7 Kids Shows to see at Fringe KidsFest
For the past 31 years, Fringe KidsFest has been the premier summer destination to catch entertaining and affordable productions for kids ages 4 to 12.
But the beloved festival is much more than just a place to 'catch a show.' Through hands-on workshops, as well as interactive pre and post-show activities, along with performances tailored just for kids, Fringe is raising the bar for children's theatre.
This year, 7 shows will be playing during the summer festival which runs July 3 to 14. All shows take place at the George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place). Tickets are $5 for kids and $11 for adults plus fees.
Don't forget to drop stop by the KidsFest Club with PWYC activities, play stations and workshops that take place in the green space, right next to the theatre.
Here's what's playing...
BOY VS FLY
BOY vs FLY, What could possibly go wrong? Dean Bean disrupts his class chasing a fly, trying to be just like his Dad. His impulsive nature gets him into trouble. Adapted from the book BOY versus FLY, this charming comedy will delight audiences of all ages. Dean's antics will entertain while teaching us a heartfelt lesson about owning up to your mistakes. Suitable for ages 4-UP.
DUNGEE THE DRAGON & THE JUST-OKAY JUGGLER
Stories by Dan takes you (with artistic license!) back to the Middle Ages where the Kingdom of Awesome is under attack by a sassy non-fire-breathing dragon! The King calls on the Great Knights to save the day, but somehow the job falls on a lonely juggler who must learn to handle three swords (at the same time!) to defeat the dragon. With light-hearted humour, a dragon puppet with attitude, and a knife juggling act, this original story will bring laughter and fun to all! NOTE: Optional seated audience participation (like creating sounds with hands and/or feet). Suitable for ages 4 to 12.
All Gremlins, including you, are invited to a meeting of gremlins. The child we have to scare is asleep all the time. It’s hard to be spooky when they don’t want to be awake. We need your help! What is a Gremlin to do?! Please meet in Hazel’s bedroom. There is lots of room but only one closet to hide in. We promise there’s no spooking at the meeting and we will have Gremlin Pizza. For Ages 6-12.
LEXI AND THE FLYING B'S
Lexi is eager to enter a project in the school science fair, but she needs a great topic, a willing partner, and strategies to deal with her dyslexia. Yaya, Lexi's grandmother, has a sister back in Cyprus who is about to have surgery, and Yaya desperately wants to see her. How can these two help each other to get what they need? Best suited for ages 5 to 10.
MICE AT CENTRE ICE
Will Benny the Bullet and the Mouse Hockey Leaguers get the Cheddar Cup back from the Rink Rats? What dangers await brave Benny? Can any of them be worse than the steel blades of the Zamboni machine? And will the legendary but reclusive retired star "The Big M" make a triumphant return to the game he loves? Based on a beloved best-selling children's novel from the 1980s that also became an animated film. All proceeds from this show will be donated to the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program in Toronto. Suitable for hockey fans and children ages 5-12.
PHILIP & LUCINDA DINO-SHOW
Philip and Lucinda, dinosaur explorers extraordinaire, set out to understand the Paleozoic Era with song, dance and acrobatics. Philip and Lucinda may be “dino explorers” but they soon discover that their audience is filled with “dino experts” in this pre-historic adventure for the whole family. An acrobatic comedy with a whole lot of silly that leaves you saying : This show is Dino-mite! This show is suitable for ages 2-10 and anyone who loves Dinosaurs.
Radioactive Spyder, thirsty for power and fame, is determined to become Master of the Universe. Protozoa, the 14 billion-year-old single-celled being, guides Radioactive Spyder on his quest - showing him what the universe has to gain ... or to lose. This children's musical comedy is ultimately a wake up call for humanity and a call to action for the environment. A fun-loving musical set to a lively Cuban beat. Directed by Rae-Anna Maitland. Original music by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne. Featuring a song by Sarah Slean. Music directors are Kristen Zaza and Carissa Neufeld. Recommended for all ages.
For show schedules, visit https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/kidsfest/shows.