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.

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PLAYING NOW OR SOON

FINAL WEEK NOW-10/27/19: Spookley, The Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A Stages favorite returns for another Halloween season. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Spookley, The Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre

This is a very okay book. It was fun to read for the season, but not on my keeper list.


THURSDAY ONLY 10/24/19: Russian Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake” | State Theater, Minneapolis • Based on the German fairy tale, Tchaikovsky’s score tells the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Swan Princess, Odette, who is cursed to be a swan by day but a young woman at night • Tickets: $36 – $71

FFTC Performing Arts Calendar - Swan Lake by Russian Ballet Co.


THIS WEEKEND ONLY 10/25/19-10/27/19Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • The Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s inspiring full score while Harry, his friends soar across the big screen in a truly magical immersive experience. • Tickets. These popular movie events sell out fast.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra

The movies are pretty good, but the books are still better!


THIS WEEKEND ONLY • 10/27/19: Sesame Street LIVE! Make Your Magic | Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul • When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be a part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo can’t do magic. • Tickets $15+

We’ve been noticing lately how hard it is to find girl-centered books from Sesame Street – and of course this one has to center on the color pink.


• 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!)

ComedySportz Twin Cities offers are kid-friendly shows in a family atmosphere.


Now-11/17/19: Wayward Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” | James J. Hill House, Saint Paul • Celebrate Halloween with a ghost story from the Bard. • Tickets: $35.

Performing Arts Calendar: Macbeth @ The Hill House


NOW-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+. Read our review here.

Snow White | Children's Theatre Company - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


PLAN AHEAD

OCTOBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 10/30/19: Baby Shark LIVE! | State Theatre, Minneapolis • Because you are not sick of this song, right? A state-of-the-art show using interactive LED screens, large-scale special effects, audience participation and meet and greet opportunities. • Tickets $25.50-$35.50

Inspired to dance? Find a studio near you: FFTC’s Guide to Dance Studios in the Twin Cities


• 10/31/19-11/2/19: Feed Your Head | Sparkle Theatricals, 2306 Robbins Street in St. Paul • An original immersive production based on Alice in Wonderland. Probably best for Teens. • Tickets $30-$35

• 10/31/19-11/3/19: WORKING, the musical | Roseville Area High School • Based on Studs Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, a series of interviews with Americans about their jobs. Probably best for Teens • Tickets $5-$10


NOVEMBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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+.

Cinderella | Children's Theatre Company - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

• 11/7/19-11/9/19: One Room: Collective Power & Contemporary Dance | TEK BOX at The Cowles Center, Minneapolis •  An evening of dance performed by an all-female sextet, against the backdrop of Nils Frahm’s experimental, ethereal and contemplative music with a theme of personal and collective power. • Ages 8+ • Tickets $15-$24.

Performing Arts Calendar

Image courtesy of Arena Dances

• 11/12/19-12/31/19: The Emperor’s New Clothes | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • A family-friendly musical of the fairy tale.• Recommended for Ages 2+ (Lap passes available). Tickets.

• 11/19/19-12/30/19: Cinderella | Sidekick Theatre | An All Ages musical with audience participation | $14-$18/pp. Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.

Cinderella | Children's Theatre Company - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

• 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 Ages 7+ (The unabridged book is probably best for teens and adults, but there are young readers versions). Tickets.

Phantom of the Opera | Orpheum

11/22/19-12/22/19: Annie JR | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • The junior version of an all-time family Broadway favorite. • Ages 3+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

Annie JR | Steppingstone Theatre - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

11/22/19-12/22/19: ELF, the Musical, Jr. | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • Meet Buddy, the really tall elf. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

ELF, the Musical, Jr. | Stages Theatre

• 11/29/19-12/1/19: Disney Pixar’s Up in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • Fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for balloon-powered fun — a live movie and music performance. • Tickets. These popular movie events sell out fast.

Disney Pixar's Up in Concert | Minnesota Orchestra - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


DECEMBER 2019 SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 12/6/19-12/15/19: Madeline’s Christmas | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • A musical adaptation of the Ludwig Bemelman Classic. • All Ages • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Madeline's Christmas | Merrill Community Theatre

• 12/6/19-12/22/19: The Holiday Pageant | Open Eye Figure Theatre • A retelling of the Mystery Plays and the Second Shepherds’s Play, the stage fills with angels and devils, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and Fluffsie the lamb. • Tickets $12-$26.

• 12/6/19-12/22/19: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

 • 12/9/19-12/20/19: The Secret Garden | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • Two children grow as a result of their love for a secret garden. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

Performing Arts Calendar - The Secret Garden at Old Gem Theater • 12/14/19: Monster Jam | U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis • ​ Every Monster Truck loving kid’s dream date. • All Ages • Tickets: $15+


JANUARY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

1/3/20-1/12/20: Seussical, Jr. | Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake • All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this beloved musical for adults and kids!  • Tickets $10.00-$20.00.

1/17/20-2/17/20: The Dot | Stages Theatre, Hopkins  • “Just make a dot and see where it takes you.”  • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

The Dot | Stages Theatre
• 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+.

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

• 1/24/20-1/26/20: Nick Jr. Live – Move to the Music | State Theater, Minneapolis • Sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your favorite Nick Jr. Characters. • Pre-K • Tickets $23-$69.

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

1/24/20-2/3/20: Snow Queen | When a young boy falls under an ancient curse, only his childhood friend can save him from the Snow Queen’s icy grasp  • Tickets $10.00-$20.00.

•1/27/20-2/24/20: Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​Audience-Participation Musical • The story of everyone’s favorite persnickety burglar and her furry victims. • PreK to 3rd grade • Tickets: $10-$12

Performing Arts - Goldilocks at Old Gem


FEBRUARY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

2/6/20-2/23/19: The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Unlike most of the plays we see come through, this was not based on a book but was created by a Chicago children’s theatre to give kids a hero like themselves while touching on real life modern social issues. Learn more from the original trailer below. • Ages 8+. • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

Trailer for The Real-Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas from Ricardo Gamboa on Vimeo.


• 2/7/20-2/16/20: Young Frankenstein | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • A musical adaptation of the Mel Brooks film. • 13+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Frankenstein

This is a good time to read the book this musical spoofs.


• 2/9/20: Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • In addition to hearing the Orchestra perform as the music sparks the creation of new work by an artist during this inclusive concert experience for audiences of all ages and abilities. • Tickets $12.

Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition | Minnesota Orchestra

The story behind the music. This was a really interesting story! I highly recommend reading it.


• 2/13/20-2/16/20: Belongings | Project Opera @ The Lab, Minneapolis • The stories of two groups of children across two time periods who are forced to flee their homes because of war • All Ages (but older kids will appreciate it most) • Learn More. (Read about Joy’s visit to a Project Opera show.)


• 2/15/19: Monster Jam | U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis • ​ Every Monster Truck loving kid’s dream date. • All Ages • Tickets: $15+

• 2/14/20-3/1/20: Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Ruby became one of six black children to integrate all-white schools in the city.. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Through My Eyes - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances

This book made me cry.


• 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+.

The 1985-86 Hormel Meat-Packers Strike - Minnesota History on Stage


• 2/28/20-9/5/20: The Music Man | Chanhassen Dinner Theatre • A con man plans to a scam a small town into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he never intends to lead, but finds himself enchanted by the librarian. • Ages 5+ • Tickets $63+.

MARCH 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

My Fair Lady was based on Pygmalion


• 3/5/20-3/7/20: Once Upon A Mattress, Jr. | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​A comical retelling of the Princess and the Pea. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

The Princess and the Pea - Old Gem Theater

3/06/20-3/22/20: Iron Hearted Violet | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book by Newberry winning author, Kelly Barnhill • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Iron Hearted Violet


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+.

The Rainbow Fish - Performing Arts - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances


• 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 $23-$168.
More preparation ideas: The Minnesota Opera suggests this is a great fit for anyone who loves Because of Winn-Dixie (read the book?), Hansel and Gretel (check out this awesome interactive story), or Toy Story (watch the movie).

Edward Tulane at the Minnesota Opera!


• 3/22/20: Family Concert: Star Wars and Beyond | Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis • John Williams’ thrilling Star Wars film music communicates drama on a grand scale—as do other great works, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Holst’s The Planets. • Tickets $12.

Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader


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

Anastasia - Kid-Friendly Shows at the Orpheum!3/27/20-4/5/20: Pinocchio | This fun new adaptation will have the entire audience in stitches with its silly retelling of a puppet who wants nothing more than to be a real boy.  • Tickets $10.00-$20.00.


APRIL 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

Watch for More InformationApril 2020: World Circus Day Circus Juventas, St. Paul • More details coming • All Ages • Tickets.

If I Ran The Circus

• 4/17/20-4/19/20: Trolls Live! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • You LOVE them or you HATE them. The latest toy/TV show to take the stage. • 1+ • Tickets $23-$103.00.

• 4/17/20-4/26/20: Cyrano De Bergerac | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • An adaptation of the classic play. • 8+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Cyrano De Bergerac - Kid-Friendly Shows<

04/17/20-05/17/20: The Day You Begin | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Celebrate the courage to begin with this play based on the Book by Jacqueline Woodson • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.The Day You Begin


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

Little Orphan Annie

This book is HUGE (and only the first volume)!

04/24/20-05/23/20: A Different Pond | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A  pre-dawn fishing trip for a boy and his dad  reveals an important tale about family and immigration • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

A Different Pond


MAY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

•5/1/20-5/17/20: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with an Egyptian noble, but ends up in jail. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Joseph Beyond the Coat of Many Colors


• 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.

Frozen

5/13/20-5/4/20: Charlotte’s Web | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond • ​A pig. A spider. An epic story of best friends, awe inspiring textile art and the fair. • All Ages • Tickets: $10-$12

Charlotte's Web at Old Gem - Performing Arts

• 5/16/20: 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+

 


JUNE 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

06/19/20-08/02/20: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Fly through the air and sail the seas this summer in this fantastical musical adventure based on the beloved film and children’s book • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


6/27/20-7/14/20: Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • 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


JULY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 7/10/20-7/19/20: Matilda | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Much of our review of the CTC version of this play covered the story and the music and can apply to this performance. • 8+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I loved that Matilda featured a girl, but isn’t a girl book.

AUGUST 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

08/05/20-08/23/20: All The World | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Theatre for the Very Young (ages 1-5). Based on the Caldecott Honor book. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

All The World - Kid-Friendly Shows & Performances Coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Read the Caldecott Honor book


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