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.

Read Ahead Now, Buy Tickets for Later in the Year! We’ve added reading ideas below many of the performances in the form of Amazon affiliate links. Of course you can download many of these books from your library or order them from local booksellers.

Need a Musical Fix? This site has a list of Musicals currently on Netflix, along with their ratings. There are several G-rated choices.

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Currently Suspended: • Now-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+.


Currently Suspended: • 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.

APRIL 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

TBA: Tolkien | Open Window, Inver Grove Heights • A new play about the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis • Ages 13+ • Tickets: $20+ (Pay-What-You-Can $5+ Thursdays)

TBA: 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


• TBA: 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)!

• 4/30/20-5/10/20: Charlotte’s Web | Phipps, Hudson • The Story of Charlotte the Spider and Wilbur the Pig. Based on the book of the same name. • Ages 4+ • Tickets: $16-$20


MAY 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

5/9/20: World Circus Day Circus Juventas, St. Paul •  Enjoy breathtaking performances, plus, play on circus equipment, enjoy food trucks, face painting, and local vendors • All Ages • Tickets.

If I Ran The Circus

 


• 5/7/20-5/31/20: 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

06/16/20-08/142/20: The Reluctant Dragon | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame about a poetry-loving dragon, the boy who loves him and a plot to save the dragon from St. George. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.


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

Interesting gossip: Ian Fleming is the author of the James Bond novels. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was his only children’s novel. I recently learned that Roald Dahl helped write the screen play of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as one of the Bond films. Small world.


6/23/20-8/14/20: 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.

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

• 7/17/20-8/16/20: Catch Me If You Can | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • Based on the movie and true story of a teenage con artist. • 12+ • Tickets $17-$46/pp

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

SEPTEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 9/12/20-9/27/20: String | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • After the Fates refuse to bend the rules for Zeus, he banishes them to a New York City office building. • 12+ • Tickets $17-$46/pp


9/15/20-10/18/20: The Pout-Pout Fish | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • A puppet adaptation of Deborah Diesen’s book of the same name • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

9/29/20-11/15/20: 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+.


OCTOBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 10/6/20-11/27/20: 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.

• 10/14/20-10/18/20: Wolf Tales | DanceCo • Stay Tuned for More Information and read our review of Wolf Tales here.

Wolf Tales at Danceco

Image courtesy of Danceco

• 10/16/20-11/14/20: Meet Me in St. Louis | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • The story of Esther Smith and her family in the year leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. • All Ages • Tickets $17-$46/pp

NOVEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

11/3/20-1/3/21: The Wizard of Oz | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Follow Dorothy and Toto to Oz for CTC’s 2020 Holiday show. CTC last performed The Wizard of Oz in 2015. Read our review here. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

11/17/20-12/30/20: Snow White and the Seven Vikings | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • A Nordic spin on the Grimm Fairytale Classic. • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

• 11/17/20-12/30/20: The Elves and the Shoemaker | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • One of my favorite Grimm Fairytales. • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

DECEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 12/15/20-12/20/20: To Kill A Mockingbird | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Harper Lee’s coming of age novel on stage.• Recommended for 12+. Tickets.

JANUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 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.

• 1/23/21: 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+


1/26/21-3/7/21: Babble Lab | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The letters are taking over the science lab in this preschool production. • PreK • Tickets $15+.

FEBRUARY 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

2/12/21-2/21/21: Brigadoon | Artistry @ Bloomington Center for the Arts • Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical. Brigadoon is the story of a magical city in Scotland. Phantastes is a story of a magical land told by Scottish author, George MacDonald. • 8+ • Tickets $17-$46/pp

2/16/21-4/4/21: Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Red hair, pig tails, freckles and precocious adventures with Pippi. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

MARCH 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

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.

3/30/21-6/6/21: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Dr. Seuss and CTC always make a great family show. Read our review of the 2014 production here. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

APRIL 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

4/27/21-6/20/21: Diary of A Wimpy Kid | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Follow Greg as he navigates middle school. Read our review of the 2016 production here. • All Ages • Tickets $15+.

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.)

JUNE 2021 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

• 6/8/21-6/13/21: Cats! | Orpheum, Minneapolis • Based on the children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.• Recommended for 6+. Tickets.


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