Aug. 6. W, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, westgateaz.com, 623-385-7502.

Through August 8
Dive ’n’ Movies
Grab an inner tube and settle in beneath the stars as the wave pool transforms into a floating theater. Showing on the big-screen this month: The Incredibles, through Aug. 1; and The Smurfs, Aug. 7-8. Movies start at approximately 8 p.m. Call for admission prices. Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale, wetnwildphoenix.com, 623-201-2000.

Through August 17
Old MacDonald
Zany barnyard fun is on tap in this sing-along show featuring Old MacDonald and his farm animals. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

Through August 17
Peter Pan
Fly away to Neverland with the boy who refuses to grow up and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

August 1-31
Arizona Science Center
Featuring hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from real archaeologists, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science, through Sept. 1, is an interactive exhibit that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. The center also boasts more than 300 hands-on exhibits in five themed galleries, plus live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium and giant-screen theater. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.

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August 1-31
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Focusing on learning through play, the museum offers hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from birth to age 10, with an emphasis on early childhood education and school readiness. Tu-Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $11 (free, first Friday of month, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.). 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-253-0501.

August 1-31
i.d.e.a. Museum
Interactive activities are a hallmark of this facility, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination. Bon Voyage! Art Goes on Vacation, through Sept. 14, focuses on the role that art plays in all facets of life, culture and adventure throughout many parts of the globe. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.

August 2-23
Classic Disney Films
Kids of all ages enjoy a selection of Disney films from the 1970s and 1980s in air-conditioned comfort, including The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Aug. 2; The Fox and the Hound, Aug. 9; The Black Cauldron, Aug. 16; and The Little Mermaid, Aug. 23. Sa, 1 p.m. Free. Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.

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August 3
Kidz Bop Kids Tour
The high-energy and interactive Dream Big, Sing Loud! tour makes a stop in the Valley, featuring kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. 5 p.m. $25-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

August 4-15
Kids Cooking Classes
Children ages 8-13 enjoy weeklong dinner and dessert classes presented by Sierra Bonita Catering. Dessert classes include decadent creations such as homemade caramel, cinnamon rolls and cheesecake, while the dinner program features an expanded introduction into kitchen safety and sanitation, planning a menu and preparing a table, in addition to cooking complete entrées. M-F, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $275-$300 per week. Crossroads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 602-573-2367.

August 8-9
Prowl & Play
Young visitors enjoy a variety of activities, including Safari Train rides, a giraffe encounter, water play area, and music, games and prizes with Radio Disney. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $8. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.

August 8-24
West Side Story
Taking place on the streets of a New York City ghetto, this modern-day Romeo & Juliet explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs, and lovers who cross racial/ethnic barriers. The production is staged by Valley Youth Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-252-8497.

August 8-September 13
Annie Get Your Gun
Sharpshooter Frank Butler and the spirited Annie Oakley negotiate between their competitive sides and their blossoming love for each other in this award-winning musical. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

August 20-September 14
The Three Little Pigs
There’s a whole lot of huffing and puffing going on in this classic story about the dangers of shoddy home construction. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.

August 22-September 21
Alice in Wonderland
Alice explores a zany wonderland in an original adaptation of this pop-culture favorite, featuring music and lyrics by Gerry Cullity. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

 

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