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.


DECEMBER 2020 KID-FRIENDLY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

Now – February 6, 2021: 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.

November 19-22, 2020: A Christmas Carol | Virtually via Park Square Theatre • A version of A Christmas Carol based on the 1939 radio-play. • All Ages. Families are invited early to learn about the radio art of foley (sound effects) in the SteppingStone Theatre Children’s Corner – 15 minutes before the broadcast. • $30/Household.

Beginning November 20, 2020: 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

Saturday, December 12, 2020 @ 10am-10:20am VocalEssence Story & Song, December | VocalEssence YouTube • A FREE video series designed especially for  PreK+ to create a positive sense of self, spark curiosity, and inspire empathy  while  celebrating the multitude of cultures in our community.  Features a book and a song, as well as a visit from an author.  FREE.

• Sunday, December 13, 2020 @ 1 pm: Virtual – ASI’s Lucia Celebration Concert | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis • Celebrate light in the winter with a special virtual concert on Zoom featuring the ASI Lucia Choir performing traditional Swedish music. Join the 2020 Lucias, Emmie Gumaelius of St. Paul and Nina Duffy of Mahtomedi, who have been participating in ASI’s Lucia Choir since age 4!  We will also provide fun activities for you and your family throughout the day. Registration is required. $10 per household connection.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 @ 12:30pm: 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.

Saturday, January 16, 2021 @ 2pm-2:30pm: VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Series – Believe | VocalEssence Website • Let freedom ring as members of VocalEssence Singers Of This Age dare you to believe in a world where people are “not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Through solo and group performances, these young musicians will use the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to help us see how our actions can create a more inclusive world.  Tickets: $15/Household.

Saturday, January 23, 2021 @ 10am-10:20am VocalEssence Story & Song, December | VocalEssence YouTube • A FREE video series designed especially for  PreK+ to  create a positive sense of self, spark curiosity, and inspire  empathy while celebrating the multitude of cultures in our community.  Features a book and a song, as well as a visit from an author.  FREE.

• 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

Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 10am-10:20am VocalEssence Story & Song, December | VocalEssence YouTube • A FREE video series designed especially for  PreK+ to  create a positive sense of self, spark curiosity, and inspire  empathy while celebrating the multitude of cultures in our community.  Features a book and a song, as well as a visit from an author.  FREE.

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+.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ 2pm-2:30pm: VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Series – Create | VocalEssence Website • Will you be a witness? Join the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and the VocalEssence Teaching Artists as they journey through American history to trace the power of creative expression to heal, connect people, and make change. Through solo and group performances, be inspired to find your voice and create your own art to shape a world where all dreams can become realities.  Tickets: $15/Household.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 @ 10am-10:20am VocalEssence Story & Song, December | VocalEssence YouTube • A FREE video series designed especially for  PreK+ to  create a positive sense of self, spark curiosity, and inspire  empathy  while celebrating the multitude of cultures in our community.  Features a book and a song, as well as a visit from an author.  FREE.

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.

3/20/21-3/21/21: Annual Spring Ice Show | The Rec Center, St. Louis Park • The Saint Louis Park Skate School skaters annual show. Tickets $7 advance or $10 at the door.

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 Seville, Frozen, 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.)

Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 2pm-2:30pm: VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Series – Celebrate | VocalEssence Website • Move your body and raise your voice to celebrate the beauty of Mexico. Join VocalEssence Singers of This Age and local school partners as they perform new music written by Mexican composer Julio Morales. Dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores will lead Mexican folk dances, and join Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III in singing Mexican songs to celebrate the day.  Tickets: $15/Household.

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

8/4/21-8/22/21: 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.
  • Find the deals below from affiliate partner, Goldstar*. You can choose the “Family” category to find kid-friendly shows.

 

 

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