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, AT HOME OPTIONS

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.


SEPTEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

All September: Open Eye @ Home – Nothing is Something | Enjoy full-length shows from the Open Eye archives filled with music, puppetry, live performance and storytelling, one show featured each month!  • All Ages • FREE. Registration Required.


Now-10/11/20: All The World – Out of the Box Interactive Experience | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Out of the Box features exclusive one-of-a-kind socially-distant theatre experiences tailored to FAMILIES and unique education offerings tailored to CLASSROOM TEACHERS & EDUCATORS. Our OUT OF THE BOX experiences are designed to engage youth audiences in storytelling adventures and to be flexible for families and classrooms. • Ages 0-5. • $50/Experience for up to 2 children/2 adults (+$10 extra kids to get the extra props, crafts & live event ticket).

Read Ahead


OCTOBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

10/3/20-10/4/20: Down in Mississippi | Illusion Theatre via Zoom • Sat 7:30pm/Sun 7pmThree college students, a black man, a white woman and a white man travel to the dangerous world of Mississippi in 1964 to register Black voters. Along the way they discover that before they can change the world, they will have to change themselves. • Teen/Tween? • FREE but Pre-Registration Required

Beginning 10/9/20: Spookley The Square Pumpkin – Out of the Box Interactive Experience | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Out of the Box features exclusive one-of-a-kind socially-distant theatre experiences tailored to FAMILIES and unique education offerings tailored to CLASSROOM TEACHERS & EDUCATORS. Our OUT OF THE BOX experiences are designed to engage youth audiences in storytelling adventures and to be flexible for families and classrooms. • Ages 2-7. • $50/Experience for up to 2 children/2 adults (+$10 extra kids to get the extra props, crafts & live event ticket).

Read the Book – $3.99 on Kindle


Beginning 10/9/20: Enchanted Mystery – A Detect The Story Adventure – Out of the Box Interactive Experience | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Out of the Box features exclusive one-of-a-kind socially-distant theatre experiences tailored to FAMILIES and unique education offerings tailored to CLASSROOM TEACHERS & EDUCATORS. Our OUT OF THE BOX experiences are designed to engage youth audiences in storytelling adventures and to be flexible for families and classrooms. • Ages 7+. • $50/household.


Beginning 10/9/20: Twas the Night – Out of the Box Interactive Experience | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Out of the Box features exclusive one-of-a-kind socially-distant theatre experiences tailored to FAMILIES and unique education offerings tailored to CLASSROOM TEACHERS & EDUCATORS. Our OUT OF THE BOX experiences are designed to engage youth audiences in storytelling adventures and to be flexible for families and classrooms. • All Ages. • $18-$25/pp.

Read Ahead for FREE on your Kindle


• 10/10/20: Ice School Musical – Ice Show | St. Louis Park Skate School • Skate school skaters perform to the songs from favorite musicals. Tickets $5/Advance; $8 door; 4 and under free.

10/12/20-10/25/20: Corduroy (Virtual Performance) | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Bring a favorite CTC Performance into your own living room. Read our review here. • All Ages • Tickets $25+.

Corduroy Children's Theatre Company

Dean Holt as Corduroy in ‘Corduroy’ Photos by Dan Norman

10/15/20-10/24/20: Bug Girl by Open Eye Theatre | @ Bakken Museum RooftopAll Shows 7pmThe story of a young girl who grows wings and shrinks in size after swallowing a strange insect. Her new abilities become a threat to those around her as a new hunger drives her to consume—and ravage—the minds of those closest to her. Searching for a means to control her powers and tame her parasite, Bug Girl will travel between worlds, battling the darkness within and without her! • 13+ • $15/ticket

• 10/21/20: Organ Concert – Joel Anderson, Director of Music and Principal Organist, Saint Olaf | 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.


NOVEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

11/9/20-11/22/20: Last Stop on Market Street (Virtual Performance) | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Bring a favorite CTC Performance into your own living room. Read our review here. • All Ages • Tickets $25+.

Alejandro Vega as CJ in Last Stop on Market Street.

Alejandro Vega as CJ in Last Stop on Market Street. Image courtesy of CTC. Photograph by Dan Norman.


• 11/18/20: Organ Concert – Dr. Jacob Benda, Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy, Our Lady of Lourdes | 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.


DECEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 12/16/20: Organ Concert – John Varona, Principal Organist, Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester | 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.


JANUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

1/15/21-2/15/21: The North Star | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book of the same name by Peter H. Reynolds (author of The Dot). • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Add this book to your keeper shelf.


• 1/19/21-1/24/21: Oklahoma! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Why not prepare with the classic Landmark book, The Story of Oklahoma. • Recommended for 12+. Tickets.


FEBRUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 2/24/21: Organ Concert – Dr. Kris Rizzotto, Director of Music at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church | 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.

MARCH 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

3/2/21-4/11/21: Seedfolk | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The story of a neighborhood transformed by a community garden. Read our 2014 review of this uplifting story. • Ages 8+ • Tickets $15+.

• 3/24/21: Organ Concert – Richard Gray, Director of Music, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church | 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.


3/12/21-3/28/21: Tuck Everlasting | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A young audience version of the Broadway adaptation of Natalie Babb’s book of the same name. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Study for this date by reading this book together.


3/27/21-4/11/21: Cinderella | Minnesota Opera • Rossini’s retelling of the classic fairy tale! • 6+, but note it is 3 hrs with 1 intermission. Tickets $23-$168. More preparation ideas: The Minnesota Opera suggests this is a great fit for anyone who loves The Barber of SevilleFrozen, or The Wizard of Oz. There are a lot of potential books to read together in preparation for this outing.

• 3/30/21-4/4/21: Cats! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Based on the children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.• Recommended for 6+. Tickets.

APRIL 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

4/16/21-5/16/21: 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.

Add this New York Times bestseller to your own bookshelf!


• 4/21/21: Organ Concert – Dr. Dean Billmeyer, University Organist and Professor of Music, University of Minnesota | 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.

4/27/21-6/27/21: Annie | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Join the ever-optimistic orphan and the wealthy Daddy Warbucks for this classic story. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

4/30/21-5/23/21: 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 it before you see it!


MAY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• Coming in May 2021: The Song Poet | Project Opera • Based on the book of the same name by Kao Kalia Yang. “when all we have to offer the world are our stories and our tears.” • All Ages (but older kids will appreciate it most) • Learn More. (Read about Joy’s visit to a Project Opera show.)

• 5/19/21: 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.

JUNE 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

6/18/21-8/1/21: 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.

6/22/21-8/13/21: Robin Hood, The Merry Musical | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A comedic, musical version of the story of the men of Sherwood Forest  • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

JULY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

7/28/21-8/29/21: 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.

AUGUST 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

8/4/21-8/2221: Down On The Farm: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • immersive, theatrical experience based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books • Ages 0-5 • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Get your own book about the farm


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

Wolf Tales at Danceco


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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.
  • See the deals below from affiliate partner, Goldstar*. You can choose the “Family” category to find kid-friendly shows. 

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