This weekend we took a family date night to Hopkins. The date centered around my 4-year-old and I attending Stages Theatre’s production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Although I have never read the book, I really enjoyed this performance. It centers around the trial of the Big Bad Wolf and, like a trial, each side presents their very one-sided stories for the audience (the jury) to determine the truth.
According to Stages this is an all ages show. My four year old had a difficult time sitting through it from the beginning. There were other children around his age there that did better, and he had not napped before going, but I would still recommend this show more for early grade school age and up. It has great musical numbers and a fast moving pace that will keep kids interested, yet it was appealing to me, as an adult, with its pop culture references and jokes that might go over the heads of kids. If you do decide to take younger kids, I would recommend working with their natural schedules. I should have known to go to a matinee or be more insistent about the nap. Also, the Disney version of the Three Little Pigs is available on Netflix streaming or below on YouTube. It doesn’t hurt to prep them with the back story. (What kind of mom let her child reach age 4 without knowing the story of the Three Little Pigs?).
Hopkins is kind of a haul from our home in Northeast Minneapolis, so when we go we like to make a day of it. We arrived early enough to get dinner and walk around a little. Hopkins Main Street is called “Art Street” because it has great little art exhibits you can explore on your own. With a smart phone, you can scan the QR codes to see a video about each piece at Think Hopkins. So it makes a great walking tour. The Hopkins Center for the Arts (the home of Stages Theatre) also has galleries that are free and open to the public.
A little bit out of downtown Hopkins (actually Minnetonka) we found a sweet little organic pizzaria, Living Waters Cafe & Pizzaria. The service was excellent and the food came fast and it was very child-friendly. I would highly recommend it if you are in the area. It will definitely be our go-to place when we are in the Hopkins/Minnetonka area.
Stages Theatre provided tickets for this review.
Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for TwinCitiesFamilyFun.