Through May 14
The Big Bug Circus
Marvel at the powerful strongman ant, gasp at the brave tightrope-walking caterpillar and cheer for the juggling dung beetle as these marionette bugs star in a fun-filled carnival. 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 May 14
Once Upon a Mattress
Taking place in a medieval kingdom with a domineering queen, this familiar tale of royal courtship follows a princess from the wrong side of the moat as she competes for the hand of Prince Dauntless. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times. $38. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Through May 21
Stumble down the rabbit hole into a rock ’n’ roll adventure where old favorites like The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts appear with a new twist – the actors telling the story are also the band. Featuring an eclectic rock soundtrack, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure is presented by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Arizona Science Center
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey? through May 29, challenges viewers’ fears, misunderstandings and ignorance regarding the plight of the world’s most feared ocean dweller. Nikon: Small World Photomicrography Exhibit, through June 4, features 20 prize-winning photographs taken through the microscope. The images capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye, and may be of great technical significance as well as sheer beauty to contemplate. 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 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, 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.
Elmo Makes Music
When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and friends come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed in this Sesame Street Live production. 6:30 p.m. $20-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Peter and the Starcatcher
Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this humorous and imaginative play, which upends the century-old story of a miserable orphan who came to be the boy who never grew up. Call for times and ticket prices. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
May 7 (FREE)
SMoCA Family Mix
The museum is transformed into an immersive, high-tech wonderland for this annual event, which features interactive activities for kids and parents alike. Make-and-take crafts, a 3-D printer, DJ and food trucks add to the fun. Noon-3 p.m. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
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. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.
Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Enjoy a tea party with Belle in this classic story of transformation and tolerance featuring beloved songs from the popular Disney movie. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times. $17-$22, adults; $15-$17, youth. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
May 19-June 18
School of Rock
A wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
May 24-June 11
A young girl with a beautiful singing voice and abundant hair is locked away in a very tall tower in this enchanting 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.
May 26-June 11
Legally Blonde The Musical
On a mission to pursue her dreams of getting a law degree, a pretty-in-pink sorority sister takes on stereotypes, snobbery, scandal and even a huge court case in this award-winning musical. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
May 29-July 14
Wild at Heart Day Camp
Girls ages 8 to 15 are each assigned a horse that will be theirs for the week at this horsemanship and riding camp, which also focuses on leadership, teambuilding, communication and self-esteem. Riding lessons, nature walks and arts and crafts are included. Call for times and prices. Reigning Grace Ranch, 28614 N. 172nd St., Rio Verde, azrgr.org, 480-466-2154.
May 30-August 4
Adventures in Space
Children ages 5 to 13 enjoy weeklong half- or full-day adventures focusing on Dawn of a New Era. A Lego engineering and design program also is offered. Call for times and prices. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2001.
May 30-August 4
Theater Works Camps
Theater professionals lead a variety of summer sessions for children ages 3 to 18. Designed for just-for-fun campers as well as those who want to hone their acting and musical theater skills, programs range from one-week specialty courses to three-week camps culminating with a full stage production. Call for times and prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.