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@body:"World Class" Adventures Resume: Kids loved "visiting" all seven of the Earth's continents during "World Class! A Geographic Adventure in Art," a themed installation and hands-on workshop series that recently concluded at Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson in Mesa. The series was so popular, in fact, that the museum now presents a sequel, "World Class II: The Adventure Continues," featuring new exhibits and a fresh collection of classes and workshops. The showing opens Friday and continues through May 13. Workshops begin this Saturday and continue through May 7; fees vary. Museum admission is $2; kids under 2 get in free. For details call 644-2468.
@body:Walt Disney's World on Ice Presents Beauty and the Beast: Several skaters from the former Soviet Union are featured in this new edition of the family skate show, derived from Disney's acclaimed animated film Beauty and the Beast. Victor Baryshevtsev, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, portrays Gaston, the vain village braggart; Russians Olga Neizvestnaya, and Sergei and Elena Zaitsev play supporting roles. American skater Maradith Feinberg stars as Belle, the lovely focus of Beast's affection. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $22.50, $14.50, $12.50 and $10.50, available at Dillard's box offices. Group discounts are offered on select performances. For reservations and details, call 379-7800 or 678-2222.
@body:Great American Train Show: More than 10,000 little trains are on display and for sale at America's largest touring model-train show, as are miles of track, hundreds of tiny structures and tons of miniature landscape materials, plus controllers and accessories galore. Kids are welcome to operate specially equipped, hands-on train setups complete with gates, whistles and bells. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Agriculture Center at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Admission is $5, free for accompanied kids younger than 12. For details call 258-6711.
@body:Anne of Green Gables: Chandler Children's Theatre presents this warm, family story about the tribulations of a spirited, imaginative orphan who lives on a farm. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through February 6, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. This show is recommended for kids age 8 and older. Tickets are $6, available at Ticketmaster outlets. For reservations and details, call 786-3954 or 784-4444.
Civil Rites: In observance of Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Unlikely Theater Company presents this educational playlet for kids ages 4 to 12, a music-and-comedy-laced history of the civil rights movement. The single performance is at 11 a.m. Sunday at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109, part of "Kids Corner," a monthly series of Sunday-morning kids' events. Adults are also welcome; admission is free to all. For details call Susan Prior at 966-0203.
A Perfect Balance: Award-winning playwright Mary Hall Surface penned Childsplay's multimedia adventure, inspired by the work of American mobile artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Jere Luisi and Jon Gentry alternately enact the one-person play, recommended for kids ages 5 to 11, parents and families; final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior adults, $6 for those in groups of ten or more. For reservations and details, call 350-8112.
Punch and Judy: Hawaii-based solo performer Peter Allen enacts this original version of this puppet-theatre staple, which features plenty of wacky, slapstick battles among classic characters Mr. Punch, Judy, the Doctor, Toby, Scaramouche, the Crocodile and others. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4, $3 for GAPT members; sing-alongs and puppet-making sessions are included. Proceeds from all Saturday performances are earmarked for GAPT's fund to build a permanent puppet theatre in Phoenix. For reservations and details, call 277-1275.
@body:"Jurassic Arizona" Nears Extinction: Arizona's own special peek into prehistory's most awesome era comes to an end on Sunday at Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, as those fierce, growling dinosaur robots of "Jurassic Arizona" prepare to fade away for good. The huge installation also features 30-million-year-old insects in amber, castings of dinosaur tracks, videos, movie posters, a special gift shop, hands-on art projects and an outdoor play park. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays), 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for those younger. For details call 644-2230. (Psst! Dinomaniacs, don't despair: The museum's other installation, "Dinosaurs of the Southwest," featuring models, fossils and skeleton fragments, remains on view indefinitely. Also check "Arizona Museum of Science and Technology" in Kid Thrills.)