Through May 3
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
A boy is bored watching his lamb and decides to make things more exciting by turning on his dad’s wolf alarm. This updated zany version of the classic tale is presented by Puppet Art Theatre Co. 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 17
The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion follow the yellow brick road in search of what they already have – a home, a brain, a heart and courage. Call for times. $15-$18. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
Through May 24
Go Figures: The Photographs of Danny Neumann, through May 24; and Build It, through May 24, which focuses on the beauty and creativity of architecture as it applies to the structures in which we live and play, along with how design is inspired by our natural environment and the functionality of homes created by animals. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.
Through May 24
The Three Javelinas
A favorite tale gets a Southwestern spin in this musical tribute to the Arizona landscape. The world-premiere stage adaptation of Susan Lowell’s picture book is presented by Childsplay. 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
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, through May 3, features more than 200 rare artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including legendary gear, photos and documents, as well as NFL Films video footage and a series of interactive displays. 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. “Adults Night Out” includes a lecture, dancing and ART360 in the center’s planetarium, May 1, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., free.
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.
Fancy Nancy The Musical
Based on the best-selling Fancy Nancy book series, this musical follows Nancy and her friends who are going to be performing in their very first show. Nancy dreams of donning a tiara and diving into the role of an elegant mythical ocean dweller, but will she get the part? The lighthearted production is staged by Vital Theatre Company. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $29, adults; $14, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Free Comic Book Day
Children of all ages can choose from more than two dozen titles, from cool kids’ comics and the greatest superhero fare, to classic characters and newfound favorites. Visit freecomicbookday.com to find local retailers who are participating in the celebration, which kicks off Children’s Book Week, May 4-10.
Mini Music Makers
Children and their caregivers experience music from around the globe while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Each four-week session explores a new musical culture. Call for days and times. $12 per class; $40 for four. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
The Princess, The Unicorn and The Smelly Foot Troll is a funny original musical about a princess, a unicorn and a friendly troll with hygiene issues. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 2-15. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
The city of Tolleson hosts this event, which features a DJ, dancing, refreshments, door prizes and mother/son portraits by a professional photographer. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $45-$55 per couple; $20-$25 per additional ticket. Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, 623-474-4992.
My Name is Rumpelstiltskin
Act One Youth Theatre presents this magical rags-to-riches tale about an ill-tempered wizard, a 400-year-old witch and a miller’s daughter who has 24 hours to guess the wizard’s name or lose her child. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale, actoneyouththeater.org, 480-789-1918.
Beauty and the Beast
A gentle maiden’s gradual love for a beast breaks the curse he is under – eventually turning him back into a prince – as this classic tale shows that inner beauty is what matters, and love can be found. The play is staged by Greasepaint Youtheatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
A young girl from Kansas opens the door to a gloriously strange land, and so begins The Wizard of Oz. Christian Youth Theater presents the Royal Shakespeare Company version of the beloved tale. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, cytphoenix.org, 480-310-0366.
A Year with Frog & Toad
Theater Works presents this whimsical musical, which follows the adventures of a worrisome fussbudget toad, a buoyantly cheerful frog and their assorted hopping, crawling and flying companions. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Eye of the Tiger!
Dress your kids in their favorite team jerseys as The Phoenix Symphony performs adaptations of ’80s favorites like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “What a Feeling,” the theme from Ghostbusters and more. Farah Alvin and Joe Cassidy are featured vocalists. 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
May 22-June 21
The Little Mermaid
Ariel’s magical underwater kingdom comes to vibrant life in this family-friendly gem. The Disney tale features the hit songs, “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
May 22-June 21
The search for the golden ticket is on in this timeless story about a sweet-natured boy named Charlie and four other winners who get the tour of a lifetime in a mysterious candy-maker’s scrumptious factory. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
May 29-June 7
The Aristocats Kids
This classic musical focuses on the richest cats in all of Paris and a ragtag bunch of alley cats who come to their rescue. The feline adventure offers a message of coming together despite our differences and working toward a common goal. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
May 29-June 14
This witty, hilarious and moving play 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 not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. 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.