While you wait for (it) those coveted Hamilton tickets to go on sale, prep your mini thespians for a future of theater appreciation with some live shows perfect for kids (and parents) of all ages. This spring a whole slate of amazing shows geared towards families will be making their debut so we’ve compiled a guide to the kid shows you gotta see this season.
photo: Creating Arts Company Facebook page
Tangled Fairy Tales 2: March 11-April 1
It’s never too early to nurture a love of live theater. The Creating Arts Company is the best troupe in LA to introduce the youngest tots to the thrills of the theater. Their mini plays and musicals are light on effects, costumes and make-up to keep kids comfortable, but heavy on fun and the interactive experience. This season’s original production of Tangled Fairy Tales 2 is no exception. Mixing together classic characters kids love, with pop tunes the whole family will enjoy, you’ll all get in on the act. If you miss this fast approaching show, check the website. Creating Arts is always staging new productions for the youngest theatergoers. Recommended Age: 3-9. Tickets are $15-$30. Saturdays and Sundays 2-3 p.m., March 11- April 1.
1404 Third St.
Into The Woods: April 4-May 14
You might have already watched the Meryl Streep-starring film version of this Stephen Sondheim classic, but there’s really nothing quite like watching this wickedly entertaining tail unfold on stage. This one is definitely for your more mature theater-goers, but a perfect first introduction to the magnificent Ahmanson. Recommended Age: 10 & up. Tickets start at $25. Evening shows Tues.-Sun. and matinees on Sat. & Sun., April 4-May 14.
135 N. Grand Ave
Junie B. Jones Essential Guide To School: April 7
Fans will love watching this beloved and hilarious book series come to life on stage. In this musical production, Junie B. Jones shares (and sings about) all the wonderful tips and insights she’s learned in her first year and a half of school. Recommended Age: 5 & up. Tickets are $14. Two shows at 9:45 & 11:30 a.m., April 7.
Civic Arts Plaza Thousand Oaks
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
photo: The Wallis
Elephant and Piggie: April 22-23
It’s impossible not to love this adorable duo no matter your age. Mo Willems fans, young and old, will definitely not be disappointed by this musical inspired by the young readers book series that has it’s stars (and audience) singing and dancing. Recommended age: 4 & up. Tickets are $25-$35 depending on seats. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 & 4 p.m. Sunday at noon and 2:30 p.m., April 22-23.
The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
The Cat in the Hat: April 22-23
The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about putting on a colorful fun-filled show with costumes and props that look like they were plucked right from the book’s illustrations. Fans of this mischievous cat will enjoy his antics playing out live and their mothers (and fathers) will not mind at all coming along for the ride. Recommended age: 3 & up. Tickets are $25. Shows at 11 a.m. & 2pm on Sat. & Sun., April 22-23.
The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
photo: Los Angeles Drama Club Facebook page
Shakespeare Youth Festival LA: April 22-May 13
The best part about this bi-annual festival is not that it introduces young audiences to the Bard, but that it does it with casts full of kids. As the nation’s youngest Shakespeare troupe, the classic works become a lot more relatable when the actors have the same bedtime as the ticket-holders. This year’s spring line-up includes a musical version of Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. Recommended age: 6 & up. Show times and ticket prices TBA.
Fais Do Do
3235 W. Adams Blvd.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: April 29-May 13
The timeless story about breaking and entering has been imparting wisdom to readers for generations. This theatrical version is sure to lay down the same important lessons, along with an hour of entertaining songs, laughs, and a few unique twists on the tried and true. Recommended age: 4 & up. Tickets are $16-$18. Saturdays & Sundays at 1 & 4 p.m., April 29-May 13.
Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Drive
photo: The Chance Theater Facebook page
Fancy Nancy The Musical: May 5-May 28
Put on your frilliest outfit and get fancy with Nancy. Fans of the book series about a precocious young girl with a splendiferous (that’s fancy for excellent) vocabulary is even more entertaining and colorful on stage than on the page. Back by popular demand, this run of the show also offers an amazing opportunity to meet the illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser with a tea party immediately following select performances. Recommended age: 4 & up, there is also a relaxed performance for those with sensory issues that kids under 4 can attend. Ticket prices TBA. Matinee performances at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. and evenings at 7 p.m., May 5-May 28.
The Chance Theater
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: May 19-June 4
This timeless Judy Blume tale of sibling rivalry was probably a favorite of your own childhood and still rings true today. Kids and parents will all recognize themselves in the action and laugh as Peter deals with his troublemaking little brother Fudge. Recommended age: 4 & up. Tickets start at $27. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m., May 19 – June 4.
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Seussical The Musical: June 24-July 29
The good doctor’s best characters come to life in this musical about all things Seuss. As a non-profit, all volunteer company, the Morgan-Wixson is the perfect place to introduce kids to the magic of community theater. If your kids get bitten by the acting bug while you’re there, find out about joining the Y.E.S. program, which offers youth acted plays and musicals for kids ages 8-18. Recommended age: 4 & up. Tickets are $28. Show times TBA.
2627 Pico Blvd.
What shows are you most excited to see this season? Share your favorites in the comments!