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Summer Outdoor Theatre: Culture + Nature = A Great Family Outing

All the world is a stage, and this summer that stage includes some of your favorite local parks. From Shakespeare to Cinderella, local theatre companies take their family-friendly productions outdoors for a unique summertime experience.

Don’t miss the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night, now through Aug. 12. Our parent reviewer calls it an uproariously funny modern adaptation, with a heavy dose of physical comedy that helps keep the play moving and from being bogged down in lofty language (read more here). The company is also performing The Winter’s Tale this summer. Both plays are on location at parks throughout the greater Seattle area.

More Shakespeare in the Park is available this summer courtesy of GreenStage. Now through Aug. 18, families can enjoy performances of The Taming of the Shrew and Henry VIII in Seattle, Lynnwood, Fall City, Burien, Redmond and Bainbridge Island. For show times, plot summaries and park locations, visit

For super kid-friendly fun, check out Theater Schmeater’s Hansel and Gretel, through Aug. 5 at Volunteer Park, or Balagan Theatre’s Sally and Thor Save the World (at Summer Camp), through Aug. 11 in Seattle and Redmond.

The enchanting Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater is running a production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella now through Aug. 26. Read Seattle’s Child’s parent review about this fun show and its picturesque location along the Snoqualmie River.

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