Fall's Best Family & Kids' Theater

Posted: September 11, 2019

This Fall's Best Kid-Friendly Theater Productions

The 2019-2020 Theater Season is getting underway, with lots of great family-friendly plays opening this Fall. We've rounded up some great performances that are opening in September and October. Plan your theater fun and get your tickets now!

Through September 22
Into the Woods
Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf.) These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they’ve always wished for is what they truly want. Ages 10 and up. See web site for schedule. Tickets from $60.

Through October 20
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora
High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper; while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show Pulitzer and his gang of cronies they’re not going to be pushed into the gutter. All ages. See web site for schedule. Tickets from $36.

September 21 - November 3
Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Soledad is the child of migrant farm workers. She loves the universe. And she loves her family. Soledad goes where her family goes, where the crops will grow. With every move comes a new school and the struggle to make new friends. The imaginative Soledad finds solace in books, and in her constant companion Luna — the moon — who follows her wherever she goes. When Soledad meets Frida and Emilio, she finds her first chance at human friends her own age. She must challenge the world she knows and discover that "Taking risks is hard to do, but taking risks builds courage too." Ages 4-10. Saturdays 11am & 2:30pm; Sundays 1pm. Tickets $16-19.50.

September 28 - October 27
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago
Based on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the tales of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, Ten Little ­Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this new show captures the magic of Carle’s world. After the 60-minute show, children get to meet the puppets and take pictures with the cast. All ages. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 AM and 2 PM; Plus: October 19 ASL & Open Caption at 10:30 AM; October 19 Touch Tour before 2 PM show at 1:00 PM; October 20 Sensory Friendly at 10:30 AM; October 20 Sensory Friendly at 2:00 PM. Starting at $25.

October 2 - 19
The Brothers Size
Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone. For teens. See web site for schedule. Tickets from $20.

October 3 - November 9
DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago
When Vanessa discovers a pink lucha libre mask, Nana Lupita tells her granddaughter about the family’s history in the wrestling ring in 1960s Texas. The life of a secret female warrior emerges as Vanessa learns about family, honor, and friendship. For ages 7 and up. See web site for schedule. Tickets $5-15.

October 4 - December 29
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. All performances followed by a Question & Answer session with the cast. For all ages. See web site for times and ticket prices.

October 4
Mexico Beyond Mariachi: Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, Fawell and Park Boulevards, Glen Ellyn
If you enjoyed the Oscar winning film Coco, you won't want to miss Sugar Skull! Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones until she finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos through music and dance. Best for ages 6-11. 9:30-11:45am. $14 youth, $20 adult.

October 6 - November 3
Barrel Of Monkeys' Presents THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick Or Treating
Neo-Futurist Theater, eo-Futurist Theater 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Stories about ghosts, orphans, and silly horrors imagined by Chicago elementary school students will be sure to get audiences in the Halloween mood. Now in its 18th year, THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA features adaptations of stories written during Barrel of Monkeys' creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. BOM's ensemble of professional actors, comedians and musicians bring the young authors' stories to life as raucous sketches, songs and movement pieces. All ages. See web site for schedule. $20 for adults in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for children 12 and under.

October 10-25
Goldilocks & The 3 Bears at the Mainstage Theater
Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles
Presented by Chicago Kids Company. Goldilocks and the Three Bears features a cast of professional adult actors from Chicago, colorful scenery and props, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. There is nothing scary in this version, only fun and silliness. Playing October 10th, 11th, 14th October 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th October 23rd, 24th, 25th. Best for ages 2-10. Weekdays at 10:30am and Saturdays at 1:00pm. $14.

October 10 - November 26
Beauty and the Beast
AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
This beloved fairy tale tells the story of a courageous girl named Bella as she sets off to save her father from the Beast's castle. With the help of some enchanted characters, Bella and the Beast learn that true beauty comes from within. Don’t miss this fun-filled magical musical that reminds us all that beauty is more than skin deep. All ages. Most performances begin at 10:30am, full schedule online. $8.50, $7.50 (Groups of 25+).

October 19 - November 24
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago
While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm’s are quick to welcome Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a crocodile living on the block. Ages 5 and up. Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm. Plus Special Performances: Audio Description and Touch Tour Sunday, October 27 with Touch tour at 10am and show at 11am. Open Captioning Saturday, October 26 at 11am & 1pm. Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance Sunday, November 3 at 3:00pm. Adults: $20 - Child (2-18): $15.

October 23 - November 22
La Ofrenda
Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N. Noble, Chicago
After the tragic loss of his parents on 9/11, fourth grader Alex – Alejandro to his Abuela – is forced to leave behind the home he loves and move across the country to live with his grandmother. Struggling to connect under the weight of his grief, Alex pushes his Abuela, Marta, away. As El Día de los Muertos approaches, bridging the gap between the living and spiritual worlds, Marta must bridge the gap of grief, age, and culture between her and Alex so they may find shelter in each other. Ages 10 and up. See web site for times and ticket prices.

See a full listing of this Fall's family-friendly theater productions!