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Arizona Science Center
August 1-31
The World of Giant Insects, through Sept. 5, showcases six common insects of gargantuan proportions, including a desert locust, Chinese praying mantis and other creatures shown 40 to 120 times larger than in real life. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

Through August 5
SummerWorks Camps

Theater professionals lead a variety of summer sessions for children ages 3-18. Camps range from one-week specialty courses to three-week camps culminating with a full stage production. Call for times and prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

Through August 7

There’s big trouble for the three bears when the rude little girl with the golden curls visits their house in this slapstick version of the traditional 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,, 602-262-2050.

Through August 7
Shrek: The Musical

This sidesplitting tale follows a grumpy yet beloved ogre and his wisecracking best friend Donkey on a journey of a lifetime that includes encounters with a feisty headstrong princess, a short-tempered bald guy, a cookie with attitude and more than a dozen other fairy-tale misfits. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,, 623-776-8400.

Through August 8
Into the Woods

Fractured fairy tales intersect through unexpected new plot twists in this witty and irreverent production, which reveals what happens when fairy-tale characters live beyond the page. Call for times. $18. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.

August 1-5
Summer Movie Fun

This popular program continues at 16 participating theaters with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. M-F, 9:45 a.m. $2. Harkins Theatres, Valleywide,

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. Tu-Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $11. 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,, 602-253-0501.

August 1-31
i.d.e.a. Museum

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. Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality, through Sept. 11, celebrates science fiction stories and the imaginative inventions in these stories that in some cases have come true. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-2468.

August 6
Water Safety

SRP, local fire departments, city pools and other community organizations present swimming lessons and CPR demonstrations to build awareness of water safety basics. Music, refreshments and raffle prizes are included. 2-4 p.m. Free. Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St., Chandler,

August 10-28
The Monkey and the Pirate

A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure add up to hilarious fun in this original 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,, 602-262-2050.

August 13
Family Star Night

This interactive astronomy night features hands-on activities, museum tours and a slide presentation on constellations, planets and upcoming sky events. Weather permitting, guests will have an opportunity to look through several different high-powered telescopes at the moon, planets, star clusters and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $7; free, children 3 and younger. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,, 623-322-2001.

August 31-September 18
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This singalong show tells the story of three determined goats and one very mean, very hungry troll. 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,, 602-262-2050.