CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX A zany steel climbing apparatus is the first attraction beyond admission, and yields views of lots of other cool stuff (like a foam noodle forest) on upper floors. Tactile, noisy and imaginative activities abound. www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org. 215 N. 7th St., 602.253.0501. COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE AIRBASE ARIZONA The great planes of WWII are preserved in flying condition by an all-volunteer staff. Static exhibits examine enemy artifacts and the role of Women Airforce Service Pilots and Tuskegee Airmen. www.azcaf.org. Falcon Field, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, 480.924.1940. HALL OF FLAME FIRE MUSEUM Nearly 100 restored firefighting vehicles and apparatuses, plus a sizable collection of badges, helmets, patches and other equipment in four large galleries. Open daily, with guided tours and special programs. www.hallofflame.org. 6101 E. Van Buren St., 602.275.3473. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM MIM A repository of music-making devices from around the globe, established in 2010. Inside a handsome bi-level building, antique and futuristic instruments from countries familiar and foreign are presented country-by-country in detailed vignettes wired for sound; guests stroll into range wearing headphones to hear musical samples and native tongues. MIM regularly mounts thematic exhibits, hosts touring assemblages, and presents live performances. Through June 5: Stradivarius, the story of the earliest violin makers. May 14-15: Experience Polynesia. www.mim.org. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480.478.6000. WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST This Smithsonian Affiliate museum features regularly changing exhibits of Western art and artifacts, events, and informative programs that bring the country’s Western heritage to life. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org. 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480.686.9539.