Through November 6
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 time and ticket prices. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, tolmachoff-farms.com, 623-999-3276.
Through November 6
Set in an island paradise during World War II, this award-winning classic tells two parallel love stories that are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Through November 13
Rock the Presidents
Just in time for the election, Childsplay presents this high-octane musical revue, which brings to life stories of the 44 men who rose to the highest office in the land. 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
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 IMAX theater. Alien Worlds and Androids – which takes on the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are we alone?” – continues through Jan. 16. 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. 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. It’s a Dog’s Life, through Jan. 22, focuses on the art, science, history and social relationships of domestic dogs and their wild canine cousins. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Funny, moving, exciting and endlessly creative original stories written by students from Kenilworth Elementary School are adapted and performed by professional puppeteers. 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.
The Brothers Grimm
Comedy, heroics, witches, magic, goodness, love and healing are explored as YouthWorks presents In the Village of the Brothers Grimm. Call for times. $16. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
American Girl Fashion Show
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation hosts this event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls. Proceeds benefit the hospital’s Emily Center, a pediatric consumer health library. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $70. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, phoenixchildrensfoundation.org, 602-933-2617.
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.
Children enjoy a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Valley at this Junior League of Phoenix event. Construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers and utility trucks are featured, along with area mascots, food trucks and local vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $6 per ticket; five for $25, with reduced prices in advance. Paradise Valley Mall (near Sears), 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, jlp.org, 602-234-3388.
The Animal Kingdom
The Phoenix Symphony and guest conductor Robert Franz take a walk on the wild side with music from Disney’s The Lion King, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other animal-themed classical musical selections. 2 p.m.; doors open at 1 p.m. for an instrument petting zoo and other activities. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
November 9-December 4
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. 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.
November 11-December 18
Elf the Musical
The true spirit of Christmas shines in this hilarious tale about a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Call for times. $13-$15. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
November 11-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.
Hoop Dance 101
Children of all ages can try out their hoop dancing skills with five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan. A musical performance by Duncan on flute and guitarist Darrin Yazzie follows. 2-3 p.m. Free; registration required. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
November 19-December 31
Three little javelinas are filled with Christmas cheer as Childsplay presents A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday. The bristly creatures get more than they bargained for, however, when a holiday surprise doesn’t turn out exactly as planned thanks to a devious coyote. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.