Easter Eggstravaganza: City of Mesa hosts this free event, which includes appearances by the Easter Bunny and Leisure Lion, egghunts and more. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the city's Kleinman Park, 710 South Extension. Call 644-2984.
the great outdoors
Fun in the Sun Days: The celebration at Cactus Park, 3801 West Cactus, features a carnival, apet show, a basketball tournament, a talent show and more. It's set for 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 28; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 11p.m. Saturday, March 30; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Registration deadline for the basketball tourney is Thursday. Call 495-5302.
Kite Festival: Experts Bob Childs, Tom Dice and Randy Shannon demonstrate new and novel ways to fly the wind-borne wonders at this event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, located atop the I-10 tunnel atCentral, between Third Street and Third Avenue. Also on the agenda: a Japanese-fighter-kite competition, stunt-kite demos, acorporate challenge, music and a raffle. Admission is free; gratis parking is available at Third Street and Willetta. Proceeds benefit Toby House, Inc. For details call 234-3338.
Teddy Bear Picnic: The annual event promotes literacy and learning, and includes entertainment, exhibits and activity booths. Families are invited to bring their lunch and all of their plush pals, and they're encouraged to donate new teddy bears to Scottsdale Police Department's "Comfort for Kids" program. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 7380 East Second Street. Admission is free. Call 391-6035.
"Just for Kids" Fishing Festival: This annual event, open to accompanied children in kindergarten through eighth grade, includes instruction in how to catch the slippery title creatures, plus water-safety tipsand recreational activities. It's slated for 7:30 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Kiwanis Park, Mill and All-America Way in Tempe. Admission is free, but registration is required; call 350-5800. The TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
young at art
Native American Student Arts and Crafts Show: The annual exhibit and sale of works by youngsters from across the country opens with a preview on Friday, March 29, and continues through Saturday, April 6, in Helen C.Lincoln Auditorium at Heard Museum, 22East Monte Vista; admission is free. The related exhibit "Student Art From the Heard Museum Collection," a best-of presentation of pieces from previous shows, opens Saturday, March 30, and continues through Saturday, August 31, in Sandra Day O'Connor Gallery; regular admission prices are in effect for that show. See the Art Exhibits listing or call 252-8840.
"Paint Out": Scottsdale Artists League hosts this series for kids of all ages, featuring hands-on sessions about art and how to make it. The inaugural session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park. Participation is free with regular admission: $6, $5 for seniors, $1 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for younger kids. The next entry is on Saturday, April 6. Call 941-1225.
"Taste of Art": Tempe Arts Center, located at Tempe Beach Park, First Street and Mill, hosts this series for children ages 7 to 11. In the latest session, titled "Miles of Tiles" and scheduled for 9a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, artist Tom Ferguson teaches kids how to make clay tiles andtrivets. The fee is $15, $12 for members. The final installment in the series is on Saturday, April 20. Call 968-0888.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The Bunny Brigade continues with shows at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday,March 29; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31; and 10a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4. 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. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29; 10:30 a.m. and 2p.m. Saturday, March 30; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. Admission is $4.50. For details call 267-3880.