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Group Free

Through July 10
Summer Theatre Camps
Children learn basic skills in acting, singing and dancing as East Valley Children’s Theatre offers a variety of summer workshops. Designed for kids ages 5-18, the camps range from individual daily workshops to two-week programs, with a final performance the last day of camp. Call for times and prices. East Valley Children’s Theatre, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-756-3828.

Through July 19
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.

Through July 24
Camp Zoo
Students entering kindergarten through eighth grade participate in weeklong sessions with up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free time. Call for times and prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-914-4333.

Through July 25
Summer Music Camps
A wide variety of camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels is offered. Call for times and prices. Phoenix Conservatory of Music, 9617 N. Metro Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-253-9900.

Through July 27
Summer Arts Camps
Children in first through seventh grades discover and build their creative skills in daily and weekly camps that feature dance, poetry, drama, art classes and puppetry, all with a Muppets theme. Call for times. $40 per day; $180 per five-day week. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6520.

Through July 29
Westgate Wednesdays
This family-friendly weekly series draws children and parents for live music, dancing, frolicking in the splash pad, games and a meet-and-greet with popular movie characters. Each week features a different theme, including Frozen Fiesta, July 1; Intergalactic Party, July 8; Princess & Pirate Party, July 15; Superhero Sensation, July 22; and Frozen Fiesta, July 29. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale,, 623-385-7502.

Through July 30
Valley Youth Theater Camps
Campers ages 5-6 learn theater basics through lively games, activities, and acting, music and dance classes as Valley Youth Theatre hosts an All-Star Summer Playhouse. A musical theater summer workshop is held concurrently for children ages 7-16, offering students a well-rounded performing arts education in addition to experience in the audition process, rehearsal technique, ensemble building and performance. Call for times and prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.

Through July 31
Adventures in Space
Children entering kindergarten through eighth grade enjoy weeklong half- or full-day adventures focusing on space, science, technology, engineering and math. A LEGO program also is offered. Call for times and prices. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,, 623-322-2001.

Through July 31
Children’s Museum Camps
Hands-on learning adventures are on tap as children ages 5-8 enjoy a variety of theme-based activities, art lessons, a talent show, free play and special presentations. Road trips, moviemaking, scientific concepts and superhero adventures are among the themes. Call for times and registration fees. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,, 602-253-0501.

Through July 31
Theater Works 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.

July 1-31
Arizona Science Center
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, through Sept. 7, uses incredible 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,, 602-716-2000.

July 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,, 602-253-0501.

July 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,, 480-644-2468.

July 1-31
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,, 480-478-6000.

July 4
4th of Zoo-Ly
Guests enjoy a catered barbecue dinner, cool treats, animal encounters, face painting, live entertainment and children’s activities, plus a great view from the zoo of the Tempe fireworks show. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $45, adults; $35, children 3-12; reservations required. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-273-1341.

July 11-25
Musical Adventure Series
Children ages 6-10 discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring museum exhibits with a designated tour guide. Each session focuses on a different continent. Sa, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. $12 per class. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, 480-478-6000.

July 22-August 9
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,, 602-262-2050.