Through October 5
Baby Bear Goes to School
Baby Bear is excited about his first day of school in this charming musical 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, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through October 5
East Valley Children's Theatre presents Wonderland! The Musical Adventures of Alice. The silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass is an upbeat, coming-of-age story featuring familiar characters, as well as dozens of new ones. 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, evct.org, 480-644-6500.
Through October 12
Childsplay presents this timeless story about an endearing piglet in grave danger of ending up as pork chops, and a wise and winsome spider who becomes his true friend. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Arizona Science Center
National Geographic Earth Explorers, through Jan. 4. 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.
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.
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. Bugs in Art, Oct. 3-Jan. 25, is an innovative, interactive, kid-friendly celebration of insects. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.
October 1-November 9
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid, and train rides, as well as family, mini and haunted corn mazes. Call for times. $9, ages 2 and older. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, tolmachoff-farms.com, 623-386-1301.
The Dracula Rock Show
Rumbling with discontent about their life underground, the zombies, vampires and creatures of the night venture out to rock concerts where their bizarre appearance will go unnoticed. Staged by Desert Foothills Theater, the production features a soundtrack littered with 70s and 80s rock and pop classics. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $16-$21, adults; $12-$16, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
October 8-November 2
Little Bunny's Halloween
Little Bunny learns that Halloween doesn't have to be scary to be fun. 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.
Siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter a land of talking animals, where they battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all in Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
October 10-November 2
Night of the Living Dead
People trapped in an isolated farmhouse are held hostage by ravenous ghouls in this cult classic, which started the zombie craze. The production is staged by Theater Works YouthWorks. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Boys ages 7-13 learn to sing, read music and perform as Phoenix Boys Choir hosts this music camp, which culminates in a short performance for parents and friends. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Phoenix Boys Choir, 1131 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
A clever web-spinning spider devises a plan to save her curly-tailed companion – with a little help their opinionated barnyard friends – as this classic children's story reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things. Call for times. $18, adults; $15, seniors, students and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
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. The classic tale is presented by Act One Youth Theater. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $7, adults; $5, children, students and seniors. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale, actoneyouththeater.org, 480-789-1918.
Halloween at Hogwarts
Muggles and wizards are invited to fly away with The Phoenix Symphony as the orchestra performs seasonal selections and memorable music from Harry Potter films. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite wizard, sorcerer or other Hogwarts character for pre-concert activities. 2:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
October 19-November 16
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane focuses on the adventures of a dapper porcelain rabbit doted onr by a young girl. The production tells a thoughtful tale of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Boo! at the Zoo
Children are invited to dress in costume and enjoy a scavenger hunt, scarecrow straw maze, monster midway, crafts and the animals' favorite "Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp." 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Pumpkins at the Peak
The four-acre River Ranch waterpark is transformed into a glowing carnival of Halloween fun that includes live music and a variety of craft and game booths. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $5, or canned-food donation to St. Mary's Food Bank. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, squawpeakhilton.com, 602-997-2626, ext. 4567.
Guests encounter ticks and treats around every corner of the zoo. The event includes animal encounters, magic shows, haunted trails, trick or treating, a DJ dance party and monster midway. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $10. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
October 24-November 2
Seussical the Musical
Guests are transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos as beloved Seuss stories, characters and themes are woven together in this magical, musical extravaganza. The production is staged by Greasepaint Youtheatre. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-949-PLAY.
October 24-November 9
Annie Get Your Gun
The story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley falling in love with her rival, Frank Butler, is animated with great characters and nonstop hits, including "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Doin' What Comes Naturally." 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.
Mayor's Day of Play
The spotlight is on health, wellness and fitness for children of all ages, with a variety of activities and informational booths. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2735.
Trunk or Treating
This annual event features a costume competition and parade, an inflatable bouncer, carnival games and trick or treating at the decorated trunks of parked cars. Box cereal donations are requested to benefit homeless and low-income families. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, nsumc.com, 480-948-0529.
Halloween in the Hills
The Town of Fountain Hills celebrates the holiday with a costume contest, games, rides and trick or treating at local businesses. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, halloweeninthehills.com, 480-837-8168.
Arts and crafts, games, costume contests, souvenir photos, "trunk or treating" and a haunted house are highlights. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Chandler Library Plaza, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, 480-782-2735.