Your Source For What's on Stage in the Chicago Area

Show or theatre
Show or theatre Search by date
Advanced Search

List Of Children's Shows Now Playing

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.

Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery
Mesmerized: A Ben Franklin Science & History Mystery

Embark on a journey to France with Ben Franklin, one of our country's founding fathers and most famous scientists, and his smart, outspoken young niece, Sarah, where they discover that people are magically being cured by a mysterious man-Mesmer. Through fabulous storytelling, fast-paced comedy and drawing from true stories of Franklin's many scientific discoveries and inventions, Ben and Sarah employ the Scientific Method to put Mesmer's mystical powers to the test. Is it science, is it magic, or will we all be Mesmerized? Kids, come help solve this scientific mystery!

Monster High Live
Monster High Live

Monster High Live brings your favorite children of legendary monsters to the stage. A multi-talented cast led by new students, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf, and Frankie Stein, are getting ready for the annual Monster Ball Skelebration. Our boo crew is looking for more mon-stars to join their group for the big performance at this spirited party. Auditions begin with a lively search for beyond the usual Britney Fears or Scary Styles, but for ahh-mazing and talented Monster High students, including Deuce Gorgon, Lagoona Blue, Ghoulia Yelps, and more! Clawesome music and electrifying production numbers lead our stars to realize that embracing differences and working together is the key to success and that every monster is welcome! Unleash your inner monster and show off what makes you fearlessly unique at the show!

List Of Children's Shows Coming Soon

Animaniacs Live!
Animaniacs Live! Opens Oct 7

It's time for Animaniacs...IN CONCERT! Join the voices of Animaniacs - the iconic animated Warner Bros series (produced by Steven Spielberg) - for a "zany, animany and totally insaney" evening as they perform the world-famous songs from the beloved cartoon series backed by the original projected animation.

Junie B Jones
Junie B Jones Opens Oct 7

Adapted from Barbara Parks' perennially popular early-reader book series, this TYA classic follows the uproarious escapades of a plucky first-grader who documents a spate of adventures with family and friends in her magnificent new "top-secret personal beeswax" diary. Featuring a lively score and hilarious book, Junie B. Jones makes a joyous start to the new YPT season!

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood Opens Oct 19

Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red's adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you'll be humming all the way to Grandma's. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.

Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza
Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza Opens Oct 22

This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come join the party!

Pinocchio Opens Oct 25

WHAT: Chicago Kids Company - Theater for Children (CKC) presents Pinocchio, a one-hour musical adaptation! Can you help Pinocchio make the right choices and become a real boy? Come meet Geppetto the Toymaker, the Blue Fairy, and the rest of Pinocchio's friends as he learns to be honest, unselfish, and brave. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show is perfect for children ages 2 to 10!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - The Greatest Show On Earth
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - The Greatest Show On Earth Opens Nov 3

Bringing to life an arena spectacle at unbelievable scale, The Greatest Show On Earth will debut stunning feats of real human achievement, musical performances blended with aerial artistry, modern comedy, and never-before-seen acts on highwire, trapeze, bicycles, and more. The reimagined American icon will captivate families through a multi-platform, 360-degree experience that brings fans into the action, creating real connections between audiences and performers from all over the world - coming to the Chicago area with six performances at Allstate Arena.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Opens Nov 4

Now a popular annual tradition, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family's holiday festivities. Three adorable Beatrix Potter favorite tales are unspooled in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with live music. Then, audience members are invited on stage to pull the levers and turn the same cranks that produced such whimsical images of surprise and delight. After photos with the cast, families are whisked to a Victorian-style dining hall, which is adorned with beautiful holiday decor and open tables set with cookies and warm cocoa.

KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour at Warner Theatre
KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour at Warner Theatre Opens Nov 9

The KIDZ BOP Never Stop Live Tour is BACK and coming to a city near you this fall! Sing and dance along with the KIDZ BOP Kids as they perform today's biggest hits, live on stage including "Anti-Hero," "CUFF IT," "As It Was," and many more. This is the ultimate pop concert for kids (and the entire family!), so don't miss out on making memories that will last a lifetime!

Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Opens Nov 14

It's three days before Christmas and Mayor Fox has just announced a Christmas talent contest with a grand prize of fifty dollars! Meanwhile, times are tough for Ma and Emmet Otter since Pa passed away, and winning that prize money would allow them to secretly buy each other a Christmas gift. Emmet considers forming a jug-band with his friends, but in order to do that he'll have to put a hole in Ma's washtub. The problem is, Ma earns money by doing other folks' laundry in the washtub. Ma thinks about hocking Pa's old toolbox so she can make a costume for the contest, but Emmet uses those tools to do odd jobs. As Christmas Eve and the talent contest quickly approach, will Ma and Emmet sacrifice what little they have, or will their Christmas wishes come true?

Wild Kratts Live!
Wild Kratts Live! Opens Nov 17

The Emmy-nominated PBS kids' TV show The Wild Kratts Live! brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to the Rosemont Theatre. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some "wow facts!" about animals, and then they'll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers -- live on stage -- with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you'll join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families!

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Opens Dec 5

It's almost Christmas, and Santa's list is missing! Join Mrs. Claus and the Elf Class of 2022 as they try to find it in time to save Christmas. Who stole the list? How will they get it back? Will Mrs. Claus save the day? Chicago Kids Company's biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time! The show will be performing at both the Beverly Arts Center and the Stahl Family Theater so check website for times at each theatre.

Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before...
Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before... Opens Dec 7

'Twas the Night Before... is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the wonders of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of families this holiday season. Join Isabella, a curious girl who's become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by the original timeless poem.

Shrek: The Musical
Shrek: The Musical Opens Dec 20

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek: The Musical brings the favorite animated characters to life, from Fiona to Donkey to the Gingerbread Cookie's ongoing fights with The Muffin Man. Winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, there's more to this story than meets the ears.

a home what howls (or the house what was ravine)
a home what howls (or the house what was ravine) Opens Feb 7

A coyote howling. A home in disarray. A young woman alone. In Matthew Paul Olmos' world premiere, Soledad Vargas is in the city, fighting for her family's right to live on their land. When hope starts to dwindle, how far will she go, and what will she be forced to leave behind? A modern myth drawn from the real life struggles of displaced communities around the globe, a home what howls is a lyrically-rendered quest of youth activism standing against forces of injustice.

The Diary Of Anne Frank
The Diary Of Anne Frank Opens Feb 16

Updating the original 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning text, playwright Wendy Kesselman draws on more recently available diary entries to forge a more complicated, authentic, and fascinating central character. With Antisemitic incidents at an all-time high, the adaptation also centers the Jewishness of those in hiding. YPT's goal is to spark in children a lasting interest in theatre and this riveting and uncompromising family-focused Anne Frank will galvanize a less-served tween and teen demographic.

Skunk and Badger
Skunk and Badger Opens Mar 2

Badger loves nothing more than studying his rock collection in peace and quiet. So, when his Aunt Lula sends a letter saying he must share her brownstone home with her friend Skunk, he tries everything under the sun to get Skunk out! But is it wise to judge a book by its cover, or a rock by its texture, or a skunk by their scent? Strap in for wild antics, new friendships, and lots of chickens in this world premiere adaptation about stepping out of your comfort zone.

Disney Princess: The Concert
Disney Princess: The Concert Opens Mar 10

For generations, the music of Disney's princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, these beloved songs come alive on stage with a host of acclaimed Broadway and television stars in Disney Princess - The Concert! Your every dream will come true as larger than life animation and theatrical effects immerse the audience in pure Disney magic, while these powerhouse talents sing your favorite princess, hero and (yes!) villain songs, and share behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen. We invite you to relive your VHS glory days, dress up in your favorite royal attire, and share the joy of Disney with your loved ones at this internationally acclaimed concert experience. Be part of our world at Disney Princess - The Concert!

Bluey's Big Play
Bluey's Big Play Opens May 3

Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes, and alert the grannies! It's time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be coming to the Auditorium Theater with the Bluey live show, Bluey's Big Play The Stage Show! The Emmy Award-winning animated preschool series, which airs on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+, will be "taking the show on the road" to the Auditorium Theater with 5 performances:

Last Stop On Market Street
Last Stop On Market Street Opens May 11

Visiting his grandmother's unfamiliar neighborhood, 6-year-old CJ discovers friendship, empathy, and joy in unexpected places. Adapted by Cheryl L. West from Matt de la Peņa and Christian Robinson's Newberry Award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street's glorious score is by Paris Ray Dozier and his father, Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown hits like How Sweet It Is and Stop! In the Name of Love. Originally developed by the Chicago Children's Theatre and the Children's Theatre Company, YPT is thrilled to bring the second-ever production of Market Street to Chicago.

Blippi The Musical
Blippi The Musical Opens Jun 15

You and your whole family are going to have so much fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends LIVE on stage in your town! Wow look at that! It's a plane, a tractor, a fire truck and a train, just some of the many discoveries we're going to make together!