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.

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PLAYING NOW OR SOON


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


• 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-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

• Now-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+.

PLAN AHEAD

• 5/30/19-6/1/19: NOOMA, an opera for babies | Ordway, St. Paul • This new opera for babies uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction. • Tickets $11.00.


JUNE 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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.

• 6/9/19: Minnesota Boychoir Spring Concert | Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis • Featuring Allegro, Cantabile, Cantando, Cantar, Adult Choir and AlumSing  • Freewill Donations Accepted.

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.


6/18/19-6/22/19: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical | Ordway • A musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular YA Novel. • 6+ • $40 – $104. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

6/21/19-7/21/19: The Merry Wives of Windsor | Classical Actors Ensemble in Twin Cities Parks • These year’s park production is one of Shakespeare’s sillier comedies • All Ages • FREE, but registration encouraged to receive updates.


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(Check for Goldstar discounted 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.


• 6/230/19: Common Sound Music Festival | Benilde St. Margaret, St. Louis Park • Acts include Doomtree, Jeremy Messersmith, The New Gray, and Stereo Kitchen. Food and beverages available to purchase • Tickets Ages 16+: $25-$150 (First child FREE with paid adult; additional children $5/ticket; Under 3 FREE).

JULY 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 7/12/19-7/13/19: Pinocchio | Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Plymouth • 7pm Friday, 2pm Saturday. Part of Plymouth’s Free Entertainment in the Parks Series • FREE


• 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). (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).


• 7/19/19-7/28/19: Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood • Musical based on the book and Disney films • Ages 8+ • Tickets are $30 for VIP up-front seating; $20 general admission for adults age 25 and up & children age 8-12; $10 general admission for young adults age 13-24.

• 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.


AUGUST 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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

SEPTEMBER 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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+.


9/27/19-10/13/19: Nate the Great the Musical | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Junior detective Nate the Great has a new case. • Ages 4+. The books are best for Ages 6-9. • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.


• 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+.


OCTOBER 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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.

• 10/4/19-10/20/19: Disney’s Frozen Jr. | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • A story of how Princesses Anna and Elsa discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. • Tickets $15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted 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.

NOVEMBER 2019 KID-FRIENDLY 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+.

• 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.

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.

DECEMBER 2019 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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).


JANUARY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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+.


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.


• 2/14/20-3/1/20: 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).


 

• 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+.

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.


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.


APRIL 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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


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).


• 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.

JUNE 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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.


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