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Through September 9
Baby Bear Goes to School
Baby Bear is excited about his first day of school in this show filled with colors, counting and catchy singalong songs. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix,, 602-262-2050.

Through September 16
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 and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale,, 602-843-8318.

September 1-30
Arizona Science Center
Guests explore a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors as they navigate through an elaborate maze of twists, turns and dead ends to discover a small secret room with bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts in A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, through Sept. 4. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

September 1-30
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,, 602-253-0501.

September 1-30
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, particularly through science and technology. Artful Play! Games & Toys, through Sept. 9, focuses on play in other cultures and the process of designing toys and games. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-4332.

September 2-October 14
Charlotte’s Web
A clever web-spinning spider devises a plan to save her curly-tailed companion as this classic children’s story reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things. The timeless tale is staged by Childsplay. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $12-$30. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 480-921-5700.

September 8
Children’s Festival (FREE)
Toddlers, children and young families enjoy storytelling, puppet shows, singalongs, costumed characters, music, entertainment, inflatables, face painting and interactive activities at the third annual Children’s Learning & Play Festival. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-6815.

September 8
Movies in the Desert (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of Moana. 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,, 480-951-2100.

September 12-October 7
The Frog Prince
A princess meets a frog and then makes a promise she doesn’t want to keep in this cute and funny musical about friendship. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix,, 602-262-2050.

September 14-23
A big-city teen adjusting to small-town life challenges the ban on dancing and rock music, replacing the community’s heartache with happiness in this energetic musical. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $17. Greasepaint, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-949-7529.

September 20-23
A Year with Frog & Toad
Two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special in this whimsical story of friendship and adventure. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem,, 623-336-6001.

September 21-October 7
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This classic nautical adventure plunges the audience into a top-secret mission to infiltrate an enemy submarine and capture a deadly foe while exploring the mysteries of the deep blue sea. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

September 22
MaxInMotion Clinics (FREE)
Children ages 4-18 with physical and intellectual disabilities are introduced to power soccer and wheelchair tennis in these adaptive sports clinics. Lunch is included, plus an opportunity to try out specialty wheelchairs and equipment used in competition. Registration is required. 10 a.m. (soccer) and 12:30 p.m. (tennis). Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-386-4566.

September 22
Phoenix Children’s Festival (FREE)
Offering activities and adventures for children ages 3-12, this family-friendly festival features a diaper derby for tots, themed discovery and fun zones, visits by mascots, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and information regarding the health, welfare and education of children. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-529-2810.

September 27-30
The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a “normal” boy. When parents Morticia and Gomez invite him and his family over for a dinner party, both families try their best to act “normal,” but the night undoubtedly goes awry. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem,, 623-336-6001.

September 27-October 7
Seussical Jr.
Guests are transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos as beloved Dr. Seuss stories, characters and themes are woven together in this magical, musical extravaganza about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

September 28
Kidz Bop Live 2018
Featuring child-friendly versions of today’s biggest contemporary pop music hits sung by kids for kids, the family concert features innovative stage design, special effects, fan interaction and even a parent lip-sync battle. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

September 28-November 4
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid, tomato cannon, jumping pillows and train rides, as well as family, mini and haunted corn mazes. Call for times and ticket prices. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale,, 623-999-3276.