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Lilly Theater

Seats are available per show on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors should plan to arrive 15 minutes before the show and go to the lobby outside Lilly Theater. 

Live performances to inspire and engage

Fantasy, comedy, colorful costumes, and imaginative scenery come together in plays designed for all ages. Experience familiar and surprising stories brought to life. 

2023 show lineup

Wanda’s Monster-A Family Musical
March 11–April 16
Music and lyrics by Laurie Berkner
Book by Barbara Zinn Krieger

Basil for Hazel
June 21–July 30
By Ben Asaykwee

Llouie the Llama’s Winter Adventure, Lost in the Woods
Nov. 24–Dec. 31
By Jeffrey Bowen

Free with museum admission.

Please ask a theater staff member if you need an assistive listening device or have a question about accommodations. We are happy to help!

Located on the Lower Level.

Advance tickets encouraged!

Live shows inside Lilly Theater are included with museum general admission and membership. Save up to 25% by when you buy at least two weeks in advance. For unlimited visits, become a member today!

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Social Narrative

Download our social narrative to see photos and learn more about some of the areas that your child may find appealing, and some of the areas that may be sensory-heavy or over-stimulating. You may want to read this guide with your child one or more times prior to your visit.

Download Social Narrative (Lilly Theater)


We would like to help you prepare ahead of time for some of the sights and sounds you will experience at The Children's Museum. Here's what you can expect in this exhibit.

Contains loud noises Contains low light Contains strong smells Contains flashing lights/simulated lightning

You can find more information and tools on our Sensory Resources page.