Performing Arts – Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


We love finding kid-friendly shows, music and all the performing arts. We also recognize they take some pre-planning. We’ll keep a running list of current and upcoming performances on this page so you can peruse ahead and pick your favorites. The lovely thing about children’s theatre is that there are almost always books to go along with the performance. We’ve added reading ideas below many of the performances in the form of Amazon affiliate links, from which we receive a commission. Of course you can get most of these books from the library or local booksellers.

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PLAYING NOW OR SOON

Final Week Now-8/16/19: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • There are two sides to every story, and when the Big, Bad Wolf takes the stand in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century, he finally gets his say. • 2+ • Tickets: $14-$16. Lap Passes $5.00.


This Weekend Only 8/15/19-8/17/19: High School Musical | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • Jocks, nerds, brains and the rest learn to get along in this in this Disney musical. Performed by a cast of kids 8 years old and up. Yes, they made a junior novel out of this movie. No, I can’t tell you if it is any good. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12


This Weekend Only8/18/19: Laurie Berkner & Koo Koo Kangaroo! The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis • Our local favorites, Koo Koo Kangaroo, will be opening for National artist, Laurie Berkner as she tours through Minneapolis. • PreK+ •  Tickets $35-$50.

Koo Koo Kangaroo opening for Laurie Berkner in Minneapolis Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

Koo Koo Kangaroo opening for Laurie Berkner in Minneapolis

• Every Thursday-Saturday: ComedySportz Twin Cities | Calhoun Square, Uptown Minneapolis • Family-friendly improv comedy show, played as a sport. Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 8pm. • Recommended for grade school and up • Tickets are $10 on Thursdays; $14 adults/$12 for children, students and seniors on Friday/Saturday. (Check Goldstar for discounted tickets!)
ComedySportz Twin Cities offers are kid-friendly shows in a family atmosphere.

Learn your own comedy routine?


Now-8/25/19: Inch by Inch | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Theatre for the Very Young. • Ages 0-5 •  Tickets $14-$16.

Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


Now-8/25/19: Peer Gynt | Norway House, Minneapolis • Impossible Salt compresses Henrik Ibsen’s 7-hour epic philosophical play into one hour. • Teens/Adults •  Tickets $20 or Pay What You Can.

PLAN AHEAD

MORE AUGUST 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

8/25/19: Bunny Clogs Concert | Hanifl Performing Arts Center, White Bear Lake • Bunny Clogs performances have become more rare since the girls starting growing up. Here’s a chance to see Adam Levy & daughters performing from their albums, “More, More, More” & “Whales Can’t Whistle”. • PreK+ •  Tickets $5-$20.


SEPTEMBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

9/12/19-9/2219: L’homme Cirque – David Dimitri Presents His One-Man Circus | Circus Juventas, St. Paul • A sparkling presentation of nouveau cirque, both intimate and compelling. • All Ages • General Admission: $30.00 Children (ages 2 and under): Free lap seat.


• 9/17/19-10/20/19: Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  The circus arts meet the rhythms of Ethiopia. This may be a good time to learn a little more about Ethiopia as a family. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.


9/20/19-10/19/19: James and the Giant Peach | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • Join James and his insect friends as they journey in a giant peach. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

James and the Giant Peach | Stages Theatre


• 9/23/19-10/18/19: Johnny Appleseed | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • This annual Old Gem tradition shares one of America’s most famous Tall Tale heroes as he sets out to bring apples to settlers of the frontier. • PreK to 3rd grade • Tickets: $10-$12

There are a lot of books about Johnny Appleseed, but this is a parent favorite!


9/27/19-10/13/19: Nate the Great the Musical | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Junior detective Nate the Great has a new case. • Ages 4+. The books are best for Ages 6-9. • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

Nate the Great the Musical | Steppingstone Theatre - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


9/27/19-10/27/19: Spookley, The Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • A Stages favorite returns for another Halloween season. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Spookley, The Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre

This is a very okay book. It was fun to read for the season, but not on my keeper list.


9/28/19: VocalEssence: Tales & Tunes | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • sing, do crafts, and hear a local author read a favorite story. • All Ages (particularly 6 and under) • Tickets.


• 9/29/19-12/08/19: Snow White | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  2 actors play 7 dwarfs, Snow White and everyone else. I can’t wait to see how they do this. • Ages 5+ • Tickets $15+.

Snow White | Children's Theatre Company - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


OCTOBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 10/1/19-10/13/19: Mean Girls | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Musical based on the movie of the same name, which was inspired by the parenting book, Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. You could share this book with your teen or just read it yourself. • Recommended for 10+. Tickets.

Mean Girls | Orpheum, Minneapolis


• 10/2/19-10/6/19: Star Wars Live in Concert: The Empire Strikes Back | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • Experience the thrills of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy as it is shown in full on the big screen, accompanied live by the Minnesota Orchestra led by Sarah Hicks. • Tickets. These popular movie events sell out fast.

Star Wars Live in Concert: The Empire Strikes Back

This 1980 edition is a family favorite. We have 3 copies: a keeper, a reader, and a falling-apart, use-for-crafts copy.


• 10/4/19-10/13/19: Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Junie B. Jones learns that “finders keepers” isn’t always the best way. • All Ages • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook | Merrill Community Theatre - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

One of my favorite early chapter series


• 10/4/19-10/20/19: Disney’s Frozen Jr. | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • A story of how Princesses Anna and Elsa discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Disney's Frozen Jr. | Youth Performance Company


10/15/19-10/20/19: Expectation Station | DanceCo @ Avalon Theatre, Minneapolis. • Hold the date, coming back by popular demand. Read our 2017 review here.

Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

 • 10/17/19-10/19/19: Beauty and the Beast | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • An all-kids performance of the classic fairytale. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

Beauty and the Beast - Performing Arts Calendar


10/18/19-11/17/19: Wayward Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” | James J. Hill House, Saint Paul • Celebrate Halloween with a ghost story from the Bard. • Tickets: $35.

Performing Arts Calendar: Macbeth @ The Hill House


• 10/24/19: Russian Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake” | State Theater, Minneapolis • Based on the German fairy tale, Tchaikovsky’s score tells the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Swan Princess, Odette, who is cursed to be a swan by day but a young woman at night • Tickets: $36 – $71

FFTC Performing Arts Calendar - Swan Lake by Russian Ballet Co.

• 10/25/19-10/27/19Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • The Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s inspiring full score while Harry, his friends soar across the big screen in a truly magical immersive experience. • Tickets. These popular movie events sell out fast.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra

The movies are pretty good, but the books are still better!

• 10/30/19: Baby Shark LIVE! | State Theatre, Minneapolis • A state-of-the-art show using interactive LED screens, large-scale special effects, audience participation and meet and greet opportunities. • Tickets $25.50-$35.50


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NOVEMBER 2019  SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 11/3/19-1/5/20: Cinderella | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  A Holiday favorite back for the 2019-20 season. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

Cinderella | Children's Theatre Company - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

• 11/20/19-12/1/19: Phantom of the Opera | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the book of the same name.• Recommended for 7+ (The unabridged book is probably best for teens and adults, but there are young readers versions). Tickets.

Phantom of the Opera | Orpheum

11/22/19-12/22/19: Annie JR | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • The junior version of an all-time family Broadway favorite. • Ages 3+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

Annie JR | Steppingstone Theatre - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

11/22/19-12/22/19: ELF, the Musical, Jr. | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • Meet Buddy, the really tall elf. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

ELF, the Musical, Jr. | Stages Theatre

• 11/29/19-12/1/19: Disney Pixar’s Up in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • Fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for balloon-powered fun — a live movie and music performance. • Tickets. These popular movie events sell out fast.

Disney Pixar's Up in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


DECEMBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 12/6/19-12/15/19: Madeline’s Christmas | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • A musical adaptation of the Ludwig Bemelman Classic. • All Ages • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Madeline's Christmas | Merrill Community Theatre

• 12/6/19-12/22/19: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

 • 12/9/19-12/20/19: The Secret Garden | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • Two children grow as a result of their love for a secret garden. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

Performing Arts Calendar - The Secret Garden at Old Gem Theater


JANUARY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

01/17/20-02/17/20: The Dot | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • “Just make a dot and see where it takes you.”  • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

The Dot | Stages Theatre<
• 1/19/20-3/1/20: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • With the help of some feathered friends, Ziggy learns “every little thing is gonna be alright” in this musical based on the song by Bob Marley. • Ages  5+ • Tickets $15+.

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

• 1/24/20-1/26/20: Nick Jr. Live – Move to the Music | State Theater, Minneapolis • Sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your favorite Nick Jr. Characters. • Pre-K • Tickets $23-$69.

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

•1/27/20-2/24/20: Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • The story of everyone’s favorite persnickety burglar and her furry victims. • PreK to 3rd grade • Tickets: $10-$12

Performing Arts - Goldilocks at Old Gem


FEBRUARY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

2/6/20-2/23/19: The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Unlike most of the plays we see come through, this was not based on a book but was created by a Chicago children’s theatre to give kids a hero like themselves while touching on real life modern social issues. Learn more from the original trailer below. • Ages 8+. • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

Trailer for The Real-Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas from Ricardo Gamboa on Vimeo.


• 2/7/20-2/16/20: Young Frankenstein | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • A musical adaptation of the Mel Brooks film. • 13+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Frankenstein

This is a good time to read the book this musical spoofs.


• 2/9/20: Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • In addition to hearing the Orchestra perform as the music sparks the creation of new work by an artist during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities. • Tickets $12.

Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition | Minnesota Orchestra

The story behind the music. This was a really interesting story! I highly recommend reading it.


• 2/13/20-2/16/20: Belongings | Project Opera @ The Lab, Minneapolis • The stories of two groups of children across two time periods who are forced to flee their homes because of war • All Ages (but older kids will appreciate it most) • Learn More. (Read about Joy’s visit to a Project Opera show.)


• 2/14/20-3/1/20: Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Ruby became one of six black children to integrate all-white schools in the city.. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Through My Eyes - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

This book made me cry.


• 2/16/20-4/5/20: Spamtown, USA | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • An inside look at the 1985 Hormel strike in Austin, Minnesota. This might be fun to combine with a trip to Austin, MN and the SPAM Museum • Ages  9+ • Tickets $15+.

The 1985-86 Hormel Meat-Packers Strike - Minnesota History on Stage

MARCH 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 3/3/20-3/8/20: My Fair Lady | Orpheum, Minneapolis • See this classic musical live.• Recommended for 8+. Tickets.

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

My Fair Lady was based on Pygmalion


• 3/5/20-3/7/20: Once Upon A Mattress, Jr. | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​A comical retelling of the Princess and the Pea. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

The Princess and the Pea - Old Gem Theater

3/06/20-3/22/20: Iron Hearted Violet | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book by Newberry winning author, Kelly Barnhill • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Iron Hearted Violet


3/10/20-4/5/20: The Rainbow Fish | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • A puppet adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s book • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

The Rainbow Fish - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


• 3/21/20-3/28/20: Edward Tulane | Minnesota Opera • An opera made out of a Kate DiCamillo book! (It will be sung in English) Exciting! • 6+. Tickets $23-$168.
More preparation ideas: The Minnesota Opera suggests this is a great fit for anyone who loves
Because of Winn-Dixie (read the book?), Hansel and Gretel (check out this awesome interactive story), or Toy Story (watch the movie).

Edward Tulane at the Minnesota Opera!


• 3/22/20: Family Concert: Star Wars and Beyond | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—as do other great works, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Holst’s The Planets. • Tickets $12.

Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader


• 3/24/20-4/5/20: Anastasia | Orpheum, Minneapolis • The story of a would-be Russian princess.• Recommended for 7+. Tickets.

Anastasia - Kid-Friendly Shows at the Orpheum!


APRIL 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

Watch for More InformationApril 2020: World Circus Day Circus Juventas, St. Paul • More details coming • All Ages • Tickets.

If I Ran The Circus

• 4/17/20-4/26/20: Cyrano De Bergerac | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • An adaptation of the classic play. • 8+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Cyrano De Bergerac - Kid-Friendly Shows<

04/17/20-05/17/20: The Day You Begin | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Celebrate the courage to begin with this play based on the Book by Jacqueline Woodson Tickets $14.00-$16.00.The Day You Begin


• 4/19/20-6/21/20: Annie | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The beloved musical based on the comic strip • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

Little Orphan Annie

This book is HUGE (and only the first volume)!

04/24/20-05/23/20: A Different Pond | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A  pre-dawn fishing trip for a boy and his dad  reveals an important tale about family and immigration Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

A Different Pond


MAY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

•5/1/20-5/17/20: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with an Egyptian noble, but ends up in jail. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors


• 5/13/20-5/31/20: Frozen | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Couldn’t they have brought this to Minnesota in February?? You could read the Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen in preparation for this outing, but who are we kidding, the two stories have almost nothing (but ice) in common.• Recommended for 8+. Tickets.

Frozen

5/13/20-5/4/20: Charlotte’s Web | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​A pig. A spider. An epic story of best friends, awe inspiring textile art and the fair. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

Charlotte's Web at Old Gem - Performing Arts


JUNE 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

06/19/20-08/02/20: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Fly through the air and sail the seas this summer in this fantastical musical adventure based on the beloved film and children’s book Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


6/27/20-7/14/20: Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • The junior version of the Disney Broadway play. This could be a good reason to share Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale. • Ages 3+. • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

The LIttle Mermaid - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


JULY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 7/10/20-7/19/20: Matilda | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Much of our review of the CTC version of this play covered the story and the music and can apply to this performance. • 8+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I loved that Matilda featured a girl, but isn’t a girl book.

AUGUST 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

08/05/20-08/23/20: All The World | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Theatre for the Very Young (ages 1-5). Based on the Caldecott Honor book. Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

All The World - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Read the Caldecott Honor book


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