Group Free

Through October 1
There’s big trouble for the three bears when the rude little girl with the golden curls visits their house. 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,, 602-262-2050.

Through October 8
King Thrushbeard
East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this timeless Grimm fairy tale about a spoiled princess who learns to be a better person. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-756-3828.

Through October 8
The Little Prince
A boy from another planet teaches an aviator who has crashed in the desert what is important in life in this parable celebrating the wisdom of the innocent. Presented by Theater Works YouthWorks, the beloved children’s story focuses on love, responsibility and loyalty. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

Through October 8
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. Call for times. $16-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem,, 623-336-6001.

Through October 8
Seussical Jr.
Guests are transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos as beloved Seuss stories, characters and themes are woven together in this magical, musical extravaganza. Th-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$18. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills,, 480-837-9661.

Through October 15
The Phantom Tollbooth
Childsplay presents this fantasy about a bored young boy who unexpectedly receives a magical tollbooth one day and ultimately discovers that life is the greatest adventure of all. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, ç480-921-5700.

October 1-31
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. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

October 1-31
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.

October 1-31
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. The Art of Healthy Living, through Jan. 21, takes guests on a visual journey that explores nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and overall wellness. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-2468.

October 1-November 5
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Highlights include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid, 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.

October 4-29
Pumpkin Patch Puppets
Perfect for those in preschool through second grade, Old Macdonald’s Pumpkin Patch is a new Halloween show featuring lots of singalong fun with everyone’s favorite farmer and all his animals. 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,, 602-262-2050.  

October 5-29
Pumpkin & Chili Party
Hayrides, pig races, carousel rides, marshmallow roasts, bonfires, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, roller coaster, BMX stunt show, glow-in the-dark mini golf and craft activities are among the highlights. Th-F, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sa-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $15-$19. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-987-3100.

October 7
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,, 602-495-0901.

October 8
Best Time Ever
Kidz Bop brings this live tour to Phoenix, featuring child-friendly versions of today’s biggest contemporary pop music hits sung by kids for kids. 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

October 11-14
The Little Mermaid
An adventurous young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the forbidden world above in this Xavier/Brophy Theatre production. The Disney tale features the hit songs, “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.” W-Th, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix,, 602-240-3161.

October 14-28
See what monsters do during their biggest celebration of the year in Monster Party: A Halloween Tale. Shows are performed in a black-light style, with the puppets, scenery and audience glowing in the dark. Sa, 10:30 a.m. and noon. $6. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

October 15
erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
It’s the ultimate play date as children watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or dare to get up close and personal with lifelike dinosaurs. Designed with the help of professional paleontologists, the creatures are brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers. 2 p.m. $30-$55. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

October 20-29
The Addams Family
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a “normal” boy in this Scottsdale Community Players production. 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. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-330-5918.

October 20-November 5
A young prince searching for true happiness and fulfillment discovers that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors but rather in the ordinary moments that happen every day. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale,, 602-843-8318.

October 21-November 12
Tomás and the Library Lady
Childsplay presents this popular tale about a boy named Tomás and the impact that a kind librarian and a multitude of books has on his life. A celebration of reading, imagination and creativity, the production is staged by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-921-5700.

October 27
Fall Kids Festival (FREE)
This Halloween celebration features music, games, crafts and inflatables, along with contests for best group, character and unique costumes. 5-8 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,

October 27-28
Strange Garden
Weird sites, fun tricks and enchanting creatures highlight this family experience, which includes dancing with groovy ghouls at the Monster Bash. Children are invited to dress in their Halloween best, with those 12 and younger invited to pick a pumpkin to take home. 5:30-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 28
Shopkins Live!
All of Shopville is in a tizzy as preparations are underway for the annual Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair. The show brings to life fan favorites Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs and show off the trendiest fashions. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $17.50-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

October 28-November 19
Get ready to “move it, move it” with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Presented by Valley Youth Theatre, the musical adventure is based on the animated film. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.