Weekend events for families: Jan 13-16
Friday the 13th is nothing to fear. This is a three-day weekend that celebrates diversity, art and kids! Seize your last chance to explore “Alien Worlds and Androids” (and Ironman) at the Arizona Science Center. Meet your favorite PBS cartoon characters or rock ‘n’ roll at a kids-only half-marathon. Did we mention the Phoenix Zoo extended its Zoolights for one more weekend? Grab your sneakers, your family and this list, and see where it takes you!
FRIDAY, JAN 13
Laptop Drive (Fri Jan 13). The Monroe Building and House of Refuge are teaming up to bring technology to those in need. Drop off and donate your old laptop on Donation Day to have your device professionally and securely cleared of personal information. 9am-noon. Monroe Building, 111 W. Monroe St, Phoenix. houseofrefuge.org.
Pop-Up Dinner Party (Fri Jan 13). Family and friends can meet and eat from gourmet food trucks, play outdoors games and enjoy live music. 5:30pm. Free event; food prices vary. Old Town Peoria, 8319 W Washington St, Phoenix. 623-773-7137 or peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.
Science Before Saturday (Fri Jan 13). Experience an evening of science with fun hands-on experiments, workshops and the company of local artists and businesses in downtown Mesa. 5:30-8pm. $9; $5 children (free for members). Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N MacDonald, Mesa. azmnh.org.
“Alien Worlds and Androids” (through Jan 16). It’s the last weekend to join scientists in their search for alien life in and beyond our solar system at the Arizona Science Center. 10am-5pm. $6 ($4 members); does not include general admission. Sybil B Harrington Galleries, Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix 602-716-2000 or azscience.org.
City Lights Movie Nights (Fri Jan 13). All ages. Bring your blankets and chairs to watch the animated film “Zootopia” on the outdoor big-screen theater. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Patriots Park, CityScape, 1 E Washington St, Phoenix. cityscapephoenix.com/events.
“The Lion King, Jr.” (Fri-Sun Jan 6-15). The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, and the other unforgettable characters from Disney’s The Lion King. Presented by Christian Youth Theater of Phoenix. 7pm Fri, 1 and 4pm Sat, 2pm Sun. $15. Mesa Arts Center (Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse), 1 E Main St, Mesa. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
“Cinderella” (Through Jan 22). The classic story of true love, and a glass slipper, performed with elegant hand puppets. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults, $7 ages 12 & under. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St. 602-262-2050 or azpuppets.org.
ZooLights (Through Sun Jan 15). The Phoenix Zoo celebrates 25 years of this bright holiday tradition. Enjoy millions of lights, holiday trees and lakeside music-in-motion shows. 5:30-10:30pm. $12.95-$19.95 (member discounts available), ages 2 & younger free. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-914-4333 or phoenixzoo.org.
SATURDAY, JAN 14
Snow Day at Desert Ridge Marketplace (Sat Jan 14). Grab your mittens and play in the snow at Desert Ridge Marketplace’s annual event featuring more than 40 tons of snow, crafts, cookies and milk, and family entertainment. 10am-1pm. Free. Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. shopdesertridge.com.
West Valley Island Cultural Festival (Sat Jan 14). A 3-part series showcasing Polynesian music and culture. 2-3pm. $10; $5 17-4 years, ages 3 & under free. Microsoft Store, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd, Scottsdale. wvislandculturalfest.com.
Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” (Sat-Sun Jan 14-Feb 19). With the Cat in The Hat, fun is never done! Join Sally and her brother as their rainy day is transformed by the Cat and his mischievous antics. 1 and 4pm Sat, 1pm Sun. $12-$26. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-921-5700 or childsplayaz.org.
“Jimmy’s Space Adventure” (Sat Jan 14, 21 and 28). Grab your spacesuit and join Jimmy on a PuppetWorks space adventure that includes rocket ships and creatures. 10:30am and noon. $8; 3-D glasses available for additional $2. Gyder Theater at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W Peoria Ave. 623-815-7930 or theaterworks.org.
Arizona Bach Festival (Sat-Sun Jan 14-15 and Sun Jan 22 and 29). Top Arizona artists and instrumentalists showcase the rich works of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach during four concerts over three weekends. 7:30pm Sat, 3pm Sun. Jan 14 and 22: Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N Central Ave, Phoenix; Jan 15 and 29: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 6300 N Central Ave, Phoenix. arizonabachfestival.org.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event (Sat Jan 14-Sun Jan 22). American and European classic, sports and racing cars, auctions, live entertainment and charity events. Gates open 8am. $20 and up; $10 and up for children. WestWorld, 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale. barrett-jackson.com.
Itty Bitty Open (Sat, Jan 14). Learn the basic skills of golf. Participants receive plastic golf clubs, balls and sun visor and participate in a fun-filled, non-competitive golf tournament. 9am, 10am or 11am. Free. Preregister (Jan 7 deadline). 15 Valley locations. 602-944-6168 or jgaa.org.
SUNDAY, JAN 15
“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” (Sun Jan 15). Desert Dance Theatre presents the beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. 7pm. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Ave, Chandler. 480-782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.
Sunday A’Fair (Sun Jan 15). Free concerts in the park featuring the Valley’s top musicians, an arts and crafts market and fun activities for children, and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Noon-4pm. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-499-TKTS (8587) or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Lights of the World Lantern Festival. (Through Sun Jan 29) A magical world of light and cultural entertainment. Explore more than 75 stunning displays of global cultural and cuisine. 5-10pm Mon-Thur, 5-11pm Fri, 3-11pm Sat-Sun. $24; $14.99 ages 3-12. $10 parking (cash only). Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd, Chandler AZ. 480-502-5600 or rawhide.com.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon (Sun Jan 15). Marathon and 1/2 marathon race through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Features more than 70 bands and 40 cheer squads to cheer the runners on and a festival to celebrate at the finish line. 7:50am races begin. $100 & up. Preregister. Starting lines at University Drive & College Avenue in Tempe; Arizona Center, Van Buren and 3rd Streets in Phoenix. runrocknroll.competitor.com/
MONDAY, JAN. 16: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Arizona PBS Kids Festival (Mon Jan 16). Arizona PBS is celebrating the launch of its all-new 24/7 children’s channel with a festival. Activities include arts and crafts, story time and photo ops with PBS Kids characters and a tour of the state-of-the-art Arizona PBS facility. 10am-2pm. Free. RSVP in advance. Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-496-8888 or apbs.org/kids.
Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival (Mon Jan 16). MLK March and Festival, honoring the civil-rights leader, and celebrating awareness and unity. 9am Free. The march begins at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix. azmk.org.