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. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, Feb. 10-Sept. 2, features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts from across the globe, telling the story of mummies through state-of-the-art multimedia, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-edge 3D animation. 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 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.
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. Trash becomes treasured artworks in Junkyard Jungle, Feb. 8-May 26, which features art and hands-on activities that teach about the environment around us, the importance of green living for future generations, and the best practices in recycling and conservation of natural resources. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
With the help of his wise grandpa, a young saguaro who is not sure he wants to be a cactus learns how important he is to the desert. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Focusing on the adventures of a dapper porcelain rabbit doted on by a young girl, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane tells a thoughtful tale of finding friendship, finding yourself and eventually finding your way home. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Arizona Statehood and the 5 Cs (FREE)
Children celebrate Arizona’s birthday while learning about the 5 Cs and how they helped our state become what it is today. The program is part of the 2nd Sundays @ CCM series. 2-4 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
Camelot and Camelittle
A spunky little girl gathers up a ragtag group of unappreciated misfits and leaves Camelot to start her own perfect queendom. Staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre, the production offers a great take on Camelot and the power of a determined young girl. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-644-6500.
February 22-March 10
13 The Musical
Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending bar mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
PJ Masks Live: Save the Day
Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are joined by their new friend, PJ Robot, as they go into the night to save the day from sneaky villains. Based on the top-rated Disney Junior animated series about the preschool heroes, the adventure features familiar songs from the show plus new music. 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
February 27-March 3
Brad Shur of Paper Heart Puppets transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life in an energetic, participatory show. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
February 28-March 3
The Music Man Jr.
Filled with sentiment, nostalgia, humor and romance, the musical focuses on a fast-talking salesman who gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, noon and 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.