Head to one of these local stages to catch a fall theater performance the kids will never forget.
60 Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan
The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle
Oct. 26, 11 am
Little Blue Engine’s always had big dreams to leave the only train yard she’s ever known and pull big cars on the main track. One problem—she has to convince Big Silver she’s ready to be a main line engine. $10-15 per person.
30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
Mutts Gone Nuts
Nov. 10, 1 pm
Comedy and canines come together for a show featuring four-legged cuties that’ll have your whole family wagging their tails. $19-29 per person.
5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell
Family Matinee Halloween Edition: Casper
Oct. 26, 2:30 pm
Casper the friendly ghost haunts a mansion in Maine. When he meets Kat, he introduces her to a world of spirited adventures and antics. $6 per person.
1 College Dr., Toms River
Pinkalicious: The Musical
Oct. 12, 1 pm
Despite her parents’ protests, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. The bad news? She’s pink from head to toe with Pinkititis! Now, she’s got to find a cure for her pink-loving ailment. $15-20 per person.
91 University Pl., Princeton
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Oct. 15-Nov. 3, times vary
Get your crew into the Halloween spirit by seeing Frankenstein come to life. It’s not quite spooky season until you hear Mary Shelley’s infamous story of power, experimentation and humanity. $25-80 per person.
Nov. 6, 7:30 pm
The Harlem Renaissance brought legendary artists like Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to the forefront of music. Now, 100 years later, learn about and listen to the sounds of these music legends. $25-55 per person.
100 South St., Morristown
Disney Junior Holiday Party On Tour!
Nov. 9, noon and 4 pm
Kids can sing and dance to Disney Junior songs and holiday classics with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus see a special guest: Santa Claus! $39-59 per person.
1 Center St., Newark
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
Oct. 4-6, times vary
Join Elmo, magician extraordinaire Justin and their friends as they put on a magic show for the neighborhood. But there’s one problem—Elmo doesn’t know how to use magic! $26-131 per person.
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, times vary
It’s all about pirates in Adventure Bay. After discovering a secret treasure map, Ryder and the PAW Patrol gang travel to rescue Cap’n Turbot. $23-79 per person.
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Nov. 23, 8 pm
This abridged and revised version of Shakespeare’s works features all 37 plays in 97 minutes. Three men in tights will work their way through his comedies and tragedies—plus whatever else ensues. $30-40 per person.
300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
Oct. 22-27, times vary
Follow an all-American indoor soccer team of young women as they bond over shared experiences and tough questions. $10-15 per person.
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
Nov. 16, 2 pm
When the king learns of a young girl who can spin straw into gold, he locks her in a room and demands she keep spinning for him. Find out what happens when a strange man shows up, claiming he can do the impossible—for a price. $20 per person.
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
Oct. 26, 3 and 7 pm
Original host Joel Hodgson and robots Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy will screen the 1986 martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender as the matinee, then Circus of Horrors for the Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. $29-55 per person.
The SpongeBob Musical
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, times vary
This iconic yellow sponge is bringing comedy, along with square pants and a cast of pals including Patrick Squidward and Sandy to NJ. $40-98 per person.
14 Alvin Pl., Upper, Montclair
Into The Woods
Weekends Nov. 2-17, 8 pm Fri.-Sat., 3 pm Sun.
What happens when children listen to classic fairy tales? This librarian aims to find out, along with Cinderella, Rapunzel and other classic characters in this reinvention of the original show. $25 per person.
21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
Love in Hate Nation
Nov. 9-Dec. 1, times vary
When 16-year-old Savannah is sent to National Reformatory School for Girls in the ’60s, she meets Sheila and attempts to break free of social norms with music. $28-58 per person.
1601 Irving St., Rahway
Max & Ruby’s Musical Playdate
Nov. 10, 11:30 am and 4 pm
Bring your kids to this Nick Jr. show to learn about the power of sibling bonds. Tickets include a meet and greet. $12 per person.