Archives For Theater

Best DSM Kids’ Theater for Spring 2019 – dsm4kids.com

Our spring event coverage continues with a look at the most promising family shows opening this season on Des Moines stages. There are lots of fantastic family shows with options for all age groups, including a few shows that are perfect for first-time theatergoers. It sounds like we can look forward to an exciting spring theater season in Des Moines! Continue Reading…

2018: Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Des Moines Stages this Fall - dsm4kids.com

Now that summer is over, it’s time to think about what activities will entertain your family this fall. Luckily, Des Moines offers dozens of performances that will amaze and delight your kids. From professional productions to local children’s theater, here’s a list of some of the best shows of the autumn. Whether your kids are in the mood for a big musical likeAladdin” or a classic fable with a message like “The Ants and the Grasshopper”, we’ve got you covered—so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Continue Reading…

2018 Best Summer Theater and Shows 4 Des Moines Families - dsm4kids.com

Des Moines’ theater scene is heating up this summer. Can you say, “Hamilton”?!?  There are plays, musicals and stage performances for all ages, interests, and budgets happening throughout the season.  Read on and get tickets now, so your little theatergoers won’t miss out on some of their very favorite shows! Continue Reading…

2018 Spring Theater 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

Find theater shows for spring 2019 here.

Beloved children’s characters spring to life on stage this season in Des Moines. Our top theater picks for the coming months include adaptations of favorite kid’s TV series like PJ Masks Live; Feathers of Fire a sensory production that grade schoolers will enjoy and old school musicals like Chicago and Les Miserables that parents and teens will appreciate. Continue Reading…

"Miss Nelson Is Missing!" at the Des Moines Playhouse – dsm4kids.com

Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way, and uncontrollable children send the gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson (Gina Gedler) turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp (Gina Gedler), a scary substitute teacher who assigns homework from hell and wields her ruler like a sword! Continue Reading…

2017 Spring Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Find theater shows for spring 2019 here.

Celebrate the season by taking the kiddos out for some theatrical fun. Des Moines is bursting with spectacular shows and this handy theatre guide makes it easy for you to explore all that Des Moines’ theatres have to offer this spring season! A little something for everyone, no matter your age. Continue Reading…

The Box Car Children at The Des Moines Playhouse - dsm4kids.com

Generations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the Alden children’s story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being separated, the four siblings run away to make a “home” of their own. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the highs and lows of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. Continue Reading…

2016 Fall Theatre Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Find a list of 2018 shows here.

Fall 2016 promises to be a busy and diverse season on Des Moines stages. With beloved children’s classics like Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Boxcar Children” and mystery comedies in “Done to Death” and “Audition for a Murder” there’s a little something for everybody in the family. Read on to find your family’s theatrical experience for the fall in Des Moines! Continue Reading…

Cinderella Sweeps into the Des Moines Civic Center – dsm4kids.com

My daughter and I were super excited to “get our princess on” last night at Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Des Moines Civic Center. Cinderella is one of our favorite princess stories (my daughter has a Cinderella poster hanging in her room:)  Having seen it before, I was eager to see and share this new updated version of our beloved fairytale together. The performance beautifully portrays the classic story we all know and love, while adding a modern twist for new audiences, this is a summer must see for Des Moines families! Continue Reading…

A Roaring Good Time 4 Families at The Lion King in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

We had a busy day yesterday.  We took in The Lion King at the Civic Center in the afternoon and an Iowa Barnstormer’s game at the Well last night.  I will be writing about the Barnstormer’s game tomorrow.  I was super excited to see The Lion King.  I’ve been going to shows for many years, but for one reason or another have never managed to see it.  It made it extra special to be able to see it with my kids for the first time.  Continue Reading…

Local Places 4 Kids to Experience Live Theater in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Updated January 17, 2019

We are so lucky to have a number of live theater venues and production companies that present shows the entire family can enjoy, here in Central Iowa.  From musicals to dramas, comedies to tragedies, there’s nothing like watching a kid’s face light up in wonder while viewing a live performance on stage. Continue Reading…