We love the theatre! Here's where we keep track of all the upcoming theatre shows, concerts, musicals and events for kiddos happening throughout the year.
Looking for kids’ theatre shows in Singapore? Here at HoneyKids HQ, we’re crazy about musicals, plays, and performances for the whole family to enjoy. Not only do big productions, gorgeous costumes, and lively tunes enthral the kids (and offer up insta-worthy pics of the day out!), theatre experiences create everlasting memories for the whole fam. They’re also an excellent opportunity to inspire your little aspiring thespian to get into the performing arts. Plus, it’s perfect when the weather’s bogging you down. Here’s a rundown of what to expect this year…
Kids’ theatre, concerts, events and shows in Singapore 2023
1. Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic – Celebrating 100 years of Disney!
Favourite characters and soundtracks from the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Parks come to life on stage and the big screen at the Esplanade Theatre in a live-to-film concert like never before! Look forward to music from the soundtracks of Peter Pan, Moana, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto and more.
When: 7 – 8 October 2023
Where: Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic, Esplanade Theatre
2. Take your little ‘Things’ to see The Cat in the Hat
Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain’s National Theatre. After the successful staging by SRT’s The Little Company in 2012 and 2015, The Cat in the Hat is now back again! Your little ‘Things’ will love this production of The Cat in the Hat. In the traditional style Dr. Seuss, this story is a lesson in grammar, syntax, scansion, phonics, morality, ethics, tolerance and the human spirit.
When: 18 October – 12 November 2023
Where: The Cat in the Hat, KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT
3. The Monkey King
After six years, ‘The Superhero from the East’ returns to Singapore! Embark on an extraordinary adventure with “The Monkey King”, a legendary opera. This large-scale production brings together the timeless beauty of authentic Chinese opera and the innovation of modern theatre. The whole fam will be mesmerised by exceptionally skilled actors from Taiwan, showcasing their remarkable kung-fu stunts and belly-laugh humour. The key role of Sun Wukong will be played by three brilliant martial arts actors: CHU Lu-Hao, HSU Ting-Fang, and CHIN Lang. Each of them will take their turns to breathe life into the ancient role.
When: 10 – 11 November 2023
Where: The Monkey King
4. SSO: Singapore Symphony Orchestra Christmas Fundraising Concert
Merry Christmas! It’s that time of the year again when the Singapore Symphony family dresses the stage with musical joy and blessed harmonies for the yuletide season. Join in SSO’s annual celebration, a perfect way to add cheer to year-end festivities.
When: 14 – 15 December 2023
Where: Singapore Symphony Orchestra Christmas Fundraising Concert, Esplanade Concert Hall
5. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
It’s the end of the year pantomime season, and this time Wild Rice is bringing back Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, but with a modern twist! Not so far away, in the Eternal Kingdom, lives a Queen who wants everything and everyone to be perfect – just not as perfect as her. So, when her subjects turn eighteen, they are sent for “Enhancement” – a programme to correct their flaws.
One day, her Magic Mirror, who cannot lie without literally cracking up, reveals to her that a new beauty has come of age. It’s none other than her own stepdaughter, Snow White. Seething with jealousy, the Queen orders the girl to undergo a nip-tuck by the creepy Royal Surgeon. Can Snow White keep it real and stay true to herself?
When: 16 November – Saturday 23 December 2023
Where: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Wild Rice Funan
6. Madagascar the Musical
Fans of the Madagascar movies won’t want to miss this! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in a musical adventure!
Based on the smash hit DreamWorks animated motion pictures, Madagascar – The Musical follows all your favourite cracka-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
When: 18 January – 28 January 2024
Where: Madagascar the Musical, Esplanade Theatre
7. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Live on Stage
The smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is back, set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score, direct from the West End! A family of adventurers and their musical dog go on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Look forward to catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and even a few surprises along the way.
When: 1 – 4 February 2024
Where: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Victoria Theatre
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The beloved children’s book comes alive on stage! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We can’t wait to see all the yummy food our favourite caterpillar nibbles through next year!
When: 29 February – 3 March 2024
Where: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Victoria Theatre
9. Matilda the Musical
Roald Dahl’s beloved tale of the brilliant little girl, Matilda, trapped as a misfit in her dysfunctional family, has captured hearts around the world and will be taking the Sands Theatre stage by storm in March 2024! Book your tickets now to secure promotional discounts.
When: Saturday 9 March – Sunday 31 March 2024
Where: Matilda the Musical, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
10. Date Night: Sing’Theatre presents: Cabaret
So, life is disappointing? Forget it! In here, life is beautiful! Leave your troubles outside. And welcome to the “Kit Kat Club”. Grab your significant other and be whisked away to the Cabaret. This show is rated Advisory 16 so best for adults!
When: 5 – 15 October 2023
Where: Cabaret, Drama Centre Theatre
11. Mamma Mia the Musical returns to Singapore this October
Having thrilled over 65 million people worldwide, the sunniest and most exhilarating musical of all time is coming to Singapore this October to let you experience that Greek holiday treat you deserve! Fall in love with the irresistibly funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island idyll, all unfolding to the magic of ABBA’s timeless songs. Note there is no entry for little ones under three years, and kids aged four and above will need a ticket, but there are adult themes.
Pssst.. Book before 31 May for 10% off early bird tickets!
When: 19 October – 5 November 2023
Where: Mamma Mia! Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
12. Kids aged eight and over: Candlelight Concert Series
Enjoy the various songs that you know from the movies being performed live at this concert! Imagine: candlelights all over the venue, a solo pianist, and you humming along to the tunes featured in classics such as Aladdin, Frozen, Harry Potter, and many more. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a whole new world by the end of this show.
When: Various showtimes
Where: Candlelight: Concert series, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Chijmes, SEA Aquarium and others
13. FREE: Gateway Arts Theatre Kids Storytelling Sessions every Saturday!
Gateway Kids Club is a free programme held at Gateway Theatre every Saturday. You can also join the Arts and Crafts session or Free Play activities after the storytelling session! Each month features a different theme around which activities are focused. Book your tickets via Sistic before you go.
Psst… English Storytelling will begin at 10am, and Chinese Storytelling will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 11am.
Head to our big sis Honeycombers for more concerts in Singapore. Stay tuned as we’ll update this piece throughout the course of the year on other kids’ theatre in Singapore offerings!
Lead image: The Smeds and The Smoos