Find the best children's theater near you on our interactive map & calendar, where we're listing upcoming plays, musicals, concerts & kids shows around Philadelphia!

Many of these are live shows for kids that offer shorter lengths or interactive performances meant to engage younger audiences.

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    Santa Claus: The Musical (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre)

     (102.1 mi)

    12/01/2023

    12/02/2023

    12/05/2023

    10:30 lunch/11:30 show

    11:45 lunch/12:45 show

    $22/lunch & show, $19/show only

    Erin P.:  The whole family will love the experience at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. They have a whole lineup of shows geared for children, and after each show the cast stays on the stage to answer questions from the audience. The cast will also sign autographs and take pictures in the lobby.

    Santa Claus is ready to retire, but his chosen replacement has a big task ahead of him in this festive show with original Christmas music to get you into the holiday spirit!

    Annie (The Playhouse)

     (142.2 mi)

    01/05/2024

    01/06/2024

    01/07/2024

    Upparent:  One of the greatest broadway musicals for kids and families playing at the Playhouse, part of The Grand Wilmington and located in the Hotel Du Pont.

    The Sound of Music (SALT Performing Arts)

     (148.0 mi)

    12/01/2023

    12/02/2023

    12/03/2023

    School of Rock (The Media Theatre)

     (156.9 mi)

    03/08/2024

    03/09/2024

    03/10/2024

    Mary Poppins (The Media Theatre)

     (156.9 mi)

    12/06/2023

    12/07/2023

    12/08/2023

    Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (Players Club of Swarthmore)

     (158.5 mi)

    01/05/2024

    01/06/2024

    01/07/2024

    Run Time: 1 hour

    $15/adult, $10/child

    Age 5+

    Upparent:  PCS presents its Children's Theater Series in a relaxed environment on the smaller Second Stage of the Players Club.

    Finneas Flunks Fish School (Players Club of Swarthmore)

     (158.5 mi)

    04/05/2024

    04/06/2024

    04/07/2024

    Run Time: 45 mins

    $15/adult, $10/child

    Age 5+

    Upparent:  PCS presents its Children's Theater Series in a relaxed environment on the smaller Second Stage of the Players Club.

    Honk! (Players Club of Swarthmore)

     (158.5 mi)

    07/12/2024

    07/13/2024

    07/14/2024

    Run Time: 2 hrs (with 15 min intermission)

    $15/adult, $10/child

    Age 5+

    Upparent:  PCS presents its Children's Theater Series in a relaxed environment on the smaller Second Stage of the Players Club.

    The Express Train To The North Pole (Broadway Theatre of Pitman)

     (169.5 mi)

    12/09/2023

    12/10/2023

    12/16/2023

    12/17/2023

    10am

    $10

    'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Broadway Theatre of Pitman)

     (169.5 mi)

    12/23/2023

    12/24/2023

    10am & 1pm

    $10

    Children's Holiday Spectacular (Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts)

     (171.9 mi)

    12/16/2023

    11:30am

    $28-$57

    Age 5-12

    Upparent:  Celebrate the holiday season with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and enjoy sing alongs, merry tunes, and a special guest appearance!

    Elf in Concert (Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts)

     (171.9 mi)

    12/22/2023

    12/23/2023

    Friday at 7pm

    Saturday at 2pm

    $36-$90

    Age 8+

    Upparent:  One of the best family Christmas movies of all time comes to life on stage thanks to the Philadelphia Orchestra, who will play the score while the movie plays above the stage.

    Music from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts)

     (171.9 mi)

    04/06/2024

    11:30am

    $23-$52

    Age 5-12

    Upparent:  Take a musical tour of the seasons with this family friendly performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

    The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts)

     (171.9 mi)

    02/10/2024

    11:30am

    $23-$52

    Age 5-12

    Upparent:  An engaging introduction to all the instruments in an orchestra, with fun family activities before the concert.

    Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Kimmel Cultural Campus)

     (171.9 mi)

    12/26/2023

    12/27/2023

    12/28/2023

    $40-$109

    Upparent:  A family friendly holiday spectacular featuring aerial circus acts, jugglers, and acrobats.

    Chloé Arnold's Syncopated Ladies: LIVE! (Kimmel Cultural Campus)

     (171.9 mi)

    04/13/2024

    7:30pm

    $35-$75

    Upparent:  This ground-breaking tap dance experience celebrates the beautiful, diverse, and talented women who bring the show to life.

    Disney's Frozen (Kimmel Cultural Campus)

     (171.9 mi)

    03/21/2024

    03/22/2024

    03/23/2024

    Age 6+

    Upparent:  A Disney favorite come to life!

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Walnut Street Theatre)

     (172.6 mi)

    11/21/2023

    11/22/2023

    11/24/2023

    Upparent:  The Broadway musical based on the Disney movie has been enchanting kids and adults for years.

    ASO Family Show: Music in Motion (Miller Symphony Hall)

     (175.9 mi)

    02/24/2024

    2pm

    $30/adult, children free

    Alexandra F.:  Inspire a love of music in your children with these concerts created especially for families, featuring hands on activities and a chance to "meet" the instruments beforehand!

    Holiday Pops! (Miller Symphony Hall)

     (175.9 mi)

    12/16/2023

    2pm & 7:30pm

    Upparent:  This Allentown holiday music tradition includes carols, sing-alongs, and a visit from Santa!

    Cinderella (Storybook Musical Theatre)

     (177.1 mi)

    12/19/2023

    12/20/2023

    12/21/2023

    12/19 to 12/22 at 10:15am

    12/23 to 12/30 at 11am

    $20/adult, $16/child

    Age 3+

    Patricia Goldberg:  Two selfish stepsisters, a mean stepmother and nothing to wear to the ball. What’s a girl to do? Get help from a Fairy Godmother, of course. This Charles Perrault story comes to life in one of Storybook’s most beloved productions.

Primary photo:   Storybook Musical Theatre

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