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Through January 6
The Polar Express
Passengers enjoy a train trip from Williams to the “North Pole,” with a special reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa. Call for times and ticket prices. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, thetrain.com, 888-848-3511.
Through January 22
A beautiful girl, a wicked stepfamily, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince and transparent footwear add up to true love, lots of laughs and happily ever after in this popular version of the famous fairy tale. 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. “Cinderella’s Ball” follows the Jan. 22 performance and includes face painting, games, activities and an appearance by the fairy godmother.
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. Alien Worlds and Androids – which tackles the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are we alone?” – continues through Jan. 16. 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. It’s a Dog’s Life, through Jan. 22, focuses on the art, science, history and social relationships of domestic dogs and their wild canine cousins. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
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.
Independent Eye Theater is guest artist in this performance, which places Lear as puppeteer of his own puppet show featuring two actors, 20 puppets and Shakespeare’s fiery text. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
All Shook Up
Taking place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, the musical tells the story of one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger who helps a small town discover the magic of romance and the power of rock ’n’ roll. Desert Foothills Youth Theater stages the show, which features such classic Elvis tunes as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Call for times. $26-$32.50, adults; $16-$21, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album, this high-octane rock opera features little dialogue and instead relies on lyrics from the band’s groundbreaking music to execute the storyline of teen rage, love and loss. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Jimmy’s Space Adventure
Rocket ships and space creatures take Jimmy on a space adventure he will never forget in this PuppetWorks production. Sa, 10:30 a.m. and noon. $6. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
January 14-February 19
The Cat in the Hat
A fun-loving cat in a red-and-white hat turns a rainy day into a wacky adventure – with games, mischief, and Thing One and Thing Two. Adapted from the book by Dr. Seuss, the production is staged by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Enchantment Theatre Company
Magic, theatrical masks and life-size puppets take over the stage as The Phoenix Symphony hosts this imaginative production about a charmed tree that bears golden apples and an evil magician who conjures a terrible storm. 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999. Doors open at noon for family-friendly pre-concert fun that includes an instrument petting zoo and station activities throughout the lobby.
Disney on Ice
It’s a party on ice as a cast of world-class skaters shares four popular Disney stories in Worlds of Enchantment. The show features beloved characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, disneyonice.com, 800-745-3000.
Zany barnyard fun is on tap in this sing-along show featuring Old MacDonald and his farm animals. 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.