Children’s Theater | The Official Guide to Portland


Local companies use actors, puppets and acrobats to make theater fun for kids.

Kids can take a little convincing that people in costume aren’t scary, but fun — and Portland’s rich collection of children’s theater companies offer just the introduction they need. Kids already under the spell of the stage will delight in fantastical productions featuring acrobats, puppets and more.

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Northwest Children’s Theater offers vibrant, accessible productions, often based on classic books, that can be enjoyed by kids as young as four years old. Acclaimed Oregon Children’s Theater aims a bit older, dabbling in rock opera and exploring world affairs. (Both of these companies also offer summer camps for blossoming performers.)

The beloved kids’ shows at Imago Theatre feature acrobatic actors dressed as frogs, cats and a menagerie of other creatures who dance, mime, delight and surprise. (These wordless performances are equally appropriate for viewers who don’t speak English.)

Parks With Playgrounds

If you’re not old enough to fully appreciate Portland’s beer, bikes and arts culture, we also have many slides and swings perfect for kids.

Antoinette Hatfield Hall houses the Newmark, Brunish and Winningstad Theatres and some of Portland’s most beloved theater and dance companies.

Editor’s Pick

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

Dec. 10–24, 2022

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Keller Auditorium
Cost Varies

A treasured holiday tradition continues as Oregon Ballet Theatre returns George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® to the Keller Auditorium. Brave toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes dance, and we are carried away to a magical Land of Sweets, all to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. This year, make Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of Balanchine’s Nutcracker a part of…

Editor’s Pick


Dec. 9, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023


Imago Theatre
$19.50 – $37.50

Imago Theatre presents ZooZoo, a mask theater creature performance featuring hippos, anteaters, frogs, polar bears, penguins and more that fill the stage with wonder, awe and humor. Great fun for the whole family.

The Amazing Bubble Man

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

The Amazing Bubble Man

Alberta Abbey
$10 – $17

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed eleven years of sell-out success. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and…

Bluey’s Big Play

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023

Bluey’s Big Play

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
$34.50 -$85

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans. Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series,…

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