Kid-Friendly Theater, Music and Performing Arts in the Twin Cities

Plan ahead to take kids to the theatre! We love finding kid-friendly theater, 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 theater is that there are almost always books to go along with the performance, so we have added reading recommendations. We’ve also noticed that kids love to dress up for these special occasions. When appropriate, we’ve added links to dress-up ideas.

NOW SHOWING

Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - Kid-Friendly Puppet Theater

Now-11/30/21
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz via Ordway Virtual Fieldtrip
Includes songs and storytelling of Cherokee tribal member Chris Griffith  • All Ages. • Stream on Demand $10+.

Elf The Musical, Jr.

• Now-12/27/21

Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Follow Buddy as he goes in search of his real family after being raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop in this kid-friendly Broadway musical. • All Ages • Tickets $18.00-$33.00.

Book Pairing - Get an illustrated storybook to go with this classic story

The Elves & The Shoemaker

Now-12/30/21
Sidekick Theatre, Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, 11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437
A heartwarming adaptation of the classic fairytale  • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Book Pairing - Read the Fairytale Before You Go 

The Music Man

Now-12/31/21
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317
A con man becomes entangled in a small community as he starts a community band in this family-friendly classic musical. Tickets.

ANNIE

Now-1/9/22
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The inspiring story of the orphan who changes lives through her kindness, love & spirit. Kids love this Broadway musical. • All Ages. • Tickets $15-$73.

JoeNathan Thomas & Lola Ronning in Annie and Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2021
Read our Parental Review Here
Book Pairing

Fiddler on the Roof

• 11/30/21-12/12/21
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St. Paul, 55102

This fresh, authentic version of the beloved theatrical masterpiece will introduce a new generation to the powerful, heartwarming story of fathers and daughters and husbands and wives. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “To Life,” “Fiddler on the Roof” is a rousing celebration that raises its cup to joy, love, and life.

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 / 7:30pm | $36 – $41
Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 / 7:30pm | $36 – $41
Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 / 7:30pm | $36 – $41
Sunday, Dec 5, 2021 / 7:30pm | $36 – $41

Find discounted tickets through our affiliate, Goldstar, here.

HOLIDAY THEATER & MUSIC

DECEMBER 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS

The World According to Snoopy

12/03/21-12/19/21
Youth Performance Company, The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Based on the Charles Schulz comic books, see the Peanuts Gang through the eyes of Snoopy. • All Ages • Tickets $15/pp

Deal: Tickets Only $7.50 through our GoldStar affiliate link!

The World According to Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz, Creative Associates and others. - Youth Performance Company - Be Bold - Wear Mask
Discount Tickets Only $7.50!

Madeline’s Christmas

12/04/21-12/12/21
Merrill Arts Center, 380 Rivertown Dr #200, Woodbury, MN 55125
Madeleine and friends look forward to Christmas while battling the flu. • All Ages • Tickets $5-$22/pp

Book Pairing

Anastasia

• 12/7/21 – 12/19/21
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Broadway fairy tale that explores what if Princess Anastasia survived. A family-friendly musical. • Ages 8+ • Tickets.

Book Pairing - A YA Novel exploring the life of the Romanov daughters.

• 12/10/21 – 12/18/21
Eagan High School, 4185 Braddock Trail, Eagan, MN 55123
The story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. Matilda is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. Children 5+ and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. •  Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+) and $5 for kids.

Book Pairing.

12/12/21 @ 3pm
Minnetonka United Methodist Church, 17611 Lake Street Extension, Minnetonka, MN 55345
All Ages chorale concert. MAM concerts are free and open to all. •  FREE.

Minnetonka Senior Chorale & Minnetonka Youth Choir - Winter Concert

Edward Tulane Choral Suite

• Watch Beginning December 13, 2021
Minnesota Opera Virtual Concert
While the full-scale opera has been delayed, the Minnesota Opera is sharing a virtual concert of highlights from the opera based on the book by Kate DiCamillo • ALL AGES • Watch FREE online.

Book Pairing

Wednesday Organ Recital

Monthly Through May
St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bite-size half-hour classical organ recitals from local professional musicians. • All Ages • FREE. Stop in after the noon Mass (usually 12:30pm).

  • December 15: Richard Gray
  • January 19: Samuel Backman
  • February 16: Jacob Benda
  • March 16: Jennifer Anderson
  • April 20: Christopher Ganza
  • May 18: Liisa Keränen
Maestro Classics Bundle - Kid-Friendly Classical Music
Visit for classical music education in your living room

12/18/21 @ 3pm
Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
All Ages orchestra concert. MAM concerts are free and open to all. •  FREE.

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra - In the Holiday Spirit - Dr. Jeffrey Stirling, Conductor

January 2022 KID-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

Bina’s Six Apples

Bina's Six Apples - Playwright Lloyd Suh

1/9/22-2/13/22
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The journey of a young Korean girl searching for her family after war forces them from their home. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

“Bina’s Six Apples is rooted in family lore. It is inspired by my parents, in what they experienced as children during the Korean War, but it is equally inspired by my kids—not just in the remarkable differences in how they’re growing up, but in the similarities, too.

My greatest ambition for the play is that it speaks to both generations: their emotions, their imaginations, their sense of discovery and journey towards empathy. The play was written for young audiences, of course—but also for their parents and grandparents.”

– Playwright Lloyd Suh

The North Star

1/14/22-2/13/22
 Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
A Dance interpretation of the the Peter Reynolds Book. • All Ages • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Book Pairing

Amit Peled cellist, Amit’s back!

1/14/22 @ 7pm
First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade Street, St. Paul, 55106  

1/16/22 @ 2pm:
Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, 55403

The Sinfonia is Minnesota’s only professional orchestra to offer all concerts free of admission and to welcome children to all performances.

Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

1/18/22-2/13/22
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The journey of a young Korean girl searching for her family after war forces them from their home. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

Read our review of Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams from September 2019.

“With our new show, Tulu, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the story of Ethiopian icon and Olympic legend, Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win Olympic gold.

Creators Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam

Circus Abyssinia Performers on ropes - Image D. Rubene
Photos by David Rubene Photography and courtesy Children's Theatre Company.

February 2022 KID-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

Anne & Emmett

2/11/22-2/27/22
Youth Performance Company, The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
What if Anne Frank and Emmett Till had a conversation about hatred and intolerance? • 4th Grade and Up • Tickets $15/pp

Book Pairing

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

2/11/22-2/27/22
SteppingStone Theatre, 7th Place Plaza, 20 W 7th, St Paul, MN 55102
Follow Peter through his adventures based on the stories of Ezra Jack Keats? • Age 3+ • Tickets $12-$16/pp

Book Pairing

Monster Jam

2/12/22-2/13/22
U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines. • All Ages • Tickets $15

Tchaikovsky Serenade

2/18/22 @ 7pm
Metropolitan State University, Main Auditorium, 700 East 7th Str. St. Paul, 55106  

2/19/22 @ 2pm:
Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, 55403

The Sinfonia is Minnesota’s only professional orchestra to offer all concerts free of admission and to welcome children to all performances.

• 2/26/22 – 2pm or 5:30pm
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Join Daniel Tiger and friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for all the fun you have come to expect from the PBS show in a LIVE format. •  Tickets $32-$52.

Book Pairing

Something Happened in Our Town

• 2/27/22-3/27/22
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Two young friends—Emma, who is White and Josh, who is Black—have questions when a “something happens” in their town. Both children have conversations with their families to try and make sense of what happened and get the answers they need. •  Tickets $15-$63.

Book Pairing

“In a time of reckoning in our country, this work is a call to action, to facilitate the much-needed discussion about inclusion, compassion, and what it really means to be peace makers in our homes, schools, and communities. ”

Playwright Cheryl L. West

March 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

Tuck Everlasting

3/4/22-3/20/22
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Based on the book of the same name, meet Winnie Foster and Tuck, an immortal. • Ages 7+ • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Book Pairing

The Diary of Anne Frank

3/7/22-4/8/22
Park Square Theatre, Historic Hamm Building, 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102
A young girls diary of coming of age while hiding with seven other Jews in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. • Ages 13+ • Tickets $16.00.

Book Pairing

Alon Goldstein pianist and Mozart - Amazing!

• 3/11/22 @ 7pm
Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville, 55113  

3/12/22 @ 2pm:
Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, 55403

The Sinfonia is Minnesota’s only professional orchestra to offer all concerts free of admission and to welcome children to all performances.

Romeo & Juliet

3/16/22-4/1/22
Park Square Theatre, Historic Hamm Building, 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers come to life in this romantic tragedy. • Ages 13+ • Tickets $16.00.

Book Pairing

Disney Princess: The Concert

• 3/17/22 @ 7pm
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Early evening show featuring a quartet of Disney princesses for a night of story, animation and song. Tickets $34.00-$69.00.

Dress for the Occasion -->
Three girls dressed as princesses in Little Adventures costumes
Dress for the occasion with our affiliate partner, Little Adventures.

APRIL-MAY 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

Grace Park, Violin Virtuoso – Incredible!

• 4/1/22 @ 7pm
Metropolitan State University, Main Auditorium, 700 East 7th Str. St. Paul, 55106  

4/2/22 @ 2pm:
Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, 55403

Grace Park wass the 2018 Naumburg Intl. Competition Winner. The Sinfonia is Minnesota’s only professional orchestra to offer all concerts free of admission and to welcome children to all performances.

What Do You Do With An Idea?

4/8/22-5/8/22
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
A boy decides what he should do with an idea that won’t be ignored. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Book Pairing

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

 4/22/22-6/18/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The beloved book series by Jeff Kinney hits the stage in musical fashion. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

“This tale of the hunger to fit in and the understanding of the true value of friendship is something that touches all of us with its laughter, its music, and its heart.”

– Peter C. Brosius,
Artistic Director

Book Pairing
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cast 2016
Find Gianna's review of the 2016 Production Here.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4/29/22-5/15/22
Youth Performance Company, The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
 The musical version of the Genesis tale of Jacob and his twelve sons? • All Ages • Tickets $15/pp

It’s hard to find the right book for all ages. To familiarize your family with this story, you may just want to pull out the original: Genesis 37–50.

Book Pairing

All American Boys 

• 4/29/22-5/22/22
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
“The play reflects the devastating impact of racism even as it spirals to a hopeful view on resolving racial conflict” • Ages 10+ • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Book Pairing

SUMMER 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.

• 6/24/22-8/7/22
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Somewhat based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, but mostly a Disney story, this junior version of the Broadway Musical is a fun way to introduce theater to kids of any age. Read Gianna’s review of the 2015 production here. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Read It: This story has been adapted many times. It would be fun to compare several versions. If you haven’t read the original, you can start with the free Kindle version.

Dress for the Occasion:
Little Girl in Mermaid Dress Listening to Shell
Dress for the Show in a Little Adventures Mermaid Dress
Stages Theatre Co.
Beautiful Ariel from the 2015 Stages production.

2023 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER

Hamilton

4/4/23-5/7/23 | Orpheum, Minneapolis • For your more experienced theatergoers, the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Prepare with a good biography of Hamilton – like this Landmark classic. • Recommended for 10+. Tickets.

Book Pairing

Learn Ahead: Read Jean Fritz’s biography and/or Take a Free Online Hamilton Education Course.

Twin Cities Children's Theaters List

While there are certainly tons of theaters in the Twin Cities. There are a small handful of stages where we can consistently count on kid-friendly theatre in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Other Twin Cities Venues offer some children’s programming mixed with their adult programming, and we try to list those shows in our calendar above. What makes these theaters stand out is that they not only allow kids of all ages, they welcome and cater to families. This is our curated list of places to take kids for an age-appropriate theatre experience in the Twin Cities.

If you know of another theater with dependable children’s programming or you have a way to make a more adult-oriented theater kid-friendly, leave us a message and we’ll add your recommendation.

Children’s Theatre Company

2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Professional theater company specializing in productions for preschool through teens. The audience can expect a top-of-the-line performance and prices to match.

In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre

1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
IHOB is in the midst of internal changes. In the past (and we hop future), they have offered Saturday puppet shows and other children’s programming throughout the year. They have also hosted the annual MayDay Parade and Festival, which is also undergoing changes.

Merrill Arts Center

380 Rivertown Dr #200, Woodbury, MN 55125
Productions for kids, adults and families.  They offer at least one kids show and a Holiday show that is appropriate for the whole family.

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Not exclusively for kids, but they offer an annual free driveway tour and other children’s programming throughout the year.

Park Square Theatre

20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102
Young adults can participate in Immersion Days and the Youth Ambassador program as well as attend educational matinees.

Stages Theatre Company

1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Stages casts both children and adults in their productions. Shows are high quality, but acting can be uneven. Look for junior versions of contemporary Broadway or plays based on books.

SteppingStone Theatre

20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102
SteppingStone has merged with Parkway Theatre to become “Theatre for Life” and moved most productions to the Park Square Theatre building. SteppingStone will continue to offer children’s programming and theatre education while Parkway will offer some teen/tween shows and education.

Youth Performance Company, St. Paul / Minneapolis

Classes: 641 Fairview Ave N Suite 191, St Paul, MN 55104
Performances: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
YPC offers classes and camps in St. Paul but performances are in Minneapolis. All shows are family-friendly.

Find Discounts on THEATER & Performing Arts:

  • Check with your local library to see if there are any tickets available with the smARTpass program.
  • Children’s Theater Discounts: ACT Pass Scholarship Program, Rush Tickets $15.
  • Minnesota Orchestra Discounts include Rush Tickets $25; 50% off if you bike, $20 under 40. – Their kid-friendly shows are usually reasonably priced.
  • Open Eye Discounts include pay as you are able at the door.
  • Stages Theatre Discounts: Open Door Scholarship Program; Up to 3 Pay What You Can Performances per year.
  • SteppingStone Theatre Discounts: Pay As You Are Able Shows
  • SPCO – Kids tickets are free with paid adult; Look for Free Family Concerts – these kid-friendly shows are geared toward younger children.
  • Youth Performance Company Discounts: Sign up for their newsletters to get announcements for $5 nights.
  • Broadway Touring Plays through Hennepin Trust: Check your AAA benefits before ordering tickets, you could save up to 20%.
  • For more ideas read Joy’s strategies in Free and Cheap: Family Fun on a Limited Income.
  • Lisa from Twin Cities Frugal Mom keeps a running directory of discounts.
  • Find the deals below from affiliate partner, Goldstar*. You can choose the “Family” category to find kid-friendly shows.

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