Children's theater and family-friendly plays in Chicago

Stage shows for tots, tweens and families

That's Weird, Grandma

Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys' joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids' stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble.

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Neo-Futurarium Monday December 22 2014 - Monday January 5 2015

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Critics' pick

Writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe adapt "Goldilocks & the Three Bears" into a musical about respect. The titular blonde child conducts a little B&E on the humble abode of a family of three bears who were out for the day. Porridge is eaten, to say the least.

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Apollo Theater Until Saturday January 3 2015

Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat

Emerald City Theatre presents a new twist on an old favorite. Book writer Ernie Nolan and kindie rocker Justin Roberts put Hansel and Gretel's witch hunt to a rock & roll soundtrack.

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Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Until Sunday January 4 2015

A Christmas Carol

Drury Lane's hourlong, kid-friendly rendition of Dickens's tale of holiday redemption has played seasonally for more than 25 years. This year, Scott Calcagno directs a cast led by Brad Armacost as Scrooge.

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Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Until Tuesday December 23 2014

Roald Dahl's The BFG

David Wood's adaptation brings Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant and his young friend Sophie to life onstage.

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Apollo Theater Until Sunday January 4 2015


The Noah Ginex Puppet Company presents this monthly all-ages variety show featuring comedy sketches, improv and special guests.

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The Playground Theater Until Saturday January 10 2015

Frosty's Shakes and Dogs

Jack Frost's frosty attitude about excess Christmas spirit threatens to put a chill on celebrating at the North Pole in this new family musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company, a sequel to last year's Those Silly Reindeer!

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Rivendell Theatre Until Sunday December 28 2014