Saturday, July 26, 2014


Group Free

Through July 13
The Monkey and the Pirate
A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure add up to uproarious fun in this original show. 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 July 18
Summer Camp at the Garden
Campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. A variety of five-day camps is offered. Call for times and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8123.

Through July 18
Summer Theatre Camps
Children of all skill levels focus on acting, singing, dancing, improvisation, auditions and rehearsals as East Valley Children’s Theatre offers a variety of summer workshops. Designed for kids ages 5 to 18, the camps range from half-day programs to two weeks. Call for times and prices. East Valley Children’s Theatre, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa; and Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-756-3828.

Through July 25
Camp Zoo
Students entering kindergarten through eighth grade participate in weeklong sessions with up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. Call for times and prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-914-4333.

Through July 25
Summer Music Camps
Children ages 5 through 18 enjoy a variety of weeklong camps and workshops. M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $120 per week. Phoenix Conservatory of Music, 9617 N. Metro Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-353-9900.

Through August 1
Adventures in Space
Children entering kindergarten through eighth grade enjoy weeklong half- or full-day programs focusing on Space, Science & You! Call for times and prices. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,, 623-322-2001.

Through August 1
Theater Works Camps
Theater professionals lead a variety of summer sessions for children ages 3-18. Camps range from one-week specialty courses to three-week camps culminating with a full stage production. Call for times and prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

Through August 1
Valley Youth Theater Camps
Campers ages 5-6 learn theater basics through lively games, activities and acting, music and dance classes as Valley Youth Theatre hosts an All-Star Summer Playhouse. A musical theater summer workshop is held concurrently for children ages 7-16, offering students a well-rounded performing arts education in addition to experience in the audition process, rehearsal technique, ensemble building and performance. Call for times and prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.

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 Supernatural Party, July 2; Intergalactic Party, July 9; First Responder Party, July 16; Planet and Stars Party, July 23; and Cyborg Celebration, July 30. W, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale,, 623-385-7502.

July 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,, 602-716-2000.

July 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,, 602-253-0501.

July 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, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $5. 35 N. Robson St., Mesa,, 480-644-2467.

July 3-August 1
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: Tangled, July 3-4; Despicable Me, July 10-11; Surf’s Up, July 17-18; Happy Feet, July 24-25; and The Incredibles, July 31-Aug. 1. Movies start at approximately 8 p.m. Call for admission prices. Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale,, 623-201-2000.

July 7-18
Kids Cooking Classes
Children ages 8-13 enjoy weeklong breakfast, dinner or dessert classes presented by Sierra Bonita Catering. Breakfast classes focus on cooking the perfect omelet, pancakes, quiche and more; while dessert classes include decadent creations such as homemade caramel, cinnamon rolls and cheesecake. Dinner classes feature 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.

July 7-10, 21-24
Camp Compassion
Arizona Humane Society hosts this program for campers ages 8-18. Blending principles of humane and character education, the camps cover a variety of topics, with plenty of opportunities to meet some furry friends along the way. 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. $175 per session; $325 for both. Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix,, 602-997-7585.

July 7-25
ArtSpace Summer Camp
Students ages 9-13 enjoy a variety of art activities, including polymer clay, ceramics, painting, drawing, origami, jewelry making with found objects, T-shirt design, duct tape art, beading and fashion design, offered in one- to three-week sessions. M-F, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $220 per week. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727.

July 11-12
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,, 602-273-1341.

July 11-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,, 623-776-8400.

July 16-27
My Pet Dinosaur
A little boy gets an unusual present for his birthday – a dinosaur egg. The egg hatches, hilarious hijinks ensue and in the end, it’s up to the dinosaur to save the day. 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.

July 30-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,, 602-262-2050.