Kid-Friendly Theater, Music and Performing Arts in the Twin Cities

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.


You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

• Now-8/8/21 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Live outdoor production at Hopkins Downtown Park. Advanced tickets are required. No lap passes. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

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or… Look for it again at Open Window in August.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.

7/27/21-8/8/21| Park Square Theatre (outdoor plaza) • Alex Lion, Marty Zebra, Melman Giraffe, Gloria Hippo, and penguins in the musical adventure of a lifetime. • All Ages • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

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The Amazing Cowboat

Now-8/15/21 | Open Eye Theatre Driveway Tour • FREE public puppet shows in driveways around the Twin Cities. Puppet theatre is the perfect way to introduce the littlest kids to theater.

Kid-Friendly Theater - Kids standing by Open Eye Theare's Puppet Wagon
  • July 28th at 6pm: 8835 Fremont Ave S., Bloomington
  • August 7th at 4pm: 3626 Belden Dr NE, St. Anthony Village
  • August 15th at 2pm: 3626 14th Ave S., Minneapolis

The Emperor's New Clothes

Now-8/20/21 | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A comedic, musical version of the story of the vain emperor and the pride of his subjects • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Read the Classic Hans Christian Andersen version of the story  ->

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The Music Man

Now-12/31/21 | Chanhassen Dinner Theatre • A con man becomes entangled in a small community as he starts a community band in this family-friendly classic musical. Tickets.

Maestro Classics Bundle - Kid-Friendly Classical Music
Visit for classical music education in your living room


Down On The Farm: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure

8/4/21-8/22/21 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Outdoors immersive, theatrical experience based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books.  • Ages 0-5 • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Dress for the Occasion
Girl wearing Lamb Vest from Little Adventures
$24.99 on Little Adventures
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Illusion. Outside. Family Fun Saturday

• 8/21/21 | Lyndale Gardens, Richfield • Open Eye Theatre’s Driveway Tour presents the Amazing Cowboat • All Ages • FREE. Learn More Here.

Into the Woods

• 8/24/21 | Prairie Park, Otsego • A free performance of this comic fairy-tale mash up by Jr. SOAR Regional Arts,  7pm. • All Ages. • FREE Community Event.

This would be a good time to get familiar with the classic fairy tales ->

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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

8/27/21-8/29/21 | Open Window Theatre, Inver Grove Heights • Youth Musical. • All Ages • Tickets $ TBA.

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Illusion. Outside. Family Fun Saturday

• 9/11/21 | Lyndale Gardens, Richfield • Taiko Arts Midwest – A combination of music, dance, martial arts, athletics, and culture • All Ages • FREE. Learn More Here


Disney's Frozen - The Musical

• 10/7/21 – 10/24/21| Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis • This Broadway musical follows the Disney story of Frozen, but digs a little deeper into the characters. A perfect way to introduce theater to Disney Princess fans. • Ages 6+ • Tickets.

Dress for the Occasion
Two little girls playing in Little Adventures Ice Coronation Dresses
Little Adventures Dresses can survive the washing machine!
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Wolf Tales
Wolf Tales at Danceco - Kid-Friendly Theater & Dance

MEA Weekend 2021 | DanceCo • We love DanceCo for bringing a kid-friendly dance theater option to the Twin Cities. Stay Tuned for More Information and read our review of Wolf Tales here.

Dress for the Occasion
Girl dressed as Little Red Riding Hood with Little Adventures Deluxe Red Cloak
$29.99 on Little Adventures
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Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - Kid-Friendly Puppet Theater

November Date TBA | Z Puppets Rosenschnoz via Ordway Virtual Fieldtrip • Includes songs and storytelling of Cherokee tribal member Chris Griffith  • All Ages. • Online on YouTube.


11/7/21-1/9/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The inspiring story of the orphan who changes lives through her kindness, love & spirit. Kids love this Broadway musical. • All Ages. • Tickets $15-$73.

Save 25% through July 30th with Discount Code: HANNIGAN.

“Annie … is set in the Great Depression and the young hero of the story offers a profound voice of hope, determination, and optimism..”

– Director Peter Rothstein

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The Elves & The Shoemaker

11/16/21-12/30/21 | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington • A heartwarming adaptation of the classic fairytale  • All Ages. • Tickets $14.00-$21.00.

Read the Fairytale Before You Go  ->

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L.O.L. Suprise! Live

L.O.L. Surprise! Live Calling All B.B.s

11/17/21:  | State Theatre, Minneapolis • A Live Show for your favorite L.O.L. fan  • All Ages. • Tickets $23.50-$53.50.

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Get Ready for Christmas with an L.O.L Advent Calendar –>

Elf The Musical, Jr.

11/19/21-12/27/21 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Follow Buddy as he goes in search of his real family after being raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop in this kid-friendly Broadway musical. • All Ages • Tickets $18.00-$33.00.

Get an illustrated storybook to go with this classic story. —->

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• 12/7/21 – 12/19/21 | Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis • The Broadway fairy tale that explores what if Princess Anastasia survived. A family-friendly musical. • Ages 8+ • Tickets.

Anastasia and Her Sisters is a YA Novel exploring the life of the Romanov daughters.  ->

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Edward Tulane Choral Suite

• Watch Beginning December 13, 2021 | Minnesota Opera • While the full-scale opera has been delayed, the Minnesota Opera is sharing a virtual concert of highlights from the opera based on the book by Kate DiCamillo • ALL AGES • Watch FREE online.

Read the book ->

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Bina’s Six Apples

Bina's Six Apples - Playwright Lloyd Suh

1/9/22-2/13/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The journey of a young Korean girl searching for her family after war forces them from their home. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

“Bina’s Six Apples is rooted in family lore. It is inspired by my parents, in what they experienced as children during the Korean War, but it is equally inspired by my kids—not just in the remarkable differences in how they’re growing up, but in the similarities, too.

My greatest ambition for the play is that it speaks to both generations: their emotions, their imaginations, their sense of discovery and journey towards empathy. The play was written for young audiences, of course—but also for their parents and grandparents.”

– Playwright Lloyd Suh

The North Star

1/14/22-2/13/22 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A Dance interpretation of the the Peter Reynolds Book. • All Ages • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

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Circus Abyssinia: Tulu

1/18/22-2/13/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The journey of a young Korean girl searching for her family after war forces them from their home. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

Read our review of Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams from September 2019.

“With our new show, Tulu, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the story of Ethiopian icon and Olympic legend, Derartu Tulu, the first African woman to win Olympic gold.

Creators Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam

Circus Abyssinia Performers on ropes - Image D. Rubene
Photos by David Rubene Photography and courtesy Children's Theatre Company.


Something Happened in Our Town

2/27/22-3/27/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • Two young friends—Emma, who is White and Josh, who is Black—have questions when a “something happens” in their town. Both children have conversations with their families to try and make sense of what happened and get the answers they need. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

Based on the book by the same name —>
Watch CTC’s Dramatic Reading of the Book Below.

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“In a time of reckoning in our country, this work is a call to action, to facilitate the much-needed discussion about inclusion, compassion, and what it really means to be peace makers in our homes, schools, and communities. ”

Playwright Cheryl L. West


Tuck Everlasting

3/4/22-3/20/22 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Based on the book of the same name, meet Winnie Foster and Tuck, an immortal. • Ages 7+ • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

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Disney Princess: The Concert

• 3/17/22 | State Theatre, Minneapolis • 7 pm show featuring a quartet of Disney princesses in an evening of story, animation and song. Tickets $34.00-$69.00.

Dress for the Occasion -->
Three girls dressed as princesses in Little Adventures costumes
Dress for the occasion with our affiliate partner, Little Adventures.


What Do You Do With An Idea?

4/8/22-5/8/22 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • A boy decides what he should do with an idea that won’t be ignored. • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Read the Book –>

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

 4/22/22-6/18/22 | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • The beloved book series by Jeff Kinney hits the stage in musical fashion. •  Tickets on Sale in July.

“This tale of the hunger to fit in and the understanding of the true value of friendship is something that touches all of us with its laughter, its music, and its heart.”

– Peter C. Brosius,
Artistic Director

Read the book together —>

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cast 2016
Find Gianna's review of the 2016 Production Here.

All American Boys 

• 4/29/22-5/22/22 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 the book by Jason Reynolds ->

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Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.

• 6/24/22-8/7/22 | Stages Theatre, Hopkins • Somewhat based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, but mostly a Disney story, this junior version of the Broadway Musical is a fun way to introduce theater to kids of any age. Read Gianna’s review of the 2015 production here. • All Ages • Tickets $17.00-$24.00.

Read It: 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.

Dress for the Occasion:
Little Girl in Mermaid Dress Listening to Shell
Dress for the Show in a Little Adventures Mermaid Dress
Stages Theatre Co.
Beautiful Ariel from the 2015 Stages production.



4/4/23-5/7/23 | 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.

Read Jean Fritz’s biography  ->
or Take a Free Online Hamilton Education Course.

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Find Discounts on THEATER & 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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