There’s nothing like live theater to quicken the imagination of your little ones—and big ones, too! With fantastical sets, amazing costumes, funny songs, and some mind-boggling basketball tricks, these upcoming 2017 acts are sure to please the whole family. Check out your options below!


photo: Oregon Children’s Theater via Yelp

Oregon Children’s Theater: Fly Guy: The Musical 
Can you imagine what it’s like to have a fly for a pet? Buzz loves it! Fly Guy even meets other fly friends and works to thwart the crazy Super Swatter 6000! This fun play is great for young children 4 and up, with lots of goofy fly moves and some wacky costumes. The performance lasts 60 minutes and is sure to captivate even the youngest imaginations.

Jan. 14 – Feb. 12, 2017
Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway St., Portland

Oregon Children’s Theater: Flora and Ulysses
When a 10 year old girl calls herself a cynic, there’s not much folks can do to change her mind. But then an average squirrel gets sucked up by her vacuum cleaner and becomes Ulysses, a super-squirrel. Together Flora and Ulysses discover all of her animal friend’s new super powers—like flying and writing poetry! Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo ( The Tale of Despereaux, and Because of Winn Dixie). This play is best suited for children 7 and up with a runtime of 75 minutes.

Feb. 25 – March 26, 2017
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway St., Portland

Northwest Children’s Theater: Sleeping Beauty
Poor Sleeping Beauty gets pricked by a spinning needle and sleeps her days away. But what’s this? Where’d that giant bird come from? The traditional fairy tale gets a wacky new twist with a crazy company of birds and their feathered fiascos. Kids 5 and up will love it!

Jan. 28-Feb. 26
1819 NW Everett St., Portland


photo: Northwest Children’s Theater via NWCT

Portland Metro Arts: Once Upon a Time Family Theater
This production occurs monthly and offers a different fairy tale at each performance that kids and their grownups will love. A twist on the original tales keeps it fresh and interesting, and for those new to the stories, it’s a fun dip into a wide variety of tales from all over the world. Upcoming stories include Thumbelina, and Jorinda and Joringel, a German story about two friends and an evil witch.

These shows offer families a great deal too! Kids get in for only $1 and tickets for parents are just $2.

First Saturday of every month
9003 SE Stark Street, Portland
Phone: 503-408-0604


photo: Dan Generals via Flickr

Moda Center: The Harlem Globetrotters
The Globetrotters are coming to Portland! With amazing athleticism, stunning showmanship, and crack-you-up comedy, this is a basketball game the whole family will enjoy. Watch the owners of 15 current Guinness World Records (including the longest blindfolded basketball hook shot) play their legendary game. Your little athletes will be thrilled and amused at the same time!

Feb. 11, 2017, 2 p.m.
Moda Center
1 N Center Ct St., Portland

Artist’s Repertory Theater: The Importance of Being Earnest
Older kids and teenagers will love the hijinks, wordplay, and clever jokes in this classic play about falling in love and marriage. The Artist’s Rep theater gives it a new spin with a stunning all-female cast, but the tricks and proper use of the Queen’s tongue remain the same.

May 16-June 11, 2017
1516 SW Alder St.

What’s your favorite play or live show? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery