August Calendar 

Friday  1

Beading Bonanza: Kids will get to learn all kinds of different and creative ways to play with beads and design beautiful bracelets and necklaces to take home with them. There are also dozens of toys, games, books, and puzzles for kids to play with at KidsPark. This hourly childcare center is designed for ages 18 months-12 years. $8/hour for 1 child; discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. The hourly childcare hours on Aug. 1 are from 7:30am- midnight. KidsPark, 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Daddy Daughter Date Night: Free studio fees for Dads and Daughters painting together.  We’ll have flowers on the tables and cookies to snack on.  5pm-10pm.  Reservations suggested.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations

Saturday 2

Safety Luau: Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water! This event features fun games and activities for the whole family, plus a mock rescue demonstration with the Scottsdale Fire Department. We’ll close the night with live hula and fire dancers. Regular pool admission fees apply. 4-8pm. Eldorardo Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2484. For drowning prevention tips, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov/fire and click on the water safety link.

LEGO® Brick Architecture Competition: Bring your imaginations to our LEGO brick-building contest, where both kids and adults can compete for special prizes, awarded by a panel of judges. The inspiration for the timed competitions: all things Indigenous and the desert, created from those legendary toy bricks. Go off-the-grid with eco-LEGO brick creations, futuristic Indigenous homes and more constructions rising from the desert floor. 10am-3pm. Seats are limited, so reserve your space today by emailing buildcontest@heard.org. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840. Heard.org

Back to School Bash: Enjoy family fun and celebrate Back to School with Radio Disney! 6-8:30pm. The Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix. 623-582-9599. Norterrashopping.com

Phoenix DinoCon: This is an original dinosaur fan convention celebrating the facts, fantasy and fun of dinosaurs and their impact on popular culture. It is the first convention for dinosaur fans who are more captivated by the WHOA of dinosaurs than the WHY. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.  $5. 3pm. Phxdinocon.com

Kids’ Night Out: Children will get to enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, dancing, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. 6-10pm. Ages 3-13. $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. Advance registration is required. There is a $5 fee for same-day registration. There’s also easy online registration. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

You Name It! Door Hanger Craft: Rainbow Scratch Paper gives this decorative craft a personal touch! Free. 11am-3pm.  Lakeshore Learning, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix and 4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix. lakeshorelearning.com

Sunday 3

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Phoenix: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Free. Every day of the week for babies 8 weeks-5 months.  13832 North 32nd St., # 100, Phoenix. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Monday 4

The Kids Club at Arrowhead Towne Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club meets every Monday, 10am in the JCPenney Court. Free. 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. 623-979-7777. arrowheadtownecenter.com/kidsclub

Tuesday 5

Radio Disney Summer Fun: Join us for dancing, games, giveaways, make-and-take crafts and more! Free. 5:30-7:30pm. Every Tuesday at Desert Ridge June 3-August 5. Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. Shopdesertridge.com/summer 

Free Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children’s entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in August. 9:30am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 6

Radio Disney Summer Fun: Join us for dancing, games, giveaways, make-and-take crafts and more! Free. 5:30-7:30pm. Westgate, Fountain Park, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave., Glendale.  westgateaz.com/summer

Wednesday Wind Ups:  Civic Space Park, Roosevelt Row, Best of Show and Fair Trade Café will present Wednesday afternoon lunch events inside the cool air conditioned AEE Building of Civic Space Park. This weekly FREE event features food trucks, café salads and sandwiches, libations, DJs, background movie clips, games like corn hole toss and rolle bolle, lifestyle community information, and guest Yoga & Zumba Instructors. Spend your middle of the week and midday, winding up healthy, informed and physically fit all while meeting downtown community friends! 11am-1pm. The AEE Building is located at 424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-262-7442.

Thursday 7

Magic Class: If you have a child who loves to learn new magic tricks, Storybook Entertainment will be at Toys & Playtime Oasis at 9:30am,  leading a fun-filled magic class inside the toy store. $6 per child. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

MIMkids, Mini Music Makers: Introduce your child to the wide and wonderful world of music through MIM’s early childhood music and movement courses. Explore music from around the globe with your children while singing, dancing and playing instruments. Designed for children and caregivers, each four-week session explores a new musical culture in engaging ways. Ages 12 months-4 yrs. 11am-11:45am. Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28. Please contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. MIM.org

Kids Club at The Superstition Springs Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Hosted by Persephone with Dewper the Prairie Dog, Kids Club meets every Thursday at 10am in JCPenney Court. Free. 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-832-0212. mallkidsclub.com/superstitionsprings

Friday 8

Prowl and Play: The Phoenix Zoo's summer evening event will let guests experience the Zoo in a whole new light…or dark! This event offers unique and exciting activities which allow guests to explore, see and hear the Zoo differently than a daytime visit. Join us for magic, music and fun during the evening hours at the Zoo. Members $6/General: $8. August 8 & 9. 6-9:30pm.The Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. phoenixzoo.org

Free Art Friday: This is a family-friendly event which gives you the opportunity to create art, learn about music and movement and have a great time! Program features different art projects each month that explore various themes. It is not necessary to register for these free, lesiurely mornings of activities; light refreshments include. 9:30-11:30. Free. Edna Vihel Center, 3340 S. Rural Rd., Tempe. 480- 350-5287. tempe.gov

Fridays in the Park: Entertainment, movies, poetry, lectures, food trucks and more! Live concert performances inside the cool air conditioned AEE Building within Civic Space Park. Live entertainment, movies, food trucks and Fair Trade Café, libations, games by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, art vendors and gallery exhibitions are just some of the activities featured on any given 2nd or 4th Friday night. 7-10pm. Free. The AEE Building is located at 424 N. Central. 602 262-7424.

Second Friday: Enjoy 60+ artists showcasing original art work, live bands, entertainment, shops and restaurants open late, food, & fun! 6-10pm. Between Center and Country Club on Main, in Mesa. 2ndfridaynightout.com

Saturday 9

Back to School Bash: Celebrate the start of school by enjoying a fun-filled beach party at KidsPark! There will be beach ball volleyball and lots of sand and water activities for the kids to enjoy. There will also be an outdoor movie night with popcorn and pizza for dinner. KidsPark is designed for ages 18 months-12 years. There are also dozens of toys, games, books, and puzzles for kids to play with. $8/hour for 1 child; discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

MIMkids Musical Adventures Series: Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey. This is an educational program designed for kids ages 6–10. Participants will discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring MIM’s exhibits with a designated tour guide, of course! Each four-week session focuses on a different continent, giving participants a well-rounded overview of music from around the world and an opportunity to collect MIMkids passport stamps. Every Saturday in August $12/class or $40 for all 4. Ages 6-10. 1:30-2:30pm. To register, contact Katherine Palmer at programs@MIM.org or 480-245-6962 with any questions. Reservations are required. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Mommy and Me Class: Create your own Flamingo Footprint. It may be back to school time here in Arizona but you may feel like you are on a tropical vacation when you create this whimsical plate with your child’s footprint. Perfect for for Toddlers/Pre-schoolers and a parent.  9am-10:30am.  $25.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/locations

Family STAR Night: An entertaining and interactive astronomy night for the whole family!  Telescope viewing available if weather permits. Other family activities will go on rain or shine.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. for hands-on activities. June 7 and 21. Presentation starts at 7:30. $7 per person; $10 per scout (includes packet & patch). Kids 3 and under are free. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001. azchallenger.org

National Bowling Day: Lace up your shoes and shine up that bowling ball at Uptown Alley. They are offering everyone one free game of bowling (with shoes) from 8-10am. They will also be offering a great breakfast menu that morning straight from their full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar & Grill. Uptown Alley, 13525 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise. uptownalleysurprise.com

Summer Spinning Top Craft: Glue together, decorate & spin! Kids make their own tops for hours of twirling & whirling fun. Lakeshore Learning, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix and 4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix. lakeshorelearning.com

The Anthony Bates Foundation Youth Cardiac Screening : ABF Youth Cardiac Screenings held to identify youth at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death due to undetected Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the number one cause of death in youth athletes. Register for an appointment on line, by phone or email request.  Anthem is the first of 7 valley screenings for the school year - please visit our website for additional locations and information. Ages 12 and up. Free but donations accepted. 10am-4pm.  The Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W Anthem Way, Phoenix. 602-482-5606. anthonybates.org

Sunday 10

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Offered every Sunday mornings in August. Ages 1-12. 10-11:30am. $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

Monday 11

Get P.A.S.T. Asthma : Introductory Asthma Management Classes for Parents. Free. Second Monday of each month. 6:30-8pm. John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix.  623-879-5452. PCOC@JCL.com

Tuesday 12

Make Meaning’s Mini Mornings: Enjoy some favorite childhood stories followed by an engaging creative activity inspired by each story’s theme. All classes are taught by Make Meaning’s creativity coaches. Ages 2-5. 10 am, every Tuesday.  $15 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. makemeaning.com

Kids Club at The Paradise Valley Mall: This is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  We've teamed up with Kids Club National Geographic Kids and Free Arts of Arizona to create activities and crafts that focus on discovery through play.  Join us in Dillard's Court every Tuesday! 10am. 4568 E Cactus Rd., Phoenix.  TheParadiseValleyMall.com/KidsClub

Wednesday 13

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Peoria: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 weeks to 5 months. Free. Every day except Tuesdays. 8402 W. Thunderbird Rd., # B103, Peoria. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

The Kids Club at Chandler Fashion Center: This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about our world in a fun and interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club meets every Wednesday. 10am. Free. 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. mallkidsclub.com/shopchandlerfashioncenter

Thursday 14

Movement and Dance Class: Storybook Entertainment will be teaching children some fun, new dance moves inside the toy store. Children who love to dance will love this! 9:30am. $6 per child. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Preschool Open House: Parents and children, ages 2 to 5, are invited to come and learn all about the excellent, nurturing preschool program at KidsPark. On Aug. 14, the Open House is from 7 -8pm and on August 15, the Open House is from 10-11am. Bring the kids to meet the teachers, do some crafts, enjoy play time, and learn all about the preschool program. Free. 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602- 788-2445. kidspark.com

Friday 15

For 130 continuous years Payson, Arizona has been celebrating the history and tradition of Pro-Rodeo.  The PRCA, which sanctions the event, considers it the country's Best Small Rodeo.  We invite you to come and experience the exhilaration of rodeo, the sport of the Old West! August 14-16. Payson Event Center, Payson.  For event details and tickets visit, paysonprorodeo.com

Saturday 16

Elvis Remembered: Join us for a celebration of the life of the King of Rock and Roll in honor of Elvis Week. Come and see the additions to the Elvis Presley exhibit, participate in hands-on activities, view the classic film “Viva Las Vegas” on the big screen and more! 9am-5pm. Free with paid museum entrance. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Kids’ Night Out: Children will get to enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, dancing, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. 6-10pm. Ages 3-13. $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. Advance registration is required. There is a $5 fee for same-day registration. There’s also easy online registration. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

PUPPETMAKERS WORKSHOP: Join us once a month after Saturday shows for a unique puppetmaking experience. For just $15 you can make your own puppet to take home with guidance from a professional puppeteer, and that includes the cost of supplies. Often we base the puppets we're making on what type of puppets are used in the show happening at the theatre. Ages 6 and up. Call us to make your reservation! Aug 16, after the Saturday Show, 3:30 pm.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

Family Fest: Visit vendors who cater to families and enjoy free entertainment! Free event for families. 11am-3pm. Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. 480.924.5050

Paint With A Princess: You’ll experience your very own fairytale when you paint a mermaid with Ariel!  9am-10:30am.  $30 includes pottery.  Reservation and pre-pay only.  Desert Ridge, Deer Valley, and Tempe studios.  asyouwishpottery.com/special-events

Power Soccer: MaxInMotion and SpoFit have teamed up to host a series of youth adaptive sports clinics every month this year. There will be opportunities for youth to try out wheelchair basketball and power soccer. Free. Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix. spofit.org/youth/max-in-motion-2014/

Sunday 17

MAKE IT Weekends: Ever wonder what you could create with electronics, crafts or even wood?  Join us every weekend for MAKE IT!  Learn practical skills, think outside of the box, share ideas and become innovative!   Are you a Do It Yourselfer or do you like working together? Every Saturday and Sunday in August.  Times will vary.  FREE with General Admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZScience.org

Monday 18

Clay Votive Class: Make a clay votive while learning basic clay building techniques. Ages 8 and up.  7pm-8pm.  $20.  asyouwishpottery.com/clay-classes

The Joy of Family Music: Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence.  appropriate for infants to 5 year olds with the grownups who love them. Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a series of free demonstration classes to kick off our Fall “BONGOS” semester.  Ages infant-5years. Free.  9:30am.  Cannedy Dance, 6224 N 7th St., Phoenix. Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com. 

Tuesday 19

Free Story Time at Toys & Playtime Oasis: Children are invited to a fun-filled story time performed by Storybook Entertainment - a local, children’s entertainment company. Children will get to hear their favorite stories and sing and dance to some of their favorite songs. The 30-minute story time program will be held inside the toy store. Every Tuesday in August. 9:30am. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. #116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Wednesday 20

Beginning Technique Flower Frenzy Platter: – Ages 12 to adult.  6:30-8:30pm.  $10 plus pottery of your choice.  Bright, whimisical platter is made with stencils.  We’ll learn basic pottery painting techniques when creating this lovely platter. Ages 12 to adult.  6:30-8:30pm. $10 plus pottery of your choice.  Convenient valley wide locations. asyouwishpottery.com/beginning-technique-classes  

Wednesday Wind Ups:  Civic Space Park, Roosevelt Row, Best of Show and Fair Trade Café will present Wednesday afternoon lunch events inside the cool air conditioned AEE Building of Civic Space Park. This weekly FREE event features food trucks, café salads and sandwiches, libations, DJs, background movie clips, games like corn hole toss and rolle bolle, lifestyle community information, and guest Yoga & Zumba Instructors. Spend your middle of the week and midday, winding up healthy, informed and physically fit all while meeting downtown community friends! 11am-1pm. The AEE Building is located at 424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-262-7442.

Thursday 21

Cookie Decorating: If you have a little one who loves to decorate and eat cookies, Storybook Entertainment will be at Toys & Playtime Oasis at 9:30 a.m. leading a fun-filled cookie decorating class inside the toy store. 9:30am. $6 per child. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. # 116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630.  azdollhouse.com

Flashlight Tours: Join the Botanical Garden’s Public Flashlight Tours. Nights in the Desert are anything but dull. Nighthawks fly, night-blooming flowers open, toads sing and owls watch, as you stroll along the trails there is a surprise around each corner. You will view critters such as snakes, scorpions, and desert tortoises first hand at our guided stations. Every Thursday and Saturday May – September. 7-9pm. Desert Botanical Gardents, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. dbg.org 

Friday 22

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” Event : If your child is a big fan of the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” book, the adorable mouse himself will be a special guest at Toys & Playtime Oasis on Aug. 22 from 3:30 - 5pm and then again on Aug. 23 from 10-11:30am. This will be a fun “meet and greet” for kids to enjoy. Yummy cookies will also be served. Free. 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., #116, Scottsdale. 480- 948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Fridays in the Park: Entertainment, movies, poetry,  lectures,  food trucks and more! Live concert performances inside the cool air conditioned AEE Building within Civic Space Park. Live entertainment, movies, food trucks and Fair Trade Café, libations, games by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, art vendors and gallery exhibitions are just some of the activities featured on any given 2nd or 4th Friday night. 7-10pm. Free. The AEE Building is located at 424 N. Central. 602 262-7424.

Saturday 23

Summer Safari: There will be lots of jungle-themed fun and games at this hourly childcare center with games like the “Great Peanut Hunt,” “Jungle Parade,” mask making and jungle juice making. Kids, ages 18 months to 12 years, will also get to play with the dozens of toys, games, books, and puzzles at KidsPark. $8/hour for 1 child; discounts for siblings. Snacks and drinks are included. KidsPark, 4848 E. Cactus Rd. #220, Scottsdale. 602-788-2445. kidspark.com

Girl Scouts, Be a Junior Museum Guide: MIM is excited to announce new educational classes specifically designed for Arizona Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors! Participants will learn about musical cultures from around the world, participate in music making and discover the wide world of MIM. While exploring MIM’s unique galleries and exhibits, girls will train to become Junior Museum Guides. Participants who complete all four classes will have the opportunity to lead group tours for Brownie and Daisy Scout Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Scout Day on Saturday, Nov. 15. 3:30-5pm. $40 per session (4 classes). Please contact Cristi Pontius at 602-452-7105 or cpontius@girlscoutaz.org with questions. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-245-6962. MIM.org

Back to School Block Party: Celebrate the start of the school year with an afternoon of LEGO brick fun at the Heard! Parents and kids can let their imaginations, and build skills,  run wild during a “free-build” session. Groove to the tunes of DJ Byron Fenix (Navajo) while building away. Also, kids can participate in a session with printmaker Jacob Meders (Mechoopda Maidu) to create make-and-take cards using LEGO bricks to stamp their creations. 11am-3pm. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840. Heard.org

Paint with A Princess: You’ll experience your very own fairytale when you paint a mermaid with Ariel!  9am-10:30am.  $30 includes pottery.  Reservation and pre-pay only.  Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Mesa studios.  asyouwishpottery.com/special-events

Nutcracker Audition: Dancers and gymnasts invited to audition for Nutcracker 2014 with Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre, a civic youth ballet company. Beginner and Advanced dance roles including Gingersnaps, Candy Canes, Marzipan, Clara and Sugar Plum! Open to all children in the Phoenix Community ages 7yrs and up. Arizona Dance Artistry, 1745 W. Deer Valley Rd. # 102, Phoenix.  602-314-8033. phoenixyouthballet.org

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) auditions for Charlotte’s Web and Into the Woods will be held on August 23 and 24 at MTA in Anthem.  Casting is for ages 14-adult, no-cut for ages 14-19. Rehearsals begin August 28, with performances taking place October 9-12. Visit website for exact times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem.  musicaltheatreofanthem.org

 Sunday 24

Family Tumble Time: Children are invited to come out and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun! Offered every Sunday mornings in August. Ages 1-12. 10-11:30am. $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) No charge for adults. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. Arizona Sunrays, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix. 602- 992-5790. arizonasunrays.com

 Monday 25

The Joy of Family Music: Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence.  Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a series of free demonstration classes to kick our Fall “BONGOS” semester.  Songs, chants, music from around the world and instrument play will be included! Infants-5years with adult. Free.  9:30am.  Kids.Play.Music. 3241 E Shea Blvd., Phoenix. Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com

Tuesday 26

Make Meaning’s Mini Mornings: Enjoy some favorite childhood stories followed by an engaging creative activity inspired by each story’s theme. All classes are taught by Make Meaning’s creativity coaches. Ages 2-5. 10 am, every Tuesday.  $15 per child. Make Meaning, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-845-0000. makemeaning.com

Wednesday 27

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Riverview: Join us for “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Sundays & Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and prepare baby for swim lessons. Free. Advanced registration is required. 1061 N. Dobson Rd., # 101, Mesa. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Thursday 28

The Joy of Family Music: Come sing, dance and play along with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence.  Joins us for a FREE Music Together class; developmentally appropriate for infants to 5 year olds with the grownups who love them. Music Together in Phoenix is hosting a series of free demonstration classes to kick off our Fall “BONGOS” semester.  Songs, chants, music from around the world and instrument play will be included!  Infants-5years with adult. Free.  10:00 am.  Dynamic Motion Academy, 14201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem.  Space is limited, please RSVP online or call 602-363-8202.  MusicTogetherInPhx.com

Imaginative Play & Drama Class: Calling all little actors and actresses! Storybook Entertainment will be leading children in an educational, drama class inside the toy store where kids will have a great time dressing up and enjoying some dramatic play time. 9:30am. $6 per child. Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd. # 116, Scottsdale. 480-948-4630. azdollhouse.com

Friday 29

Baby Splash Swim Classes at Hubbard Phoenix: These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time and learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. Advanced registration is required. Free. Every day of the week for babies 8 weeks-5 months.  13832 North 32nd St., # 100, Phoenix. 602-971-4044. hubbardswim.com

Saturday 30

Whimsical Wind Catcher Craft: Kids will love to watch the breeze blow…with this beaded wind catcher they make all by themselves! Lakeshore Learning, 4727 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix and 4819 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix. .lakeshorelearning.com

Simulated Space Mission: Rendezvous with a Comet. Team members take part in a daring trek of exploration inside a simulator of Mission Control and the International Space Station. Prepaid Reservations are required. Simulated space missions are not suitable for 2nd grade and under. Children in 3rd and 4th grade must be partnered with ticketed adult. July 12 & 26. 1 pm. Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-322-2001.  azchallenger.org

Throwback Uniform at Alumni Night: The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear the Majestic 1999 Home White Uniform with the alternate New Era white cap when they host their third annual Alumni Night, presented by Sanderson Ford at Chase Field. The D-backs will also give away a Bob Brenly bobblehead, courtesy of Sanderson Ford, to 20,000 fans that night. Tickets are available for the D-backs’ third annual Alumni Night on August 30 will feature a baseball game amongst D-backs alums after the team takes on the Colorado Rockies. Tickets can be purchased by calling 602-514-8400 or online at dbacks.com/tickets  

Sunday 31

MAKE IT Weekends: Ever wonder what you could create with electronics, crafts or even wood?  Join us every weekend for MAKE IT!  Learn practical skills, think outside of the box, share ideas and become innovative!   Are you a Do It Yourselfer or do you like working together? Every Saturday and Sunday in August.  Times will vary.  FREE with General Admission. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZScience.org

 

August Center Stage

PETER PAN: “Second star to the right and straight on till morning!” Known by many from the 1953 Disney movie, Peter Pan tells the story of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages, and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the enchanting isles of Neverland as the undisputed leader of the Lost Boys. This summer, audiences are invited to sprinkle a little pixie dust and join Peter, Wendy, Michael, John and Tinker Bell on a magical adventure as they battle crocodiles and the notorious Captain Hook in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s high-flying and fanciful spectacle!  Aug 1 - 17. Arizona Broadway, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. 623-776-8400. azbroadway.org.

OLD MACDONALD: That famous farmer and his animal friends are making noises and having fun. This delightful show is done with rod puppets and features toddler friendly music and is great sing-along fun. Aug. 1–17. Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

JERSEY BOYS: Too Good To Be True!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers  The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. August 1-3. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. 480-965-5062. asugammage.com.

WEST SIDE STORY: The Original Broadway Musical Production ,  Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET takes to the gang-ridden streets of 1950's Manhattan as two teens from rival gangs do the unthinkable and fall in love. Aug. 8–24. Performed by Valley Youth Theatre at Herberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe St, Phoenix. 602-253-8188. vyt.com.

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE: All Ages. August 13. 7:30 pm. $49 - $83.75. Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-379-2800. comericatheatre.com.

THREE LITTLE PIGS: The big bad wolf and three little pigs are delightful to watch in this classic story told with large rod puppets. Ages Pre-K and up. August 20–31.  Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050. azpuppets.org.

CATS, Now and Forever : The second longest running musical in the history of Broadway Cats is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats.  The Jellicle cats are celebrating at the Jellicle Ball, awaiting Old Deuteronomy's choice of which cat will be reborn into a new life. One by one, the cats step forward to introduce themselves, auditioning for the chance to take the journey to the Heaviside layer. August 29-30. Fountain Hills Theater Mainstage, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ.  fhtaz.org










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