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Best Places To See Children’s Theater In And Around Los Angeles

Enjoying a theatrical production as a family is a special experience. The theater companies on this list realize they may have some audience members who are as young as 3, so they keep everyone enthralled.

If you want to help your little ones get the theater bug early, here is our list of the best places to see and enjoy Children’s Theater in Los Angeles.

Nine O'Clock Players is one of the great places to see children's theatre in Los Angeles
photo courtesy of Nine O’Clock Players

Children’s Theater on the Westside

Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica Playhouse has been welcoming theater-goers since 1960. Among its Family Theatre offerings are Finding Belle, now through April 30th. The show is perfect for all ages and provides a “whole new perspective on fantasy and reality, sharing and caring, and the importance of family togetherness.” Audience members also have the chance to participate!

los angeles childrens theater
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Children’s Theater

The Los Angeles Children’s Theater
12420 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Los Angeles Children’s Theater is an intimate family-friendly theater with plays and musicals for children, generally 3 and up. Currently we have “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Wild Things Are” inspired by the classic books. Visit the website for tickets. 

Morgan-Wixson Theatre
2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Santa Monica Theatre Guild at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre strives to “entertain, educate, enrich, and inspire all ages.” Y.E.S. is a part of the Morgan-Wixson Theatre and offers four youth productions per year as well as one full-length youth musical each year. From May 13-28th, families may see a production of Honk! based on the classic tale “The Ugly Duckling.” A production of Pinocchio is scheduled for July 15-30th. Ticket information is available online.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

While not all shows at the Wallis are child-friendly, they do include family-friendly performances in their schedule. Check their website for upcoming family shows.

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Children’s Theater on the Eastside

Glendale Centre Theatre
324 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203

Among its offerings, the Glendale Centre Theatre is the site of regular Children’s Theatre. Currently, families can enjoy The Snow Queen (until June 17th). Next up, will be Puss in Boots (scheduled for August 5th through November 11th). Many families make attending a show at the Theatre a regular tradition. In addition, the Glendale Centre Theatre also hosts children’s birthday parties.

Nine O'clock Players children's theater
Photo courtesy of Nine O’clock Players

Children’s Theater in Hollywood

Nine O’Clock Players
Assistance League of Los Angeles Theatre for Children
1367 N. St. Andrews Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

The Nine O’Clock Players have been “educating, uplifting, and entertaining children since 1929.” Each year they perform two plays chosen from classic children’s literature. Each play includes dancing, singing, and special effects. Currently, families will enjoy seeing Jack and the Giant which runs Sundays October 20th- November 17th. After the performance, children have the opportunity to meet the cast members and ask for autographs. Admission is $15 and there is open seating.

A Faery Hunt
several locations including
Griffith Park Fern Dell Entrance
2332 Fern Dell Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Attending a Faery Hunt production isn’t like attending a regular theater production. Families enjoy an interactive show outside in nature, and children are invited to come dressed in their favorite princess, fairy, or super hero costume. All shows are original musicals. Performances are scheduled for 10:30 am and are planned for different spots around Los Angeles. Check the website for information regarding their upcoming performance schedule.

Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Theatre West was established in 1962 and is recognized as the “oldest continually  running theatre company in Los Angeles.” Their Storybook Theatre presents interactive musical theater for children 3-9 years of age. Currently, families will enjoy The Princess and the Frog. Shows are Saturdays at 1:00 pm (through July 8th).

furry characters at the los angeles children's theater
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Children’s Theater

Children’s Theater in Downtown LA

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been a part of the lives of many Los Angeles families since 1963. They use over 2000 handcrafted puppets in over 200 performances a year! It is the longest operating marionette theater in the country. Currently, families can enjoy Hooray L.A., a production that serves as a “love letter to Los Angeles,” featuring hundreds of the famous hand crafted marionettes. Tickets are available online.

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