Saturday, January 31, 2015


Group Free

Through February 1
There’s big trouble for the three bears when the rude little girl with the golden curls visits their house. 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,, 602-262-2050.

Through February 1
Spotlight Youth Theatre presents this unforgettable and timeless story, which delivers a universal message of hope for everyone. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $14. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale,, 602-843-8318.

Through February 1
13 The Musical
Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending bar mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. The high-energy show is presented by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

Through February 8
The Little Mermaid Jr.
A young mermaid with an enchanting voice longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. The Disney tale features the hit songs, “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love” and “Under the Sea.” Call for times. $15, adults; $12, youth 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills,, 480-837-9661.

February 1-28
Arizona Science Center
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, through May 3, features more than 200 rare artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including legendary gear, photos and documents, as well as NFL Films video footage and a series of interactive displays. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

February 1-28
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. 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,, 602-253-0501.

February 1-28
i.d.e.a. Museum
Go Figures: The Photographs of Danny Neumann is on exhibit through May 24. Build It, Feb. 13-May 24, focuses on the beauty and creativity of architecture as it applies to the structures we live and play in, along with how design is inspired by our natural environment and the functionality of homes created by animals. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-2468.

February 4-8
A Tangle of Tales
Three favorite folk tales from around the world come to life with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new. Grey Seal Puppets is special guest. 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,, 602-262-2050.

February 6-22
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Two weavers promise a scatterbrained king a new suit of clothes that can only be seen by the wisest of men in this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa-Su, noon and 3 p.m. $18. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.

February 7
Archaeology for Kids
Children ages 7 to 12 discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Participants learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-495-0901.

February 8-March 8
The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas explores important themes and life lessons surrounding family, imagination, loyalty and togetherness. The hilarious adventure focuses on a family that unplugs from the modern world and learns the importance of putting technology down to play together. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-350-2822.

February 11-March 1
Hotel Saguaro
With the help of his wise grandpa, a young saguaro who is not sure he wants to be a cactus learns how important he is to the desert. 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,, 602-262-2050.

February 12-22
After two greedy magicians steal the eternal moon from the night sky, a woodland prince leaves his home to return the moon to its rightful place in the heavens before a false red moon rises. Along the way, he meets a princess of a different leaf, her best friend and a kingdom soaked in carnival celebration. The play is staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $11, children 17 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-756-3828.

February 13-22
Peter Pan Jr.
Fly away to Neverland with the boy who refuses to grow up and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell. Bursting with adventure and beloved songs, such as “You Can Fly” and “Yo Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me,” the timeless tale is presented by Christian Youth Theater. Call for times. $15-$16, adults; $12.50, seniors and children 12 and younger. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 480-310-0366.

February 18
The Fresh Beat Band
Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the TV series of the same name perform new songs, plus hits from the live-action series that teach preschoolers about music appreciation and how to solve everyday challenges. 5:30 p.m. $34-$42. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

February 19-22
Sleeping Beauty Kids
It’s Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent. Call for times. $18, adults; $15, children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem,, 602-743-9892.

February 21-22
Lunch with a Keeper
Participants enjoy a pizza lunch alongside a giraffe zookeeper, who answers questions and shares stories about the animals and how the keepers care for them. A behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe barn is included, as well as a stop at the giraffe deck, which provides an opportunity for private, up-close interaction with one of the giraffes. Noon-1:45 p.m. $75 (one child age 6-10 and a caregiver). Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-914-4333.


February 27-March 1
Bridge to Terabithia
Act One Youth Theatre presents this fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination, which is based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale,, 480-789-1918.

February 27-March 1
LEGO Kidsfest
Children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests enjoy hands-on LEGO building experiences at this family expo. Highlights include dozens of life-size models, race ramps where guests can build a custom car and then race it down the ramp, and numerous creative free-build areas. Call for times. $22.50, adults; $19.50, children. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 W. Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, 623-433-7101.

February 27-March 8
Ramona Quimby
Based on the novels by Beverly Cleary, this Spotlight Youth Theatre productions presents a humorous, loving family portrait that follows Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade and through her family relationships.  F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $14. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale,, 602-843-8318.