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, like the Red Balloon Bookshop.



• 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!)

Now-3/31/19Little Women, The Musical | Loft Stage, East Ridge High School • Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the March sisters. Ages 6+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

Now-4/7/19: Dandelion Girl | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • 8-year-old Payton faces bullies in her own non-violent way in this world premier story. • Ages 6+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

• NOW-4/14/19: The Hobbit | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  Bilbo Baggins becomes an unlikely hero in this J.R.R. Tolkien classic. • 8+ • Tickets $15+.


• 3/30/19: MN RollerGirls Championship Bout | Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul • Minnesota RollerGirls, music by Bad Man and give aways. • Tickets prices $15-$19; Under 10 free.

Click here to read our review of Roller Derby with Kids.

• 3/30/19: Tales & Tunes by VocalEssence | Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis • A musical story time withe a craft, sing along nursery rhymes and Nancy Carlson reading some of her most-loved books. • Tickets prices $15/adult; Under 18 FREE.

Pick your favorite Nancy Carlson book to reread before you go.

• 3/30/19-03/31/19: Harlem Globetrotters | Target Center, Minneapolis • Watch the talented men and women of the Harlem Globetrotters. • Tickets prices $21+.


• 4/5/19-4/14/19: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Revised | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • The full production is on YouTube if you are unsure if your kids are ready. The creators made a children’s pop-up companion book that can be found on Amazon • Ages 8+? • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

• 4/6/19: MN Youth Symphonies Music & Melody Makers | Highland Park Middle School • This free program provides preschool and elementary students a hands-on experience with the instruments of the orchestra. MYS students demonstrate and help children play each instrument, including strings, percussion, and winds. Participants also watch an orchestra in rehearsal and receive an activity book. Read Anne’s Experience Here. • Free, But Registration Requested.

• 4/12/19-5/12/19: The Most Magnificent Thing| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • The design process comes alive! A stem-inspired story! • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.

4/13/19 Camerata & Concert Orchestra Concert | Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony @ Benson Great Hall at Bethel University, Arden Hills • 1:00 pm. • $6/door.

4/13/19 Start the Music: Spirited Strings | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis • Geared to ages 3–6 and their families. Come early for crafts, games and activities, followed by the SPCO’s string trio accompaniment to the classic children’s tale of The Three Bears in a 30-minute concert. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.

• 4/20/19: World Circus Day Fundraiser | Matthews Recreation Center, Minneapolis • 11am-4pm • Face painting, roaming performers, carnival games with prizes, flow jam, prize raffle, food for sale, and end the day with a performance showcase • All Ages • Free Will Offering ($10/suggested).

• 4/24/19-5/19/19: Spring Show 2019: Bon Appétit! | Circus Juventas, St. Paul • A delectable buffet of artistic delights honoring all things culinary. The Spring Show is actually 3 separate shows showcasing the talents of beginner to intermediate students • All Ages • Tickets.

• 4/26/19-5/19/19: Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. By Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.

4/27/19 Story Pirates Live | Parkway Theater, Minneapolis • 11am (sold out) & 2pm • The podcast that takes stories written by kids and rewrites them into their own songs and sketches – Performing live in Minneapolis. • Tickets: $15/adult; $12/child.

4/27/19 Symphony Concert: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony “Pathétique” and Young Soloist in the Spotlight | Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony @ Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S, Minneapolis • 7:30 pm. • Tickets $6-$15.

• 4/28/19-6/23/19: Roald Dahl’s MATILDA, The Musical | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  The story of Matilda whose dreadful parents hate her and headmistress is a horrible, nasty, name-calling, life-sucking tyrant who puts kids in cupboards with nails and broken glass. • 6+ • Tickets $15+.


• 5/3/19-5/4/19: Braemar Ice Show | Braemar Arena • Theme-based music and synchronized skating showcase. • All Ages • $12 Adults, $7 student at Braemar Guest Services in advance or at the door. 

• 5/3/19-5/19/19: Tuck Everlasting | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Based on the Film and Broadway musical of the same name • Recommended for 3rd Grade+ • Tickets $12.00-$15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

• 5/4/19: For the Love of Gospel  | Sanctuary Covenant Church • Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir Spring Concert. • All Ages • $20-$25/Ticket, 12 and under Free. 

• 5/7/19-6/7/19: Peter Pan| Old Gem Theater, New Richmond, WI • The classic tale of a free-spirited child who wouldn’t grow up. Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Lost Children as they lead the Darling children on the adventure of a lifetime. • All Ages • Tickets $10-$12

• 5/8/19-5/9/19: Young People’s Concert: The Tin Forest | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • The beloved children’s book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.. • Recommended for grades 1-3 • Tickets & Downloads.

• 5/10/19: The Migration of Rhythm – Family Concert | Schubert Club @ Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church • Take a rhythmic journey from the Caribbean and South America all the way to New York City • Choose between 6pm & 7:15 • Pay What You Can $0-$5.

• 5/11/19-5/12/19: Early Baroque meets Jazz by Consortium Carissimi| The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music • What does the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Jeremy Walker have in common? Italian Poetry of G.B. Marino and a figured Bass line. •  Tickets prices $25/adult; Under 18 Free.

• 5/12/19: Family Concert: The Tin Forest | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Family version of the Young People’s Concert • Tickets & Downloads.

• 5/12/19: Mario the Maker Magician | Minnsky Theatre, 1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis • 11am & 3pm  • Mario is known for his integration of DIY electronics and robotics in his magic show. • Tickets $10-$20/pp.

• 5/11/19: Okee Dokee Brothers | Hopkins Center for Arts • Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative • Tickets $30.

• 5/21/19: VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert | Ordway, St. Paul • Celebrate Mexico through new music sung by students. • FREE, Tickets Available 3/18/19.


6/1/19-6/16/19: Through the Narrows: a Watch it, Make it, Take it Event | Z-Puppets, Minneapolis • Watch the puppet show then participate in the make & take event. • Ages 12+ • Tickets $7-$25.

6/13/19-6/14/19: Beauty and the Beast, Jr. | Minnetonka Civic Center Park • Minnetonka grade school children perform this Disney favorite. • All Ages • FREE.

6/24/19-8/9/19: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Musical | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Mr. Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but can he save his family and friends from a trio of spiteful, nasty, smelly farmers who are out to get them? • All Ages • Tickets.

6/26/19-7/18/19: Junie B. Jones, Jr., The Musical | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • The exploits of the precocious Junie B. Jones come to the stage. • Ages 5+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

• 6/2819-8/4/19: Willy Wonka | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Based on the 1971 movie based on the Roald Dahl Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.


• 7/19/19-7/28/19: Freaky Friday| Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Musical based on the book and Disney films • Ages 8+? • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

• 7/20/19North American Roots Music Festival | Minnesota Waldorf School, Maplewood • Exploration of many great musical styles, including folk, bluegrass, the blues; includes plenty of kid activities. • Family • Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for kids age 1-14. Children under the age of 1 are free. On June 1, tickets will be $35 for adults and $20 for kids.

• 7/26/19-8/11/19: Summer Show 2019 | Circus Juventas, St. Paul • A fairy tale mashup told in the high-flying, acrobatic style of Circus Juventas • All Ages • Tickets on Sale June 24, 2019.


8/7/19-8/2519: Inch by Inch| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Theatre for the Very Young. • Ages 0-5 •  Tickets $14-$16.


• 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+.

• 9/29/19-12/08/19: 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+.


• 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.

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.


• 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+.

• 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.


• 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+.


• 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+.


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

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+.

• 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.

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


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


• 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.

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