Kid-friendly theatre in the Hudson Valley this winter

Experience the theatre at any of these family-friendly productions

kid friendly live theater in the Hudson Valley, NY

I will never forget the expression on my sons’ faces when they first sat in the audience of a little local production of Alice in Wonderland. My boys were only two and four years old but sat quietly for over an hour in awe of the music, colors and movement in front of them. 

Since their first show, we have gone on to see a few more school productions and with each one I see a new world opening up to them, one that they are discovering with great excitement. I strongly recommend taking children of all ages to see live theater as often as you can. It’s a good idea to start young children with kids’ theatre productions and work your way up to longer more professional shows later.

Find more things to do this season: Winter Top Lists

A few other tips I have learned from taking my own kids to shows:

  • Check to make sure that the show is age appropriate and then start preparing your child for the trip by talking about the story-line, the characters and even your expectations of them at the show. Before seeing Alice in Wonderland, we read the book and watched the cartoon so the kids were prepared and saved most of their questions for the end.
  • Have little ones use the potty before the show starts and if there is an intermission, make a pit stop to the bathroom then too.
  • Try to get an aisle seat if possible. It’s easier to get in and out if your child has a meltdown or gets restless.
  • Do not take them to a show during nap or bed time. Make sure they are well rested and aren’t hungry.
Below is a list of kid-friendly live shows this winter for your family to enjoy:

Adventures of Prince Achmed
Nov. 4

A magic tale of a prince, his flying horse, a beautiful princess, Aladdin’s lamp and the obligatory villains that try to thwart true love. Directed by Lotte Reiniger this silent film has live accompaniment by Marta Waterman. Rosendale, NY.

Mary Poppins

Nov. 16 – Dec. 9
Ring in the holiday season with a fun-filled family classic. Based on the children’s books by P.I. Travers, the show features a talented, charming bunch of kids and whiz-bang staging to help Mary spin her magic. Rhinebeck, NY.

Hunchback of Notre Dame- The Musical
Nov. 16 & 17
A lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Hyde Park, NY.

Scrooge, The Musical
Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
Adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film, Scrooge. Tickets sold online. Carmel, NY.

Charlie Brown Live on Stage
Nov. 27
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production. Join the Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. Poughkeepsie, NY

Winter Wonderettes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 16
Family-friendly musical celebration featuring 60’s versions of all the greatest holiday hits. Tickets sold online. Ellenville, NY.

A Charlie Brown Christmas & Frosty the Snow Man
Nov. 30 – Dec. 9
Share the classic winter holiday favorites with your family. Complete with your favorite characters, music and skating on stage! Woodstock, NY

A Christmas Carol
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
The 24th annual performance featuring a cast of 65 dancers, actors, and stage professions this show will surely put you in a holiday mood! Kingston, NY

The Nutcracker
Dec. 7
Catskill Ballet Theatre’s 36th annual Nutcracker Ballet featuring guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem. For all ages. Kingston, NY

Into the Light
Dec. 8 & 9
A holiday spectacular featuring the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theatre. Tivoli, NY

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Feb. 12 at UPAC and Feb. 13 at Bardavon
From the creators of Dinosaur Zoo Live, take an adventure to the bottom of the ocean with your family. An immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore  unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago. Kingston & Poughkeepsie

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