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 may still require proof of vaccination and/or masking during the event. We recommend reviewing the venues policies prior to deciding whether to buy tickets. 

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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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JANUARY 2023

Almost Maine

January 26-29, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
A romantic comedy under the Northern Lights of Almost, Maine.  • Best for Tweens, Teens & Adults •  Tickets $15-$20 – Save with Online Presale Tickets.

Winter Carnival “Song and Dance” - St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert

January 29, 2023 @ 2pm
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Featuring music about song and dance. • All Ages • FREE • Learn More About St. Paul Civic Symphony.

January 29, 2023 @ 2pm
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.

The Little Prince

Now – February 5, 2023
The Guthrie, 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The favorite children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery brought to the state. • Ages 8+ •  Tickets $20+.

Maybe

• Now – 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.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance January 16, 2023.

LocoMotion

• Now – 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-$64.

Discounts: Rush Tickets are $15-$25/pp

For Current reviews, parental guidance and upcoming shows:
What’s Playing at Children’s Theater Company

FEBRUARY 2023

Mary Poppins, Jr.!

February 3-5 & 10-12, 2023
Forest Lake Area High School, 6101 Scandia Trail N. Forest Lake, MN 55025
The musical adventures of Mary Poppins and the Banks Children •  Tickets $8-$15/pp.

Discounts: Pay-What-You-Can Tickets available for any performance.

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.

February 10-11, 2023 
Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Watch this classic Chaplin film featuring a live orchestra • All Ages • $15.00 • Friday & Saturday evenings: 6:30pm Doors/8pm show; Saturday Matinee: 1:30pm Doors/3pm show

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.

Discounts: Find $8 Tickets through our Goldstar Affiliate Link.

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-$64.

Discounts: Rush Tickets are $15-$25/pp. Lap Passes available for kids 3 and under.

For Current reviews, parental guidance and upcoming shows:
What’s Playing at Children’s Theater Company

ArtStart's Children's Concert - St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert

February 26, 2023 @ 2pm
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade St, St Paul, MN 55106
Featuring Jan Gilbert’s Hmong story piece, “Nine-in-One, Grrr, Grrr!”. Arrive at 2pm to participate in pre-concert art activities, then watch a performance of an original composition based on the Hmong folktale, Nine-in-One, Grr Garr! • All Ages • FREE • Learn More About St. Paul Civic Symphony.

MARCH 2023

Hi, Ho, Robin Hood

March 2-5, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
Follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they save Maid Marian for the evil Prince John.  • Family-Friendly •  Tickets $15-$20 – Save with Online Presale Tickets.

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.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance March 5, 2023.

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.

Music from the Czech-Slovak Region - St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert

February 26, 2023 @ 2pm
Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113
Featuring Music from the Czech-Slovak Region. • All Ages • FREE • Learn More About St. Paul Civic Symphony.

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 6, 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.

April 13-23, 2023
Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
This modern circus is all about thrilling spectators with acrobatics, daredevils, and other feats of skill in the ring under the Big Top • Family-Friendly •  Get 2 for 1 Tickets with our exclusive code: FFTC.

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The SpongeBob Musical

April 14-30, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
A musical adventure following Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants and friends as they attempt to stop an erupting volcano from destroying Bikini Bottom. • Family-Friendly •  Save with Online Presale 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.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance April 16, 2023.

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.

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Brambletown Album Release Concert

April 22, 2023; 11am & 2pm
Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102 
Celebrate the Okee Dokee Brothers‘ newest album – Brambletown with a concert at the Ordway! Ages 6+. •  Tickets $32.89.

The Okee Dokee Brothers - Justin with banjo and Joe with acoustic guitar

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age - Change Sings

April 22, 2023; 2pm & 4:30pm
Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Twin Cities teens perform music ranging from classical to hip-hop. •  Tickets $25.

• 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-$64.

Discounts: Rush Tickets are $15-$25/pp. Lap Passes available for kids 3 and under.

Time Travel

April 28 – May 7, 2023
Circus Juventas, 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
Travel through time with Circus Juventas. All Ages. Tickets on Sale March 2023.

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.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance April 30, 2023.

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.

Annual Mother’s Day Concert - St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert

May 14, 2023 @ 1pm
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Celebrate the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote with Stacy Garrop’s “The Battle for the Ballot”. • All Ages • FREE • Learn More About St. Paul Civic Symphony.

JUNE 2023

Tiny Thumbelina

June 15-18, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
Follow Thumbelina on her beloved fairy tale adventures. • Family-Friendly •  Save with Online Presale Tickets.

Descendants - The Musical

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

The Pirates of Treasure Island

June 27-August 11, 2023
Sidekick Theatre, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437
A musical version of the story of Treasure Island. All Ages.
•  Tickets $14-$19.

JULY 2023

Honk Jr.

July 20-23, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
An Ugly Duckling Story. • Ages 3+ •  Save with Online Presale Tickets.

Time Travel

July 26 – August 13, 2023
Circus Juventas, 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
Arthurian legends come to life in the summer of 2023. All Ages. Tickets on Sale March 2023.

August 2023

Beauty and the Beast

August 2023
Children’s Performing Arts, Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Stay tuned for more details about this “Tale as Old as Time”. •  Tickets On Sale June 12, 2023.

Discounts: Pay-What-You-Can Tickets available for any performance.

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.

Discounts: Pay What You Can Performance August 6, 2023.

December 2023

The Christmas Bus

December 7-17, 2023
Northern Starz Center, 5300 Alpine Drive NW, Ramsey, MN 55303
A Christmas Comedy for the family •  Save with Online Presale Tickets.

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
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
Image courtesy of IHOB; photo by Bruce Silcox.

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
FFTC kids at Open Eye Figure Theater's annual ice cream social.

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)
Steppingstone's New Home in the Park Square Theater

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 True Story of the Three Little Pigs at Stages Theatre
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 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
Proscenium Stage

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-$25.
  • 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.
  • Saint Paul Civic Symphony – Always FREE Concerts
  • 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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