New York might have Broadway, and London has the West End, but you can still catch some of the best live performances right here in Los Angeles. Introduce your little ones to the thrill of live theatre with faeries, princesses, or even Shakespeare. Grab the family and check out the best theatre for kids in LA.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Tucked into a shaded grove in Topanga Canyon is a magical place where A Midsummer Night’s Dream becomes reality. At Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, your budding theatre lovers will get a beginner’s course in the Bard’s works and other classic plays. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by the natural beauty of the rustic garden, and when the show begins, get cozy in the wooden benches nestled in the trees. Watch your kids’ excitement grow as tales of love, dreams, and magic unfold around them. You’ll finally understand what Shakespeare meant by, “all the world’s a stage” when the actors project their lines from the aisles and weave through the crowd, for a truly immersive experience.
Creating Arts Company
Catering to your youngest musical theatre enthusiasts, Creating Arts Company offers some of the best kid-friendly performances for your family to experience the stage firsthand from an early eage. It’s probably hard to imagine your kids sitting through a long production of Les Mis, so instead Creating Arts Company puts on hourlong versions of classic stories like Cinderella and Snow White that are strong on story, but short on effects and costumes, to keep your kids’ attention. And you won’t have to tell them to sit still or be quiet here, because they’re welcome to participate in the show. You will experience a cuteness overload when your little ones steal the show as they bop and sway to the music with the actors on stage. You’ll also appreciate the musical numbers set to reworked pop songs to keep the grown-ups engaged as well. Don’t forget to snap some pictures with the cast members after the show—this is one experience your kids won’t want to forget.
A Faery Hunt
If your kids really love getting in on the stage action, throw on your favorite glittery dress, a pair of wings, or a feathered cap and take a magical excursion with A Faery Hunt. When you arrive at the shaded park in Brentwood, you’ll be greeted by Auntie Angelica, a kind faery who will guide you all on the immersive, fully-interactive adventure. Your kids will be delighted to explore the park for faeries, meeting new characters as the story unfolds, with shows celebrating silly fun. After the show, celebrate with face painting, dancing, snacks, and other faery-fun festivities.