Summertime is a great time to get the family together to explore the city and experience new things. A perfect way to beat the heat while still having a few hours of summer fun is by seeing a play or musical. There are many wonderful children’s shows happening this summer all across town, so make sure to mark your calendars and reserve your tickets. You won’t want to miss out on any of these great family-friendly productions suitable for children and children at heart.
“Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical”
Main Street Theater
Chelsea Market
4617 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-6706

Date: Through Aug. 3, 2014

Beloved children’s book character Pippi Longstocking is hitting the stage – with some great music to boot! Enjoy some toe-tapping tunes while watching Pippi get into some crazy adventures in her house Villa Villekulla with her monkey friend, the local townspeople and so much more. What will happen when a group of burglars tries to get into her house – why, a dance party of course! Pippi’s love for fun and the unexpected will keep everyone smiling and on the edge of their seats.

“Little Red”
Express Children’s Theater
446 N.W. Mall
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 682-5044

Date: Through July 26

Scarlet (nicknamed Little Red for her red hair) is spending her summer with her grandmother, working to help keep Granny’s Cafe and Rock Shop open for business. But the family restaurant is on some very valuable land and local businessman J.J. “The Wolfman” Jones wants the property all for himself. What will Little Red do to help save her grandmother’s cafe? This play – with fun music to accompany it – will help teach children the importance of bravery and self-reliance. Look for references to a well-known fairy tale while watching.

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center
2501 S. Mason Rd., Suite 290
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 829-2787

Date: July 11 and 12

Based on the real life Algonquin chief’s daughter who lived in the 1600s, this play tells the story of Pocahontas, a young girl who loves playing with her friends Raven, Squirrel and Wolf. She has made new friends with the settlers of Jamestown colony who have recently arrived in their ship and are trying to build their new lives in a land that is foreign to them. See how the bonds of friendship can help bring two different communities together. This production will be performed by KVPAC’s summer students.

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A.D. Players
2710 W. Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-2721

Date: July 9 – Aug. 24, 2014

“Godspell,” the A.D. Players’ summer musical, is one of Broadway’s most-loved productions. With music by Steven Schwartz, the composer behind “Wicked” and “Pippin,” this musical tells the story of Jesus and his disciples based on parables from the Gospel of Matthew. This fun interpretation of Jesus’s life will be enjoyable for the whole family. Don’t miss out!

HITS Theatre
311 W. 18th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-7408

Date: Aug. 16-17, 2014

This fun musical set in the 1960s is performed for local kids by local kids. HITS Theatre’s production of high schooler Tracy Turnblad and her quest to become a dancer on the “Corny Collins Show” will be performed by local junior high and high school students. See what happens to Tracy as she tries to navigate being a teenager who is different, and see how she makes new friends and gets caught up in the Civil Rights movement to stand up for equality.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at