Performances and Plays for Kids in Massachusetts

Who says the a play at a local theatre is only for adults? There are plenty of options in Massachusetts for kids too! Whether it is to introduce them to the subject of drama or the culture of a play, there are performances and plays that are kid-friendly.

In the heart of Boston, the Coolidge Corner Theatre(Brookline, MA) has two great options for families. The first is Box Office Babies where new parents and their infants are invited to join us at the Coolidge for these special bi-monthly, baby-friendly screenings of current features. Box Office Babies screenings take place every other Friday at 11am. Admission is $6.75 for parents and babies under 12 months of age are admitted free of charge. The movie volume is low and there is plenty of stroller parking and crying babies, so no worries if your’s starts to fuss too. There are also Kid’s Shows with movies, music, magic, puppets and more! All shows start at 10:30 am with stroller parking and booster seats available too. Tickets are $9.75 for adults and $7.75 for children for live acts and $7 for adults and $5 for children for all films. All programs are recommended for children ages 3 to 10. There are plenty of places to eat for lunch and there is a great toy store called Magic Beans that is worth a trip after the show as they have a little play area too. Plenty of metered parking in the area, though congested, so leave extra time to get there.

Head west of Boston to Metrowest Massachusetts. While the schedule hasn’t yet been released (expected in June), the Natick Recreation and Parks Summer Performing Arts Series has Concerts on the Common in downtown Natick for nine weeks during the summer. Bring a blanket and listen to a variety of free outdoor music performances – some specifically designed for kids. Make it a family night out and bring picnic dinner. There is the Bakery on the Common for sandwiches, pastries and beverages, as well as the Park St. ice cream shoppe – both adjacent to the town common. Strollers and leased dogs are common sights, and parking is free after 6pm.

Travel south to the South Shore Music Circus and the Cape Cod Melody Tent. Both are fantastic tented venues with a variety of kid performances throughout the summer; everything from the Wiggles to Sleeping Beauty. You can even join a club to get discounts and advance ticket purchases. General tickets for most of the shows are just $9, but note that all children 6 months and older require a ticket. there are concession stands with typical kid-friendly foods, like hot dogs and popcorn. Also on the Cape is the Cape Playhouse with $11 kid-friendly performances with everything from bubbles, magic and music. There is no charge for parking at any of these locations.

Head north to the North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, MA) with its variety of fairytale summer performances for children. Tickets are $10 for each show, but you can get a fairytale pass to see all five shows for $40 per person. They also have a great resource list on their website for local restaurants and amenities, and parking is free. But note that this theatre requires a ticket for everyone, regardless of age.

All in all, summer is a great time to see princesses under a tent, to catch a family-friendly movie on a rainy summer day, or dance outside under the stars. 

Metrowest Mamas does its best to make the event information listed as accurate as possible, but event and venue information is subject to change without notice, and Metrowest Mamas is not responsible for erroneous information or the reliance upon it. Always call your destinations ahead of time to confirm dates, times, locations and admission fees.

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