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Family-Friendly Theater and Arts Picks for This Fall

Performances for the whole family across Philadelphia

From children’s theater performances to live renditions of movie soundtracks, the Philadelphia theater and arts scene is offering a wide variety of shows this fall. We found the top family-friendly picks of plays and musicals showing across the city. Get your tickets now for a fun and engaging family outing!

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Various locations

Through September 24


This citywide Philly theater festival is jampacked with a wide variety of performances, including a slate of offerings for families and children.


Photo by Chris Ocken via Kimmel Cultural Campus

Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power!

Kimmel Center, Miller Theater, 250 S Broad Street

September 23


Based on the hit PBS KIDS series, the “Wild Kratts” theatrical production is perfect for all ages and includes a mix of live-action and animation.

Jump-Spin-Move! A Play for the Very Young (ages 1-6)

Various locations

September 30 – October 8


The Philly Children’s Theatre is presenting an original play with music geared towards children ages 1-6. It is showing at various locations across the city.

Photo courtesy of Forrest Theatre

Mean Girls

Miller Theater, 250 S Broad Street

October 3 – 8


A great show for tweens and teens, “Mean Girls” is a hilarious musical based on the favorite movie about, well, mean girls.

Elvis – A Musical Revolution

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street

October 3 – November 5


This exciting new musical at the Walnut Street Theatre celebrates the cultural icon who changed the history of music. Experience Elvis’ pivotal moments with those who knew him best, and dozens of his greatest hits.

Music of Superheroes

Verizon Hall, 300 S Broad Street

October 14


Enjoy the music of superheroes performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra including the “Superman” theme song and hits from “The Incredibles.” There will also be fun activities for kids including a drawing workshop with a graphic novelist, meet and greets with superheroes, and a costume contest.

“Coco” Live-to-Film Concert

Verizon Hall, 300 S Broad Street

October 15


A 20-member Latin ensemble, Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México, will perform the musical score of the kid’s movie “Coco” to accompany a screening of the film.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” Live In Concert

Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad Street

October 24


A full orchestra, band, and DJs will perform the soundtrack from “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,” featuring symphonic orchestral and hip-hop music, alongside a screening of the film.


Photo courtesy of Kimmel Cultural Campus


Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad Street

November 1-26


This Broadway musical sensation that tells the untold story of the witches of Oz is coming to Philly! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Penn Live Arts, 3680 Walnut Street

November 12


The Flying Karamazov Brothers will delight with flame-throwing, juggling, and wild theatrics.


Lead photo courtesy of Penn Live Arts

Calendar Editor and Writer for Philadelphia Family. Send tips to eleanor@familyfocus.org.