When people think of California, we think great weather and Hollywood, the city of lights, camera, and action! Great acting and live performances begin and end here. But when was the last time (or first time) you took your kids to watch a real live theatre performance? We know what you’re thinking…that they’ll never sit through that. A little one sitting through a live performance filled with orchestral music? Sounds a little far-fetched, but you will believe it once you see it for yourselves. We’ve found some fun theatrical shows that are geared toward little audiences: total sitting time is trumped to 45 minute shows, an instrument petting zoo to familiarize the kids with the instruments, and kid-friendly themes like The Little Engine That Could. Just think it’s Disney on Ice, without the ice, cheaper tickets, and you’ll be supporting the local arts!

Pacific Symphony Family Musical Mornings
The Pacific Symphony has set aside kid-friendly and interactive performances called “Family Musical Mornings” for kids ages 5-11. All ticket holders have access to a Musical Carnival either before or after your show where the kids can interact with the musicians, performers and even test- drive instruments at the instrument petting zoo. All shows are about 45 minutes with no intermission and here are the upcoming shows for this Spring:

Cinderella, March 23
The story of Cinderella is told through life-sized puppets to the music from Prokofiev’s famous ballet.

Under The Sea, May 4
Music from The Little Mermaid as well as Debussy’s La Mer are showcased to paint the picture of underwater sea life.

Price: $19-$39
Buy tickets online here
Show Times: 10:00am and 11:30am

Musical Carnival Free for Ticket Holders: 9:00am for 10:00am ticketholders and 12:15pm for 11:30am ticketholders

Insider Tip: Only season ticket holders get discounts and free ticket exchanges in case you can’t make a show last minute. Non-season ticket holders can exchange tickets as long as it is made no later than 24 hours before the earliest affected concert (either the show you are leaving or the show you are exchanging into).

Pacific Symphony Family Musical Mornings
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, Ca

La Mirada Program for Young Audiences
La Mirada Theatre has been a well respected and highly praised for its performing arts since 1977. Thirty-five years later, more than 3 million patrons have enjoyed their wonderfully engaging performances. We love that they have Programs for Young Audiences where Broadway-style performances are geared towards kids ages 5 and up.  Shows are about one hour with no intermission, and it is the perfect spot to take your child to see their first live performance.

LA Opera’s The Magic Dream, February 17
Mozart’s The Magic Flute comes to life in a kid-friendly performance to allow young audiences experience this classic opera with vigor and imagination.

The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle, March 3
Their fun take on the popular kid’s book. Here’s a video preview to get your kids excited for the show.

Beauty & The Beast, March 17
A classic rendition of the Disney movie where Beauty discovers the inner beauty of the Beast that leads her to meet the true man he is.

Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theatre Co, May 19
All we can say is that there is a lot of tumbling, jumping, rolling, gliding, and dancing…all the while using inflatable props! There won’t be a dull moment in this performance.

Price: Child $8, Adult $12
Buy tickets online here
Show Times: 1:00pm and 3:30pm

Insider Tip: If you buy a subscription to all of the shows, you’ll receive a 25% discount. Just inquire about the discount when you call the box office.

La Mirada Theatre
14900 La Mirada Boulevard
La Mirada, Ca

— Sommy Rhee

Inflatable Theatre photo courtesy of La Mirada Theatre, all others were taken by Sommy!