Wet, Wild and Free: All City of Phoenix pools host Independence Day celebrations from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4; for locations and details, call 258-7946. The City of Chandler's Desert Oasis, Arrowhead and Folley pools host special activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free from 1 to 2; call 786-2499. Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way in Tempe, offers a price break on the use of its wave pool and water slide from noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday; call 350-5201 (the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050).
Ronald McDonald: The burger-chain spokesjester performs magic tricks for kids ages 4 and older at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Century Branch Library, 1750 East Highland. Admission is free. For details call 262-7412.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: (Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7.) See Pic Hits.
at the concert
"Howl With the Wolves": Southwest Brass performs at this all-ages, multimedia affair, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For details call 644-2705.
arts and minds
"Poets and Painters": The touring exhibit of multimedia works by students at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the result of a program called "art engineering," an intensive, kid-led exploration of the art-instruction techniques of tomorrow. The installation continues through Sunday, August 18, in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. Call 994-2787.
"Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs" in Flagstaff: New Jersey artist Gary concocts giant dino sculpture out of old auto parts, and about 20 of his labors of love are displayed through Sunday, November 3, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, located three miles north of Flag on U.S. Highway 180. The entrance fee, which doesn't include admission to the museum proper, is $6, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids ages 2 to 12. Call 1-520-774-5213.
on the big screen
Summer Family Film Series 1996: The free, City of Tempe-sponsored series concludes at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, with a screening of The Santa Clause (PG) on the southwest side of the lake at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way. Call 350-5200; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Summer Movie Fun 1996: Harkins Theatres presents its annual youth-film fest, which continues this week with final screenings of All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 on Thursday, July 4; and Friday, July 5, at Westridge Mall 6 (75th Avenue and Thomas); Bell Towne Centre 8 (Seventh Street and Bell); Paradise Valley 7 (Tatum and Cactus); and Cornerstone 6 (Rural and University in Tempe). Little Giants plays Monday, July 8; and Tuesday, July 9, at Arcadia 8 (40th Street and Thomas), Bell Tower 8 (51st Avenue and Bell in Glendale), Camelview 5 (Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale) and Fiesta 5 (1520 South Longmore in Mesa). More Little Giants showings are scheduled Wednesday, July 10, at Arcadia 8, Bell Tower 8, Fiesta 5 and Paradise Valley 7. All flicks start at 9:45 a.m. A series pass costs $5; without it, the price is $2 per film. The silver-screen fun continues through Friday, August 9; all movies are rated G or PG. For details call the Harkins Summer Movie Fun Hot Line at 517-2700.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: "Fly, Float & Locomote: Transportation in Art" features mixed-media representational works about how to get from here to there by Laurie Campbell, David Gilhooly, Jamie Maverick, Luis Jimenez, Robert McCall and others. The exhibit continues through Friday, September 13, at the museum, 35 North Robson in Mesa. Various workshops and related special events are scheduled; call 644-3690 for details. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. For general information, call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: "Farm Facts," featuring demonstrations and activities led by representatives from Duncan's Sunfresh Farms, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10; participation is free with regular admission: $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, gratis for those age 3 and younger. The "TechZone 1996" exhibit features information and hands-on displays about the latest scientific innovations, from voice-recognition devices to air bags; it continues through Monday, September 2. The center is located at 147 East Adams. 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: "Kuykendall Doll and Figure Collection," featuring about 350 of the title creations, continues through Sunday, September 29, in Community Gallery. The center is located at 53 North Macdonald. Admission is $4, $3.50 for seniors and students with ID, $2 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for those younger. Call 644-2230.
"Phoenix Days and Ways": Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in various activities, including ancient Native American crafts and games and "pioneering" skills like cooking and carpentry, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, and each Wednesday in July at Phoenix Museum of History, located at Heritage and Science Park, Seventh Street and Washington. For details and required reservations, call 253-2734.