2017 Spring Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines

2017 Spring Theatre Guide 4 Kids and Families in Des Moines

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.

Note: Dates listed are performance beginning and end dates. Please call for specific performances dates and times within those ranges, as not all performances take place on a daily basis.


Winnie the Pooh Lunch and Laugh

March 18 and 25, 2017; Lunch n’ Laughs presented by Class Act Productions.  Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest. For there is a mysterious rumor that Christopher Robin will be sent away to “Education.” Nobody knows exactly what that is, and besides, what would his friends do without him? They agree it’s best to run away … probably to the North Pole or South Pole. But as the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn’t quite so sure that running away is the answer. Suggested ages are 4 year olds to adults. Doors open at 11:00 am. Lunch starts at 11:20 am. Ticket Prices: Adult $16, Student (18 and under) $10.

The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

March 17 – April 9, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein) finally succeeds in creating a monster to rival his grandfather’s, but not without some hilarious complications. With the help of his hunchbacked side-kick Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gore”), a leggy lab assistant, Inga, and fiancée Elizabeth, Frederick sets to work back in Transylvania to finish what his family started long ago. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  Tickets start at $25.00.

Ellis Island of Dreams

March 24, 2017; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. Ellis Island was the entry point to the land of dreams for countless immigrants from 1892 to 1954. Follow the stories of family trials, heartbreak, and triumphs and help reestablish the understanding that we are truly a nation of immigrants. Meant for kids in grades 3-12. Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $5.

A Delightful Quarantine

March 24 – April 9, 2017; presented by Ankeny Community Theatre.  An extra-terrestrial “invasion” of the suburban, middle-class community of Susqua Creek Acres, Pennsylvania places its human residents and visitors under sudden house-bound quarantine. Secrets get revealed, conflicts erupt and recede, long festering wounds are dressed, and friendships and relationships terminated or reinstated. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket Prices: Adult $15, Senior (60+) $12, Child (grades K-12) $10.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Eric Carle Stories

March 25, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center.  First premiered in 2011, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. The hour-long production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that has won international acclaim for the Nova Scotia-based theatre. Show time is 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

The Man Who Planted Trees

March 26, 2017; at The Temple Theater.  This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Show time is 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.



April 1, 2017; at CY Stephens Auditorium. The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form to Stephens Auditorium for 2 performances. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Showtimes are 2:00 and 7:30 pm.  Tickets start at $22.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy

April 4–9, 2017 at The Temple Theater.  Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creation One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the stage in this mind-bending whirlwind of a show.  Ross retells the classic bad hair trilogy in 60 minutes- no costumes, no props, no sets- all the characters, the music, the ships, and the battles. Show time is Tuesday through Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday 5:00 and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm.  Tickets start at $20.

Stone Soup

April 7, 2017; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  “This is the way we make the soup!” The selfish villagers don’t want to share any of their food. Then two travelers (and a stone!) show up with a recipe for sharing soup. This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six. Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $6.00.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Apr 11, 2017; Youth Matinee Series at CY Stephens Auditorium. A timeless tale based one of Aesop’s most popular fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a musical treasure chronicling the misadventures of a bored, mischievous shepherd boy as he learns a life lesson about the importance of telling the truth and the consequences of “Crying Wolf.” Meant for kids in grades K-5. Show times are 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $5.

Grug and the Rainbow

April 15, 2017; Part of the Wellmark Family Series at The Temple Theater. Grug began his life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree – now he’s back by popular demand in a new production full of new surprises. Watch in wonder as he embarks on an epic journey to find the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. Luckily Grug is full of determination and his adventures are always full of surprises! Show times are Saturday at 11:00 am ($5.00) and 1:00 pm ($10.00).

Turn Of The Screw

April 21-30, 2017 presented by the Reparatory Theater of Iowa at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.  A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children, but she and the children are soon haunted by ghosts from past. As she desperately tries to stop the fiends before it is too late, one frightening question tortures her: are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination? Show times Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  Tickets start at $18.

Fancy Nancy: The Musical

April 28 – May 21, 2017 on stage at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. But when Nancy finds out that Wanda was picked to be the star mermaid of their first dance recital and Nancy is forced to play a tree, she must learn kindness and find the “fancy flair” in her new role. Showtimes are 7:00 pm on Friday; 1:00 and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $18.

Grapes of Wrath 

April 29, 2017;  at Fisher Theater in Ames.  A story about perseverance against all odds and join the Joads as they trek west, leaving the dust bowl behind. They encounter others on the same journey, striving for their piece of the American dream with both hope and fear about prospects in California. Show time is 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $22.


Alton Brown Live

May 6, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during his audience participation segments. Show time is 7:30 pm.  Tickets start at $30.


May 12, 2017; Friday Funday at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  “Oh, how I wish to go to the ball!” What do you get when you take a pumpkin, a pair of glass slippers, and a not-so-nice stepmother and stepsisters? Then, throw in a silly fairy godmother? A magical tale that ends in “happily ever after” of course! This is an interactive theatre show for children ages four to six. Showtimes are 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $6.00.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

May 16–21, 2017; on stage at the Des Moines Civic Center. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Show times are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Tickets start at $35.00.

12 Dreams

May 19-21; presented by the Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre at Des Moines Onstage Studios.  DMYAT’s 2017 Student Directed Show. Twelve Dreams is a 1981 play by James Lapine which was inspired by a case study contained in Carl Jung’s book Man and His Symbols. The case concerns a 10-year-old girl who gave her father, a psychiatrist, an unusual Christmas present — a handwritten booklet describing twelve dreams that she had had when she was eight years old. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Did we miss something?  Please let us know at nicole@dsm4kids.com.




Is there a spring show your family is planning on attending?  Give it a shout out in the Comments below!

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