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Through April 1
Jack Rabbit and the Easter Bunny
Jack Rabbit and his desert-dwelling friends step in to help the Easter Bunny in this show, which is set in old-time Arizona. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through April 8
Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this Childsplay production is a gentle yet sometimes hilarious exploration of friendship, empathy and doing the right thing. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Through April 15
The Miracle Worker
Deaf, blind and mute Helen Keller overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities with the help of a gifted tutor. The production tells a dramatic true story of victory over unbelievable odds – accomplished through conviction, perseverance and love. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Arizona Science Center
Pompeii: The Exhibition, through May 28, examines life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Aug. 24, A.D. 79. 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. Sonoran Safari, through May 27, explores the artistic landscape of the world’s 11th largest desert through art and hands-on activities related to native plants, animals, reptiles and birds. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
The Cat Came Back
Guest artist Mesner Puppet Theater presents this hilarious show, which is based on the folk song and tells the story of Mr. Johnson and a mysterious cat that keeps returning to his doorstep. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Louisa May Alcott’s tender coming-of-age story about growing up female in post-Civil War New England is filled with adventure, heartbreak and a deep sense of hope. Call for times and ticket prices. Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
Moonlit Drive-In Movies (FREE)
Bring a blanket, lawn chair or just get comfy in the car as this series features family-friendly flicks on a 32-foot-high inflatable screen. Movies include Despicable Me 3, April 7; The Lego Batman Movie, April 14; Cars 3, April 21; and Coco, April 28. Sa, festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. Canned-food donations to benefit Harvest Compassion Food Bank are requested. The Promenade in the parking lot near Golden Spoon Yogurt, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, scottsdalepromenade.com.
The Princess, The Unicorn and The Smelly Foot Troll is a musical show with plenty of singing, sparkles and smelly foot hilarity. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Disney on Ice: Frozen
Be part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, in this ice skating spectacular, which includes appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the Disney princesses. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Su, noon and 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Romeo and Juliet
Tragedy and romance collide in Shakespeare’s passionate tale of star-crossed lovers. The timeless story explores the perils of young love, the bonds of family and a community torn apart by violence. Call for times. $15. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Movies in the Desert (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of Zootopia. Games, music and prizes begin at 5 p.m., followed by the movie at 6:30 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-235-2225.
April 22-May 20
Flora & Ulysses
The squirrel never saw it coming – the vacuum cleaner, that is – in this engaging tale of 10-year-old “natural-born cynic” Flora and her friend, Ulysses, a now-hairless squirrel who suddenly acquires superpowers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Adapted from the book by Kate DeCamillo, the laugh-out-loud story is presented by Childsplay. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org, 480-921-5700.
Día del Niño
Games, music, folkloric dancers and piñata bashing by some of the animals highlight this celebration of children, animals and culture. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with regular zoo admission. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.