Grade school trends may come and go, but music will always be one of the true joys of childhood. Seventies tykes sang along to Sesame Street disco records, children of the '80s got caught up in the lip-synching craze, and '90s youngsters got a piece of the airwaves with Radio Disney. Today, kids are getting into the same musical pastime that has their moms and dads hooked: karaoke. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hands the microphone to kids age 5 and older when it presents "SMoCA Family Day: Crazy Karaoke" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The event starts with a tour of the exhibition "Lee Bul: Live Forever," showcasing the Korean artist's karaoke pods that resemble space-age cars. Then, a workshop lets kids use their imaginations to design their own whimsical cars. Ending the afternoon on a high note, the gang heads to the Stage 2 Theater for a group karaoke performance.
Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for museum members. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and preregistration is required. Call 480-874-4641 for details. - Michele Laudig
View classic cheesy comedies
Cheesy does it on Wednesday, July 16, when 12- to 18-year-olds gather at Chandler's Hamilton Library, 3700 South Arizona Avenue, for Cheesy Movie Night. From 6 to 8 p.m., kids feast on cheese (puffs, 'tos and Whiz) and celebrate cinematic achievements such as Airplane! and European Vacation. Call 480-782-2828. - Jill Koch
The Duck Stops Here
Classic tale of acceptance in Gilbert
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He's the quintessential odd duck -- and his name doesn't exactly shout star power -- but poor Ugly learns rich lessons about beauty and belonging as the Gilbert Community Players present Honk!, a musical adaptation of The Ugly Duckling. Our homely hero takes flight Friday, July 11, through Saturday, July 19, at Val Vista Cultural Hall, 1005 North Voyager in Gilbert. Tickets are $5, with proceeds benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital. Call 480-664-4126 or log on to www.gfaa.com for reservations. - Jill Koch
Brush up on those skating skills
7/14-7/25 Whether they aspire to the Coyotes or the Capades, kids 5 and older can log some solid ice time at Chandler's Polar Ice Center, 7225 West Harrison. Participants in summer's supervised "Skate, Rattle and Roll" program meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5 p.m.; each session incorporates a 20-minute off-ice stretch class and 30-minute group skating lesson. The $70 weekly fee includes skate rental, 10 video game tokens, pizza slice and beverage. The next session runs Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18; a final session follows July 21 through 25. Call 480-598-9400 for further information. - Jill Koch