School and Family Matinees

Call 480-499-TKTS (8587) to reserve matinee tickets or download and complete this order form.

Extend the field trip! Take a tour of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

Let’s Go Science

Recommended for grades 3–5
Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.Let's Go Science

Tickets: $5

The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza. Students will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

Download the Let's Go Science Study Guide

Scottsdale International Film Festival See the World, Feed Your Mind: Animated Shorts

Recommended for grades 1–6
Thursday, October 6, 10:30 a.m.

Tickets: $5

Zip around the world with this baker’s dozen of high energy, high-imagination animated shorts. You’ll be dazzled by the light, color and storytelling in this vibrant celebration of creativity. Meet the world’s tidiest mouse, see sushi come to life, watch out for trouble in a wacky barnyard, make music with a jazzy octopus and see how kindness can change the day.

Supporting Sponsor:

Hope and Steven Leibsohn

2017 Native Trails

Recommended for grades 1–6
Thursdays, Noon – 1 p.m.
January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 16, 23
March 2, 23, 30

Scottsdale Civic Center Park

Tickets: Free

Native Trails brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and customary attire to share stories of southwestern tribes. Students enjoy dances like the Southwest horse dance, intertribal pow-wow dancing and world-championship-level hoop dancing.

Lawn seating; blankets strongly recommended and sack lunches welcome. Study guide available.

Call 480-874-4661 to RSVP, arrange for bus guides or any other support necessary on the day of the field trip.

Presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Produced by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Collaboration with Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Download the Native Trails Study Guide

Music, Magic & Ballet

Recommended for grades Pre-K – 1
Monday, January 9, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 10, 9:30 a.m.

Tickets: Free


Arizona Wolf Trap hosts a half-day field trip that includes a participatory movement class, a ballet performance based on the alphabet and a music sing-along with a jazz ensemble.

Diavolo: Architecture in Motion

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Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m.

Tickets: $5

Los Angeles-based Diavolo performs a compelling style of dance that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the distinct relationship between our environment and the human body. Diavolo’s lecture/ demo-style presentation reveals the new work Cubicle, which explores the concepts of constraint and freedom.

Download the Diavolo: Architecture in Motion Study Guide

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Recommended for grades 6–12
Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m.
Tickets: $5

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is celebrated for its top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire and virtuoso dancers. This pioneering company will perform Barcelona-based choreographer Cayetano Soto’s whimsical dance Huma Rojo.

Future Architects

October 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017

We have discovered some of Arizona’s future architects! Students in Arizona Kids Build, The Design Primer at the Design School at Arizona State University and SMoCA’s Inspiring Aspiring Architects workshop give a glimpse of the future with their architectural models that reflect the current and future need for sustainability and intelligent urban design.

A Young Child’s Contemporary Gallery

January 28 – April 16, 2017

Paintings, sculpture and installations by 2nd through 4th graders at Pima Elementary School in Scottsdale transform the Young@Art Gallery into a contemporary gallery for youngsters. With small benches, low-hanging art and labels, and colorful, creative artwork, children will feel just the right size to enjoy this exhibition created by their peers.

SMoCA’s Young@Art Gallery is dedicated to the professional display of K—12 student artwork, organized and curated by SMoCA’s education department.

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