Kidstuff

KIDSTUFF

Group Free

Through 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.

Through June 11
Rapunzel
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.

Through 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.

Through 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, team building, 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.

Through 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.

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, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

June 1-30
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. Nikon: Small World Photomicrography Exhibit, through June 4, features 20 prizewinning 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.

June 1-30
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.

June 1-30
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, June 16-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, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.

June 2-18
The Jungle Book
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this Disney classic as Mowgli – an orphaned boy raised by wolves – befriends a lovable menagerie of jungle creatures and confronts a terrible tiger and sinister snake. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

June 3-4
Road to the Races (FREE)
Life-size character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm roll into the Valley to celebrate Disney Pixar’s Cars 3. Fans enjoy a sneak peek of the movie, along with a variety of activities, including a giant coloring mural, tire-changing activity, interactive play area and photos with the character cars. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, cars3tour.com, 480-513-7586.

June 3-24
Storytelling & Crafts 
Designed for children pre-K through fourth grade, this weekly program features stories read by local Arizona authors, followed by craft activities related to the themes and characters of each tale. Featured books and authors include A Squirrel’s Story by Jana Bommersbach, June 3; Burro’s Tortillas by Terri Fields, June 10; Bad Monkey Business by Michael Hale, June 17; and Starry’s Haircut by Phoebe Fox, June 24. Sa, 10 a.m.-noon. $5. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900. 

June 5-July 21
Summer Theatre Camps
Children learn basic skills in acting, singing and dancing as East Valley Children’s Theatre offers a variety of summer workshops. Designed for kids ages 5 to 18, the camps range from individual daily workshops to two-week programs, with a final performance the last day of camp. Call for times and prices. East Valley Children’s Theatre, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.

June 5-July 26
Culinary Camp 
Pint-size chefs learn basic and advanced culinary techniques, knife skills and table etiquette in weekly sessions designed for youths ages 8 to 17. Each day focuses on a different theme, ranging from baking and homemade pasta to French fare. M-W, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ages 8-12; 2-4 p.m. ages 13-17. $100 per three-day session. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, ccacademy.edu, 480-502-0177. 

June 5-July 28 
Children’s Museum Camps 
Hands-on learning adventures are on tap as children ages 5 to 8 enjoy a variety of theme-based activities, art lessons, free play and special presentations. PAWsome pets, little authors, culinary kids and moonwalkers are among the themes. Call for times and registration fees. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-253-0501. 

June 5-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, azscience.org, 602-716-2028.

June 5-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, dolphinaris-arizona.com, 480-407-5154.

June 10
Mighty Mud Mania
Children can get down and dirty as the City of Scottsdale hosts this messy event, which includes mud obstacle courses for people of all ages and ability levels. Inflatable water slides and open-play mud pits add to the fun. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, children 17 and younger; $10, adults; fast passes also available for original and extreme courses. Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov/mighty-mud-mania, 480-312-3111.

June 14-July 2
Jack and the Beanstalk
This funny version of the traditional tale focuses on a wicked (but not-so-bright) giant, a brave little boy and an overgrown beanstalk. 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.

June 15-18
Dear Edwina
A 13-year-old plucky advice-giver extraordinaire shares her wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.

June 15-25
Oz!
This timeless tale relates the story of Dorothy, her dog Toto and friends Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they battle the Wicked Witch of the West on their trek to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard. The classic story of “There’s no place like home” is staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.

June 19-July 8
Summer Youth Camp 
Renowned film director Don Bluth – who has directed several Hollywood animated films, including Anastasia, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven – leads this three-week session. Designed for children ages 9-18, the program concludes with a presentation of The Lion King Jr. M-F, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $550. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.