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.


• Anytime: The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will be offering a FREE digital concert season! The videos will be freely accessible at the link above throughout the season.

• 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.

Anytime:  Coco’s Barrio by Teatro del Pueblo. Find the latest episodes of this dramatic podcost, featuring musical guests, Latinx traditions, music, and stories- with a sprinkle of political satire.

Maestro Classics
Click here for classical music education in your living room


Now-May 13, 2021: Twelve Dancing Princesses – Out of the Box Experience | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Watch the stage production on your own schedule during the week of your choice. The corresponding box includes the book and activities, like crafts, recipes, plus an in-person outdoor experience  • Ages 3+ • Tickets $50/box.  

Read our review of this production here.

Friday, May 7, 2021 – May 28, 201: Audrey Saves the Universe Virtual Performance | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • A 9-year-old filmmaker uncovers her superpowers • All Ages • Pay What You Will – Starting at $15/Household.  

Read our Review of Audrey Saves the Universe Here.

Autumn Ness as Audrey and Reed Sigmund as Kyle in 'Audrey Saves the Universe'
Image courtesy of Children’s Theatre Company.

• Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 2pm-2:30pm: VocalEssence On Demand – Celebrate VocalEssence Website • Move your body and raise your voice to celebrate the beauty of Mexico. Join VocalEssence Singers of This Age and local school partners as they perform new music written by Mexican composer Julio Morales. Dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores will lead Mexican folk dances, and join Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III in singing Mexican songs to celebrate the day.  Tickets: $15/Household.

• May 19, 2021: Organ Concert – Jessica Park, D.M.A., Assistant Director of Music, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, University of St. Thomas | St. Olaf Catholic Church, Downtown Minneapolis • A great way for kids and their family to experience music performed by local professionals in short 30-minute concerts. Wednesday recitals will follow the noon Mass, and begin at approximately 12:30pm. They will also do their best to live stream on Facebook and the St. Olaf website. FREE.

• May 27, 2021-June 20, 2021 : Log Jam | Presented by Open Eye Theatre at Bakken Museum • A Paul Bunyan musical. Shows begin at 7pm. Tickets: $15-$30/includes admission to Bakken.


• TBA: Twelfth Night  | Cromulent Shakespeare • We are cautiously optimistic that Shakespeare in the Park will go forward this year. Stay tuned for details. We have gathered some study-ahead ideas here. FREE.

• 6/12/21-7/18/21 A Midsummer’s Night Dream  | Classical Actors Ensemble • Seating will be distanced and reservations are required. Register for the performance of your choice here. FREE.


7/2/21-12/31/21: The Music Man | Chanhassen Dinner Theatre • A con man becomes entangled in a small community as he starts a community band. Tickets.

7/9/21-8/8/21: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Live outdoor production at Hopkins Downtown Park. Advanced tickets are required. No lap passes. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

• 7/19/21-8/20/21: The Emperor’s New Clothes | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A comedic, musical version of the story of the vain emperor and the pride of his subjects • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Read the Classic Hans Christian Andersen version of the story  ->


8/4/21-8/22/21: Down On The Farm: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Outdoors immersive, theatrical experience based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books.  • Ages 0-5 • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.


• 10/7/21 – 10/24/21: Disney’s Frozen| Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis • Follows the Disney story of Frozen, but digs a little deeper into the characters • Ages 6+ • Tickets.

Read the original Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  ->

MEA Weekend 2021: Wolf Tales | DanceCo • Stay Tuned for More Information and read our review of Wolf Tales here.

Wolf Tales at Danceco


11/16/21-12/30/21: The Elves & The Shoemaker | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A heartwarming adaptation of the classic fairytale  • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Read the Fairytale Before You Go  ->

11/19/21-12/27/21: Elf The Musical, Jr. | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Follow Buddy as he goes in search of his real family after being raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop. • All Ages • Tickets $18.00-$33.00.

Holiday 2021

Dates TBA: Annie | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The little orphan girl who wins the heart of Daddy Warbucks andthe world • All Ages • Ticket Info TBA

Enjoy the original comics

• 12/7/21 – 12/19/21: Anastasia | Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis • A fairy tale that explores what if Anastasia survived • Ages 8+ • Tickets.

Anastasia and Her Sisters is a YA Novel exploring the life of the Romanov daughters.  ->


1/14/22-2/13/22: The North Star | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A Dance interpretation of the the Peter Reynolds Book. • All Ages • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

3/4/22-3/20/22: Tuck Everlasting | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book of the same name, meet Winnie Foster and Tuck, an immortal. • Ages 7+ • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

• 3/17/22: Disney Princess: The Concert | State Theatre, Minneapolis • 7 pm show featuring a quartet of Disney princesses in an evening of story, animation and song. Tickets $34.00-$69.00.

Three girls dressed as princesses in Little Adventures costumes
Dress for the occasion with our affiliate partner, Little Adventures.


4/8/22-5/8/22: 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.

Read the Book –>

• 4/29/22-5/22/22: 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 the book by Jason Reynolds ->

• 6/24/22-8/7/22: 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.


4/4/23-5/7/23: 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.

Read Jean Fritz’s biography  ->
or Take a Free Online Hamilton Education Course.

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Find Discounts on Performing Arts:

  • 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 pay as you are able at the door.
  • 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.
  • Find the deals below from affiliate partner, Goldstar*. You can choose the “Family” category to find kid-friendly shows.
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