Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2019

A trip to the theater can be a fun outing for the entire family! Even the littlest guests will find themselves engrossed in the music and activity of these live action shows. Some of these shows feature an adult-only ensemble, while others are made up of children only. What a wonderful activity to explore and introduce your family to the arts!

2019 Spring/Summer Theater for Kids in the South and West Suburbs

Be sure to check out the Half Price Tickets page of the Kidlist site for discounted tickets, too!

Productions with a Cast of Adult Performers

Hogwash – An Improvised Tall Tale!
Every Saturday at 10:30 am
Bughouse Theater
1910 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Recommended for ages 3–12

Go, Dog. Go!
Now–February 23, 2019
DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Recommended for ages 4–7.

X-Marks the Spot
Now–March 3, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

The World Inside Me
Now–March 3, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
Recommended for ages 2–5

The Greatest Story Never Told
Now–April 7, 2019
Under the Gun Theater
956 W. Newport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Recommended for ages 4–14

James and the Giant Peach
Now–April 12, 2019
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including Chicago, Palos Hills, Frankfort, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Naperville, Northlake and Joliet.
Recommended for grades Pre-K–5th

We Found A Hat
Now–February 17, 2019
Lifeline Theater
6912 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL, 60626
Recommended for ages 5+; children under 2 not permitted

Mama Mia!
Now–April 14, 2019
Drury Lane Theater
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Recommended for ages 8+

Seussical
February 8–March 31, 2019
Marriott Theater
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Recommended for kids of all ages

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Sesame Street Live!
February 9-10, 2019
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL

Frindle
February 12-22, 2019
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W Campbell St
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Recommended for grades 3–6

Jack and the Beanstalk
February 21–May 10, 2019
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655
Recommended for ages 2–10

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
February 28–June 15, 2019
Drury Lane Theater
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Corduroy
March 1 – April 14, 2019
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Recommended for ages 3+

The Three Little Pigs
March 13-March 30, 2019
Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Recommended for ages 2–10

The Time Warp Trio
March 16- April 20, 2019
Lifeline Theater
6912 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL, 60626
Recommended for ages 5 and up; children under 2 not permitted

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
March 26- April 28, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theatre: The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
Recommended for ages 9+

Anastasia
March 27- April 7, 2019
James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Recommended for ages 8+

Little Red Riding Hood
March 27 – May 31, 2019
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634
Recommended for ages 2–10

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
April 5, 2019
Belushi Performance Hall
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Recommended for ages 6+

The Jungle Book
April 17 – May 24, 2019
AlphaBet Soup Productions
Various locations including River Forest, Chicago, Shaumburg, Naperville, Downers Grove, Palos Hills, Frankfort, Northlake and Joliet.
Recommended for grades Pre-K–5th

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Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 15–17

Me…Jane–The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
April 25, 2019
Belushi Performance Hall
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Recommended for ages 4+

Jane of the Jungle
April 18- May 25, 2019
DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Recommended for ages 8+

American Girl Live
April 30- May 12, 2019
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Princess and the Pea
May 15–August 9, 2019
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655
Recommended for ages 2–10

Sleeping Beauty
June 6 – August 2, 2019
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634
Recommended for ages 2–10

Jack and the Beanstalk
July 10 – July 26, 2019
Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run
4051 E. Main Street
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Recommended for ages 2–10

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
July 12 – August 11, 2019
Marriott Theater
Ten Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Recommended for kids of all ages

Productions with a Cast of Child Performers

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.
February 14–24, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Cosman Cultural Arts Center
12015 Mill Street
Huntley , IL 60142

Into The Woods Jr.
February 14–24, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Shrek: The Musical
February 14–17, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Tarzan
February 21–24, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Little Mermaid Jr.
February 28 – March 3, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Burlington Central HS PAC
44W625 Plato Rd.
Hampshire, IL 60140

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Anything Goes
March 1-3, 2019
Music Makers Theatre
LT North Campus (Reber Center)
100 S. Brainard Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
(Spring performance of Annie KIDS, James and the Giant Peach Jr., and The Addams Family are coming! Dates are not listed.)

101 Dalmatians
March 15–17, 2019
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
April 12–14, 2019
Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
Park Junior High School
325 N Park Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Once on This Island Jr.
April 25-28, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Guerin Prep High School PAC
8001 West Belmont Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

The Wizard of Oz
April 25–May 5, 2019
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Bye Bye Birdie
May 2-5, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Christian Arts Auditorium
2500 Dowie Memorial Drive
Zion, IL 60099

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
May 25, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Cosman Cultural Arts Center
12015 Mill Street
Huntley, IL 60142

Annie Jr.
May 2326, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
1399 W Wilson St
Batavia, IL 60510

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 16–24, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
The Compass Auditorium
1551 East Hobson Road
Naperville, IL 60540

Singin’ in the Rain Jr.
May 1719, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Burlington Central HS PAC
44W625 Plato Rd.
Hampshire, IL 60140

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical
May 2331, 2019
Christian Youth Theatre
Prairie Lakes Community Center
515 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

For more ideas for family fun, check out our indoor activities page!

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and 18 months, and a four year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 11 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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