In any civilization, art and science gleam as facets of the same jewel -- the people's progress. In our civilization, families can shine at ASU Art Museum's Family Fun Day, where creativity and technology combine in a free day of activities and exhibits. Held in the museum's cool underground nymphaeum on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event -- in conjunction with this summer's family exhibition, "Gadgets and Gizmos" -- features puppet shows, magicians and encounters with friendly animals from the Phoenix Zoo. In addition, visitors can polish their artistic abilities as they mastermind vehicles to run on a magnetic car track, and create collectable gems out of recycled materials. And for a reality check, an activity called "Garbage Pizza" examines how much of what we throw away could be recycled. The ASU Art Museum at the Nelson Fine Arts Center occupies the southeast corner of Mill and 10th Street in Tempe. For more information, call 480-965-2787 or see asuartmuseum.asu.edu. - Kim Toms
Splish, splash and all that
Take a pool cue and hit Wet hN Wild Water Day, Friday, June 27, at Scottsdale's Chaparral Pool, 5401 North Hayden. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., little dippers can construct sandcastles, wage sponge wars and compete in water relays. Admission is $1; call 480-312-2361 for details. - Jill Koch
The Royal Treatment
The kids take court
Giving kids a (stage) hand, Tempe's Young Actors Theatre Summer Program acquaints aspiring actors ages 6 to 12 with the theater arts. On Thursday, June 26, the little thespians present The Little Prince, the story of an aviator stranded in the Sahara Desert with a mysterious boy who spins fantastic tales of his travels. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 South Rural in Tempe. Admission is free; call 480-350-5287 for details. - Jill Koch
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Learn, Baby, Learn
Expanding horizons with fun
It's a heatstroke of genius: The City of Scottsdale squelches the "lazy" days of summer with its Total Recreation Enrichment Clubs, engaging kids 4 to 14 in cool, educational escapes. Participants gather with their peers at various Scottsdale sites, where age-appropriate activities incorporate sports and fitness, arts and crafts, guest speakers, special events and excursions. Fostering self-esteem and a sense of belonging in a safe, supervised environment, the next session runs Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3. A longer, final session follows, July 7 through 25; fees range from $31 to $184. Call 480-312-7957 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov to register. - Jill Koch