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

Kids participating in interactive theater program: "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 live shows can 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.

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Read It First!

Great Children’s Theater is often based on classic books. Prep ahead! Add these books to your library list or buy them through our Bookshop and select an independent bookstore to support with your purchase.

2023-2024 Theater Reading List

Get ready for a new season of live performances based on classic lit. The 2023-2024 season offers some old favorites and new books to add to our family reading list.

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On Stage February 2024

 

Dragons Love Tacos: The Musical

• Now-February 25, 2024
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
An adaptation of the book by the same name. All Ages •  Tickets $17-$24.

DiscountsPay What You Can Performance January 28, 2024 @ 4pm.

 

Alice in Wonderland

• February 13-March 31, 2024
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Take a trip down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, The Cheshire Cat and all the quirky characters of Wonderland •  Tickets $15-$64.

Discounts: Rush Tickets are $15-$25/pp. Lap Passes may be available.

For Current reviews, parental guidance and upcoming shows:
What’s Playing at Children’s Theater Company

Finding Nemo, Jr.

• February 16-25, 2024
Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake MN 55110
Children’s Performing Arts dives into the ‘Big Blue World’ of Finding Nemo Jr. for an unforgettable journey under the sea with Marlin, Dory, and Nemo! •  Tickets $10-$17/pp.

Discounts: Children’s Performing Arts reserves 12 Pay-What-You-Can Tickets for each performance.

Tuck Everlasting

• February 16-March 3, 2024
Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St, Hudson, WI 54016
A musical based on the book of the same name and appropriate for kids ages 4+ •  Tickets $15-20/pp.

Silent Sky

• February 23-March 17, 2024
Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
The true story of the astronomer Henrietta Leavitt • Rated PG – Best for Middle School and Up •  Tickets $20-$25.

Discounts: Pay-What-You-Can Performance: Monday, March 4, 7:30pm

Winter Mini Play Festival

• February 23-25, 2024; 7pm & 2pm.
Lloyd C. Nielsen Performing Arts Center, Roseville Area High School, 1240 County Road B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113
Drama students will perform multiple plays written and directed by fellow students.  Tickets $5-$8 online or at the box office.

Wizard of Oz 

• February 23-25, 2024
Saint Anthony Middle School, 3303 33rd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The Saint Anthony Middle School production of the Wizard of Oz has shows on Friday at 6 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 6 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. Children (including middle schoolers) need to be with an adult in attendance.

Eden Prairie Community Band Leap of Joy Concert

• February 29, 2024; 6- 7pm
Minnesota Masonic Home, 11421 Masonic Home Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55347
The Eden Prairie Community Band invites the community to an unforgettable musical experience! Immerse yourself in the sounds of their 70-piece concert band, showcasing a diverse repertoire. From classical masterpieces to toe-tapping rock-n-roll, there’s something for everyone and all ages. • All Ages •  Admission is free.

On Stage March 2024

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s Puss in Boots

• March 2-10, 2024
Ballet Co.Laboratory Studio Theatre, 276 E Lafayette Frontage Rd,  St. Paul, MN 55107
Ballet performance geared to the Pre-K set including a pre-show craft time and a post-show movement class. Feline Rescue will have kittens at shows. •  Tickets $25-$30.

Discounts: Watch the March 14th Children’s Hospital performance  online after the 11am show.

Babble Lab

• March 9-April 14, 2024
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Another pre-k show perfect for toddlers created by the wonderful Autumn Ness •  Tickets $15-$64.

Discounts: Rush Tickets are $15-$25/pp

Feet of various sizes wearing puppet booties in the lobby of Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Magical Puppet Booties – even for adults!
For Current reviews, parental guidance and upcoming shows:
What’s Playing at Children’s Theater Company

Trouble in Tahiti & Service Provider

• March 9-23, 2024

Minnesota Opera @ Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Two short operas with themes that make this show best for teens & tweens. • Read more about age recommendations, length/intermissions & language here •  Get Tickets.

Rock & Roll Playhouse – Music of Taylor Swift & More for Kids

• March 10, 2024
First Avenue, 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Rock & Roll Playhouse is a traveling tribute music program for kids. Shows are held at First Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis •  11:30am •  Tickets $18/pp.

Discounts: First Avenue sometimes shares tickets through MELSA SmARTpass. Check close to the date of the show – unsold tickets may pop up.

The Name Jar

March 22-April 14, 2024
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Unhei’s classmates try to help her find a new name when she moves from Korea to America. Ages 5+ •  Tickets $17-$24.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance March 24, 2024 @ 4pm.

Disney’s The Lion King

March 27-April 28, 2024
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Part of Broadway on Hennepin. A breathtaking production featuring favorite songs like, Circle of Life and I Just Can’t Wait to Be King. • Recommended for 6+. Tickets.

On Stage April 2024

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

• April 5-7, 2024
Luminary Arts Center, 700 N 1st St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
See Shakespeare’s fanciful comedy in a ballet performance. Best for Grade school age through adult.  •  Tickets $30-$40.

Relaxed Family Concert: Here, There, Everywhere

• April 7, 2024
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Take a musical journey around the work with the Minnesota Orchestra •  Tickets: Free for kids under 18; $12-$29/adults.

Rock & Roll Playhouse: Music of Grateful Dead & More for Kids

• March 10, 2024
First Avenue, 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Rock & Roll Playhouse is a traveling tribute music program for kids. Shows are held at First Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis •  11:30am •  Tickets $18/pp.

Discounts: First Avenue sometimes shares tickets through MELSA SmARTpass. Check close to the date of the show – unsold tickets may pop up.

Seward Concert Band HAS ENTERED THE GAME!

April 12, 2024
Sanford Middle School, 3524 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Immerse yourself in the music of video games with this journey through iconic adventure compositions created for some of your and your kids’ favorite games. All Ages •  Tickets $4-$6/pp.

Seward Concert Band Has Entered The Game. Concert April 12, 2024 at 7:30pm.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR.

April 19 – May 19, 2024
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Matilda finds her family as she navigates a world that isn’t always fair. Ages 5+ •  Tickets $17-$24.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance April 21, 2024 @ 4pm.

A Year with Frog and Toad

• April 23-June 16, 2024
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Based on the Frog & Toad books by Arnold Lobel. This is a Broadway musical, so the music is pretty easy to find and learn before the show. •  Tickets $15-$64.

DiscountsRush Tickets are $15-$25/pp. Lap passes may be available.

For Current reviews, parental guidance and upcoming shows:
What’s Playing at Children’s Theater Company

On Stage May 2024

La Bohème

May 4–12, 2024

Minnesota Opera @ Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

A classic love story between to poor Bohemians in Paris. • Read more about age recommendations, length/intermissions & language here •  Get Tickets.

She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition

• May 9-12, 2024
Lloyd C. Nielsen Performing Arts Center, Roseville Area High School, 1240 County Road B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113
This fantasy role-playing comedy tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister. Tickets $5-$8 online or at the box office.

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

May 10–12, 2024
Orpheum Theatre,  910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Follow your favorite puppies of Adventure Bay on a special Pirate Day Adventure. •  $30-$145 •  Get Tickets.

Ballet Co.Laboratory’s The Little Prince

• April 17-19, 2024
E.M. Pearson Theatre, Concordia University Campus, 312 Hamline Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Ballet Co.Laboratory’s adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book.  •  Tickets $30-$40.

On Stage June 2024

Fantastic Mr. Fox

June 18 – August 9, 2024
Minnesota Heritage Center 11411 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437
Sidekick Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s story of a clever fox who outsmarts a couple mean farmers. All Ages •  Tickets $17-$19 

Discounts: Groups of 10 or more $14/each. Field trip Groups $9/each.

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.

June 21 – August 4, 2024
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
A celebration of friendship and courage. All Ages •  Tickets $17-$24.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance June 23, 2024 @ 4pm.

A Wrinkle in Time

• June 21-July 14, 2024
Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Based on the book by Madeline L’Engle, follow The Wallace siblings, Meg & Charles and their friend Calvin battle evil while traveling space and time. • All Ages •  Tickets $20-$25.

DiscountsMonday, July 1 at 7:30pm – Pay What You Can

On Stage August 2024

The Dandelion Seed

• August 7 – 25, 2024
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Theater for the very young. Ages 0-5 •  Tickets $17-$24.

DiscountsPay What You Can Performance August 11, 2024 @ 4pm.

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.

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-$25.
  • 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.
  • Saint Paul Civic Symphony – Always FREE Concerts
  • 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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