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7 Shows Your Kids Should See This Spring

An afternoon at the theater is the perfect opportunity to transport yourself to another world. See your favorite literary and movie characters brought to life on stage. There are even shows that last only 60 minutes for the youngest audiences and ones where the performers are kids themselves. Get your tickets today!

photo: Deen van Meer

Disney's THE LION KING

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap.The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts! Note: This show is not until summer but it's going to HUGE so buy your tickets today!

The Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA
Showing: July 15-Aug. 9
Ticketsbroadwaysanjose.com

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING!  But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something.  Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. 

Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Showing: April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketstickets.lutherburbankcenter.org

Newsies

Led by Jack Kelly, New York Newsboys go on strike against the unfair practices of the publishing giants.  This Tony-Award winning show features the songs "Seize the Day" and "Carrying the Banner," and gives audiences a peek of what life was like at the turn of the 19th Century.  This performance is approximately 2.5 hours long with one 15 minute intermission and is appropriate for ages 5 and above due to subject matter.

Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
Showing: March 7-8, 13-15
Ticketstickets.mvcpa.com

Uni the Unicorn

The other unicorns laugh, but Uni, who has golden hooves and sparkling purple eyes, is sure that little girls are real. Far away (but not that far) a real little girl believes in unicorns, despite what everyone says. One day, rain steals the magic from unicorn land. Can wishing for friendship restore it?

BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
Showing: Sat.-Sun., Apr. 18-May 24

Sunnyvale Community Center
550 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA
Showing: Sat.-Sun., May 30-June 7

Children's Creativity Museum Theater
221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA
Showing: Sat.-Sun., June 13-28

Ticketsbactheatre.org

Dog Man: The Musical!

Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!!

Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Showing: May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketstickets.lutherburbankcenter.org

photo: Matthew Murphy

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you haven't had a chance to see the two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet, now is the time to get your tickets! Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards with one of those for Best Play. Read our review (no spoilers!) here

The Curran Theater
445 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
Showing: Through Aug. 2
Tickets): harrypottertheplay.com

—Kate Loweth

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