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Through 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. Call for times. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through 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.
Through 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 topics 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.
Through August 2
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 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.
Through 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.
Through August 3
Theater Works Camps
Theater professionals lead a variety of summer sessions for children ages 3-18. Designed for just-for-fun campers as well as those who want to hone their theater skills, programs range from one-week specialty courses to three-week camps culminating with a full stage production. Call for times and prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
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.
Through 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.
Arizona Science Center
Guests explore a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors as they navigate through an elaborate maze of twists, turns and dead ends to discover a small secret room with bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts in A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, 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, through 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.
Summer Wonder Camp
Inspired by the exhibition Artful Play: Games & Toys, the camp offers full- and half-day sessions for children ages 6-9. The program includes hands-on activities and games that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. 8:30 a.m.-noon, $80; and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $175. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
July 9-August 4
Summer Youth Camp
Renowned film director Don Bluth – who has directed several Hollywood animated films, including Anastasia, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven – leads two four-week sessions. Designed for children ages 8-18, each program concludes with a presentation of Seussical Jr. Call for times. $325. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.
The Little Mermaid
A beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above in this fishy fable, which captures the heart with such irresistible songs as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times. $38, adults; $33, seniors; $16, students and youth. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.
Jack Rabbit & the Desert Tortoise
There’s plenty of audience participation as fans cheer for their favorite athlete in this funny version of Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare fable. Set in the Sonoran Desert, the show features slow and steady Dusty the Desert Tortoise in an epic race against wild Jack the Jackrabbit. 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.
MaxInMotion Clinics (FREE)
Children ages 4-18 with physical and intellectual disabilities are introduced to power soccer and wheelchair basketball in these adaptive sports clinics. Lunch is included, plus an opportunity to try out specialty wheelchairs and equipment used in competition. Registration is required. 10 a.m. (soccer) and 12:30 p.m. (basketball). Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix, ability360.org/sports, 602-386-4566.
July 26-August 4
Guests are transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos as beloved Seuss stories, characters and themes are woven together in this magical, musical extravaganza. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.