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Through August 8
Charlie Brown
The lovable Peanuts characters come to life on stage in the lighthearted musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, which follows the adventures of Charlie Brown on a typical challenging day. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through August 9
Goldilocks
There’s big trouble for the three bears when the rude little girl with the golden curls visits their house. 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.

August 12-30
Old MacDonald
Lots of zany barnyard fun is on tap with Old MacDonald and his farm animal friends in this silly, singalong 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.

August 1-31
Arizona Science Center
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, through Sept. 7, uses computer graphics and creative displays as guests learn about the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and more. 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.

August 1-31
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. M-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.

August 1-31
i.d.e.a. Museum
Once Upon a Time, through Sept. 13, focuses on travel, with different types of storytelling illustrated through artwork and activities. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.

August 8
Prowl & Play
Superpower fun is on tap as young visitors enjoy a variety of activities, including mask-making crafts, live music, waterslides, zookeeper talks and a chance to mingle and share photo opportunities with superheroes. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $8. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.

August 14-30
Musical Masterpiece
Animated with a high-energy mix of music and dancing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a comic and colorful journey through the biblical story of young Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers after his father favors him with a gorgeous colored cloak. Call for times. Tickets start at $20. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.

August 21-23
Hello Kitty Festival
The beloved pop icon hits the stage as Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival makes a stop in the Valley. The event includes multistage live performances, DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, photo opportunities and event collectibles. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, noon. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.