Robosaurus: The auto-munching, true-life Transformer puts in an appearance at Phoenix Boys & Girls Herbert Kieckhefer Club, 548 West Southern, from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, as a prelude to its "performance" on Saturday, June 22, at the Ford Motor Company Jets Versus Funny Cars Extravaganza (see Pic Hits). Call 268-0200.
show and tale
"Urban Contemporary Tales": Fatimah Halim tells original stories about growing up in the inner city in this educational program for kids ages 7 to 12. It starts at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Phoenix Central Library, 1221 North Central. Admission is free, but registration is required; call 262-6625.
Grand Canyon State Games: (Opening ceremonies Thursday, June 20; competition Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23.) See Pic Hits.
Wet and Wild Water Day: The event, featuring tube and raft relays, a balloon toss, sandcastle building and more, is slated for noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Chaparral Pool, 8000 East Jackrabbit in Scottsdale. Admission is free. For details call 994-2414.
arts and minds
"East Meets West: Chinese Brush Painting": A painting session and a slide show comparing and contrasting Oriental and Western art are on the agenda at this event for those ages 8 to 13. Free sessions are scheduled at 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Cholla Branch Library, 10050 North Metro Parkway East. For details call 534-3770.
"Mexican Arts": Children age 5 and up learn about how the arts developed in the land to our south in this hands-on program, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Palo Verde Branch Library, 4402 North 51st Avenue. Admission is free. Call 262-6805.
"Poets and Painters": The touring exhibit of multimedia works by students at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the result of a program called "art engineering," an intensive, kid-led exploration of the art-instruction techniques of tomorrow. The installation continues through Sunday, August 18, in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. Call 994-2787.
"Rhythm and Reading Express": Jamie Showers hosts sing-along songs and play-along games for kids 6 and up at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free. Call 930-3537.
"Snazzy Snapshots": Mimi Hershey hosts this free photography session for those ages 12 to 18. It's slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Participants should provide their own cameras and film. Registration is required; call 644-2736.
"Summer Solstice": This mixed-media exhibition of works by students at the Art Ventures studio for kids continues Thursday, June 20; and Friday, June 21, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Viewing is free. Call 965-5377.
Family Saguaro Harvest and Campout in Tucson: The wonderful Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney, hosts this sleepover and re-creation of a traditional Tohono O'odham desert harvest. Before falling asleep 'neath the stars, kids and their parents will gather cactus fruit and prepare it over an open fire, creating a tasty concoction called "saguaro syrup." The event begins on Saturday, June 22, and concludes Sunday, June 23. For prices and required preregistration, call 1-520-883-2702.
at the concert
Mary Hollan's Pocketful of Miracles: The vocalist/keyboard player performs original songs and Disney tunes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Program Room at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural. Admission is free. For details call 350-5522; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
"Howl With the Wolves": Southwest Brass performs at this all-ages, multimedia affair, scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the auditorium at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free. Call 930-3537.
Keith Johnson and Island Magic: The group performs an educational show for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Admission is free. For details call 644-2705.
on the big screen
"Float-In" Flicks: City of Tempe hosts the 1996 edition of this always-fun series, which features simultaneous viewing of movies and swimming in the cool pool at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way. The monthly series continues with a screening of Tom and Huck (PG) at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21; 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.
"Fun Flicks for Kicks": Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200, hosts this free, all-ages summer series, which continues with a screening of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (PG) at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20. Each kid receives a gratis bag of popcorn. Call 957-6660.