On the video screen and in the toy stores, technological advances have created a sea change in what passes for children's entertainment. In the midst of it all, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater has remained true to a 20-year-old aesthetic, proving that, when it comes to delivering the goods, the old school is still a force to be reckoned with.Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad book series comes to life in an adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning Frog and Toad Together, continuing through December 7 at the Puppet Theater, 302 West Latham. Showtimes are 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Call 602-262-2050 or see www.azpuppets.org for reservations.- Craig Wallach
BUILT TO THRILL
It's time to get your dig on. The Arizona Science Center and Arizona General Contractors Organization have built a weekend of fun. The Fourth Annual Construction Expo invites kids to climb into eight types of construction equipment, including a backhoe, dump truck and concrete truck. Kids and adults alike can venture inside the center for more activities and safety demos. The expo demolishes boredom this Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage and Science Park, 115 North Sixth Street. All the fun is free with admission to the Science Center. Call 602-262-5071.- Eric Schandel
What a Tangled Web We Weave
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"I always feel like somebody's watchin' me/And I have no privacy." Not just a cheesy '80s pop song from Rockwell, but a forecast for the future.
With cell phones, computers and PDAs, technology has been upgraded from a creature comfort to a necessity. This heightened dependence has increased the possibility of vital personal information being stolen and used.
Teens 12 to 18 years old are invited to learn about this dark side of technology during an arresting "Cybercrime" discussion. This is a techie convention of a different sort, featuring FBI crime fighters Robert Webber and Bob Meshinski covering such topics as digital music downloads, Internet fraud, identity theft and cyber-terrorism -- and how the FBI solves such cases.
Take a byte out of crime with the investigators at 7 p.m. Monday, November 10, at the Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. The event is free, but registration is recommended. For details call 623-930-3537. - Eric Schandel