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Top Docs History 1995-2015
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Top Docs, we did some housekeeping. Through the upheaval of the Internet Age, our Top Docs database hadn’t changed much since 1995. Which is to say: It was still a stack of back issues piled in a closet. ...
Through June 7
The Aristocats Kids
This classic musical focuses on the richest cats in all of Paris and a ragtag bunch of alley cats who come to their rescue. The feline adventure offers a message of coming together despite our differences and working toward a common goal. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through June 14
This witty, hilarious and moving play follows an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $14. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Through June 21
The Little Mermaid
Ariel’s magical underwater kingdom comes to vibrant life in this family-friendly gem. The Disney tale features the hit songs, “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.” Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through June 21
The search for the golden ticket is on in this timeless story about a sweet-natured boy named Charlie and four other winners who get the tour of a lifetime in a mysterious candy-maker’s scrumptious factory. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Kids Yoga Camp
Developed for children ages 5 to 10, the camp features yoga-based games, stories, arts and crafts, and group activities, as well as traditional yoga postures and practices. M-F, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $150-$229. Yoga Pura Global Wellness, 15440 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, yogapura.com, 602-843-7872.
Summer on Stage
Arizona Theatre Company staff and local theater teachers lead this immersive two-week experience, which combines classical theater techniques with modern storytelling. The program is designed for high school students who are passionate about the art form and may be considering theater as a career path. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $450. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6899.
Summer Youth Camp
Renowned film director Don Bluth – who has directed several Hollywood animated films, including Anastasia, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven – leads this three-week session. Designed for children ages 8-18, the program concludes with a presentation of Seussical the Musical. M-F, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $525. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
MIM Summer Camp
Campers ages 6-13 discover world cultures and gain a greater understanding of the role music has in our lives as they dance, sing, play and enjoy hands-on activities. Each week focuses on a different theme, including Asia, Africa, Latin America and the U.S. M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $240-$250 per week. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Summer Arts Camp
Students ages 6-13 enjoy a variety of art activities, including collage, duct-tape art, papermaking, 3-D sculptural animals and masks, tile nameplates, clay sculpture and animal-based science projects, offered in weeklong sessions. Call for times and registration fees. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.
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.
June 1-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 to 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, evct.org, 480-756-3828.
June 1-July 24
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, phoenixzoo.org, 602-914-4333.
June 1-July 31
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, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Think Global – Eat Local
Vegetables from Peddlers Son Produce are in the spotlight as this series of quarterly cooking classes for youth continues. Executive chef Rick Moses teaches the hands-on class for youth ages 6 to 16, who must be accompanied by an adult. 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. $25. Scramble – A Breakfast Joint, 6590 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, azscramble.com, 480-404-7264.
Three Little Kittens – The Mewsical is a funny, engaging story about kittens who have lost their mittens and don’t know where to find them. Maybe they should ask the sneaky rat! 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.
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, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Mighty Mud Mania
Children can get down and dirty as the city of Scottsdale hosts this 40th annual messy event, which includes mud obstacle courses for all ages. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, children 17 and younger; $10, adults. Donations of nonperishable food items are requested to benefit Vista del Camino Food Bank. Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania, 480-312-0217.
June 8-July 31
Children’s Museum Camps
Hands-on learning adventures are on tap as children ages 5 to 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, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-253-0501.
Compagnia TPO: Bleu!
This innovative Italian theater company creates interactive performances for children using dance, music and cutting-edge digital technologies. Bleu! begins on the idyllic Greek Islands among the stones, seashells and whispers of ancient legends, wandering through sea ports and finally diving into the deep-blue abyss populated by fish, seaweeds, mollusks and mysterious ancient ruins of disappeared civilizations. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $29, adults; $14, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
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. The production is staged by Valley Youth Theatre. Call for times. Tickets start at $20. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Summer: Once Upon a Time, June 12-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, ideamuseum.com, 480-644-2468.
Prowl & Play
The zoo is “freezing over” as young visitors enjoy a variety of activities, including a Snow Queen and Ice Princess meet-and-greet, snowflake crafts, icy science experiments, waterslides, icy treats for the animals, live music and zookeeper talks. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $8. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Sesame Street Live
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and friends as they share fun renditions of Sesame Street songs, introduce new favorites and get the crowd moving in Let’s Dance. Call for times. $17-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
East Valley Children’s Theatre presents Arya’s Rock: A Video Game Adventure. The play tells the journey of a boy who gets transported into one of his video games and travels through villages and towns big and small, strange and stranger, until he finally finds the all-powerful gem known as Arya’s Rock. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15, adults; $11, children 17 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.
Butterfly Wonderland Camp
Children ages 7-12 enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and craft activities, with a different theme each day. Call for times and registration fees. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.
June 24-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, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.