Top Kids’ Concerts in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Musical performances in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Rochester and more! Take the family to one of these kids' concerts from the fall to the spring season in 2019-2020.

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Who doesn’t love music? Outside of family festivals, movies and other family activities in southeast Michigan, music shows offer another chance for fun and excitement. Children can sing along to the songs and dance to the beat at several local concerts in Detroit and beyond.

From kid-friendly musicals to symphony orchestra events, here’s our roundup of kids’ concerts at venues like the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor and beyond – and if you need help making the most of it, visit our guide to taking kids to concerts for some tips.

Peppa Pig Live!

Oct. 13, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $29.50-plus

See Peppa Pig, George and their friends on an adventure in their live show

Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big

Oct. 17-20, 2019

  • Venue: Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $15-plus
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See Moana, Rapunzel, and all their Disney Princess friends and discover the bravery, strength and kindness on ice.

Music with Miss Ann

Oct. 22, 2019

  • Venue: Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 7-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Miss Ann will play songs on her guitar and tell musical stories. The event will help kids with pre-reading skills by singing, rhyming

Shake, Rattle and Roll with Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits 

Nov. 2, 2019

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $12/ticket

Hear the classics with a twist of rock and roll. Nursery rhymes will never sound the same.

Baby Shark Live!

Nov. 3, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $19.50-plus

See the viral song and dance live on stage, along with other classic songs like “Five Little Monkeys” and “Wheels on the Bus.” Note: This event is currently sold out. 

The Music of Star Wars

Nov. 9, 2019

  • Venue: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $10-plus/kids, $25-plus/adults

The Michigan Theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to perform works from the Star Wars franchise in honor of the ninth and final movie releasing in December.

Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical

Nov. 20-23, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 20-22, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Nov. 23
  • Cost: $40-plus

The book, the cartoon, the movie and now the musical. Experience the story of the Grinch live to kick off the holiday season.

Disney Junior Holiday Party

Nov. 27, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $15-plus

Join Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney Junior characters for singing and dancing to holiday classics.

Dashing Thru the Snow

Dec. 14, 2019

  • Venue: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $8-$12

The Canton Concert Band and the Fireside Singers bring the spirit of the holidays to the stage by performing some classic Christmas tunes.

Home Alone in Concert

Dec. 18, 2019

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $48-plus

Watch the classic Christmas Movie Home Alone on the big screen, accompanied by the Detroit Symphonic Orchestra.

The Spongebob Musical

Dec. 26, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27-28, noon and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3-4, noon and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5
  • Cost: $40-plus

The cartoon comes alive with music written by rockers like Panic! At the Disco, They Might Be Giants, and members of Aerosmith.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

Jan. 11, 2020

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $19-plus

Enjoy the music of the series that captivated a generation and brought the Harry Potter book series to life on the screen.

Nick Jr. Live!

March 6-8, 2020

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 6 p.m. March 6, 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. March 7, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 8
  • Cost: $24-plus

See characters from Nick Jr. shows like Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies and more.

KinderConcerts

Jan. 9-13 and May 7-11, 2020

  • Venue: Ann Arbor District Library (downtown), Dexter District Library, Chelsea District Library and Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Road)
  • Time: Vary by location
  • Cost: Free

Introduce your kids to classical tunes with this 30-minute concert featuring the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Children ages 2-5 dance and move while listening to music.

Under the African Sky

Feb. 20-22, 2020

  • Venue: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10-$15

Enjoy a delightful collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting, dancing and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, traditional music and audience participation add to the experience, too.

Rosie Revere, Engineer and Friends

Feb. 29, 2020

  • Venue: Meadow Brook Theatre, Oakland University, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester
  • Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

See a stage show based on the popular kids’ book.

Treasure Island

April 29-May 3, 2020

  • Venue: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 10 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $12-$18

Based on the children’s book of the same name. Young Jim Hawkins comes of age under the wing of pirates like Long John Silver.

Guy Louis: The World of Music Tour 

April 20, 2020

  • Venue: Meadow Brook Theatre, Oakland University, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $10

Guy Louis brings his kid-friendly musical show to Rochester.

Looking for more family fun activities or kids’ concerts? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for more.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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