- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Mar 2015
Through 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, actoneyouththeater.org, 480-789-1918.
Through March 1
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, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through March 1
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, legokidsfest.com, 623-433-7101.
Through 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, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Through March 8
Based on the novels by Beverly Cleary, this Spotlight Youth Theatre production 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, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
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, azscience.org, 602-716-2000. Guests 18 and older enjoy free admission to all four floors of the center during Adults Night Out, which includes a lecture, dancing and Arts 360 in the Dorrance Planetarium, March 6, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
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, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-253-0501.
Go Figures: The Photographs of Danny Neumann, through May 24; and Build It, through May 24, which 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, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
There’s plenty of audience participation as fans cheer for their favorite athlete in Jack Rabbit and the Desert Tortoise. Set in the Sonoran Desert, this funny version of Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare fable features slow and steady Dusty the Desert Tortoise in an epic race against wild Jack the Jackrabbit. 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.
Marvel Universe Live
This larger-than-life arena spectacular features an original story that brings Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk and other Marvel heroes and villains together on an epic quest. The show includes some of the industry’s most talented stunt performers, as well as new innovations in set design and pyrotechnics. Call for times and ticket prices. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
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, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Designed for tots and toddlers ages 6 and younger, this event features games, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and entertainment. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals and enter them in a contest, with prizes awarded to the most loved, cutest and best dressed. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, therailroadpark.com, 480-312-2312.
VYT Spring Break Camp
Campers ages 7-15 are trained in acting, dance and music, plus workshops on improvisation, theater design and auditioning, before showcasing their work for friends and family on the last day of each weeklong camp. M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $275. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Girls Who Wear Glasses
With the help of her glasses, a young girl starts to see clearly in more ways than one as she learns to stand up for herself. This humorous story about fitting in, friendship and frames is presented by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
March 18-April 5
Naughty Peter disobeys his mother and sets off to find adventure (and lunch!) in Mr. McGregor’s garden in this popular version of Beatrix Potter’s famous tale, told with hand puppets, music and movement – no words. 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.