Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

National touring Company of "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre. (Photo: Emilio Madrid)

Kid-friendly shows at Seattle-area theaters

Also, Broadway season for 2023-24 includes "Aladdin," "Beetlejuice" and more

Here’s a look at upcoming kid-friendly theater and dance events. Remember to check each specific event or venue’s COVID protocols.


‘Giselle’ at Pacific NW Ballet

Ballet’s preeminent ghost story, “Giselle” is widely acknowledged as the greatest ballet of the Romantic era. It tells the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after her fiancé is revealed to be a nobleman in disguise. In death, she joins the ranks of supernatural maidens who died before their wedding days and take their revenge on men for eternity. In a miraculous display of love beyond the grave, Giselle saves her betrothed from certain death at the hands of her ghostly sisters. Eight performances Feb. 3-12, McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. A digital version also will be available to stream.

National touring Company of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” coming to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. (Photo: Emilio Madrid)

‘Aint Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations’

Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Jan. 24- Feb. 5, 2023

Featuring Grammy-winning songs and Tony-winning moves, “Ain’t Too Proud” follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It features the group’s signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies.

Broadway season for next summer


Teatro Zinzanni: “Coming Home”

The dinner and cabaret-style spectacular is back, for a limited run (through March 12, 2023) at SODO Park. This show includes a champion rhythmic gymnast, the “decadent singer” Rizo, a Chinese pole artist/acrobat and an aerial trapeze duo, among other acts. The dinner is designed and served by Herban Feast.

Note: Teatro Zinzanni has always been a little edgy, so we can’t wholeheartedly recommend it as “kid-friendly.” For instance, this iteration features a “yodeling dominatrix” and a “sensuous hula-hoop performer,” among other acts. Date night, anyone?


This touring production of “Disney’s Aladdin” will be on stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in April 2024.

Broadway at the Paramount, 2023-24

The 2023-24 season of Broadway shows at The Paramount Theatre has just been announced. It’s a mix of highly anticipated new touring productions and some returning crowd-pleasing favorites. (Show descriptions provided by Seattle Theater Group.)

“Six,” July 12-23, 2023: “From Tudor queens to pop icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power!”

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” Sept. 12-17, 2023: “the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.”

“Hadestown,” Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2023: “Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — ‘Hadestown’ is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.”

“MJ,” Dec. 7-17, 2023: “The music. The moves. The icon. The unparalleled artistry of Michael Jackson is told in the new musical centered around the making of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour.”

“The Book of Mormon,” Jan. 9-14, 2024: “This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.” This production has been a huge international hit. Contains explicit language.

“Beetlejuice,” April 2-7, 2024: “Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes.”

“Disney’s Aladdin,” April 24-28, 2024: “A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.”

“Girl from the North Country,” June 25-30, 2024: Set in Duluth, Minn., in 1934, as a group of travelers meet in a guesthouse, this production reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan including “Forever Young,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hurricane,” “Slow Train Coming,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”

“Company” July 23-28, 2024: “It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party and all of her friends keep asking, why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married and being alive in 21st century New York could drive a person crazy.”



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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.