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: Many 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. 

SEPTEMBER 2022

Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

September 11, 2022 – October 23, 2022
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.

Stuart Little

September 16-October 16, 2022
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Based on the book of the same name by E.B. White. A loveable classic comes to life. All Ages. •  Tickets $17-$24.

Corinne Brooks as Stuart Little in the 2022 Stages Theatre Production, Hopkins, Minnesota
Image courtesy Stages Theatre. Amy Rondeau Photography 2022.

Disney Junior Live: Costume Palooza

September 24, 2022; 4pm
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Disney Junior characters and Marvel Super Heroes join together on stage for this kid-friendly show. All Ages. •  Tickets $29.50+.

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

A Different Pond

September 30-October 23, 2022
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Based on the beautiful Caldecott winning book by local author and poet, Bao Phi. All Ages. •  Tickets $17-$24.

Cover of A Different Pond by Bao Phi - Caldecott Winner
Cover of A Different Pond by Bao Phi – Caldecott Winner

Read It First!

Great Children’s Theater is often based on great literature. 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.

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october 2022

Dance with Me!

October 4, 2022; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

Descendants - The Musical

October 7-16, 2022
Hanfil Performing Arts Center in White Bear Lake, 4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Children’s Performing Arts perform this Disney favorite. All Ages. •  Tickets $12-$20.

Disney Descendants The Musical Logo

Edward Tulane

October 8-16 2022
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington Street, St Paul, MN 55102
FINALLY! The long awaited opera based on the children’s book Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. •  Tickets $35+.

The Lightning Thief

October 14-30 2022
The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Youth Performance Company performs the Broadway adaptation of the first Percy Jackson book by Rick Riordan. • Best for ages 7+ •  Tickets $15.

Miss Nelson is Missing

October 14-23, 2022
Merrill Arts Center, 380 Rivertown Dr #200, Woodbury, MN 55125
A By-Kids, For-Kids Educational Production. • All Ages •  Tickets $5-$22.

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+.

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.

• October 30, 2022 @ 2pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A concert incorporating spooky tricks just in time for Halloween. • Ages 6+  • Adults: $12-$29; Kids to age 18 FREE

More: Halloween Events in the Twin Cities

november 2022

Dance with Me!

November 1, 2022; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

Peppa Pig's Adventure

November 6, 2022; 1pm & 5pm
Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337
Come join Peppa this Holiday season on an exciting camping trip in the winter woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor holiday adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. Little piggies everywhere will love celebrating the season with this 60-minute live musical experience! All Ages. •  Tickets $40-$60.

PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE - George and Peppa characters around a campfire
Image courtesy of Shore Fire Media

CoComelon Live! JJ's Journey

Monday, November 7, 2022; 6pm
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
A live performance featuring JJ and Family from the Cocomelon series. All Ages. •  Tickets $33-$83

• November 12, 2022 @ 11am
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
An interactive concert in the atrium. • All Ages  • All Tickets: $6.25.

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live

Saturday, November 19, 2022; 12:30pm & 7:30pm
Target Center, 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hot Wheels! Monster Trucks! What more could a car-crazy kid ask for? All Ages.
•  Tickets $42+. 

If your Kid Loves Monster Trucks:

Baby Shark Live! 2022 Splash Tour

November 30, 2022; 6pm
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
A fully immersive concert experience with iconic songs and dances featuring Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana and of course, Baby Shark! All Ages. •  Tickets.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Baby Shark Live!

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+.

The Grinch with Cindylou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Grinch with Cindylou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2014

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

November 18-December 27, 2022
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer. All Ages. •  Tickets $21-$33.

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.

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 Start at $41/pp.

The Snowy Day

December 1-23, 2022
Proscenium Stage at Park Square Theatre, 20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102
Steppingstone Theatre for Youth presents the stories of Ezra Jack Keats. •  Tickets $16.

The Velveteen Rabbit

December 2-18, 2022
The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Youth Performance Company’s holiday show based on the classic story of the stuffed rabbit who wanted to be real. •  Tickets $15.

Madeline's Christmas

December 3-11, 2022
Merrill Arts Center, 380 Rivertown Dr #200, Woodbury, MN 55125
A magical family musical. Madeline’s Petite Costume Patisserie Party Dec 3 & 10. • All Ages •  Tickets $5-$22.

Madeline's Christmas

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

December 9-18, 2022
Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake, MN 55025
Children’s Performing Arts presents a play based on the C.S. Lewis book. All Ages. •  Tickets $12-$20.

JANUARY 2023

Dance with Me!

January 10, 2023; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

Maybe

January 13-February 12, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Based on the book by Kobi Yamada, author of What Do YOu Do With An Idea. All Ages. •  Tickets $17-$24.

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+.

January 29, 2023
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Winter-themed music from around the world. • Ages 6+  • Adults: $12-$29; Kids to age 18 FREE.

FEBRUARY 2023

Dance with Me!

February 7, 2023; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

Claudette & Rosa

February 10-16, 2023
The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Youth Performance Company shares the story of Rosa Parks and the young Claudette Colvin, who sparked a racial justice movement. •  Tickets $15.

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+.

Dean Holt as Corduroy in the 2018 Children's Theatre Company Production, Minneapolis, MinnesotaPhotos by Dan Norman
Dean Holt as Corduroy in ‘Corduroy’ Photos by Dan Norman

MARCH 2023

Once on This Island, Jr.

March 3-19, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
A retelling of the Little Mermaid with a Calypso flavor. Ages 7+. •  Tickets $17-$24.

Dance with Me!

March 14, 2023; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

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.

APRIL 2023

April 1, 2023 @ 11am
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
An interactive concert in the atrium. • All Ages  • All Tickets: $6.25.

Hamilton

April 4, 2023 – May 7, 2023
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.

Disney Newsies, Jr.

April 14-May 14, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
The story of the newsboys’ strike of 1899 – Disney style. Ages 4+. •  Tickets $17-$24.

Dance with Me!

April 18, 2023; 10:30-11:30am
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN 55044
A mini-show geared toward younger children, where kids can dance with professional dancers from Twin Cities Ballet, and watch them perform in full costume! Best for ages 4-8. •  Tickets $6.

• April 25, 2023 @ 11am
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
An interactive concert in the atrium. • All Ages  • All Tickets: $6.25.

An American Tail

April 25-June 18, 2023
Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The musical based on the movie about Fievel Mousekewitz, who immigrates to New York from Russia by boat.  • All Ages •  Tickets $15+.

Raymie Nightingale

April 28-May 21, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Based on the book by beloved local author, Kate DiCamillo. Ages 7+. •  Tickets $17-$24.

Paw Patrol Live! Heroes Unite!

April 28-April 30, 2023
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
A live performance featuring the pups from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol series. All Ages. •  Tickets $24-$79

MAY 2023

Free to Be, You and Me

May 5-21, 2023
The Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Youth Performance Company brings the book by Marlo Thomas and friends to the stage. •  Tickets $15.

JUNE 2023

Descendants - The Musical

June 16-July 30, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
A Disney favorite. All Ages. •  Tickets $17-$24.

AUGUST 2023

Galactic Wonders - A Space Adventure

August 2-20, 2023
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Theatre for the Very Young. Ages 0-5. •  Tickets $17-$24.

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.

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.

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

Children’s Performing Arts

4941 Long Ave. Suite 111, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
An educational theater program with family-friendly shows a couple times a year.

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.

The Wiz at Stages Theatre

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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