among the animals
"Discover Arizona!" and WalkFest '96: Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Arizona!", kids learn about the state of our state in sessions exploring a variety of topics; it continues through Sunday, March 31. Breakfast-cereal spokescritter Tony the Tiger and Phoenix Police Department mascot McGruff are scheduled to appear at WalkFest, an annual event targeted at families. Highlights include 1.5- and three-mile walks, a continental breakfast, fitness clinics and more. The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24; registration precedes at 7:45 and costs $11, which covers breakfast and regular zoo admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
Kids Connection Expo '96: The third annual multimedia event is a marketplace of educational and entertainment-oriented ideas for enhancing creativity and imagination in children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and the same on Sunday, March 24, in exhibit halls A and B at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $6, $4 for kids ages 2 to 12, free for those younger. For details call 262-7272 or 964-4000.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: The "Woodwork" exhibition, featuring pieces by Virginia Dotson, Paula Cooperrider, David V. Draper, Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay, Todd Hoyer, Mark S. Weiss and Lynne Oulman, continues through Friday, May 24. Call for details about related workshops. The museum is located at 35 North Robson in Mesa. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. For more information, call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: The Center for Amateur Radio Learning (CARL) hosts hands-on ham-radio exhibitions and demonstrations Saturday, March 23; and Sunday, March 24. The "Computer Works" exhibit explores theelements required to run acomputer and how they relate to one another; it continues indefinitely. The facility is located at 147 East Adams. Various events and workshops are scheduled; unlessnoted, participation is free with regular admission: $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, free for those age 3 and younger. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
Mesa Southwest Museum: The touring exhibition "The Great Russian Dinosaurs," featuring 24 full skeletons, remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, skulls and dozens ofother specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia, continues through Sunday, April 28, at the center, 53North Macdonald. Models, fossils and skeleton fragments are displayed in the permanent exhibit "Dinosaurs of the Southwest." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5, free for kids age 2 and under. For details call 644-2230.
young at art
"See Art Everywhere": In honor of March's National Youth Art Month commemoration, students from Avondale's Lattie Coor Elementary School display their works in the food court at Wigwam Outlet Stores, located at Litchfield Road and I-10 in Goodyear. The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 31. For details call 935-9730.
on the stage
Frumpled Fairy Tales: Phoenix Youth Theater performs the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22; and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Phoenix Center, 1202 North Third Street. Tickets are $3, $1 for kids under 12. For reservations and details, call 495-5489.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The Bunny Brigade continues with performances at 10a.m. Thursday, March 21; 10 a.m. and 2p.m. Friday, March 22; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24; and 10a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The show continues through Easter Sunday, April 7. Admission is $4. Puppet-making and sing-along sessions are included. For details call 277-1275.
The Revenge of the Space Pandas: Valley Youth Theatre presents playwright David Mamet's time-warp adventure about spotted mammals in space. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. Space Pandas continues through Sunday, March 31. Admission is $4.50. For details call 267-3880.