6 family-friendly events that are perfect for summer vacation fun

As the school year quickly dwindles, kids in classrooms far and wide will be buzzing over their upcoming summer vacation plans. Build up their excitement by bringing them to any of the following family-friendly events, each of which make for the perfect summer vacation outing and will have them telling all their friends about it come September.

Paw Patrol


Join Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Zuma, Rocky, Skye, and Everest–better known as the courageous dogs from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol–and their friends in this energetic live show designed for children ages 1-6. Come along on a fun and educational journey with the pups, complete with plenty of singing, dancing, and laughing that the little ones will love! Paw Patrol will travel to states across the south through July, before resuming its national tour in late September.

The Little Mermaid


Disney’s The Little Mermaid takes audiences under the sea to tell the story of lovable yet naive mermaid Ariel, who longs to experience the world above the surface. Discover the magic of this winning tale as it swims to a city near you. The Little Mermaid is currently on tour across the country through November, so don’t miss out!



The charming tale of the titular street rat, his hilarious sidekick genie, and the beautiful princess he impresses has plenty for both parents and kiddos to enjoy. Fans of the 1992 Disney animated feature will not be disappointed by the stage adaptation, with dazzling effects that will transport you to a whole new world. The musical is currently only playing on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre and at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace, so be sure to check it out if you take magic carpet ride to either the Big Apple or the Windy City this summer.

Sesame Street Live


Join Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the beloved Sesame Street gang in this live show that gives young children the chance to learn while having fun. Sesame Street Live has two traveling shows: Elmo Makes Music and Make a New Friend, each of which will hit regional theaters along the east and west coast. The current tour is expected to wrap in mid-July, so be sure to get tickets before it’s too late!

The Wizard of Oz


The timeless story of Dorothy and the friends she meets in the magical land of Oz will delight all members of the family in this charming and whimsical stage production. From the beloved songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” to the heartwarming lesson that there’s truly no place like home, The Wizard of Oz makes for the perfect family outing this summer. It is playing in various regional theaters through late-July, so don’t miss out!

The Lion King


This classic Disney tale is even more magical on stage than it is on screen. Parents and kids of all ages will marvel at the opening “Circle of Life” sequence, be blown away by the elaborate costumes and makeup, and sing along to every memorable Elton John/Tim Rice-composed tune. All of these elements have made The Lion King Broadway’s highest-grossing production over the course of its now 20-year run. Catch it at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway or at various theaters across the country on tour.