hop to it
The Bunny Brigade and Peter Rabbit: Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents final performances of the Easter-specific Brigade at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, April 5; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4; call 277-1275. GAPT performs a free version of the equally timely Peter Rabbit at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200; call 957-6660.
Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt: City of Peoria hosts the annual event, named in honor of the late Peoria resident who founded it and hosted it for years. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue. Admission is free. For details call 412-7137.
Easter Bunny Brunch: Kids can dine and have their photographs taken with the famous title figure with the floppy ears at this inaugural event, slated for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the recreation center at Tempe's Kiwanis Park, 6111 South All-America Way. Admission is $5; an additional fee is charged for photos. Preregistration is required; call 350-5201. The TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Easter Egg Hydro Hunt: The seventh annual event, featuring an egg hunt 'neath the water at the wave pool at Kiwanis Park, 6111 South All-America Way in Tempe, is scheduled for 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 7. Also on the agenda: a petting zoo and arts and crafts. Admission is $6, $3 for those ages 3 to 17; kids age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to swim. For details call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Easter "Eggs"travaganza: City of Glendale presents the fourth annual egg hunt for kids ages 1 to 8, who are asked to bring a basket for their goodies. Activities for older children are also planned. The fun's scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 63rd Avenue and Mountain View. Admission is free; donations of eggs for the needy will be accepted. Call 930-2842.
Easter Family Celebration: City of Chandler hosts this free event for accompanied children age 9 and under, which includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny, an egg scramble, entertainment, a magic show and more. It's scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Desert Breeze Park, 660 North Desert Breeze Boulevard East. Call 786-2518.
the great outdoors
Deer Valley Fair Days: Highlights of the annual family affair include a bunny lunch, carnival and pony rides, a talent showcase, art exhibits and more. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 4; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 5; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 West Wahalla. Call 495-3735.
on the stage
The Falcon: Childsplay wraps up its 19th season with this production, adapted by playwright Gregory L. Palmer from an eastern-European folktale titled "Fenist, the Bright Falcon." Set in the 1850s, the play centers on a Russian family visited by a stranger who promises to pay for her supper by relating a tale about a prince disguised as a bird. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Sunday's show is interpreted in American Sign Language. The play, appropriate for kids age 5 and up, continues through Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors. Call 252-8497.
young at art
Native American Student Arts and Crafts Show: The annual sale of works by youngsters from across the country continues Thursday, April 4; Friday, April 5; and Saturday, April 6, in Helen C. Lincoln Auditorium at Heard Museum, 22 East Monte Vista; admission is free. The related exhibit "Student Art From the Heard Museum Collection" continues through Saturday, August 31, in the museum's Sandra Day O'Connor Gallery; regular admission prices are in effect for that show. For details 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. This week's event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 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. Call 941-1225.
"Salon des Enfants": Works by students in the Phoenix Elementary School District are featured in this exhibit, which continues through Friday, April 12, at Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt. Admission is free. Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, except Monday, April 8. Call 253-7967.
"Something Positive": This exhibition by at-risk inner-city youngsters continues through Friday, April 12, in Atrium Lobby at Phoenix City Hall, 200 West Washington. A free reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For details call 253-7887.
among the animals
"Peoples of the Sonoran Desert": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Peoples," kids learn about the cultures and traditions of Native Americans; it continues through Tuesday, April 30. Participation is free with regular admission. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
Wildlife Night: This fifth annual event features exhibits and demonstrations by Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Wildlife World Zoo, Arizona Heritage Alliance, National Turtle and Tortoise Society and other groups. It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free. For details call 930-3537; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 931-5534.
Pat Murphy's Baseball Sessions: The head coach of the Arizona State University baseball squad hosts pitching and hitting clinics for kids ages 7 to 12 at Packard Stadium, First Street and Rural in Tempe. The first round is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, and each Saturday in April. Session two is slated for Saturdays in May. Call 965-6085.
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Special Dragons Punch-a-Thon: Students from Special Dragons School, 2412 West Greenway Road, Suite D, which offers martial-arts training to those with special needs, show off their skills at this fund raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It's scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Admission is by donation; proceeds benefit the hospital. For details call 548-8995.
Wee Folks Hike: City of Tempe hosts this walk through Papago Park, designed for kids ages 4 to 7 and scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6. A guide will lead the hike and point out native flora and fauna. Participants should bring at least one quart of water and meet in front of the main entrance to Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway; the zoo is not included in the tour. Cost is $4 per kid; parents may attend free of charge. Preregistration is required; call 350-5200. The TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
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. Call 644-2467.
Mesa Southwest Museum: The touring exhibition "The Great Russian Dinosaurs," featuring 24 full skeletons, remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, skulls and dozens of other specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia, continues through Sunday, April 28, at the center, 53 North Macdonald. The museum is closed Sunday, April 7. Call 644-2230.