Through April 3
Peter and the Wolf
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre is special guest for this classic tale about a young boy, his grandfather, his pets and the creatures that live in the meadow and forest. 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 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.
The Pied Piper
As if the rat infestation in Hamelin isn’t bad enough, poor organization on the part of the mayor has paved the way for the egotistical Pied Piper to take advantage of the town in his search for fame and fortune. The piper’s clever assistant saves the day, teaching him how responsibility to others often comes with special gifts and talents. F and M, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $13, children. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
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, 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. 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. 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. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Once Upon a Mattress
Taking place in a medieval kingdom with a domineering queen, this familiar tale of royal courtship follows a princess from the wrong side of the moat as she competes for the hand of Prince Dauntless. Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $20. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
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 an average of 2,500 wing beats per minute, hummingbirds burn through the energy equivalent of 3,000 Oreo cookies per day. Participants enjoy a morning walk and interactive activities while learning about these tiny powerhouses, and what plants are best to attract them to our own backyards. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $40, per child and adult pair. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
April 6-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.
Disney on Ice
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy embark on a fun-filled treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever in the ice skating spectacular, Treasure Trove. The program highlights eight movies and more than 50 characters. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, noon and 4 p.m. $20-$70. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Pink, Pink, Hooray!
Pinkalicious, the Musical celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Family Night Camp
Recommended for campers ages 7 and older, this wilderness experience includes dinner off the grill, s’mores over the campfire, up-close animal encounters and a night hike, plus a continental breakfast and guided hike in the morning and the opportunity to explore the zoo for the rest of the day. 5:30 p.m.-9 a.m. Call for registration fees. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
April 9, 16
Secret of the Rainforest
PuppetWorks presents this glow-in-the-dark rainforest adventure. Geared for children ages 3 to 8, each 40-minute performance includes a post-show tutorial on the puppets used in the show and a brief overview of puppetry manipulation, plus an optional make-and-take workshop ($4). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $7. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
This modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up features classic Disney songs, including “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” F and M, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $13, children. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
Día del Niño
Games, music, folkloric dancers and piñata bashing by zoo animals highlight this celebration of children, animals and culture. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with regular zoo admission. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
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 physics. 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.
April 22-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.
April 22-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.
April 24-May 29
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.
April 28-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 dawn. 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.