May 28 – August 1
Students ages 6-17 get creative, explore new techniques, learn how to prepare their art for exhibition and share their creations in an art show at the end of each weeklong session. New projects based on different themes are offered every week. Call for times and prices. Scottsdale Artists’ School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdaleartschool.org, 480-990-1422.
May 28 – August 2
Theater professionals lead a variety of summer sessions for children ages 3-18. 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 3 – August 2
Arizona Humane Society invites campers ages 6-17 to explore the world of animals and careers within the veterinary field through hands-on activities and games, with plenty of opportunities to meet some furry friends along the way. Call for times and prices. Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix, azhumane.org, 602-997-7585.
June 3 – August 2
Hands-on learning adventures are on tap as children ages 5-8 enjoy a variety of theme-based activities focusing on road trips, summertime sleuths, element explorers, superhero adventures and dinosaur discoveries. Call for times and registration fees. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-648-2777.
June 3 – August 2
These weeklong camps inspire and engage curious minds through informal STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning. Designed for children in pre-K through 12th grade, the program focuses on such topics as campfire science, wild weather and dinosaurs. Call for times and registration fees. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2028.
June 3 – July 25
Pint-size chefs learn basic and advanced culinary techniques in weekly sessions designed for youths ages 8-17 as they go over a new menu every day, prepare each dish and then sit down to savor their spoils. Each day focuses on a different theme, ranging from baking and homemade pasta to French fare, with recipes available to take home. On Thursdays, students compete in an Iron Chef competition, with groups judged on how well they prepare…
June 3 – July 26
Children in kindergarten through age 14 learn everything from the basics of script writing, acting and art to auditioning, singing, dancing, choreography and costume design in a variety of two-week sessions presented by Desert Foothills Theater. Call for times, prices and north Scottsdale locations, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
June 3 – July 19
Children learn basic skills in acting, singing and dancing, as well as improv and audition skills as East Valley Children’s Theatre offers a variety of summer workshops. Designed for kids ages 8-15, the camps range from one- to four-week programs, with a final performance the last day of most camps. Call for times and prices. East Valley Children’s Theatre, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-756-3828.
June 19 – July 7
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. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
June 28 – August 2
Campers ages 7-17 explore a range of topics focusing on animal care, veterinary medicine, responsible pet ownership and wildlife education at weeklong camps. Activities include animal encounters and interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences and tours, crafts, games and guest speakers. M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $275-$385 per week. Arizona Animal Welfare League, 15 N. 40th Pl., Phoenix, aawl.org, 602-273-6852