Through October 9
This timeless story focuses on 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 and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through October 9
A Little Princess
A wealthy little girl is sent to an oppressive London boarding school, where she is treated as a little princess until word comes of her father’s tragic death. The production 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.
Through October 9
There’s plenty of audience participation as fans cheer for their favorite athlete in Jack Rabbit and the Desert Tortoise. Set in the Sonoran Desert, this funny version of Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare fable features slow and steady Dusty the Desert Tortoise in an epic race against wild Jack the Jackrabbit. 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 October 9
13 The Musical
This hilarious, coming-of-age musical is about discovering that cool is sometimes where we least expect it. Call for times. $19, adults; $16, students, seniors and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
Through October 16
Junie B. Jones
The world’s funniest kindergartener learns important lessons about being yourself and doing the right thing in Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook. Presented by Childsplay, the hilarious new adventure is based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-350-2822.
Through October 30
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 based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
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.
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. 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. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
October 1-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.
Fans of the children’s TV show become part of the action as The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Adventure takes guests on an underwater quest with lots of sea-life surprises. 5 p.m. $28.50-$38.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
It’s the ultimate play date as children watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or dare to get up close and personal with lifelike dinosaurs. Designed with the help of professional paleontologists, the creatures are brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-50-$40.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Flat Stanley Jr.
Everyone’s favorite two-dimensional hero has a new life in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. Presented by Desert Foothills Theater, the play is filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure as Stanley folds his way around the world. Call for times. $16-$21. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
A spider’s generosity toward a pig inspires an entire community in this musical version of the classic tale. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Halloween at Hogwarts
Muggles, witches and wizards are invited to fly away with The Phoenix Symphony as the orchestra performs seasonal selections and memorable music from Harry Potter films. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Hogwarts character or wear a Halloween costume. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Little Bunny’s Halloween
Little Bunny learns that Halloween doesn’t have to be scary to be fun. 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.
See what monsters do during their biggest celebration of the year in Monster Party: A Halloween Tale. Sa, 10:30 a.m. and noon. Call for ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Life of the Party
Kidz Bop brings this live tour to Phoenix, featuring kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids for kids. 8 p.m. $10-$55. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this story about a young prince on a death-defying journey to find the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. Call for times and ticket prices. Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, greasepaint.org, 480-330-5918.
October 21-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.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life. 3:30 p.m. $28-$48. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Fire House Fun Day
Dress in costume for this annual event, which includes fire truck rides, face painting, food, a silent auction, balloons and goodie bags, while they last. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
October 22-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.
Halloween fun is on tap, including trunk-or-treating, costume contests, live music, a car show, black-light dance party and children’s activities. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix, norterrashopping.com, 623-582-9599.
Children of all ages are invited to dress in costume and enjoy this spooky event, which includes character meet-and-greets, terrifying haunts and a trick-or-treat trail. 6:30-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Costume contests, a haunted forest, game booths, bounce houses, stage entertainment and fireworks highlight this spooky event. 5-9 p.m. Free. Eldorado Park (south ballfield), 1909 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-0217.
This annual event features a costume competition and parade, an inflatable bouncer, carnival games and trick-or-treating at the decorated trunks of parked cars. Box cereal donations are requested to benefit homeless and low-income families. 4-6 p.m. Free. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, nsumc.com, 480-948-0529.
Halloween in the Hills
The Town of Fountain Hills celebrates the holiday with carnival games, costume contests for children and pets, and trick-or-treating at local businesses. 4-8 p.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, halloweeninthehills.com, 480-837-8168.