We’re so lucky to live in a city that has, at any given point, a whole bunch of great theatrical productions worth seeing. As parents, we’re always on the lookout for some of these great shows that are also family-friendly, so we can expose our kids to culture, foster an early appreciation in those little brains for the arts, and (let’s be honest) just keep everyone in the family happy and quiet for a few hours. Here, a Wee list of upcoming shows that should be on your radar.
What: Mary Poppins and Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
Where: Walnut Street Theatre
When: Mary Poppins— the beloved story and music that you know — runs now through January 4th as part of the Theatre’s Mainstage season. A Christmas Carol — here, a one-hour adaptation of the lengthier classic you remember — runs November 29th through December 21st. You can get tickets on the website.
What: The season’s second installment of Dream House: A Rainy Day Play, the Plays & Players’ P.L.A.Y. (Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth) show about a woman who returns to the old Philadelphia house that she grew up in. She has no electricity and no TV, only an assortment of household items to keep her occupied with a thunderstorm on its way and memories of the house haunting her. The play asks the question about whether she learn to use her imagination to fight her grown-up fears. (Appropriate for kids about four years old on up.)
Where: The charming Plays & Players Theater
When: Performances run now (it started on November 6th, actually) through the 23rd: Wednesdays to Fridays at 10 a.m.; Thursdays again at 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 4:30 p.m. You can get tickets online here, or by calling 866-811-4111.
What: The Nutcracker, performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet
Where: The Academy of Music
When: December 6th to December 31st. Yes, it’s a bit obvious, but it’s a tradition worth starting, don’t you think? And the Academy of Music will wow the little ones. Get tickets here.
What: The Enchantment Theatre Company‘s production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, which is a fantastic adventure story about a young girl who sets off through a land of snow and ice to save her best friend from an evil snow queen. (Note: The Snow Queen is the fairy-tale basis for Frozen. How’s that for a selling point for your crew?) There are puppets, masks and music … and it’s gotten raves in past years.
Where: The Arts Bank on South Broad
When: December 13th through January 4th. You can get tickets online here, or by calling 215-496-9160.
What: Beauty and the Beast– described by the Arden as a “bold new telling” of the classic tale. It’s still totally family-friendly, though: They recommend it for kids four and up.
Where: The Arden Theatre Company in Old City
When: November 29th through February 1. You can order tickets here.
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Photo credits: Dream House: A Rainy Day Play photo featuring Jennifer MacMillan courtesy of Play & Players; The Nutcracker photo from depositphoto; Mary Poppins featuring Lindsey Bliven and David Elder, by of Squid Ink Creative, courtesy of Music Theatre Wichita; A Christmas Carol featuring the cast of Walnut Street Theater, by Mark Garvin.