Taking the kids to see live theatre is such a fun experience. It’s really adorable to watch young faces light up with joy and hear their giggles of happiness as they engage in storytelling, music and magic that comes with live performances. This fall, there are many awesome productions scheduled in Austin. Here’s a roundup of these events so you can mark your calendars and get your tickets.

Fall Family Theatre in Austin:

–> Tortoise and Hare @ ZACH Theatre
through January 27, 2019, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.
Based on the classic story by Aesop, Tortoise and Hare is a children’s musical written by the talented team of Allen Robertson and Damon Brown (known locally for their work as the Biscuit Brothers duo), with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable under the direction of Nat Miller. Recommended for ages 5 & up. Tickets are $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult) and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541.

Tortoise and Hare, photo by Kirk Tuck

–> The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost @ Long Center
September 28 – October 7, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.
Pollyanna Theatre Company presents this play about Eerie Cove’s frightening new visitor that looks like it’s never brushed its teeth. Could it be a ghost or is someone playing a trick? Cindy thinks she knows something the grown-ups do not. Children in K – 2 will use basic spelling, anagrams, and simple math to help solve the mystery along with its brave, young detective. Tickets are $10.50, which you can purchase online here.

–> Rosita y Conchita @ Austin Scottish Rite Theater
October 6-28, showtimes at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Rosita y Conchita is a Día de los Muertos bilingual play about two sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. Based on the award-winning children’s book Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and Eric González. Tickets are $10 for children; $15 for ages 12 & up, which you can purchase online here.

Rosita y Conchita is back this year by popular demand! Photo from Austin Scottish Rite Theatre

–> Wake Up, Brother Bear! @ ZACH North
October 16 – April 21, showtimes at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online here.

–> Dog’s Job @ The Long Center (AT&T Education Room)
October 18-27, shows at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Pollyanna Theatre Company’s new play for children ages 2 – 4 introduces them to many different careers and community helpers. Dog has been pretty happy just being Bob’s pet. But one morning, Dog decides he needs to advance his career and find a real job. The only problem is that Dog has no idea what he might be good at doing. Tickets are $6.75 and can be purchased online here.

–> The Ugly Duckling @ Austinventures Studio Theatre
Oct. 20–21, 27–28 at 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Award-winning choreographer Jimmy Orrante brings to life the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, The Ugly Duckling, through a whimsical exploration of the joy to be found when you celebrate someone’s “inner swan.” This hour-long dance work, performed by the apprentice company, Ballet Austin II is the perfect “starter ballet” for children ages 3–10. Tickets are $15, available here.

The Ugly Duckling, photo by Erich Camping

–> Tomás and the Library Lady @ The Paramount Theatre
Sunday, Oct 21, 2 p.m. 
This bilingual musical, based on the beloved book about the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera is an inspirational production about how reading and education — and self esteem – can make anything possible. As the young son of migrant farm workers, Tomás spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa. When a chance encounter brings him to the local library, he meets the “Library Lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read.  Tickets are $10 – $18, available online here.

–> Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour @ Bass Concert Hall
November 2, 6 p.m.
Kids are invited to sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with some of their favorite characters. The 90-minute concert brings the beloved characters live on stage while including interactive on-screen moments with Puppy Dog Pals, The Lion Guard and Muppet Babies, as well as the first-ever live appearance by Vampirina. The show features 20 songs from Disney Junior’s hit series, as well as two brand new original songs for the tour. Expect a giant Mickey-shaped DJ booth, high-tech screens and 4D special effects. Ticket prices range from $29.50 – $59.50 with VIP options available. You can get your tickets online here.

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour, photo credit: Disney/Matt Petit

–> A Christmas Carol @ ZACH Theatre
November 21 – December 30
Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Tickets start at $30, which you can purchase online here or call the box office at 512-476-0541 x1.


A Christmas Carol, photo by Kirk Tuck

–> Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure @ Long Center
November 25, 3 p.m.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe still live today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online here.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure; photo from the Long Center website

–> Sesame Street Live – Let’s Party Tour @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
December 19, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! The show features favorite pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online here.

We hope you have a great time at the theatre!