From productions that bring your favorite TV characters to life to ones that use brooms, garbage cans and hubcaps as percussion instruments, you can definitely find a show that your kids will enjoy this spring. There’s even shows that last only 60 minutes for the youngest audiences and ones where the performers are kids themselves. Get your tickets today!

photo: Alabastro Photography

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD – LIVE! : KING FOR A DAY
Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes you on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Showing: March 24
Tickets: shnsf.com

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Join the race as Judy and Stink follow clues in their quest for doubloons and a trip on a pirate ship. Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt brings Megan McDonald’s delightful story to the stage for the first time.

BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
Showing: select dates March 16-April 29

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Children’s Creativity Museum Theater
221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA
Showing: select dates May 4-27

Ticketsbactheatre.org

photo: Lyn Healy, Spotlight Moments Photography

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth
Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. What will he do, though, when his tusk breaks on his favorite candy? A world premiere adaptation of the colorful children’s book by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel.

Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
Showing: March 24
Ticketstickets.mvcpa.com

photo: PAW Patrol Live

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Showing: April 28-29
Tickets: shnsf.com

Into the Woods
When a baker and his wife learn of a witch’s curse preventing them from bearing a child, they embark on a magical scavenger hunt to break the spell. With the help of Cinderella and Jack and his Beanstalk, they succeed only to find that their actions have ominous consequences.  This musical production features performers ages 10 & up from the Performing Arts Academy of Marin.

Marin Center Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA
Showing: March 23-24
Ticketstickets.marincenter.org

photo: Jeremy Daniel

Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up—one of the most beloved stories of all time. Enjoy an exploration of imagination full of music, mesmerizing sets and plenty of laughs.

The Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA
Showing: April 17-22
Ticketsbroadwaysanjose.com

photo: Steve McNicholas

STOMP
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. The eight-member troupe uses everything except traditional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnifying rhythms for an electrifying show.

The Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA
Showing: May 4-6
Ticketsbroadwaysanjose.com

photo: Helen Murray

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Part of the Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 60-minute show based on the book that includes original songs and performing penguin puppets. Arrive early and you can enjoy Free Fun with Art which starts an hour before the show. There will be pizza and drinks available for purchase before the show.

Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Showing: April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketstickets.lutherburbankcenter.org

Inside Out & Back Again
Ten-year-old Hà and her family flee from Vietnam to Alabama, where she dreams of her beloved papaya tree and struggles to adjust in a strange new land. A world premiere by Min Kahng, based on Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai’s award-winning story told in poetry. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
Showing: select dates March 31-May 27
Ticketsbactheatre.org

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Even the littlest theater-goers will enjoy this 60-minute production of everyone’s favorite book about cement mixers, bulldozers and excavators. Will they ever get to sleep? Come and find out! Arrive early and you can enjoy Free Fun with Art which starts an hour before the show. There will be pizza and drinks available for purchase before the show.

Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Showing: May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketstickets.lutherburbankcenter.org

photo: Matthew Murphy

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Showing: June 27-July 22
Tickets: shnsf.com

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

—Kate Loweth