"Exclusively Little": This annual event for children age 6 and under features arts, crafts, face painting, a teddy-bear contest and more. It's scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at McCormick Railroad Park, 7301 East Indian Bend in Scottsdale. Admission is $3 per kid. For details call 994-2312.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical Discovery Adventure: In advance of its June release of the title flick, the studio's 34th animated feature, Walt Disney's Imagineering branch presents this touring extravaganza, which includes a 24foot-tall reproduction of France's Cathedral of Notre Dame and six other "environments" included in the movie, a multimedia show, a puppet show and more. It's scheduled Friday, March 1; Saturday, March 2; and Sunday, March 3, at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 East Southern in Mesa. Admission is free. Call 832-0212.
Mesa Day Miniature Parade: "Excellence in Education" is the theme of this year's procession, which features tiny floats and performances by normal-size dance troupes and marching bands. It steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, from the intersection of Center and Main streets, traveling to the city's Pioneer Park, 526 East Main. Viewing is free. Related events at the park are slated for 11 a.m. to 4p.m., and they're also free. Call 644-2351.
Arizona Boys Ranch Spring Fling and Barbecue: The 11th annual event is slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the ranch, located at the intersection of Rittenhouse and Hawes roads, about 13 miles east of Chandler. Highlights include a "Spartan Man" competition, skydivers, a display of antique cars, arts and crafts, trolley tours, clowns, carnival games and music by Nancy Gee, Sentimental Swing, Chandler/Gilbert Community College Jazz Band, and Boys Ranch Ambassador Choir. Admission is free; lunch costs $6, $5 for kids 12 and under. Call 987-2018.
among the animals
"Africa! Alive" and "Discover Arizona!": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installments in its festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Africa!", which concludes Thursday, February 29, kids learn about the animals of the African continent. "Discover Arizona!", featuring sessions on geology, history, conservation and recreation, starts Friday, March1, and continues through Sunday, March 31. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
young at art
"Eighth Grade Group Show": Students from Phoenix's Ingleside Middle School show off and sell their creations in this installation, which continues through Friday, March 8, at Scottsdale's Wilde-Meyer Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way. The public/private partnership is designed to support art in the schools and to teach kids the intricacies of preparing such a show. Viewing is free; proceeds from sales benefit Ingleside's arts program. For details call 945-2323.
"See Art Everywhere": In honor of March's National Youth Art Month commemoration, students from Avondale's Lattie Coor Elementary School display their works in the food court at Wigwam Outlet Stores, located at Litchfield Road and I-10 in Litchfield Park. The exhibit opens Friday, March 1, and continues through Sunday, March 31. For details call 935-9730.
at the museum
Arizona Science Center: One-adult/one-child teams learn about various aspects of energy in "Electrifying Elements," scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The cost is $22, $15 for members; registration is required. "Computer Works" explores the elements required to run a computer and how they relate to one another. The facility is located at 147 East Adams. Call 256-9518.
Mesa Southwest Museum: "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. Call 644-2230.
on the stage
Alice in Wonderland: Desert Stages, Inc., presents its take on the Lewis Carroll story about the little girl who falls down a rabbit hole. This week's performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and the same times Sunday, March 3, at 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $6 inadvance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Annie Warbucks: Valley Youth Theatre presents the sequel to the musical Annie. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March1; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. Admission is $4.50. Call 267-3880.
Jack and the Beanstalk: Two performances of the classic fairy tale are scheduled this week. The Michigan-based His Hands Puppeteers troupe presents its version at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street; admission is free (call 644-2705). The Gary Webb Marionettes ensemble performs the show at 3:30p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the community room at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 East Southern in Mesa; admission is free, but registration is required (call 644-3184).
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Little Women: Playhouse Theatre presents Louisa May Alcott's tale about the ties that bind a mother and her daughters. This week's performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1; 2and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the community room at Arrowhead Towne Center, 77th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. The show continues through Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $4, $3 for kids age 12 and under. Call 245-1566.
Navajo Puppet Show: Great Arizona Puppet Theater performs this production at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, continuing City of Tempe's monthly Saturday Performing Arts Series, which introduces children to the performing arts. The scene is Edna Vihel Activity Building, 3340 South Rural in Tempe. Admission is $2 for children age 2 and up; one adult is admitted free with each kid. Call 350-5287; TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom: Mesa Youtheatre continues its season with Louis Sachar's comedy about a bully named Bradley. Final performances are at 7:30p.m. Thursday, February 29; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center. Tickets are $7, $5 for kids under 18. Call 644-2560.
Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph: Childsplay continues its 19th season with an in-the-round production of Edward Mast's play about a young boy raised by wolves and "rescued" by a minister and his family. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. The production continues through Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors; group rates are available. Call 350-8112.