Through 9/3: Free admission for military families at i.d.e.a Museum
A look inside the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa Wochit
The i.d.e.a. Museum is providing free admission to active-duty military families through the Blue Stars Museums program. Active-duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission with the following identification: Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 3. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. Free. ideamuseum.org.
Through 9/3: Great Arizona Puppet Theater shows
Gwen Bonar grew up around puppets and theater. Her parents founded the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, which purchased the historic church they operate out of in 1996. Now Bonar is a puppeteer and the Assistant Artistic Director. Kayla Samoy/The Republic
This non-profit puppet theater puts on shows year-round. Through Aug. 13, the theater performs "Rumpelstiltskin." From Aug. 16 to Sept. 3, look for a musical version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff."
Details: 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. $10, $7 for ages 12 and younger. 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org.
9/4: Butterfly Wonderland celebration
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 4. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura,
Scottsdale. $21.91, $14.95 children age 3-12, free for children 2 and younger. 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
Ongoing: Sea's Life 'Colorado River Adventure'
The Arizona Sea Life Aquarium opened a new exhibit Friday, May 19, 2017. The $1 million Colorado River Adventure exhibit was greeted by a parade of children dressed as sea animals and the Mayor of Tempe, Mark Mitchell. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
Sea Life Arizona opened a $1 million outdoor exhibit that follows the Colorado River from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez. The wet, interactive exhibit gives kids a chance to control the movement of water and learn about the river and its inhabitants. The exhibit is part of the overall aquarium experience with jellyfish, seahorses and hundreds more fish in an environment friendly for little ones and perfect for picture taking.
Details: 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Sea Life Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. $18, $13 for ages 3-12, free for age 3 and younger. Online admission discounts available. visitsealife.com/arizona.
Ongoing: Free Fidget Fest
Rocket Fizz Scottsdale, a soda and candy shop, invites kids to a Saturday afternoon with fidget spinner games, contests and prizes. Fidget spinners are available for $4.99-$49.99. Children and adults also will receive complimentary soda and candy tastings.
Details: 1-2 p.m. Saturdays. Rocket Fizz Scottsdale, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road. Free. facebook.com/RocketFizzScottsdaleAZ.
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