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 spring 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.

Upcoming Family Shows in Austin:

Goodnight Moon @ ZACH Theatre
now through May 27, Saturdays at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. 
The iconic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown, is presented as a lively musical adaptation where Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. Tickets are $18 for youth and $24 for adults, which you can purchase online here or by calling the ZACH Theatre Box Office at 512-476-0541.

Great show for young children! Photo by Kirk Tuck

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote @ Austin Scottish Rite Theatre
April 7 – 29,  weekends at 11 a.m. April 7-15; and 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. from April 21-29
Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papa, but the greatest danger of all is his untrustworthy guide. This story comes from the book by Duncan Tonatiuh, adapted for the stage exclusively for Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Tickets are $8 for ages 2-12 and $12 for 13 & up, which you can purchase here.

See Duncan Tonatiuh’s A Migrant’s Tale come to life on stage

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – In Concert @ Bass Concert Hall
April 7 at 7:30 p.m. & April 8, 2 p.m.
Texas Performing Arts and Austin Symphony present a live symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score to this favorite film. Tickets start at $41.50 and can be purchased online here.

Enjoy live music set to the film

The Smartest Girl in the World @ Austin Playhouse
April 7 & 14, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
This heartwarming and witty play from Miriam Gonzales tells of Leo Martinez and his younger sister Lizzy. Leo is convinced that winning a local TV quiz show and becoming “the smartest kid in the world” can create a better life for his family. When Mami and Papi refuse to let Leo participate due to his chronic illness, Lizzy studies up to compete in his place. Along the way, Leo and Lizzy discover that there are many ways to be smart—and that different people are smart in different ways. Geared towards children grades 2 – 6. Pick-your-price admission with tickets available online here.

Pick your ticket price at this family show from Austin Playhouse

Disney On Ice Presents: Reach for the Stars @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
April 25 – 27 at 7 p.m., April 28 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; April 29 at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza and skating spectacle. Enjoy captivating songs from Frozen characters like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” See Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with Rapunzel. dazzling skating spectacle. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online here.

Everyone’s favorite Disney characters take to the ice

Austin Ballet Presents: Peter Pan @ The Long Center
May 11 at 8 p.m., May 12 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., May 13 at 3 p.m.
Indulge your inner child with a trip to Neverland and the Austin premiere of Choreographer Paul Vasterling’s ballet about a boy who refuses to grow up. This action-packed, family-friendly production features all the characters you remember from J.M. Barrie’s novel, including the beautiful Wendy and her brothers, the villainous Captain Hook, a posse of Lost Boys, a man-eating crocodile, and the meddling Tinker Bell. Tickets start at $15 & up and can be purchased online here.

Ballet Austin’s Peter Pan — just in time for Mother’s Day!

Pollyanna Theatre Presents: The Secret of Soap and Spin @ The Long Center
May 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 2 p.m.; May 14, 17, & 18 from 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. 
It turns out that an out-of-order dryer at the neighborhood laundromat is the portal to a secret, underground world populated by those who have escaped the normal world above. These include Lint, Dusty (a vengeful dust bunny), and a worn-out Mop. This play is intended for children in grades 2 – 5. Tickets are $10.50 and can be purchased online here.

Pollyanna’s shows are held in the Long Center’s intimate Rollins Theatre

We hope you have a great time at the theatre!