Through February 7
A mix of puppets, music and magic tell a story of friendship and love in Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night. 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
Designed to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages, the center boasts four levels of hands-on exhibits, plus live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium and giant-screen IMAX theater. POPnology, Feb. 7-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. 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, with an emphasis on science and technology. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Puppylocks & the Three Bears
Magical Moonshine Theatre presents this tale about an impish little dog who does everything wrong in the home of three teddy bears while they are off to the teddy bear circus. 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.
A wooden puppet that is magically given the gift of animation strives to prove that he has learned to be brave, truthful and unselfish. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
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.
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.
East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this tale, which debunks the traditional storybook notions of romance and what it means to be a princess. The original tale was written by Stacey Lane, winner of EVCT’s 2015 playwriting contest. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.
Into the Woods
Fractured fairy tales intersect through unexpected new plot twists in this witty and irreverent production, which reveals what happens when fairy-tale characters live beyond the page. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
February 14-April 10
Childsplay brings the beloved bedtime story to life in this musical version. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Rock the Presidents
Childsplay presents this musical revue, which brings to life stories of the 44 men who rose to the highest office in the land, from George Washington to Barack Obama. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $25, adults; $12, children. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
Based on the hit Nick Jr. TV series, this original production features Peppa, George and all their friends in a live-action adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles. 6 p.m. $28.50-$38.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Junie B. Jones, The Musical
First grade has never been more exciting than this comical, and not strictly for kids, musical. 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.
Fairy Tale Courtroom
The comedy shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, are brought to trial. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
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 solids, liquids and gases. 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.