September 1 – 30
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, through 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…
September 1 – 30
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.
September 1 – 15
Boasting one show-stopping number after another – like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” – this lighthearted musical drama traces the rise of legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee under the unscrupulous eye of the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. Call for times and ticket prices. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
September 1 – 30
Roadside USA, through Sept. 8, takes visitors on a journey into the heart of an American tradition – the summer road trip; while Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere, Sept. 27-Jan. 19, focuses on the wonder and artistry of weather, with a special emphasis on water and sustainability. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
September 1 – 19
Hilarious hijinks ensue after a little boy receives a dinosaur egg for his birthday, the egg hatches and the dinosaur saves the day. 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.
September 1 – 8
The animals learn about teamwork, friendship and sharing snacks in this popular show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times. $18. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
September 4 – 15
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. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Toddlers, children and parents enjoy wildlife exhibits, nature displays, learning labs, costumed characters, music, entertainment, inflatables, face painting, interactive activities, K-9 demonstrations and a fitness zone at the Children’s Learning & Play Festival. Presented by Basis Charter Schools, the fourth annual event focuses on literacy, education and early childhood development. Proceeds benefit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azchildrensfestival.com.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
September 8 – October 13
A thoughtful tale of finding friendship, finding yourself and eventually finding your way home, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulanefocuses on the adventures of a dapper porcelain rabbit doted on by a young girl. The production is staged by Childsplay. Sa, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
September 14 – 22
Lions, hyenas and warthogs, oh my! The African savannah comes to life in this inspiring coming-of-age tale featuring the award-winning songs, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life.” Sa-Su, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.