Bring the family: From Marvel to Dora, live shows for all ages

Wolverine battles two Chitauri Warriors as he fights to save Storm and Cyclops from Loki’s clutches in Marvel Universe Live. (Photo via Feld Entertainment)

With the kids home for the summer, it might get a little tricky keeping the entertainment calendar full. Luckily, you don’t have to think too hard since these local theaters have stacked this summer’s programming with loads of family friendly performances to keep the young ones occupied. From familiar stories to television shows brought to life, the tots will have a blast (and you just might, too).

On Tuesday, July 22 over the course of an hour at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, a variety of short films will be shown, starting at 10:30 a.m. Appropriate for ages four and up, none of the films top 17 minutes. And you might fool the kids into learning something too: many of the featured shorts are from international filmmakers.

Every Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. until Saturday, August 2, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents everyone’s favorite glass slipper-wearing Disney princess’s story on the stage at the Schubert Theater at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.

Marvel heroes and villains come to life on the stage at the Wells Fargo Center for Marvel Universe Live as Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine and more save the world in true super hero fashion starting Thursday, July 24 and running through Sunday, July 27. The cinematic show will wow action lovers of all ages at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Enter the wonderful world of Seuss at an open-air performance of Seussical the Musical at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. In true Seuss fashion, the whole show is performed in rhyme (and mostly song) and features some of the most famous characters: Cat in the Hat, Horton and the Whos. The final three performances in the show’s run are Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. Also at the outdoor theater in Washington Crossing State Park, Little Red Riding Hood will open on Friday, July 25 with an 11 a.m. performance. Other 11 a.m. show times include on Saturday, July 26, Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 and 4 p.m. shows on Sundays July 27 and August 3.

The Surflight Theatre in Harvey Cedars, NJ has a wealth of kid-friendly shows from Disney classics to Nickelodeon favorites this summer. Head into the Hundred Acre Wood for Winnie the Pooh Kids every Tuesday from July 22 to August 19 (excluding July 29) at 10:30 a.m. From Thursday, July 31 until Sunday, August 3 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves plays at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Swiper, no swiping: Dora the Explorer: Live! hits the stage at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, Thursday, August 14, Saturday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 and 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 15. And a shortened version of a Roald Dahl story, Willy Wonka Jr runs Wednesday, July 23 through Saturday, July 26 and Wednesday August, 20 through Saturday, August 23. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows have a 6 p.m. curtain and Friday shows run at 10:30 a.m.

Voorhees Theatre Company’s summer program ends with a bang at Voorhees Middle School in Voorhees, NJ. The Disney Classic The Little Mermaid gets on-stage treatment for a junior production of the undersea adventure. The show runs from Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 2 with performance times 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (there’s two shows that day) and Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Your kids love them, you love them, now see the popular Berenstain Bears books performed in musical form in Galloway, NJ’s Stockton Performing Arts Center. On Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m., the family of bears will delight the masses.

Elmo, Cookie, Ernie and more Sesame Street characters will encourage audience members to get down with the sounds at Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance. The touring production makes its way to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday, September 24 for a 10:30 a.m. show.