Loop Rawlins shows off his trick-roping skills during his Roping, Whipping and Gun-Spinning Extravaganza performance Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Trail Dust Town in Tucson, Ariz. The 26-year-old Rawlins, who first learned to spin a rope at 8, was the first Western performer to be cast in a Cirque de Soleil show. 

Mike Christy Arizona Daily Star

Here are some ideas on what to do with the kids this week. 

Monday: Messy Science at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Kids will participate in experiments making slime, launching seltzer rockets and erupting mini volcanoes. Presented by the Children's Museum Tucson. The required tickets are handed out a half hour before the program starts on a first come first served basis. Kids in grades 1 through 3. 12:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday: Summer Kids Day at Peter Piper Pizza, 9545 E. Old Spanish Trail. Today's theme is "I am a rock star." Kids can dress as a music store and share musical talents with the Peter Piper team. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes all you can eat lunch buffet. $3.99 per child. 

Wednesday: Meet Me in Marana. Starts at Wade McLean Park, 8000 N. Silverbell Road. Fun, non-competitive social walk/run along the Santa Cruz River. Check in starts at 5 p.m. All ages. Free.

Thursday: Watch The Pirates! Band of Misfits or Disney's African Cats at Crossroads, 4800 E. Grant Road, Suite 150. Movies start at 10 a.m. Free for kids 10 and under; $2 for everybody else. 

Friday: Kids Fest Kick-off at Trail Dust Town in the Savoy Opera House, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Wild west trick roper Loop Rawlins performs and a screening of his short film "The Adventures Of Loop & Rhett." Children's music from The Jim Howell Band, carnival games and rides. 5:30 to 9 p.m. All ages. Free. Rides and games additional. 

Saturday: Lego Club at Kirk-Bear Canyon Public Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. The library provides Legos for the kids to build whatever they want with. All ages. 10-11:30 a.m. Free.

Sunday: Puzzle Up at Sam Lena Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Play a wide variety of games and jigsaw puzzles. 2 p.m. All ages. Free.