Children of all ages enjoy the tale of the strange little fellow with the hard-to-guess name and the miller’s daughter who must spin straw into gold. 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 May 1
This heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up offers clever advice on kid-troubling issues that run the gamut from birthday party etiquette and proper table settings, to what to do when offered icky food and how to deal with a truly annoying brother. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through May 1
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.
Through May 8
Bring It On: The Musical
The cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Through May 8
After the Banks’ young children send many a nanny packing, the practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives on the job and, with some help from a chimney sweep named Bert, ends up turning the family’s world upside down. The timeless tale is filled with over-the-top cheery numbers, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
Through May 22
Wendy’s great-great-grandchildren go to Neverland and help Peter fight pirates, pterodactyls, fairies and ninjas in Pete, Or the Return of Peter Pan, a modern-day sequel to the classic story. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Arizona Science Center
POPnology, through May 15, explores popular culture’s impact on technology – past, present and future – and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. The World of Giant Insects, May 28-Sept. 5, showcases six common insects of gargantuan proportions, including a desert locust, Chinese praying mantis and other creatures shown 40 to 120 times larger than in real life. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.
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.
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, with an emphasis on science and technology. Guests can explore the depths of the ocean in Underwater FantaSEA, through May 29. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8 (free admission, May 1). 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this witty, hilarious and moving play, which follows an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, he meets a whole flock of unique characters and learns that being different is not a bad thing to be. Call for times. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
YouthWorks presents this original fantasy musical, which focuses on a young girl who sets out to solve a mysterious riddle and forever vanquish darkness in the magical forest of Callowell. On her journey, she encounters all kinds of creatures, including fairies, mermaids, gypsies and pirates. Call for times. $15. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
101 Dalmatians Kids
This familiar Disney tale of kidnappers, puppies and villains focuses on a woman who kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur — and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
May 20-June 26
A grumpy ogre on a quest to save his swamp learns about friendship, true love and embracing what makes him special in this fractured fairytale. Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Children ages 3 to 6 are introduced to space and science through kid-friendly experiments, fun facts and activities. This month’s program focuses on electricity and light. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $20-$25 per child/parent pair; $5 each additional sibling. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2020.
May 27-June 12
Miss Minnie’s Melodram-odeon!
When her father suddenly and mysteriously becomes ill (he thinks he’s a chicken!), poor Miss Minnie becomes the reluctant manager of his theater right before the judging of the grand melodrama competition. A devious and insincere leading man, a deceitful developer and a large cast of misfits and ne’er-do-wells make this her biggest challenge ever. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.