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Through October 4
Baby Bear Goes to School
Baby Bear is excited about his first day of school in this show filled with colors, counting and singalong songs. 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.
Through October 4
Shrek the Musical Jr.
This fractured fairytale centers around a grumpy ogre on a quest to save his swamp. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
Through October 11
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 and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through October 18
Life lessons come flying from every angle in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Based on Louis Sacher’s beloved children’s books, the wacky play brings to life an elementary school 30 stories high where strange encounters and skewed adventures spark imagination and laughter. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
The Princess and the Pea
Based on a centuries-old folk tale, this enchanting story is about a prince in search of a queen and a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. The play is staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.
Arizona Science Center
The center 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.
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 (free, first Friday of month, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.). 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, with an emphasis on science and technology. Zoom Zoom: Planes & Trains, Oct. 2-Jan. 24, celebrates the arrival of the light rail to downtown Mesa, with art that looks at different types of public transportation. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.
October 1-November 7
An English nanny uses a combination of magic and common sense to teach a family to value each other again. The timeless tale of love and family is filled with over-the-top cheery numbers, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Th-Sa, 7 p.m. $23, adults; $18, seniors and students; $15, children 12 and younger. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
October 1-November 8
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid, and train and hayrides, as well as family, mini and haunted corn mazes. Call for times. $9, ages 2 and older. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, tolmachoff-farms.com, 623-999-3276.
The Jungle Book
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this Disney classic as Mowgli – an orphaned boy raised by wolves – befriends a lovable menagerie of jungle creatures and confronts a terrible tiger and petrifying python. Call for times. $16-$21, adults; $14-$16, children. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Archaeology for Kids
Children ages 7 to 12 discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Participants learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Pumpkin Patch Train
Guests enjoy a 90-minute roundtrip experience to a secret pumpkin patch, with a variety of activities, including a walk through a haunted train car, a maze, and pumpkin arts and crafts. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 9-12 and 17-18. $23, adults; $18, children. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, thetrain.com, 800-843-8724.
October 7-November 1
Little Bunny’s Halloween
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. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
James and the Giant Peach
A lonely young boy who is forced to live with his two wicked aunts is given a bag of magic in this musical adventure. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Classic Disney Tales
Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales brings to life classic adventures of Snow White as she searches for her one true love, Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball, and Belle from Beauty & the Beast as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Su, noon and 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, disneylive.com, 800-745-3000.
A down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and his mousy accountant attempt to cheat theater “angels” out of their investment money by deliberately producing a sure-fire flop in this Broadway smash hit. The play is staged by Greasepaint Youtheatre. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$17. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
Halloween Puppet Show
Hilarious spooky shenanigans take center stage as three friends set out on a fun-filled adventure in BOO! A Halloween Spectacular. This Theater Works performance features a black-light style of puppetry. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Call for ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Children ages 3 to 6 are introduced to space and science through kid-friendly experiments, fun facts and activities. This month’s program focuses on physical and chemical changes. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $20-$25 per child/parent pair; $5 each additional sibling. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2020.
Children of all ages are invited to dress in costume and enjoy this spooky event, which includes animal encounters, haunted trails, trick or treating, a pumpkin patch, scary train ride and the animals’ favorite “Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.” 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $12. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Trunk or Treating
This annual event features a costume competition and parade, an inflatable bouncer, carnival games and trick or treating at the decorated trunks of parked cars. Box cereal donations are requested to benefit homeless and low-income families. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, nsumc.com, 480-948-0529.
Veggie Tales Live!
The world’s most popular cucumber, tomato and their veggie friends star in the musical Veggie Tales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things. 3 p.m. $30-$35. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
October 25-November 22
The Smartest Girl in the World
Young siblings resolve to rescue their family by winning a TV quiz show. Presented by Childsplay, the heartfelt, warm and witty production takes a look at the bonds of family and the keys to facing life’s challenges together. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.