Best Theatre for Kids in Puget Sound
Ready to put some culture into your kids’ lives? Here’s a fun way for kids and their families to appreciate great local theater, and learn something about themselves and the world we live in!
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Their programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. With theatre that young ones (and their parents) will enjoy, there are even workshops and summer drama classes for kids and teens. Join Seattle Children’s Theatre this fall for their live production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, playing September 27 through October 28. Tickets on sale online.
Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater
7116 Sixth Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
Initiated in 2006, the Tacoma Children’s Musical Theater at Tacoma Musical Playhouse is fast becoming a favorite option for family entertainment in the south Sound. These fully-produced musicals bring to the stage some of the most beloved stories of classic children’s literature and feature many favorite TMP Mainstage performers! Coming this fall, it’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day based on the beloved children’s book by Judith Viorst. Public performances are November 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2012. With Mid-Week School Group Matinees available on November 6 and 8. Tickets to public performances available online.
Box Office Address
11730 118th Ave NE, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
Since 1998, StoryBook Theater has introduced young children in the Puget Sound area to live theater with original, interactive musicals written especially for 3-10 year olds and their families. StoryBook Theater shows are hilarious, 55-minute musicals filled with music, laughter, whimsical costumes and quirky characters, guaranteed to delight the entire family. The traveling drama troupe performs their shows at five different Puget Sound theater locations, ensuring that as many families can attend a locally produced production in their community. Performances are held at Kirkland Performance Center, Renton Carco Theatre, Everett PUD Auditorium, Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Join StoryBook Theater this fall for their performance of 3 Pigs, based on the story of the three little pigs! The show will run from October 27-December 2, 2012. Tickets available online.
Founded in 1991, by Jean Enticknap, Thistle Theatre is the only puppet theatre in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in a distinctive variation of Bunraku, an ancient style of puppetry from Japan. Beautifully hand-crafted puppets come to life in original productions and adaptations of folk tales from around the world. Dressed all in black, two or three puppeteers work together to operate one puppet emphasizing the realistic movement and emotion of the character, the primary characteristic of Bunraku puppetry. It’s family friendly entertainment! The Thistle Theatre performs at three different local theater sites, including Magnuson Park Theatre, Sunset Hill Community Club in Seattle, and the Bellevue Youth Theatre. This fall, you’ll want to see the hilarious production of King of Dinosauria, October 6 – 28, 2012 at all three locations. It’s a spoof of a Marx Brothers comedy with dinosaur characters!
Olympia Family Theater
112 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98501
Olympia Family Theater offers accessible children’s theater and programs that entertain and educate while stimulating dialogue and personal growth for young people, their families and the wider community. From October 12 – 28, 2012, it’s Go, Dog. Go! based on the children’s book by P.D. Eastman. Olympia Family Theater’s production of Go Dog Go is a canine cabaret, bringing a beloved children’s classic to life with amazing physical comedy, amusing acrobatics and magical music. Tickets available online or by phone.