Kid Stuff at Maricopa County Fair: On Monday, April 29; Tuesday, April 30; and Wednesday, May 1, kids can buy magic tickets to this year's fair, which starts Thursday, April 25, and continues through Sunday, May 5. Called "Pay-One-Price" passes and priced at $19.95, they're good for admission and unlimited carnival rides for one; coupons worth $6 off "POP" tickets are available at all county Exxon stations through Tuesday. Also on the agenda for the shorter set: a celebrity goat-milking contest on Thursday, April 25; a diaper derby on Saturday, April 27; and daily fun like vegetable-bowling and pickle-eating contests and farm tours featuring a "maternity ward" of animal newborns. For general information, see Pic Hits or call 252-0717.
among the animals
Youth Summit '96, "The Celebration of the Natural World": Highlights of the summit, an environmental celebration of things arboreal, include appearances by Smokey the Bear, the Tree Musketeers, and Mother Oak; a Jeopardy!-style game titled Tree Stumpers; and various workshops and lectures. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park. The zoo also hosts the latest installments in its educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Peoples of the Sonoran Desert," which continues through Tuesday, April 30, kids learn about the cultures and traditions of Native Americans. "H2O! Respect for Water" starts Wednesday, May 1, and continues through Friday, May 31; it features activities centering on that cool, clear stuff that's such a precious commodity here in the desert. Participation in all of the above is free with regular zoo admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and members. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
Family Campout: Various outdoor-related activities and workshops are planned at this urban sleepover at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way in Tempe. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, and continues 'til 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27. Families should bring their own tents, sleeping bags and food. The fee is $9 per adult, $7 per kid. For details call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Star Watch: Sahuaro Astronomy Club hosts this free event, which starts at dusk on Saturday, April 27, at Thunderbird Park, 59th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road in Glendale. For details call 930-2842.
arts and minds
"Cultural Connections Through the Arts": Students in this Motorola-sponsored program, which is designed to arrest the growth of prejudice and promote tolerance and diversity, show off their skills in the areas of dance, theatre, creative writing and photography at a free performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Call 994-2787.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Final performances of The Tinderbox, based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, are at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The Eagle Brothers opens with a performance at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, and continues through Sunday, May 12. Admission is $4. Call 277-1275.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the fairy tale. This week's shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26; 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Tall Tales Roundup: Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company continues its season with Alan J. Prewitt's Arizona-specific story about cowpokes trying to top one another around the campfire. Performances are on Saturday, April 27; and Sunday, April 28, at Playhouse on the Park at Dial Corporate Center, Central and Palm Lane. Tickets are $6. Call 254-2151.
Kids Day Fishing Derby: Children learn to catch the slippery creatures at this event, scheduled for 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the lake at Eldorado Park, Miller and Oak in Scottsdale. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. Participation is free. Call 994-2414.