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.

Read Ahead Now, Buy Tickets for Later in the Year! We’ve added reading ideas below many of the performances in the form of Amazon affiliate links to books. Of course you can download many of these books from your library or order them from local booksellers.

Need a Musical Fix? This site has a list of Musicals currently on Netflix, along with their ratings. There are several G-rated choices.

CLICK HERE FOR BUDGET FRIENDLY IDEAS

AT HOME OPTIONS

 


 

All July: Nothing is Something | Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis • A lonely tramp explores a mysterious workshop filled with holes that lead to unexpected places.. • All Ages • FREE, but donations welcome. Click here to register.

All July: Kevin Kling’s Greatest Hits and Juicy Bits | Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis • an evening of heartwarming tales, songs, and music. • Ages 14+ • FREE, but donations welcome. Click here to register.

Anytime: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra offers a free online Concert Library always (not just during this time when we are all stuck at home). This free streaming platform offers full-length HD concert video in both livestream and on-demand formats. Always free!  

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra family concert

Image courtesy of SPCO


Anytime:  The Museum of Modern Art in NY offers a collection of family friendly short films. Thank you to the City of Eagan’s “Discover Eagan at Home” for this idea. Check out their page for more ideas to entertain the family while at home.


SEPTEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

TBA: Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Expect an outdoor, socially distance performance. 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


9/25/20-10/25/20: Honk! Jr. | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • The Story of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Get to know the story ahead of time:
Read the original free. Download for your Kindle App.and/or watch this video


OCTOBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

10/9/20-11/1/20: Raymie Nightingale | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning tale of friendship. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Read Ahead:

• 10/14/20-10/18/20: Wolf Tales | DanceCo • Stay Tuned for More Information and read our review of Wolf Tales here.

Wolf Tales at Danceco

Image courtesy of Danceco

• 10/16/20-11/14/20: Meet Me in St. Louis | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • The story of Esther Smith and her family in the year leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. • All Ages • Tickets $17-$46/pp

NOVEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

11/17/20-12/30/20: Snow White and the Seven Vikings | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • A Nordic spin on the Grimm Fairytale Classic. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

• 11/17/20-12/30/20: The Elves and the Shoemaker | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • One of my favorite Grimm Fairytales. • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.


11/20/20-12/29/20: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A musical stage version of the cartoon classic. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

There are books, but this is one time the TV version is best! Stream it here.


11/27/20-12/27/20: A Christmas Carol | Open Window, Inver Grove Heights • A new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic • Ages 13+ • Tickets: $20+ (Pay-What-You-Can $5+ Thursdays)

Download for free to your Kindle app


DECEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

TO BE RESCHEDULED12/15/20-12/20/20: To Kill A Mockingbird | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Harper Lee’s coming of age novel on stage.• Recommended for 12+. Tickets.

WHILE YOU WAIT, WATCH THE CLASSIC GREGORY PECK VERSION!

Click here to stream from Amazon.


JANUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

1/15/21-2/15/21: The North Star | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book of the same name by Peter H. Reynolds (author of The Dot). • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Add this book to your keeper shelf.

• 1/19/21-1/24/21: Oklahoma! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Why not prepare with the classic Landmark book, The Story of Oklahoma. • Recommended for 12+. Tickets.

• 1/23/21: Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0! | State Theater, Minneapolis • The adventure of the nature-loving Kratt Brothers, from the PBS television series • All Ages • Ticket $33.75+


FEBRUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

2/12/21-2/21/21: Brigadoon | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical. Brigadoon is the story of a magical city in Scotland. Phantastes is a story of a magical land told by Scottish author, George MacDonald. • 8+ • Tickets $17-$46/pp

MARCH 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

3/2/21-4/11/21: Seedfolk | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The story of a neighborhood transformed by a community garden. Read our 2014 review of this uplifting story. • Ages 8+ • Tickets $15+.

3/12/21-3/28/21: Tuck Everlasting | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A young audience version of the Broadway adaptation of Natalie Babb’s book of the same name. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Study for this date by reading this book together.


3/27/21-4/11/21: Cinderella | Minnesota Opera • Rossini’s retelling of the classic fairy tale! • 6+, but note it is 3 hrs with 1 intermission. Tickets $23-$168. More preparation ideas: The Minnesota Opera suggests this is a great fit for anyone who loves The Barber of SevilleFrozen, or The Wizard of Oz. There are a lot of potential books to read together in preparation for this outing.

APRIL 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

4/16/21-5/16/21: What Do You Do With An Idea? | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A boy decides what he should do with an idea that won’t be ignored. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Add this New York Times bestseller to your own bookshelf!


4/23/21-5/23/21: Tolkien | Open Window, Inver Grove Heights • A new play about the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis • Ages 13+ • Tickets: $20+ (Pay-What-You-Can $5+ Thursdays)

WHILE YOU WAIT, YOU COULD WATCH THE MOVIE

Rent Tolkien from Amazon (Also 13+)

4/27/21-6/27/21: Annie | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Join the ever-optimistic orphan and the wealthy Daddy Warbucks for this classic story. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

4/30/21-5/23/21: All American Boys | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • “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.

Read it before you see it!

MAY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• Coming in May 2021: The Song Poet | Project Opera • Based on the book of the same name by Kao Kalia Yang. “when all we have to offer the world are our stories and our tears.” • All Ages (but older kids will appreciate it most) • Learn More. (Read about Joy’s visit to a Project Opera show.)

JUNE 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 6/8/21-6/13/21: Cats! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Based on the children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.• Recommended for 6+. Tickets.

6/18/21-8/1/21: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Somewhat based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, but mostly a Disney story. Read Gianna’s review of the 2015 production here. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

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.

Stages Theatre Co.

Beautiful Ariel from the 2015 Stages production.

6/22/21-8/13/21: Robin Hood, The Merry Musical | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A comedic, musical version of the story of the men of Sherwood Forest  • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

JULY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

7/28/21-8/29/21: Hamilton | Orpheum, Minneapolis • The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Prepare with a good biography of Hamilton – like this Landmark classic. • Recommended for 10+. Tickets.

AUGUST 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

8/4/21-8/2221: Down On The Farm: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • immersive, theatrical experience based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books • Ages 0-5 • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

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• Fall 2021: 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. 

WHILE YOU WAIT, REWATCH THE MOVIE AND ITS SEQUEL FOR THE BILLIONTH TIME


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