Best Live Entertainment for Kids

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


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY


GOLD

Actors' Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Admission: $12-$15, depending on the show.
305-444-9293, www.actorsplayhouse.org

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.

SILVER

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.
305-271-7150, www.sundaymusicals.org/forchildren

BRONZE

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.
305-274-3595, www.miamichildrenstheater.com


PALM BEACH COUNTY


GOLD

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, www.kravis.org

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.

SILVER

Palm Beach Community College Duncan Theater
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth
Admission: $4 and up.
561-868-3309, www.pbcc.cc.fl.us/arts/duncan

BRONZE

Crest Theater
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Admission: varies by show.
561-243-7922, www.oldschool.org


BROWARD COUNTY


GOLD

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Ave. Fort Lauderdale
Admission: Smart Stage Matinee Series, $5; Family Fun Series with pre- and post-show entertainment, $13; large-scale touring productions, $11-$36. Broadway touring shows are more. Discounts are available to groups and subscribers who purchase tickets to multiple shows. Reduced price lap-seat tickets are also available for children 12 months and under for most shows.
954-462-0222, www.browardcenter.org

The Broward Center strives to make every family presentation an engaging experience that adults and children can enjoy together. To help families and teachers make the most of the theater experience, study guides to most productions are available by accessing the education link at the center's web site. Through its Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) program, the center has made the performing arts an important part of a complete education for more than a million students.
But it's the touring shows featuring the likes of Elmo, Clifford and Dora, and professional theater for young children in the smaller Amaturo Theater that prompt our readers to vote for the Broward Center year after year as a Kids Crown winner.This summer, the Broward Center combines the razzle-dazzle of Broadway with the joy of a child's imagination, Tickets are sure to sell fast for Barbie Live in Fairytopia (June 9–11), Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show (July 14–16) and Sesame Street Live! Super Grover! Ready for Action (Sept. 29–Oct. 1).

SILVER

Paradise Shops
Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
Admission: varies according to show.
954-327-7625, www.seminoleparadise.com

BRONZE

Pembroke Pines Theater of Performing Arts
Walter C. Young Resource Center Jim Davidson Theatre
901 NW 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines
Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts at the River of Grass ArtsPark
17195 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines
Cooper City Theatre
12233 SW 55th St., Cooper City
Admission: Varies according to dates and shows.
954-437-4884; www.pptopa.com

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