Kid Pics for the week

fright nights
Silo X: The creaky doors at the season's first spook house yawn wide this weekend. The high-tech haunt is a faux military missile silo whose abandoned personnel have gone mad. The Silo, recommended for those age 8 and older, is located at Hardy and Elliot in Tempe, next door to Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park. A grand-opening celebration is slated for Friday, September 20. The facility's open from dusk Fridays and Saturdays to 1 a.m., dusk to 11 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Saturday, November 2. Tickets are $12, available at Dillard's. Call 949-4322 or 678-2222.

on the stage
Charlotte's Web: Childsplay has opened its 20th season with Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the E.B. White classic about a couple of unlikely, but true, friends: the title spider and the pig named Wilbur. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 20; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21; and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 22, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production continues through Sunday, October 6. For reservations and details, call 252-8497 or 350-8101.

at the concert
Mesa Symphony Salutes Disney: The ensemble performs favorites from the studio's films and related projects at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Admission is free. Call 897-2121.

Opera by Kids: Carroll Rinehart, artist-in-residence at Kyrene del Norte Elementary School, 1331 East Redfield in Tempe, is the force behind this production, which was written and will be performed by the school's fourth- and fifth-grade students. Shows are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 24; and the same time Wednesday, September 25, in the facility's multipurpose room. Call 496-4720.

young at art
"Animal Crackers": Shemer Art Center, 5005 East Camelback, presents this "please touch" exhibit, featuring "tactile art experiences for blind children" and "altered-vision experiments for sighted kids." It continues through Friday, October 18. Admission is free. Call 262-4727.

"Empty Bowl-a-Thon": Artist Tim Hernandez helps children ages 6 to 12 create clay bowls for donation to Mesa's Empty Bowls program, which helps to feed the hungry and the homeless, in sessions scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 25; and the same time Wednesday, October 2, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Registration is required; call 644-2705.

"I-CAN" Art Show: Mixed-media works by children ages 12 to 17 from the Oakland and University Park neighborhoods, products of the YMCA-sponsored "I-CAN" Summer Youth Job Program, continue through Tuesday, October 15, in the front windows at Stop n' Look, 1025 Grand Avenue. Call 256-2859.

"I Can Fly": South Phoenix photographer Tarah Rider Berry snapped neighborhood children in various states of wide-eyed, rubber-boned informality--in pools, in parks, at play--for this exhibit. It continues through Sunday, November 24, in the New Directions Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. For details about "In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms," the center's more candid take on the private world of kids, see Thursday in Pic Hits. For general information, call 994-2787.

"Strengthening Families Through the Arts": This exhibit features masks, portraiture, sculpture and other works by youngsters affiliated with the Save the Family Foundation of Arizona program, which provides transitional housing for homeless families. Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona sponsors the installation, which continues through Saturday, September 28, at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center. Viewing is free. Call 234-1707 or 644-2056.

join the club
Rocket Club: You really don't have to be a rocket scientist to join this club; in fact, that's the point. Kids ages 6 to 18 are invited to attend the group's first meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Escalante Youth Center, 2150 East Orange in Tempe; those who do are apt to pick up some info about space, weather reporting, model rocketry and other neat stuff. Participation is free. Call 350-5499.

screen gem
"Float-In" Flick: The City of Tempe-sponsored series at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way, concludes on Friday, September 20, with a screening of Father of the Bride Part II (PG). Showtime is 8 p.m.; open swimming precedes at 6:30. Admission is $4, $2 for kids ages 3 to 17. Raft or tube rental, required for those who want to get wet, is an additional $3. Call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.

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Clay McNear
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