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The Nash opens applications for Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising

The Nash has opened enrollment for its all-female jazz musician program, Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising. Led by local musicians Mary Petrich (saxophone) and Claudia...

Phoenix Voice Academy launches uplifting music video

Need some inspiration? Take a few minutes to listen to some young Valley voices spreading a message of hope. The Phoenix Youth Theatre and Voice...

Storytime Saturdays with Mary Poppins (and Facebook)

Arizona Broadway Theatre is launching "Storytime Saturdays with ABT's Mary Poppins," a 30-minute storytime led by theater alum Renee Koher.

Artsy Thursday: Celebrate the joy and learning children experience when they engage in creativity

Editor’s note: April 13-17 is Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and AzAEYC celebrating early...

Creative ways to indulge in the arts during the coronavirus crisis

The Valley's art scene has responded to the coronavirus crisis with its own creativity, making instruction, activities and inspiration available online — or in easy pickup packets — for children, and their grownups, too.

Resources to keep kids engaged, entertained and learning

With kids out of school, Common Sense Media offers resources to help make all this enforced family time a bit more fun.

Happiness is … (Reflections on life and parenting)

You find happiness in the tiny things that surround you, but you have to pay attention. And the best way to give it to your children is to find it yourself.

Valley Youth Theatre presents its sixth production of “The Princess and the Pea” Feb. 7-23

King Maximillian and his mother, Old Queen Maude, seek the insight of Esmeralda Smythe — the wisest (and only) gypsy in the kingdom. They...

Childsplay brings Mo Willems’ “Elephant & Piggie” to life at Herberger Theater

Need a laugh? How about some Motown-style music and groovy dance moves? Then Childplay’s newest musical, "Elephant & Piggie’s 'We Are in a Play,'"...

EVCT’s “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” takes Mesa Arts Center stage

Her friends told her Santa didn't exist, but 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wanted New York City's "Sun" newspaper to tell her the truth. “Is there...

Kids are spending more time than ever watching YouTube (and much less time reading!)

Half of the kids in the U.S. will own smartphones by age 11, and phone use is on the rise for kids as young...

Childsplay stages world premiere of “Chato’s Kitchen” at Herberger Theater Center

What would you do if you were the coolest low-riding cat in the barrio? If your name is Chato, you invite your new neighbors,...

“The Burn” addresses cyberbullying onstage at Phoenix Theatre

Bullying has been around forever, but with the advent of social media, posting mean-spirited messages about someone has become all too easy. BLK BOX PHX,...

Valley Youth Theatre stages “They Chose Me!” about adoption, and it’s personal

For Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s producing artistic director, the subject of foster care and adoption is more than complicated. It’s personal. “It’s no secret...

Using Common Sense: What parents should know about TikTok

Let’s see a virtual show of hands: How many of you as parents are thoroughly confused — and somewhat overwhelmed — by the wide...

Greasepaint Youtheatre grapples with the subject of school shootings in “Columbinus”

Columbine High School, a public school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, was not particularly well-known outside of Colorado — until April 20, 1999,...

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