13 Family-Friendly Performances to See in Chicagoland

We're so happy to see the return of in-person theater shows!

One of the things we’ve missed most since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is theater. Going to a show can be an incredible experience for children at any age and Chicago’s theater scene has always offered so many kid-friendly performances.

This fall, we’re glad to see the return of in-person performances. Please review the COVID-19 guidelines based on each venue before attending a show. From thrilling monster trucks to beloved holiday shows, we’ve gathered up a list of the best family-approved shows in Chicagoland.

Monster Jam

Sept. 17-19, 2021

Check out the most action-packed motorsports experience for families when it returns to Chicago for a high-octane weekend at Allstate arena. Fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship with each skilled athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks. Visit the local venue policies page for up-to-date health and safety information.

Blippi the Musical

Sept. 25, 2021

Blippi will bring the fun and antics of his beloved adventures to the stage, to provide an interactive, family-friendly show unlike anything else out there. Note: Stevin John is the creator of Blippi and acts as the writer and creative force behind the Blippi character. Now that Blippi has evolved as a character a dynamic stage performer has been cast as Blippi.

Blue Man Group Chicago

Currently through Oct. 4, 2021; more dates expected to be added

A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child in order to see the world through a new perspective. The show is continually refreshed with new music, stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

Gold Over America Tour

Oct. 17, 2021

Simone Biles and an all-star team of gymnasts featuring Jordan Chiles, MyKayla Skinner, Laurie Hernandez, Katelyn Ohashi, Peng Peng Lee, and Morgan Hurd among others will celebrate world-class gymnastics in the afterglow of the world’s preeminent international competition


Oct. 9-10, 2021

Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms — classical Chinese dance — Shen Yun brings to life the enchanting beauty and profound wisdom of ancient China. This culture, with its deep spiritual roots and profound worldview, was displaced by the communist regime in China. Though Shen Yun cannot perform in mainland China today, this precious heritage is being revived around the world.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

Oct. 23-24, 2021

  • Address: Now Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates
  • Cost: $29+

The Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live tour entertains fans with car crushing action and the zeal of the experience of everyone’s favorite vehicles.

L.O.L. Surprise! Live

Nov. 7, 2021

Fans of the global sensation L.O.L. Surprise! will finally be able to rock out in real life with their favorite characters when the hologram concert hits the stage. The show will feature fan favorites and best sellers Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Neonlicious and Swag in the first-ever family spectacular with original music, dancers, a DJ, and never-before-seen live holograms.

Frozen, The Musical

Begins Nov. 19, 2021

The hit musical features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

Dec. 19, 2021

This holiday season The Elf on the Shelf Scout Elves return to center stage for the live musical. Inspired by the beloved box set The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production is a spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves.

The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 2021

Four adorable Beatrix Potter favorites come to life in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with original music on mandolin, violin, toy piano, and banjo. After the show, play with the puppets and take pictures on stage. Then head to the lobby for a festive spread of hot cocoa and cookies.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Nov. 20, 2021

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they sing, dance and learn the true meaning of Christmas. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, this special holiday performance features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, plus a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters.

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 20-Dec. 31, 2021

Goodman Theatre’s classic A Christmas Carol is the heartwarming story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of kindness, compassion and redemption—a must-see Chicago holiday tradition now in its fifth decade, enjoyed by nearly two million theatergoers.

Baby Shark Live

Dec. 18, 2021

The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs, including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and of course, Baby Shark.

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