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Through June 10
Jesus Christ Superstar
The final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth are chronicled through the eyes of his disciple – and ultimate betrayer – Judas Iscariot in this compelling rock opera, which is loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Call for times. $15. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, spotlightyouththeatre.org, 602-843-8318.
Through June 16
Summer Equine Programs
A variety of single-day and weeklong horse-themed programs are offered, focusing on riding, horsemanship skills, equine science, storytime and crafts. Call for times and prices. Horses Help, 2601 E. Rose Garden Ln., Phoenix, horseshelp.org, 602-569-6056.
Through June 17
Filled with magic, mayhem and flying-carpet rides, this stage adaptation of the Disney hit features an award-winning score, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Call for times. $15. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through June 24
The Monkey and the Pirate
A monkey, a pirate and a valuable banana treasure add up to hilarious fun in this original show. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through August 2
Fine Art Camps
Students ages 6-18 get creative, explore new techniques, learn how to prepare their art for exhibition and share their creations in an art show with a reception 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.
Through August 24
Presented by Scottsdale Arts, Deep Time: Imagining the Ancient Island Sea takes visitors on a journey to the prehistoric ocean that once covered the Sonoran Desert, as imagined through the eyes of Tucson-based artists Lex Gjurasic and Rachel Slick. This sculpted environment uses color, pattern, light, texture and experimental materials to create an ocean-bottom experience of being surrounded by fanciful sea life, including kelp towers, coral reefs, an underwater garden, bioluminescent tunnel and large sea beast. A variety of workshops are planned throughout the summer to enhance the experience. Call for times. Gallery @ The Library, Civic Center Library, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalepublicart.org, 480-874-4679.
West Side Story
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is at the forefront of the heart-wrenching and relevant musical drama. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Arizona Science Center
Designed to engage curious minds through science, the center boasts four levels of hands-on exhibits, plus live demonstrations, a planetarium, giant-screen theater and CREATE, a state-of-the-art community maker space that provides workshops that include 3-D printing, laser cutting, woodworking and sewing. A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature opens June 30 and continues through Sept. 4. 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. Artful Play! Games & Toys, June 15-Sept. 9, focuses on play in other cultures and the process of designing toys and games. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $8. 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-4332.
Mini Music Makers
Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers experience music from around the globe while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Each four-week session explores a new musical culture, with this one focusing on jazz and American sounds. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Day Camps at the Garden
Children ages 5-12 learn about desert rocks, creepy crawly critters, unlikely desert partners and the science of color in weeklong sessions. Call for times and prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
June 4-July 26
Pint-size chefs learn basic and advanced culinary techniques, then eat what they make in four-day sessions designed for youths ages 8-17. Following three days of instruction, cooking and eating, the class is given a “mystery” basket of ingredients and use their experience to create a meal. M-Th, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 8-12; 2-4 p.m., ages 13-17. $150 per four-day session. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, ccacademy.edu, 480-502-0177.
June 4-July 27
Children’s Museum Camps
Hands-on learning adventures are on tap as children ages 5-8 enjoy a variety of theme-based activities focusing on such themes as culinary arts, storm chasers, fairies and wizards, and island castaways. Call for times and registration fees. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org, 602-648-2777.
June 4-August 3
Animal Adventure Camps
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 4-August 3
Summer Music Camps
A wide variety of camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels is offered, ranging from singing and games to music theory and audio production. Call for times and prices. Phoenix Conservatory of Music, 9617 N. Metro Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixconservatoryofmusic.org, 602-253-9900.
June 4-August 24
Dolphin Explorer Camp
Fifth- through 12th-graders spend the day with a trainer as they interact with dolphins in the water and from land while learning about the mammals’ intelligence and behavior, care and feeding, physiology, ocean conservation and more. M-F, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $199. Dolphinaris Arizona, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, dolphinaris-arizona.com, 480-407-5154.
Mighty Mud Mania
Children can get down and dirty as the city of Scottsdale hosts this messy event, which includes mud pits and obstacles for people of all ages and ability levels. Inflatable water slides, mud puddle pools and open-play mud pits add to the fun. 7 a.m.-noon. Free, children 17 and younger; $10, adults; fast passes also available for original and extreme courses. Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov/mighty-mud-mania, 480-312-3111.
June 9, 15
Children ages 6-10 embark on a musical journey as they make maracas and learn about Latin American music. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Storytelling & Crafts
Designed for children pre-K through fourth grade, this weekly program features stories read by local Arizona authors, followed by craft activities related to the themes and characters of each tale. Featured books and authors include Starry Gets Lost by Phoebe Fox, June 9; Up Up Up by Michael Hale, June 16; My Magic Hat Rules by Debi Novotny, June 23; and Goodbye Brings Hello by Dianne White, June 30. Sa, 10 a.m.-noon. $5. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900.
Amazing Arizona Camp
Children entering grades four through seven participate in engaging and hands-on activities focusing on archaeology, plants, pioneers and ranching. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $75; $65 for an additional child. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Call for times. $16-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.
Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. The classic tale is staged by East Valley Children’s Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, evct.org, 480-644-6500.
June 15-July 1
Annie, The Musical
Life changes for the better when a spunky Depression-era orphan and her clever canine meet and win the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks. Presented by Valley Youth Theatre, the classic musical about never giving up hope includes such memorable scores as “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.
June 27-July 15
Jack and the Beanstalk
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.