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Through May 20
Flora & Ulysses
The squirrel never saw it coming – the vacuum cleaner, that is – in this engaging tale of 10-year-old “natural-born cynic” Flora and her friend, Ulysses, a now-hairless squirrel who suddenly acquires superpowers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Adapted from the book by Kate DeCamillo, the laugh-out-loud story is presented by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Arizona Science Center
Designed to engage curious minds through science, the center boasts four levels of hands-on exhibits, plus live demonstrations, a planetarium, giant-screen theater and CREATE, a state-of-the-art community maker space that provides workshops that include 3-D printing, laser cutting, woodworking and sewing. Pompeii: The Exhibition, through May 28, examines life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. 24, A.D. 79. 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. Sonoran Safari, through May 27, explores the artistic landscape of the world’s 11th largest desert through art and hands-on activities related to native plants, animals, reptiles and birds. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
The Three Little Pigs
There’s a whole lot of huffing and puffing going on in this classic story about the dangers of shoddy home construction. 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.
Beauty and the Beast
A gentle maiden’s gradual love for a beast breaks the curse he is under – eventually turning him back into a prince – as this classic tale shows that inner beauty is what matters and love can be found. Call for times. $16-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.
Get ready to “move it, move it” on this musical trip across the ocean with Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and those hilarious plotting penguins. Raised in captivity, this crazy cast of characters faces new challenges when they find themselves far from home and on a wild adventure. The family favorite is presented by Greasepaint Youtheatre. Call for times. $17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles – from country western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat focuses on young dreamer Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The production is staged by Theater Works’ YouthWorks program. Call for times. $16. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Shrek the Musical
An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by Desert Foothills Theater, the fairytale adventure proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Call for times. $16-$35.50. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Movies in the Desert (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of The Little Mermaid. 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, 480-235-2225.
Disney Junior Dance Party
Keep an eye out for Phoenix native Miah Blake in this interactive concert featuring Disney Junior’s greatest hits, including songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
May 18-June 17
Filled with magic, mayhem and flying-carpet rides, this stage adaptation of the Disney hit features an award-winning score, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
May 25-June 10
Jesus Christ Superstar
The final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth are chronicled through the eyes of his disciple – and ultimate betrayer – Judas Iscariot, in this compelling rock opera, which is loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Call for times. $15. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
May 26-June 16
Summer Equine Programs
A variety of single-day and weeklong horse-themed programs are offered, focusing on riding, horsemanship skills, equine science, storytime and crafts. Call for times and prices. Horses Help, 2601 E. Rose Garden Ln., Phoenix, horseshelp.org, 602-569-6056.
May 30-June 24
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. Call for ticket prices. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.