KC Edventures Guide for Ages 6-8

Theatre for Young America (TYA)

Theatre for Young America has been entertaining kids for more than 30 years.  They offer a great first experience for children and their families wanting to attend a live theater production.  Located in Union Station, TYA offers shows with both familiar storylines, along with some creative adaptations.  The following shows are recommended for this age group --

Before the Show:

  • Read the book for the show you'll be seeing - ask your kids what they think they might see at the play.
  • Talk about theater etiquette - 'how should we behave at a play'.  This is a great time to practice being considerate of others.
  • Remember to use the restroom if you need to so you don't miss any of the performance!


Explore the Performances:

Many of the TYA productions are based on children's books so we recommend reading the book before or after the show!


Charlotte's Web

March 3, 2015 - April 11, 2015


A classic tale of friendship between a young girl, her pig and all the animals of the barnyard! Kids will also enjoy the film adaption of Charlotte's Web (2006) which is a fun compare/contrast activity after seeing the play too.


If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

April 21, 2015 - May 16, 2015


Adapted from the hilarious book, follow along on this crazy adventure to see what happens if you if you do indeed decide to give a cat a cupcake!


The Princess and the Pea

June 9, 2015 - June 27, 2015


Will a girl shows up at a castle, will the royal family be able to tell if she's a true princess?



Discover More:

  • Talk to your kids about what they liked, how the play was different from the book, and who was their favorite actor.
  • Ask them if they have any questions - sometimes kids will ask things about noises backstage, lighting and sound.
  • The Coterie Theatre also has great kids' shows - check them out!

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