Best Live Entertainment for Kids

Performances that will thrill the kids... and the whole family!



Actors' Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Admission: $12-$15, depending on the show.

All the world's indeed a stage -- at least it is for the professional adult performers who present fully staged musicals in this historic theater. Classic stories and new musical works are brought to life through the Theatre for Young Audiences, offering a cultural and entertaining experience for the whole family. The newest production, No Dogs Allowed, is based on the book of the same name by Sonia Marcano, better known to most as "Maria" of Sesame Street. Performances will take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. from June 15 through July 29.
Through partnerships with Miami-Dade Public Schools, Actors' Playhouse also provides educational resources for teachers and activities for children and their families. Summer camp programs and a Theater Conservatory are also offered.


Sunday Afternoons of Music
Maurice Gusman Hall
Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
University of Miami
1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables
Admission: adults, $12; children, $10; varies by show.


Miami Children's Theater
Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center
Robert Russell Theater
11155 SW 112th Ave.
Coral Gables Youth Center Theater
405 University Drive, Coral Gables
Admission: adults, $12; children, $10.



Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Admission: $5-$22, depending on the show; more for special events and Broadway touring shows
561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471,

In its 14-year history, the Kravis Center has hosted more than 1 million school children through its S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series. Many of these students experience the magic of the performing arts for the first time at the Kravis. The center's management believes that once students are exposed to the performing arts through school, they are more likely to become lifetime patrons of the arts. Through "Kravis-on-the-Road," arts education programming is taken to venues within the community, augmenting classroom studies for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater.
Several shows highlighting talented local youth are held throughout the year through Student Arts Enrichment programs, including the Teen Cabaret and Spotlight on Young Musicians concert.
The Family Fare program is a perfect way for the entire family to enjoy the theater experience together. Affordable prices and convenient show times for comedy, dance and music shows make this a great way to introduce youngsters to the magic of live theater. The 2006–2007 season, including new Family Fare programs, will be announced in July.


Palm Beach Community College Duncan Theater
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth
Admission: $4 and up.


Crest Theater
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Admission: varies by show.