Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21

The joy of a live theater experience with the family may be temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other wonderful ways to enjoy the stage at home! Some Chicagoland area theater groups have gotten creative in these times, offering virtual theater experiences that are perfect for kids.

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK
Chicago Children’s Theatre
August 17, 2020 – Mar 31, 2021

Children and families will enjoy this fresh online content via the CCTv YouTube channel in the form of a bright, fun virtual puppet show based on an award-winning picture book. It’s a sweet, simple tale of a family of field mice who work together through summer and fall preparing for the long, cold winter ahead. Frederick doesn’t seem to be pulling his weight, leading the other mice to view him as lazy, but it is he who shares a special surprise that helps them all survive until spring returns!

Doll Face Has a Party
Chicago Children’s Theatre
August 17, 2020 – May 21, 2021

A fun, new 10-minute virtual experience offering a toy theater show directed by Brian Selznick, who wrote/illustrated “The Invention of Hugo Cabaret” and “The Houdini Box,” and illustrated the 20th anniversary “Harry Potter” box set. Based on the 1994 children’s picture book, an adorable story about a doll who throws herself a party with her friends knife, fork, spoon and plate.

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A Christmas Carol
College of DuPage Theater
December 27-29, 2020
Streaming link will be sent to ticket holders. This beloved, family-friendly classic is a heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who learns that the greatest joy is caring for those less fortunate and that change is always possible.

Chicago Shakes Activity Pages
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Engaging and fun print-at-home activity pages, inspired by your favorite family musicals. Designed to help children learn, create and play together! Musicals included are: Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Madagascar, The Little Mermaid, Seussical, Shrek and Pinnochio.

At-Home Learning with the Bard
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A wonderful resource for inspiring kids to love and better understand theater! Families will have fun together all while helping children learn at home! These drama-based activities are designed to engage students with complex texts while having fun in the process! Warm ups, ensemble builders and theatre games perfect for kids.

There are also many online drama classes happening these days, so be sure to check those out for your little thespians!

If there’s a virtual theater experience you are aware of around town, please share, as we’d love to include it in our list.

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1 Comment on "Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21"

  1. Mary Ellen Gavin | April 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Reply

    Thanks so much. I have signed up for a few plays to take my Grand Daughter! Mary Ellen Gavin

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