Pack up the pint-sized thespians and head to the theater. The Bay Area is packed with productions that cater to kids (and the kid in all of us). Whether you want to see your favorite book come to life or if you’d rather join in the audience participation antics of a pirate production, there’s something for everyone this spring on the stage!

Matilda the Musical

Photo by Joan Marcus

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical 
There’s a reason that this TIME Magazine #1 show of the year is an instant favorite for adults and kids alike. Roald Dahl’s story instantly draws you in as the effervescent Matilda uses her quick wit and vivid imagination to re-write her own destiny.

The Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, Ca
Showing: March 7-12
Tickets: broadwaysanjose.com

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
If you have a Peppa addict in your house, then you need to reserve some seats for this live show. Combining elements from a number of the program’s best loved episodes, this show is an all-singing, all-dancing family treat, that perfectly captures the charm of the TV series. Upgrade to the Party Pass to nab one of the best seats in the house and a ticket to the show’s after party.

Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, Ca
Showing: March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: tickets.lutherburbankcenter.org

luzia by cirque du soleil

Photo by Matt Beard

LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil
Contortionist, acrobats, jugglers, and hoop dancers are just the start of the vivid masterpiece that is LUZIA. Dreamlike narratives, over-the-top sets and incredible costumes make it a hit for all ages. Opt for a VIP ticket and spend some time under a special mini Big Top before the show and during intermission, where food, drink and free flowing (and free) popcorn awaits. See our full review here.

Taylor Street Bridge
San Jose, Ca
Showing: Through March 19
Tickets: cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

Planet Fizz
The inclusive cast of special needs performers and young adults play a group of small-town friends, reminiscing about previous aspirations while adventuring from planet to planet.

Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, Ca
Showing: February 26
Tickets: tickets.mvcpa.com

Raggedy Ann and Andy
When one of their fellow dolls is snatched, Raggedy Ann and Andy leave the toy box to search for her, taking along a worn-out camel. Their search becomes a grand adventure, complete with pirates!

Center for the Performing Arts – Second Stage
500 Castro Ave.
Mountain View, Ca
Showing: March 24-25
Tickets: tickets.mvcpa.com

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Photo courtesy of Community Center Theatre

Ugly Duckling
This uplifting story by Hans Christian Anderson is ideal for kids through grade 5. They will love hearing the story of how the ugly duckling becomes a handsome swan.

Community Center Theatre
550 E. Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale, Ca
Showing: March 11, March 25 and April 1
Tickets: ctcinc.org

Rumpelstiltskin
This 45 minute performance based on the story by the Grimm Brothers is specially designed for kids ages 3-6. The performers will welcome the audience into the theater where kids sit on the carpet to watch the show.

Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo ALto, Ca
Showing: March 25-26
Tickets: cityofpaloalto.org

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Photo courtesy of Marin Center Showcase Theater

Cinderella Gone to the Dogs
Audiences will be delighted by this contemporary, fractured adaptation of the timeless fairytale featuring Broadway-style songs, dancing, comedy, magic and surprises. With a creative twist on the traditional “Cinderella” story, familiar characters are portrayed as dogs, except for the Fairy God-Mouser, portrayed as a cat. The musical story follows Cinderella as she goes from life in the doghouse to “Best In Show” at the Bow Wow Ball.

Marin Center Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, Ca
Showing: March 4
Tickets: tickets.marincenter.org

Fearsome Pirate Frank
This hilarious production is full of audience interaction and pirate antics, perfect for kids of all ages.

Central Middle School
Mustang Hall
828 Chestnut Street
San Carlos, Ca
Showing: March 10-19
Tickets: sancarloschildrenstheater.com

Fly Guy
Buzz has the most unusual pet – a fly named Fly Guy! Though the pairing appears odd, Buzz and Fly Guy discover that their friendship can help them overcome any challenge they face, including a nefarious manufacturer of fly swatters! This world premiere musical about a boy and his fly is based on the popular book series by Tedd Arnold.

Freight & Salvage
202 Addison Street
Berkeley, Ca
Showing: April 8- May 7

Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Road
San Ramon, Ca
Showing: May 13-14

Children’s Creativity Museum Theater
221 4th Street
San Francisco, Ca
Showing: May 20 – June 11

Tickets: bactheatre.org

Which performance makes the cut this spring? Let us know below!

–Kate Loweth