One of the best things about summer is that it’s loaded with free events for kids. Check out the free movie screenings, music and crafts this week, including a gone fishing day at Bass Pro Shops.
6/17: Backyard Games Day and Cornhole Championship
This huge family event includes a DJ, bounce houses, Kids Zone, obstacle course, board games, a climbing wall and hands-on activities for all ages. The signature event is the second annual Arizona State Cornhole Championships. More than 40 vendors from the Valley’s Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market are part of the fun.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 17. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdalecc. $10, free for ages 12 and younger; $10 advance-purchase bracelet grants access to various activities. 480-312-6802
6/17, 24: Arrowhead Towne Center concerts
Cool off and catch some tunes on Saturday nights at the Arrowhead Towne Center amphitheater. The June lineup includes bands playing country, classic rock, movie medleys and steel drums.
Details: 7-9 p.m. Saturdays through June. Arrowhead Towne Center, 75th Avenue and Bell Road, Glendale. Free.
6/17: Daddy & Daughter Tea Party
Girly Girlz invites dads and daughters to a three-course Father’s Day treat. Father and daughter will make a keepsake project, engage in some ballroom dancing and enjoy a three-course dessert tea party.
Details: 4-5 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Girly Girlz, 15425 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $15.95 per person. Reservations required. 480-998-4832,
6/17-18: Gone Fishing at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops in Mesa is hosting “Gone fishing,” a free in-store family event with a catch-and-release pond for kids and other activities. The day includes a “first fish” certificate and free photo downloads, tips for family fishing outings and giveaways.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. Bass Pro Shops, 1133 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. Free.
Through 6/18: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’
Fountain Hills Theater invites families into the musical jungle of Mowgli and his panther partner Bagheera as they try to escape the ferocious Shere Khan. They meet the tricky snake Kaa, a herd of elephants and giant bear Baloo.
Details: June 2-18. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. $18, $15 for ages 17 and younger. 480-837-9661, fhtaz.org.
6/20, 27: Harkins discount classic movie nights
Harkins Theatres invites families to $5 classic movies in June. This month’s lineup continues with “Grease” (1978) on June 20 and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) on June 27.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through June at participating theaters. $5.
6/20, 27: Kids Club at Arrowhead Towne Center
Arrowhead Towne Center and “National Geographic Kids” present free Tuesday events for kids focused on discovery through play. Children can sing, dance and talk about backyard creatures.
Details: 11 a.m. Tuesdays in June. Near the Dick’s Sporting Good Court, Arrowhead Towne Center, 75th Avenue and Bell Road, Glendale. Free.
Through 6/25: ‘The Wizard of Oz’
The training ground for stars such as Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks and Kimiko Glenn, Valley Youth Theatre prides itself on giving a professional-quality experience to its student actors. The company’s season finale is a family favorite that hews closely to the beloved film, but with a few extra tunes.
Details: Through Sunday, June 25. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $20-$38. 602-252-8497,
Through 7/2: Summer Concert Series at McCormick-Stillman
This annual summer attraction at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale includes free music plus carousel and train rides. Food is available for purchase. Check therailroadpark.com for the weekly entertainment lineup.
Details: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays through July 2. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Free. 480-312-2312
Through 7/20: Summer Band Concerts
Glendale presents eight weeks of concerts at Murphy Park Amphitheatre. A community band of almost 100 musicians will play marches, polkas, movie medleys and other tunes. The summer tradition is more than 50 years old.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays through July 20. Murphy Park Amphitheatre, 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale. Free
Through 7/27: Summer Splash Tuesdays and Thursdays
Kids can meet their favorite princess or superhero, including Ariel, Spiderman, Moana and Elsa. Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace present free live entertainment, music, dancing, splash pads and a free downloadable photo with the featured weekly characters. Check the website to see the changing themes for Tempe Marketplace on Thursdays and Desert Ridge Marketplace on Tuesdays.
Details: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through July at Tempe Marketplace, Loop 202 and McClintock Drive. 480-966-9338, tempemarketplace.com/summer/. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July at Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix.. 480-513-7586.