Museums for Kids, Children's Theater

On Your Marks, Get Set, GO! "The Hare and the Tortoise" Comes to Marin Theatre Company

February 14, 2017

Hare & TortoisePhoto: Jeff Berlin/Marin Theatre Company

On your marks, get set, GO! As part of it ongoing Family Series, Marin Theatre Company brings the spirit of sportsmanship, friendship, and living in the moment to its magical production of Brendan Murray’s Hare & Tortoise. The third production in MTC's Family Series, Hare & Tortoise features slow and steady Tortoise versus speedy and impatient Hare, who race to understand that determination and will for success truly matter in life.

Family Fun at the de Youngsters Art Party this Friday

January 5, 2017

de Youngsters Art Party Photo courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Come help put the "art" in "party" at the fourth annual de Youngsters Art Party, taking place this Friday, January 6, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm at the de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. This one-of-a-kind, after-hours festive family outing raises $50,000 annually for the museum's education department, helping to support educational initiatives like free youth programs and summer camp scholarships for children in low-income families.

This year's Art Party theme is inspired by the special exhibition Frank Stella: A Retrospective. Partygoers can explore the exhibition, experience live performances by Velocity Circus, experience an "activation station" created by Adobe, enjoy mocktails in the Tween Glow Lounge, make flipbooks, and much more. We attended the de Youngsters Art Party last year, and had a blast!

Visit a Museum for Free in November

November 1, 2016

Visit a Bay Area Museum for freeDid you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

First Tuesday of the Month—November 1

"The Jungle Book" Opens at Marin Theatre Company Next Weekend - Win Tickets!

October 22, 2016

The Jungle Book at MTC

Marin Theatre Company's Family Series continues this fall with their original production of The Jungle Book, opening next Saturday, October 29 for 10 performances only! Adapted by Greg Banks from the beloved stories by Rudyard Kipling and directed by Logan Ellis, this production is special in that MTC will be featuring the protagonist Mowgli as a girl! Here's what MTC Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis says about this artistic choice:

"We, led by director Logan Ellis and our cast and crew, feel it is imperative to give our girls the opportunity to see themselves portrayed onstage in a classic adventure story normally reserved for boys. We doubly believe it is important for young boys to see girls in powerful hero roles this year as our national conversation is rife with bullying, sexism and gender discussion."

Marin Theatre Company's 2016-2017 Family Series Kicks off with "Father Goose's Tales"

September 13, 2016

Father Goose's Tales Marin Theatre CompanyThis fall, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) kicks off its 2016–2017 Family Series with Father Goose's Tales. In this production, Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must take over her duties, including storytelling! Father Goose's Tales is written and performed by Jim Napolitano, who brings the nursery rhymes, stories, and songs to life through innovative shadow puppetry, and is ideal for children ages 4 to 8.

Father Goose's Tales is only the first offering in MTC's fantastic 2016–2017 Family Series. In October, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book will come to life on stage (best for ages 6 and up), and in November you can experience an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snow Queen (ages 9 and up). Finally, in February, the classic fable Hare and Tortoise will recount the greatest race on earth (ages 4 and up). MTC will even offer a sensory friendly performance of Hare and Tortoise for young people in the autism spectrum on March 4.

"The Little Mermaid: The Musical" Opens at the Throckmorton Theatre

August 1, 2016

The Little Mermaid 142 Throckmorton Theatre This Friday, Throckmorton Theatre premieres its summer production of The Little Mermaid: The Musical, an adaptation of Disney's movie of the same name, featuring a talented case of Bay Area theater professionals and of course memorable music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken.

Directed by actor and director Steven Hess (star of last year's production of Shrek: The Musical), The Little Mermaid stars San Francisco's Ashley Willits in the title role, San Francisco International Comedy Competition winner Johnny Steele as Scuttle, Beach Blanket Babylon veteran Phillip Percy Williams as Sebastian, and Barry Martin as King Triton, among others. The cast even features four talented mother-daughter teams from Mill Valley!

Performances of The Little Mermaid take place on Friday, August 5, 12, and 19 at 7 pm, Saturday, August 6, 13, 20 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 7, 14, and 21 at 4 pm. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students; reserved seating tickets are $35. Order tickets online at tickets.throckmortontheatre.org or by calling (415) 383-9600. The box office is also open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 pm for in-person sales.

Ross Valley Players Present Robin Hood at the Barn Theatre

July 13, 2016

Robin Hood Ross Valley PlayersThis weekend, Ross Valley Players presents its production of the family favorite Robin Hood by Ivey Award-winner Greg Banks. This classic tale of good versus evil follows the legend of Robin Hood and his merry band, who rob from the rich and dishonest to give to the poor. This story of resiliency, compassion and heroism is told with an easygoing and humorous twist that both children and adults will love. Robin Hood begins with a preview this Thursday, July 14 and runs through Sunday, August 14. Opening night is Friday, July 15 at 8 pm.

Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of swordfights and wordplay, this modern take on the classic story is a high-powered, action-packed, fun adventure. Robin Hood is directed by Cris Cassell, and features cast members Nicholas Schwager (Robin Hood), Cory Anderson (Little John, Soldier), Pablo Hamlin (Prince John, Will, Friar Tuck), Izaak Heath (Sheriff of Nottingham), and Ariana Mahallati (Maid Marian, Much).

Sweet Charity Comes to the Throckmorton Theatre

May 16, 2016

Sweet Charity at 142 Throckmorton This week, Throckmorton Theatre and a cast of some of the Bay Area's most talented youth performers premiere their production of the Broadway classic musical Sweet Charity. Featuring memorable musical numbers like "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "Big Spender," Sweet Charity is a bright and sophisticed show that tells the story of the eponymous heroine who wants to be loved so much she has lost sight of who she is.

Mill Valley resident Cate Hayman stars in the title role. She's a 2016 YoungArts winner for theater and has been accepted into prestigious threater programs at University of Michigan, Penn State, and Carnegie Mellon. Sweet Charity is directed and choreographed by Donna Cerio, with musical direction by Daniel Savio.

Performances of Sweet Charity take place on Friday, May 20 and 27 at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 at 1 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 2 pm. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students; reserved seating tickets are $35. Order tickets online at tickets.throckmortontheatre.org or by calling (415) 383-9600. The box office is also open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 pm for in-person sales. Sweet Charity does include some mature themes, so parental guidance is suggested.

Insider's Guide to the 2016 Mountain Play: West Side Story

May 13, 2016

Mountain Play West Side Story 2016

One of Marin County's most beloved and unique events is the famous Mountain Play—an outdoor theatre experience high on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais that's been going strong for over a century! This year's 103rd Mountain Play production is the Tony award winning musical West Side Story. Based on Shakespeare's play about two star-crossed young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story features unforgettable songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and was made famous by its Oscar-winning 1961 film version. It all makes for fantastic family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Mt. Tam!

Featuring athletic choreography and one of the most beautiful scores in musical theatre history, West Side Story is directed by Jay Manley and stars Mindy Lym as Maria, Jerry Lee as Tony, Erica Lamkin as Anita, David Crane as Bernardo, and Zachary Isen as Riff. Musical direction is by David Möschler and choreography by Nicole Helfer.

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