Concerts for Kids in Southeast Michigan

Concerts in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Rochester and more! Take the kids to one of these shows from the fall to the spring season in 2017-2018.

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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 concerts for kids at venues like the Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Not Just for Kids: The Music of Star Wars

Oct. 8, 2017

  • Venue: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Start at $11

The Michigan Theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for this special performance of the iconic music of John Williams.

Halloween in Hollywood

Oct. 28, 2017

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Packages start at $40 for four concerts

Celebrate the scariest holiday of all with music from your favorite Hollywood hits, plus a costume contest and more.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise!

Oct. 28, 2017

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $15-$59.50

This live show features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down.

Music with Miss Ann

Nov. 7, 2017

  • Venue: Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday
  • 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 and adding to the beat with shakers and other percussion instruments.

Sean Dobbins and Friends

Nov. 18, 2017

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Packages start at $40 for four concerts

Jazz, Wiggle and Giggle is a concert that includes lots of singing and dancing, plus a chance to jam with the band.

Not Just for Kids: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Dec. 3, 2017

  • Venue: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Start at $11

Kids are invited to sing along with the two-time Oscar winning Disney favorite.

Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Dec. 5, 2017

  • Venue: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Cost: Call for details

This youth orchestra’s annual concert includes strings, flute choir and the full youth symphony.

Mosaic Youth Theatre Woodward Wonderland

Dec. 9-10, 2017

  • Venue: Detroit Film Theatre,
  • Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $17-$29

This distinctively Detroit holiday show is perfect for the whole family​.

ELF: The Musical

Dec. 20-24, 2017

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: Times vary Wednesday through Sunday
  • Cost: $35-$75

Buddy snuck into Santa’s bag as an orphan and was raised by elves at the North Pole. Follow him on his journey to New York City to find his birth father.

KinderConcerts

Jan. 15 and 19-20, 2018

  • Venue: Ann Arbor District Library (downtown), Dexter District Library, Chelsea District Library and Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Road)
  • Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 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. 22, 2018

  • Venue: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 10 a.m. Thursday
  • Cost: $10-$12

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.

PAW Patrol Live!: The Great Pirate Adventure

March 1-4, 2018

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: Times vary
  • Cost: $35-$120

This action-packed live show, ideal for ages 1-6, invites the whole family to sing along, dance and join in with audience participation elements. The VIP – Very Important Pup – package offers premium seating and a meet-and-greet opportunity.

Madagascar – All the World’s a Stage

March 3, 2018

  • Venue: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $12/advance, $15/at the door

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and the plotting penguins for this musical adventure.

Uncle Gerry and Friends

March 24, 2018

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Packages start at $40 for four concerts

Uncle Gerry and friends from the Music Together program lead a fun-filled and interactive concert of classic children’s songs. Kids are invited to sing, dance, learn and make music together.

Motor City Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts

March 28, 2018

  • Venue: Warren Consolidated Performing Arts Center, 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesday
  • Cost: Contact for details

This concert is aimed at fourth and fifth graders but open to all ages. The performance promises to be educational and entertaining.

The Cat in the Hat

April 28, 2018

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

The Cat in the Hat turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure but what will Mum find when she comes home … ?

The Wizard of Oz

May 2, 2018

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

Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they set out on the Yellow Brick Road with their new friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion on their way to the fabled land of Oz.

Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage

May 5, 2018

  • Venue: Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $12

Enjoy 23 excerpts from Mozart’s music as you follow the musician’s son back in time to when Mozart was a child.

KinderConcerts

May 11-12 and 14, 2018

  • Venue: Ann Arbor District Library (downtown), Dexter District Library, Chelsea District Library and Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Road)
  • Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 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.

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

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