Kidstuff

KIDSTUFF

Group Free

Through January 6
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 and ticket prices. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, thetrain.com, 888-848-3511.

Through January 21
Cinderella
A beautiful girl, a wicked stepfamily, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince and transparent footwear add up to true love, lots of laughs and happily ever after in this popular version of the famous fairy 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. “Cinderella’s Ball” follows the Jan. 21 performance and includes face painting, games, activities and an appearance by the fairy godmother.

January 1-31
Arizona Science Center
Pompeii: The Exhibition, through May 28, examines life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. 24, A.D. 79. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000. Guests enjoy more than 60 tons of snow along with snow- and ice-related science activities, demos and films during Snow Week, which concludes Jan. 1.

January 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, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-253-0501.

January 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, fitness, meditation and overall wellness. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.

January 4-7
Annie
Scottsdale Musical Theater presents this classic musical about never giving up hope, featuring such memorable scores as “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow.” Call for times. $38-$58. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.

January 6
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.

January 8
Noche de Reyes Magos
Celebrate the Night of the Three Kings as this Latin holiday commemorates the day when the three wise men, bearing treasured gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for baby Jesus, followed a star to Bethlehem. The kings arrive on camels to start the festivities, which include arts and crafts, a live mariachi band and specialty Mexican foods. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

January 11-February 24
Harvey
High society, high jinks and hilarity ensue in this charming tale about a mild-mannered man who negotiates society with an invisible 6-foot rabbit. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

January 12-21
Charlotte’s Web
Desert Foothills Theater presents this timeless story about an endearing piglet in grave danger of ending up as pork chops, and a wise and winsome spider who becomes his true friend. Call for times. $14-$21. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.

January 12-28
Cabaret
Set in 1930s Berlin on the eve of the Nazis’ rise to power, the musical focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, a 19-year-old cabaret performer and her relationship with a young American writer. Call for times. $15. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.

January 12-28
Children’s Musical
Siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter a land of talking animals, where they battle the forces of evil and discover that love holds the deepest magic of all in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. The kid-friendly musical is staged by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

January 13
Movies in the Desert (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of Secret Life of Pets. Games, music and prizes begin at 5 p.m., followed by the movie at 6:30 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-235-2225.

January 18-21
Follow Your Heart
This Disney on Ice spectacular features beloved stories and characters from Finding Dory, Inside Out, Frozen and Toy Story. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Su, noon and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

January 21-March 11
Childsplay
Using innovative shadow puppetry, Ezra Jack Keats’ treasured characters come to life in a humorous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, A Letter to Amy, Goggles! and The Snowy Day. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.

January 24-28
Little Dino’s Baby Tooth
Maisy the Butterfly teaches Little Dino how to care for his teeth while easing his fears about losing his first baby tooth in this original show. 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.

January 31-February 4
The Snowflake Man
Featuring pop-up book scenery and rod marionettes, this award-winning show tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the first person to photograph a single snowflake crystal. The tale is presented by guest artist Puppetknaub. 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.