I had the opportunity to attend The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at the Chicago Children’s Theater at The Station over the weekend. I brought along my mom and two daughters, ages 5 and 7 months. This beautiful retelling of three Beatrix Potter classic tales delighted young and old! We enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with the cute activities before and after the captivating show.
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
The puppet and trunk show features the three classic stories of Mrs. Tittlemouse, Squirrel Nutkin, and the beloved Peter Rabbit. When my eldest daughter was born, a dear friend gifted us the complete collection of Beatrix Potter stories, so she was familiar with two of these tales. I would recommend reading at least the classic tale of Peter Rabbit prior to attending the show, just for reference. Kids tend to relish in it when they are familiar with a story, and then are able to see it brought to life!
We arrived to the theater 30 minutes prior to the show, which I highly recommend. There is an adjacent parking lot with ample free parking. In the lobby, there were pages to color and snowflakes to cut out and color. My kindergartner loves art and crafts, so this was perfect for her. There are restrooms as well as a place to hang your coats in the lobby.
We were escorted to the very cozy theater. There were three rows of low seats behind the front row floor mats for the children. Seats with backs and arms were also available.
The show takes place around three large stage props, which are transformed into the backdrops of each story. The three actors invited the children to come closer to each set of props prior to the telling of the story. The show was very interactive, and included singing and dancing, along with manipulation of the wooden puppets, to hold everyone’s attention. I made the decision to bring our 7-month-old daughter along to the show, and I could not believe how well she focused. She was enthralled! The show was 45 minutes from start to finish. There is no intermission, but the environment is very casual. If you are bringing your child to the theater for the first time, this would be a wonderful introduction.
Following the show, the children were invited up to the stage to manipulate the puppets, look at the story backdrops, and take pictures with the actors. My school-aged daughter loved this!
We were then invited back to the hallway, which had been transformed to the “tea party”. The tables were set with holiday decor, and we were served hot chocolate and cookies. My 5-year old thought she was very “fancy” with her hot chocolate cup.
If you are looking for a holiday event in the city, I would recommend the Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. The show would be a great addition to seeing the tree at Daley Plaza with the Christkindlmarket, or the holiday windows at Macy’s on State Street. Watching my daughters’ faces entranced with this show was truly magical!
December 8 – 30, 2018 at The Station, 100 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL
Recommended Ages: 2 – 6
Performances run Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am and 2:00 pm, with special performance times on Christmas Eve at 9:30 am and 11:30 am.
Tickets will likely sell out; purchase them here.
Check out our whole 2018 holiday theater and Nutcracker performances guide for even more stage magic!