Fall Preview: Shows To See With The Kids

One of the best parts of fall — a fresh theater season! Read more

fall preview theater for kids philadelphia

What: Matilda the Musical — the award-winning theatrical adaptation of one of the best kids’ books ever written.
Where: Walnut Street Theater
When: November 6 to January 6
The Rest of the Season: Between the main-stage and children’s seasons, WST always has a bunch of excellent choices for families: This year, in addition to Matilda and Aladdin Junior (see below) this fall, y’all can also see Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium (The Musical!!), Pinkalicious: The Musical;  and Fly Guy: The Musical.

What: Aladdin Junior — the musical based on the movie and hit Broadway show.
Where: Walnut Street Theater
When: September 22 – September 30
The Rest of the Season: See above!

What: Charlotte’s Web — the theatrical adaptation of one of the other best children’s books in the entire world. (I’m crying just thinking about it.) 
Where: The Arden
When: November 28 – January 27
The Rest of the Season: The Arden always does a couple of amazing performances for its children’s theatre season — this year, the spring show is Treasure Island. 

What: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (So much Roald Dahl! And the score comes from the songwriters from Hairspray…)
Where: The Kimmel
When: November 6 – November 18
The Rest of the Season: The Broadway season also includes Fiddler on the Roof in October, which isn’t necessarily a perfect fit for very little ones, but an amazing family show for older kids. There’s also How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Anastasia (for slightly older kids) .. and head up: Hamilton is here next fall. (And Rent and Miss Saigon, in the spring, FYI.)

And also! We’re right in the middle of the Fringe Festival, y’all — and plenty of the shows are family-friendly. (There’s acrobats! Movement-based comedic theater! Music! And more …)

Photo credit:
Matilda poster courtesy of the Walnut Street Theater.

  • Elwayeye

    What are the recommended ages for these shows?