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Through 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.
Through 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.
Through 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.
Through 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.
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. All Aboard: Trains, through Jan. 24, celebrates the arrival of the light rail to downtown Mesa. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8 (free admission, Nov. 1). 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
The Little Red Hen
This fun sing-along show shares a valuable message about cooperation as a hen looks for help to turn wheat into bread. Call for times. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
The Secret Garden
This compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal focuses on an orphaned girl whose personality blossoms as she brings life to a neglected garden. The play is staged by Theater Works. Call for times. $15. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
November 6-January 3
The Polar Express
Passengers enjoy a train trip from Williams to the “North Pole,” with a special reading of The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa. Call for times. $39-$69, adults; $24-$55, children 2-15. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, thetrain.com, 800-843-8724.
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.
Funny, moving, exciting and endlessly creative original stories written by students from Kenilworth Elementary School are adapted and performed by professional puppeteers. Call for times. 10 a.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane focuses on the adventures of a dapper porcelain rabbit doted on by a young girl. Edward’s journeys not only take him far from home, but even farther from the selfish rabbit he once was. 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.
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. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
November 13-December 20
Life changes for the better when a spunky Depression-era orphan and her clever canine meet and win the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks. Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
November 15-December 27
A Year with Frog & Toad
Childsplay presents this whimsical musical, which follows the adventures of a worrisome fussbudget toad, a buoyantly cheerful frog, and their assorted hopping, crawling and flying companions. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
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 simple machines. 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.
Rudolph the Musical
The iconic TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes to the stage for an adventure that illustrates that what makes you different can be what makes you special. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $35-$80. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.