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Through October 7
The Frog Prince
A princess meets a frog and then makes a promise she doesn’t want to keep in this cute and funny musical about friendship. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through October 7
Guests are transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos as beloved Dr. Seuss stories, characters and themes are woven together in this magical, musical extravaganza about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-644-6500.
Through October 7
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This classic nautical adventure plunges the audience into a top-secret mission to infiltrate an enemy submarine and capture a deadly foe while exploring the mysteries of the deep blue sea. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Through October 14
A clever web-spinning spider devises a plan to save her curly-tailed companion as this classic children’s story reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things. The timeless tale is staged by Childsplay. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $12-$30. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Through November 4
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid, tomato cannon, jumping pillows and train rides, as well as family, mini and haunted corn mazes. Call for times and ticket prices. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, tolmachoff-farms.com, 623-999-3276.
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 theater. 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 creative, 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, particularly through science and technology. Far Out: Our Solar System, through Jan. 20, provides an artistic exploration of our planets and their moons, as well as comets, asteroids and minor planets that inhabit our solar system. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
Pottery for Kids
Children unleash their inner artist with hands-on pottery-making activities based on pottery of the past. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Little Bunny’s Halloween (pictured)
Little Bunny learns that Halloween doesn’t have to be scary to be fun. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo takes guests on a new adventure to the bottom of the ocean where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe live still today. The immersive experience uses actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Call for times. $30-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Inspired by the true events of Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, this pop musical celebrates diversity with a colorful history lesson about segregation and dealing with prejudice. The plot follows an 8-year-old polka-dotted girl who moves into an all-squares town, facing an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Movies in the Desert (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of Monsters Inc. Games, music and prizes begin at 5 p.m., followed by the movie at 6:30 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-951-2100.
October 19-November 4
The lovable Peanuts characters come to life on stage in this revised version of the lighthearted 1967 classic, 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. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Kids of all ages can explore and climb through a tow truck, dump truck, commercial bucket loader, sanitation vehicle, backhoe and 18-wheeler. The Glendale Police Bomb Squad truck and robot also will be on-site. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, visitglendale.com/event, 623-930-2299.
See what monsters do during their biggest celebration of the year in Monster Party: A Halloween Tale. Shows are performed in a black-light style, with the puppets, scenery and audience glowing in the dark. Sa, 10:30 a.m. and noon. $8. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
October 20-November 4
Dog Sees God
Dabbling with themes of bullying, suicide, drug use, eating disorders, rebellion and sexual identity, this touching and thought-provoking coming-of-age story takes place in the unforgiving social sphere of high school. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Fall Festival (FREE)
This second annual celebration features music, games, crafts, inflatables and meet-and-greets with Elsa and a Minion, along with trick-or-treating and a “not so spooky” costume contest. 5-8 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-951-2100.
Children of all ages are invited to dress in costume and enjoy this spooky event, which includes animal encounters, haunted trails, trick-or-treating, hands-on science experiments, psychic and tarot readings, a monster bash dance party and photos with a mermaid. 6-10:30 p.m. $12.95; free, children 2 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
October 26-November 4
School of Rock
A failed wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $17. Greasepaint, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-949-7529.
Fall Festival (FREE)
Costume contests, a haunted forest, game booths, live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks are highlights. 5-9 p.m. Eldorado Park (south ballfield), 1909 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-0217.
MaxInMotion Clinics (FREE)
Children ages 4-18 with physical and intellectual disabilities are introduced to power soccer and wheelchair baseball in these adaptive sports clinics. Lunch is included, plus an opportunity to try out specialty wheelchairs and equipment used in competition. Registration is required. 10 a.m. (soccer) and 12:30 p.m. (baseball). Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix, ability360.org, 602-386-4566.
October 27-November 18
The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus
Filled with magical realism and surprises at every turn, this funny story of friendship and imagination brings the desert landscape to life. The adventure is staged by Childsplay. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $12-$30. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Bug Fest! (FREE)
Cockroach races, edible insect treats, crafts and insect petting zoos highlight this second annual bug bash. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-951-2100.
October 31-November 4
The Little Red Hen
This fun singalong show shares a valuable message about cooperation as a hen looks for help to turn wheat into bread. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.