"Nasty Lunch Time": Kids whip up their dream meals--and their parents' worst nightmares--at this supervised affair, which starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa. Also on the agenda: a reading of Marc Brown's The Monster's Lunch Box, monster-place-mat making, monster-lunch-bag decorating and "disgusting monster treats." Ewwwww. Admission is free. Call 833-2244.
wet and wild
Teen Splash: The free event for those ages 13 to 18 includes water sports, tube races and diving contests. It's slated for 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at the pool at Ironwood High School, 12603 North 61st Avenue in Glendale. Gratis pizza and refreshments will be served. For details call 930-2836.
Family Cornfest and Arts and Crafts Fair: The fifth annual event features music, clowns and, of course, a lunch including farm-fresh corn. It's scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 24; and the same hours Sunday, August 25, at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 North 40th Street. Admission is free; the meal costs $5 per person. Call 231-0300.
among the animals
Sleepover at Wildlife World Zoo: The fourth annual chaperoned summer series continues this week. WWZ staff members escort kids in grades four through eight on a night hike through the zoo and teach them how to paint their own tee shirts. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Friday, August 23, and continues until 8 a.m. Saturday, August 24, at the facility, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. The next sleepover is slated for Friday, October 25. The cost is $35, $30 for members, which includes all materials, plus dinner and breakfast. For registration and other information, call 935-9453.
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 general information, call 644-2467.
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for pet's sake
"Creating Connections": Scottsdale's Sue A. Hershkowitz, editor of the new book Dog Tales for the Heart, hosts this puppy-info program, which also features representatives from Canine College and the Arizona Humane Society, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at the Barnes & Noble store at 7685 West Bell in Glendale. Admission is free. For details call 996-8864.
"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. For details call 1-520-774-5213.
"Fun Flicks for Kicks": Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200, hosts this free, all-ages series, which continues with a screening of Dumbo (unrated) at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22. For details call 957-6660.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents performances of Rapunzel at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, August 23; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, August 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at its theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through Sunday, September 8. Admission is $4.50. Call 277-1275.