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.
From performances based on television shows or books to unique dance shows, we’ve gathered up a list of the best family-approved shows in Chicagoland.
Jan. 24-March 17, 2024
In The Heights is a 2008 Tony Award Winning musical about a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was also the creator of Hamilton.
Feb. 7-March 24, 2024
See the musical about an 11-year-old English boy named Billy Elliot who stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Hear music by Elton John at this performance.
Feb. 10-11, 2024
- Address: 540 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn
- Cost: Free; fees for concessions
Families can watch Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Glen Art Movie Theater. Then, head Downtown Glen Ellyn for their Wonka Walk. Seats at the theater are first come, first serve. No outside food and drinks will be allowed.
Feb. 16-March 30, 2024
See the adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach at Marriott Theatre. It’s about a boy that finds himself in a gigantic peach.
Feb. 16-March 24, 2024
Ages 10 and up can see the Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s new one-act adaptation based on Anne Frank’s diary entries. Also, view the lobby exhibit from the Anne Frank Center free of charge.
Feb. 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2024
This 75-minute adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will be told in Shakespeare’s own words and speaks to today’s youth about their own lives. The ASL and Open Caption performance will take place on March 9.
Through Feb. 25, 2024
This family-friendly musical is based on the bestselling Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey. Dog Man is the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. Use code READ25DMCHI to receive 25% off all sections for all 7 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday performances.
March 16-17, 2024
Join Skye, Chase, Marshall and all their heroic pups to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger.
March 26-April 7, 2024 (Tuesdays-Sundays)
Enjoy this high-flying musical in which Tinker Bell visits the bedroom of the Darling children late one night to take them on a magical journey.
Through March 31, 2024
Experience new instruments, technologies and audience participation at the Blue Man Group Chicago. This family-friendly performance is great for ages 3 and up.
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