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8 Upcoming Kids Shows: Lion King, Samajam, BBC's Seven Worlds & More

Hey moms and dads! Here are 8 shows you can enjoy with your small ones.
2024-04-21 09:00:00

An entirely interactive musical experience where the audience is the show. The Canadian performance troupe "Samajam" presents a show for families, creating musical happenings with the help of their young audiences. After a successful tour last year, they're back in China, taking their audience on a journey through the culture and music of South America. Lively show leaders on stage will teach the audience basic music theory and lead parents and kids in percussive group performances with instruments provided. Tickets range from 180rmb to 380rmb.

The live concert will present a selection of the most spectacular scenes from the television series displayed on a giant LED screen. Accompanying the footage on screen, the series hugely emotive score was composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music, and features the captivating song , produced specifically for the series by Zimmer and the multi-award winning artist SIA. During the concert, the audience will be taken on a journey of discovery through the 'seven worlds' - from the colorful paradises of South America to Asia's vast wilderness; from the unforgiving deep freeze of the Antarctic to the searing heat of Africa; from North America via Australia to wildlife closer to home in Europe. Please note that children and adults tickets are the same price.

New Bund 31 will host this Children’s Day weekend with a Lion King concert, which also marks the 30th anniversary of this beloved animated film. The music will feature award-winning scores by Hanz Zimmer, Elton John and touching lyrics by Tim Rice, as well as Grammy-winning composer Lebo M African vocals and choral arrangements. In the meantime, a giant screen on stage will show the clips from the film. Recommended for kids above 12 years old. There is one show on Friday evening and one show on Sunday afternoon.

The Pear's series of family-friendly events returns this Sunday with a special performance of their popular Alice in Wonderland show. The show will be a family friendly version that loosely tells the story of Alice as she goes down the Rabbit hole, finds many bizzare creature and the story unfolds. Along with the live entertainment, Chef Lung will be creating a special brunch menu featuring brunch staples like eggs benedict but also some of his specialties like Montreal smoked meat and poutine! The kitchen will open at 12:00 noon and the show will start at 1 pm. Free entry for kids 5 years old and under.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit based on the hilarious movie starring Jack Black is set to rock out at New Bund 31 Theatre. This irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Julian Fellowes and an incredible cast of kids shredding guitars, pounding drums and rocking out live, School of Rock will test your head, and your mind, and your brain too. A treat for rockers of all ages.

Tony-nominated Songshan Shaolin KungFu Show group will present this Chinese martial arts show for kids and families that love Kung Fu. This is a performance event that integrates kung fu, dance, music, and drama from the perspective of kids. The show is 70 minutes long including a 10-minute interaction segment.

"X Land of Fantasy" is the 45th original production of Cirque du Soleil, featuring a rich storyline with multidimensional characters, surreal universes, stunning visuals, and high-energy action and acrobatics. Audiences are split between "Petra" and "Aria," moving seating platforms that shift and transform with the performance. Multiple February shows are on a special promotion; check them out and get your tickets now. [Read more about the X show story on SmartShanghai here](https://www.smartshanghai.com/brand-stories/cirque-du-solei-hangzhou).

Something for the kids (and folks who find puppets fascinating)...Theatre YOUNG in Shanghai presents an exclusive two-night engagement of 'Brecht's Ghosts', a haunting performance created and enacted by the innovative Suse Wächter. As the mastermind behind a world teeming with specters from the 20th century, Wächter brings to life over a hundred puppets, eerily echoing the undead who linger in our collective memory. This performance centers around the revered "Household Deity" of Berliner Ensemble, Bertolt Brecht, who is visited by the myriad spirits he encountered throughout his prolonged exile and upon his return to Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. Accompanied by two musicians and a skilled puppeteer, Wächter orchestrates an evening akin to a séance, allowing these diminutive beings with towering presences to enact their drama. The show, performed in German, offers English and Chinese subtitles to weave its audience seamlessly into the fabric of the narrative.

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