Kids participating in interactive theater program: "Kid-Friendly Theater, Music and Performing Arts in the Twin Cities"

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.

Please Note: Most venues currently require proof of vaccination and/or masking during the event. We recommend reviewing the venues policies prior to deciding whether to buy tickets. 

NOW SHOWING

Edward Tulane Choral Suite

• Streaming
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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• Now through May 15, 2022
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

• Now through May 15, 2022
Mall of America, East Parking Lot, 8201 – 24 Avenue South, Bloomington, MN

Circus Tickets Deal
Use Promo Code FFTC to get 2 for 1 tickets!

All American Boys 

Now through May 22, 2022
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

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

Now through June 18, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The beloved book series by Jeff Kinney hits the stage in musical fashion. Read Joy’s Review Here •  Tickets $15+.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children's Theatre Company in April and May 2022
Book Pairing

May 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

May 12, 2022
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis MN 55401
An evening of circus arts honoring the struggle with mental illness • All Ages • Learn More & Get Tickets $8-$10

May 13-15, 2022
John J. Thein Performing Arts Center, 1251 County Road B2 West, Roseville, MN 55113
Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film • Best for Ages 12+ • Learn More & Get Tickets $55+

2021-2022 RAHS Drama Presents Roseville Area High School's production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh's Mary Poppins, Jr. A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

​The Best of Classics 2022

May 14, 2022
Minnesota Ballet School, 14675 Martin Drive, Suite 400, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
“The Best of Classics performed by Minnesota Ballet School dancers” • All Ages • Tickets $15.00-$20.00.

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).

  • May 18: Liisa Keränen
Pipe Organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN
Learn More About Saint Olaf's Pipe Organ

SUMMER 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

Friday, June 3, 2022
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Daniel Tiger and his family and friends take audiences on an interactive and exciting adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. • All Ages • Tickets: $32-$52. 6:30pm.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live - Daniel Tiger & Friends

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Family-friendly and free concert featuring Allegro, Cantabile, Cantarando, AlumSing and Adult Choir. • All Ages • FREE. 4:00pm.

Learn More about Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir in 2022
Image courtesy of Minnesota BoyChoir

HAIRBALL! A Bigfoot Musical Adventure

• June 4, 2022 through June 19, 2022
The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Open Eye Theatre’s family-friendly punk rock puppet musical about Big Foot. • Recommended for Ages 10+ • Tickets $20-$30.

Cinderella

• 6/4/22-6/5/22
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Metropolitan Ballet’s performance of the classic fairytale. • All Ages (Under 2 not permitted in theater) • Tickets $47-$82.

Book Pairing

Love's Labor's Lost - Shakespeare in the Park

• June 17-July 17, 2022
Parks throughout the Twin Cities
Classical Actors Ensemble’s 2022 Shakespeare in the Park production will be Love’s Labor’s Lost. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening in the park. Pre-Registration is encouraged to receive updates about location, weather alerts, etc. All Ages. FREE (unless otherwise stated).

  • Friday, June 17th; 7pm: Lake Harriet Rose Garden (Lyndale Park), Minneapolis
  • Saturday, June 18th; 7pm: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, June 19th; 7pm: Matthews Park, Minneapolis
  • Friday, June 24th; 7pm: Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington
  • Saturday, June 25th; 7pm: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, June 26th; 3pm: Cedar Lake East Beach, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, June 30th; 7pm: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
  • Friday, July 1st; 7pm: Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul
  • Saturday, June 2nd; 7pm: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, July 3rd; 7pm: Harriet Island Target Stage, St. Paul
  • Thursday, July 7th; 7pm: Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Arden Hills
  • Friday, July 8th; 7pm: Newell Park, St. Paul
  • Saturday, July 9th; 7pm: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
  • Friday, July 10th; 7pm: Old Log Theater, Excelsior
  • Thursday, July 14th; 7pm: St. Clement’s Church, St. Paul
  • Friday, July 15th; 7pm: Wolfe Park Amphitheater, St. Louis Park
  • Saturday, July 16th; 7pm: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
  • Sunday, July 17th; 7pm: MN Humanities Center, St. Paul
Book Pairing

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Family-friendly and free concert featuring Allegro, Cantabile, Cantarando, AlumSing and Adult Choir. • All Ages • FREE. 7pm-8:30 pm.

Learn More about Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir in 2022
Image courtesy of Minnesota BoyChoir

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.

Book Pairing

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.

Robin Hood

• 6/27/22-8/13/22
Sidekick Theatre, 11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington, MN 55437
A swashbuckling musical about the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest. • All Ages • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Book Pairing

While there have been many adaptations and retellings of the Robin Hood story, Howard Pyle’s version is widely considered the best.

 

Seussical, The Musical

• 8/18/22-8/28/22
Open Window Theatre, 5300 S. Robert Trail, #400, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Summer youth musical performed Thursday-Sunday for two weekends. • All Ages • Tickets TBA.

Book Pairing
This musical incorporates several Dr. Seuss classics, but focuses on the Horton stories. Wouldn’t it be a fun excuse to read as many Seuss books as possible this summer?
Dress for the Occasion:

FALL 2022 KID-FRIENDLY THEATER & PERFORMANCES

Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

9/11/22-10/23/22 
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. •  Contact CTC regarding tickets.

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

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

Carmela Full of Wishes

October 18-December 4, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
On her birthday, Carmela finds a dandelion and has a very special wish to make. Can she wish hard enough to make it come true? • Best for ages 5+ •  Tickets $15+.

Book Pairing

SIX

October 25 -November 6, 2022
Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102
A pop music telling of the stories of the six wives of Henry VIII. • Recommended for 10+. Tickets.

Book Pairing

Like SIX, YA Novel Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming, Linda Sue Park, M. T. Anderson, Stephanie Hemphill is historical fiction. It is recommended for readers age 12+ with a grade level recommendation of grades 7-9.

HOLIDAY SHOWS

Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas

November 8, 2022-January 8, 2023
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
One of our favorite CTC Holiday traditions back for 2022. Find Previous Reviews • All Ages •  Tickets $15+.

Book Pairing

Snow White & Rose Red

November 21-December 30, 2022
Sidekick Theatre, 11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington, MN 55437
The Grimm fairy tale about two sisters who befriend a magical bear. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$19.00.

Book Pairing

Snow White and Rose Red Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova. .

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

November 30-December 31, 2022
Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102
The Disney Princess story Broadway style. Ages 6+.  Tickets.

Book Pairing

The Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated with Interactive Elements) by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve and illustrated by Minalima. These popular interactive pop-up style books are a fun way to introduce kids to classic stories.

Looking Forward to 2023

LocoMotion

January 24-March 5, 2023
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Uprooted from his family, Lonnie couldn’t feel more alone. But as he discovers his poetic voice, he learns how poetry can bring him closer to others, and to himself.  • Ages 9+ •  Tickets $15+.

Book Pairing

Corduroy

February 14-April 2, 2023
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Join the beloved Corduroy as he begins a delightfully destructive romp through the department store in search of his missing BUTTON! Read our Past Review of Corduroy at CTC • Ages 4+ •  Tickets $15+.

Book Pairing

My Fair Lady

March 21-25, 2023
Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN 55102
A favorite classic Broadway musical based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Ages 8+.  Tickets.

Book Pairing

You can find a FREE audio-version of Pygmalion through Libravox on YouTube.

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

Twin Cities Children's Theaters List

April 30, 2022
Bryant Lake Bowl, 825 W Lake St, Minneapolis MN 55409
Bring Your Kids! A comedy variety show for kids and their grown ups. Featuring circus performers, improvisers, musicians and generalized silliness. Kids – bring a joke to tell! Grown ups – I hope you like jokes • Best for Ages 5+ • Tickets $10 adults/$5 kids.

Bring Your Kids! A Comedy Variety Show for Kids and Their Grown Ups

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.

Bring Your Kids!

A Comedy Variety Show for Kids and Their Grown Up. Perfect for ages 5 and up. Featuring circus performers, improvisers, musicians and generalized silliness. Kids can bring their own joke to tell.

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.

Image courtesy CTC: Dean Holt, Autumn Ness, Reed Sigmund by Dan Norman

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.

Gary's Garden at the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

Kid-Friendly Theater - Kids standing by Open Eye Theare's Puppet Wagon

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.

Marquee at Park Square Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota (Home to Steppingstone Children's Theatre)

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.

Stages Theatre Co.

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.

Proscenium Stage at Steppingstone Theatre/Parkway Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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:

  • SmaRTpass: 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 a limited amount of pay as you are able at the door and a limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets available online.
  • 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.
  • Goldstar: Find the deals below from affiliate partner, Goldstar*. You can choose the “Family” category to find kid-friendly shows.

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