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Through March 5
Proving that big things do come in small packages, a flower-sized girl is determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. The play is based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Through March 12
The Yellow Boat
Childsplay presents this story about a young artist who was born with congenital hemophilia and died at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. The play is a glorious affirmation of a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Through March 26
The Little Mermaid
A beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. The Disney tale features the hit songs, “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.” Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Goldilocks & the Three Sharks
Puppet Art Theater of Sacramento is guest artist for this magical black-light show about sea critters, which offers a delightful twist on the classic tale. 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.
Arizona Science Center
Designed to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages, the center boasts four levels of hands-on exhibits, plus live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium and giant-screen theater. Planet Shark: Predator or Prey? through May 31, challenges viewers’ fears, misunderstandings and ignorance regarding the plight of the world’s most feared predator. 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. 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. Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes, through May 28, takes guests on a hero’s journey through works by more than 15 national and international artists. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
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 meets a whole flock of unique characters and learns that being different is not a bad thing to be. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.
The Pauper Princess
Two identical-looking people from completely different backgrounds switch places as YouthWorks presents a retelling of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper. Call for times. $16. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
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.
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. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
March 25-April 2
In a world where imaginary friends seem real and real friends are scarce, a young girl discovers both. The moving and surprisingly funny play is staged by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
March 29-April 16
Naughty Peter disobeys his mother and sets off to find adventure (and lunch!) in Mr. McGregor’s garden in this popular version of Beatrix Potter’s famous tale, told with hand puppets, music and movement – no words. 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.
March 31-April 16
Anne of Green Gables
An orphan girl rises from destitution to happiness in the farm country, entirely by virtue of her pluck and personality. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.