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February 2020

Arizona Science Center

February 1 - February 29
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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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.…

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i.d.e.a. Museum

February 1 - February 29
i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W Pepper Pl
Mesa, AZ 85201
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$8

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. Art of the Story, Feb. 7-May 24, features tales told through various mediums, including visual arts, spoken word, poems, film, animation, pop-up books, novels, short stories, dance, music and other forms of creative narrative expression. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su,…

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Children’s Museum of Phoenix

February 1 - February 29
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N Seventh St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
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$11

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.

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Candytopia

February 1 - March 1
Scottsdale Quarter
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Az
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$20 – $28

Celebrate your favorite sugary treats at this epic candy playground featuring larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences, from flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions to a marshmallow pit filled with more than 250,000 foam marshmallows. Check website for times. $28, adults; $20, children 4-12; free for 3 and younger. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, candytopia.com. Advance ticket purchase only.

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Childsplay

February 1 - March 8
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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$12

Gerald the bespectacled, wary elephant and the rambunctious Piggie interact in song and movement, sweeping guests into the details of a dramatic and heartfelt day as best friends in Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play.” This musical adventure is adapted from Mo Willems’ children’s books. 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, 480-921-5700-5700.

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The Princess and the Pea

February 7 - February 23
Valley Youth Theatre
525 N First St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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$20

This enchanting story is about a prince in search of a queen and a feisty young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. Call for times. $20. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.

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Hotel Saguaro

February 12 - March 1
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
302 W. Latham St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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$8 – $12

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.

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Space Mission #5379: Saving Rachel, Nevada

February 13 - February 23
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
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$15

East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this play, which focuses on the lack of alien sightings in a tiny town that lives or dies by tourism. When a new family moves in, they are enlisted by the town kids to help stage an alien sighting to save their new home. Little do they know that the actual aliens of the area have been watching, and they have a plan of their own. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 4 p.m. and 7…

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Honk Jr.

February 14 - February 23
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Scottsdale, AZ 85331
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$15 – $25

This witty, hilarious and moving play follows an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, he meets a whole flock of unique characters and learns that being different is not a bad thing to be. The play is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $15, youth ages 3-12. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts…

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Guys and Dolls Jr.

February 14 - March 1
Fountain Hills Theater
11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
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This Broadway musical comedy is set against the fast-moving highlights and lowlife of New York City in the 1940s. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

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