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Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend events for families: May 26-29


It’s the final weekend to see “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” at the Arizona Science Center. Photo courtesy of

Villains and superheroes will overtake the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend during Phoenix Comicon. There’s plenty to do this Memorial Day weekend, from catching the final days of “Planet Shark” at the Arizona Science Center to spotting mermaids at OdySea Aquarium.

Want even more ideas for your weekend? Explore our full “Family Time!” events calendar.

FRIDAY, May 26


Both kids and adults can enjoy cosplay (dressing up) at Phoenix Comicon this weekend.

Phoenix Comicon (May 25-28). Phoenix Comicon is evolving into a more family-friendly event, with many activities geared toward young fans. This year’s youth programming includes a superhero obstacle course, a “brain-eating” contest and youth-centric panels. Times vary. Prices vary for adults; $10 ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger. Phoenix Convention Center: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix.

Pink Floyd Night (Fri May 26). A mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds and sonic backdrops, choreographed with a visual laser display. 8pm (The Dark Side of the Moon) and 9:30pm (The Wall). $10 ($8 members and students). Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix. 602-716-2000 or

Legally Blonde (May 26-June 11). Recommended for ages 14 and older. Follow Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in the pursuit of her dreams. 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. $15. Spotlight Youth Theatre, 10620 N 43rd Ave, Glendale. 623-521-8093 or

The Total Package Tour (Fri May 26). Pop icons “New Kids on the Block,” “Boyz II Men” and Paul Abdul bring over 25 years of hits to the stage. 7:30pm. $25-$350. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson, Phoenix. 602-379-7800 or



See “real” mermaids at OdySea Aquarium this weekend! Photo courtesy of

Mermaids in the Deep Ocean Exhibit (May 27-Jun 4). Mermaids will perform, swim with the sharks and rays in the Deep Ocean and blow kisses to guests near the exhibit window. 9:30am-5:30pm. $34.95; $24.95 for ages 3-12. OdySea Aquarium, 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-291-8000 or

The Little Mermaid Screening (Sat May 27). Experience “Under the Sea” under the stars with this free screening of “The Little Mermaid.” Music, games, prizes and a special appearance by Ariel begin at 6:30 pm; movie begins at sunset. Free (no general admission fee required). Desert Courtyard at Odysea Aquarium. 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. 480-291-8000 or

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey (through May 29). Cutting-edge Sensory4 Technology provides a walk-through, multi-sensory cinematic gallery experience tracing millions of years of evolution and bringing you face-to-face with the great white shark. Exhibit includes shark models cast from real animals, a collection of real shark teeth and jaws and extremely old and rare fossils. 10am-5pm. Exhibit with general admission is $29.95; $22.95 ages 3-17. Sybil B. Harrington Galleries, Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix. 602-716-2000 or

Rapunzel (May 24-June 11). The classic tale about the maiden with the really long hair and the prince who loves her. Scenery from this production appears from an antique trunk as the story unfolds. 10am Wed-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun. $10 adults, $7 children, under 2 free with another paid child admission. Reservations recommended. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W Latham St. 602-262-2050 or

Mesa Feastival Forest (Saturdays through May 27). Enjoy live music and a variety of gourmet food trucks in downtown Mesa. 5:30-9pm. Free. Pioneer Park, 526 E Main St, Mesa.

Movies on the Square (Saturdays May 27-Sept 2). Live entertainment, food vendors and movies for all audiences. 4pm activities; movie at dusk. Free. Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff.

SUNDAY, May 28

Sunday Evening Concert Series (Sundays Apr 30 through July 2). Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy favorite local bands. 7:30-9pm. Free concert; $2 train and carousel rides. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. 480-312-2312 or

Spring Performance (Sat-Sun May 27-28). Get a glimpse of the progression in ballet training at The School of Ballet Arizona, from beginning students to advanced-level students on the verge of professional careers. 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun. $35-$45. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix. 602-381-1096 or

Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture (Sat-Sun May 27-28) in Flagstaff. Photo by Tony Marinella.

Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture (Sat-Sun May 27-28) in Flagstaff. Photo by Tony Marinella.

Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture (Sat-Sun May 27-28). Zuni traditional dances, flute playing, weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers and painters. 9am-5pm. Included with admission: $12 adults, $8 students and children 10-17, free for ages 9 & under. Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff. 928-774-5213 or

Wyatt Earp Days (Sat-Mon May 27-29). Street entertainment, chili cook-off, hanging reenactments, 1880s fashion show, entertainment, look-alike contests, carnival rides and more. 10am-4pm. Free. Historic Allen Street, Tombstone. 520-457-3511

MONDAY, May 29 (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day Ceremony. All ages. Honor the service and sacrifice of those who have fallen while serving our Nation. 9am. Free. Anthem Veterans Memorial in the ACC Community Park, 41703 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem.

Rainforest Reptile Exhibit. From Madagascar to Asia and Africa to South America, see the natural environments of the rainforest’s most intriguing reptiles and amphibians. 9am-6pm. $19.95, $12 children ages 3-12. Free for children 2 years and younger. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 480-800-3000 or

Lowell Observatory’s School is Out and Kids are Free (Mon May 29). Science demonstrations and astronomy-themed programs featuring the planets in our solar system. 10am-5pm. $15; free for ages 17 and younger. Lowell Observatory, 1400 Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff. 928-774-3358 or


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