Let The Fun Shrines In
The clowns are sent into Scottsdale
The big top sets up shop in the Valley this weekend, when the Shrine Circus rolls into WestWorld's Equidome, 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. And the greatest show on Earth just got even better: Families can experience the in-tents entertainment without breaking the bank. With a paying adult -- grandstand tickets are $12, box seats are $15 -- children under 12 are treated to a free-ring circus. Showtimes are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 28; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 29; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, November 30. Call 602-231-0300 to reserve tickets. - Jill Koch
The Phoenix Zoo gets all wired up
Captivity and electricity have never blended so beautifully. This Thursday, November 27, the Phoenix Zoo gets all wired up for ZooLights, and all is merry and very, very bright in the wild kingdom, as two million holiday lights take animal form. ZooLights highlights include a dancing trees light show, several new characters and nightly "animal encounters." Kids can get musical with mushroom drums, a chime tree and gong fence; get literary with storytelling in the Enchanted Forest; and get dirty with sheep, goats and rabbits in the petting zoo.
ZooLights shines from 6 to 10 nightly through January 4. Early birds can catch special entertainment, refreshments and pony cart rides in the new Festival Plaza outside the zoo's entrance, 455 North Galvin Parkway. See www.phoenixzoo.org or call 602-273-1341 for advance tickets, $6. Tickets at the gate are $7. - Jill Koch