Why go to see another run-of-the-mill movie when you can catch a live, world-class, kid-friendly show at a downtown theater for less than $8? The Exelon Family Series performances are designed for children ages 4–12 and hit the stage of the Harris Theater at 2 p.m. on Saturdays: that means you can spend a weekend afternoon with your whole family at the theater, complete with educational materials, discussion questions, and a "no hush" policy to allow for your young art lovers to experience the theater in their own way. You'll want to save some time to explore adjacent Millennium Park, too!
While you can purchase individual tickets for less than $10, consider purchasing a Family Series Season Pass, so you can count on a season of entertainment at an affordable cost. A season pass for all three performances starts at just $15! Season Pass holders also receive . . .
- FREE exchanges to other Harris Theater Presents performances in the season
- Exclusive reduced parking at Millennium Park Garage when HT subscribers complete a registration form (mailed in subscriber welcome pack) and return it to garage office—$16 for 8 hours (regularly priced at $36)
- Discounts at select restaurants—receive 15% off your bill when you dine at any of Harris Theater Restaurant Partners
- Invitations and early access to special Harris Theater events and receptions
Here's what you can look forward to seeing onstage at the Harris Theater/Exelon Family Series this year:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Rennie Harris Puremovement will present the suite Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris developed for his company's 25th anniversary. In Nuttin But A Word, Harris outlines what he calls the "Three Laws of Hip-Hop": individuality, creativity and innovation. The suite concludes with the audience favorite "Students of the Asphalt Jungle"—a show-stopper at the 2016 Chicago Dancing Festival.
This performance includes American Sign Language interpretation.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Brian Brooks brings his New York-based company of eight dancers to perform a lively program created especially for the Harris Theater's family audience. A pianist will join the company on stage for excerpts from Brooks' newest production, reimagining classical works by Chopin.
This performance includes American Sign Language interpretation and sensory-friendly services.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Share the wonder of dance with your entire family as American Ballet Theatre presents ABTKids, a special one-hour performance designed to introduce young audiences to the magic and beauty of dance. The performance, recommended for children ages 4–12, is narrated by a member of ABT's Artistic Staff and features child-friendly highlights from the Company's vast repertoire.
This performance includes American Sign Language interpretation and audio description services.
Download the Exelon Family Series Drawing Contest form (.pdf) and enter to win a VIP opportunity for ABTKids on February 24. The randomly selected winner will receive exclusive access for their whole ticketed family to a backstage experience with the American Ballet Theatre dancers, including a pair of pointe shoes or slippers to decorate or have signed, a gift bag with commemorative ABT poster, hot chocolate and sweets. All participants must be ticketed for the ABTKids performance on February 24, 2018, to be eligible. Recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Family Series season-pass holders may purchase the limited availability ABTKids VIP Experience for two people as a $125 subscription add-on. Additional participants $25 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the ABTKids VIP Experience or to check availability. And head over to harristheaterchicago.org to purchase your season pass or individual tickets today!