Parents and children make their way along a trail to find Santa at the end of the hike. A hands-on jingle bell craft, water at the trailhead and a light snack are included. 9-11 a.m. Thunderbird Conservation Park, 22800 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, glendaleaz.com/parksandrec, 623-930-2820.
Children can shop for friends, family and even pets, choosing from a variety of items for all ages and interests, and everything is only $2. Santa’s elves provide free gift wrap, and Santa is on hand for the perfect photo op. Arrive early as supplies are limited. 10 a.m.-noon. Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, glendaleaz.com/parksandrec, 623-930-2820.
This interactive show features favorite Disney Junior characters – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Vampirina, and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals – performing live on stage to Disney Junior hits and other holiday classics, plus an appearance by characters from the new animated series T.O.T.S. and a visit from Santa Claus. 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
December 26 – January 12
The Princess, The Unicorn and The Smelly Foot Troll is a musical show with plenty of singing, sparkles and smelly foot hilarity. W-F (except Christmas Day), 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, azuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas as the Peanuts TV special comes to life on stage. The show culminates with a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the cast for traditional holiday tunes and carols. 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
January 1 – 31
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. The world’s largest touring Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton stars in Victoria the T. Rex, through May 25. The immersive exhibit explores and builds upon the latest discoveries about the species, from its hunting and mating rituals to its sounds and appearance. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices….
January 1 – 31
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.
January 1 – 31
Interactive activities are a hallmark of this 20,000-square-foot 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. Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere, through 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.