Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Newport Mesa Moms

Through the Family Series, Segerstrom Center brings the best professional youth performances from around the world to Orange County. The 2023-2024 Family Series is divided into Discovery, Explorer, and Sensory Friendly/Relaxed series to help your family find the best theater experience. 

It’s Okay to Be Different, 123 Andrés, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf will include sensory friendly/relaxed performances. To give everyone in our community the opportunity to experience the joy of attending a live performance, the Center presents a series of sensory-friendly/relaxed performances as part of our Family Series. These shows are designed specifically for patrons with sensory sensitivity or who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. These performances include pre-visit guides, a reduction of any overwhelming lighting or sound cues, low ambient lighting throughout the performance, and the ability to move around and use electronic devices as needed. 

Discovery Series (intended for children ages 4 – 7 and their families) 

It’s Okay to Be Different | October 14 and October 15, 2023

Best-selling author Todd Parr brings his signature story to life in a tale that inspires children to celebrate their individuality through acceptance and self-confidence. This whimsical production beautifully blends  a diverse cast, playful original music, and innovative puppetry in a colorful telling of these children’s classics!   

123 Andrés | December 9 and 10, 2023

Latin Grammy-winning duo, Andres and Christina,  share their captivating music that is sure to get the whole family singing – in Spanish and English. This husband and wife team fuse their expertise of folk-based rhythms with upbeat pop, to entertain listeners of all ages!   

Paper Planet | March 16 and 17, 2024

Theatre and play merge in this magical interactive piece, as creatures, plants, costumes, characters, stories and adventures spring to life. This immersive work goes beyond seating as families are invited to explore a forest of cardboard trees, engage with performers, and build an imaginative world out of paper and tape.   

The Boy Who Cried Wolf | April 27 and 28, 2024

Inspired by the famous Aesop fable, this performance features a gifted ensemble who  tell the story of Silas, a young shepherd boy who craves excitement and the chance to take part in the town’s annual knitting competition. Watch Silas find a place for himself and his imagination in his warm woolly community! 

The Pa’akai We Bring | May 11 and 12, 2024

Explore the Hawaiian island of Kauai through the lens of multiple generations of pa’akai (salt) farmers. This original story mixes ancient stories, hula, and plenty of audience participation into a tasty potluck of performance, joyously served up with aloha!   

Explorer Series (intended for children ages 7 and up and their families) 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas | December 23-24, 2023 

A total delight for kids and adults! This sentimental classic follows the mean and scheming Grinch as he attempts to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. It has become a Christmas tradition to come and enjoy this heartwarming tale!   

Dino-Light | February 3 and 4, 2024

The most visually stunning glow-in-the-dark experience that you won’t want to miss! This original story follows a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers the true meaning of love and some other critters that light up his world. Audiences around the world have praised this piece for its cutting edge use of puppetry, technology, and dance.   

The University of Wonder & Imagination | March 23 and 24, 2024

Now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities … and there’s a place with your name on it! This interactive experience allows the audience to interact with lecturers, choose their own subject of study, and unlock magical powers as they go. Do you have what it takes? Enroll now!   


Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds The Charles & Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc. for its support of the Family Series and recognizes Parenting OC as the media sponsor for the 2023 -2024 Family Series. 

**This post contains sponsored content.  All images courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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