Group Free

Through August 4
Adventures in Space
Children ages 5-13 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,, 623-322-2001.

Through August 4 
Camp Innovation
Kids explore amusement park design, journey to Mars and experience science using all five senses in informal STEM-based programs featuring fun and engaging science exploration. The weeklong camps are designed for children in pre-K through 11th grade. Call for times and registration fees. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2028.

Through August 4
Digital Media Camps
Teens ages 14-17 learn about podcasting, photography and stop-motion animation as KJZZ’s Spot 127 Youth Media Center hosts a series of one-week camps for all skill levels. M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $125 per week. Spot 127, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe,, 480-774-8350.

Through August 4
Greasepaint Camps
Vocal, dance and acting skills highlight one-, two- and three-week sessions for children ages 6-13. Call for times and prices. Greasepaint Youtheatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-949-7529.

Through August 4
Summer Movie Fun 
This popular program continues at 17 participating theaters with a showing of Rock Dog. M-F, 9:45 a.m. $2. Harkins Theatres, Valleywide,

Through 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, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

Through August 5
Performing Arts Institute
Musical Theatre of Anthem hosts a variety of productions and workshops for aspiring performers ages 3-18. Call for times and prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem,, 623-336-6001.

Through August 13
Children of all ages enjoy the tale of the strange little fellow with the hard-to-guess name and the miller’s daughter who must spin straw into gold. 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 August 19
The Little Mermaid
A young mermaid with an enchanting voice longs to leave her ocean home to 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. $20-$30. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert,, 480-497-1181.

Through August 25
Dolphin Explorer Day Camp
Fifth- through 12th-graders spend the day with a trainer as they interact with dolphins in the water and from land while learning about the mammals’ intelligence and behavior, dolphin care and feeding, physiology, ocean conservation and more. M-F, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $199. Dolphinaris Arizona, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-407-5154.

August 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. Get Animated, through Sept. 4, explores the unique and entertaining world of animation, from the classics of traditional hand-drawn cel animation to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and computer-generated imagery. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

August 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.

August 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. My Favorite Monster, through Sept. 10, takes a lighthearted look at our fascination with these fantastical creatures, including dragons, ghosts, zombies and vampires. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-2468.

August 3-5
Madagascar Jr.
Get ready to “move it, move it” on this musical trip across the ocean with Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and those hilarious plotting penguins. Raised in captivity, this crazy cast of characters faces new challenges when they find themselves far from home and on a wild adventure. The family favorite is based on the animated film. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem,, 623-336-6001.

August 5
Murder at the Pie Auction
The audience becomes part of the pie auction in this hysterical comedy, which is set in the backwaters of Mynute, Alaska. The production is presented by Act One Youth Theater. In addition to the staged pie auction during the production, a silent auction of pies is planned to raise additional funds for the theater. 1:30 p.m. $7, adults; $5, children, students and seniors. Scottsdale Congregational Church, 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-789-1918.

August 11-27
Shrek the Musical
An unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. The fairytale adventure proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix,, 602-253-8188.

August 16-September 3
The Three Billy Goats Gruff 
This singalong show tells the story of three determined goats and one very mean, very hungry troll. 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.  

August 18-September 17
Cinderella: A Ragtime Musical
Set in turn-of-the-last-century New York City during the height of immigration, the charming tale of a long-suffering stepsister, a choosy prince and a glass slipper features a ragtime spin. Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-483-1664.