Take a break from the TV, the computer, the Wii, the DS, etc. and expose your child to the arts. There are plenty of places that produce shows especially to families. You just need to know where to look.

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Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station St
Brookline, MA 02445-7938
(617) 731-6400

Fables, fairy tales and original shows entertain kids of all ages. The pre-eminent area puppet theatre, local and traveling artists perform about 300 shows per year here. Wednesday and Thursday morning shows are geared to the attention span of preschoolers. Saturday, Sunday and school vacation shows aim to entertain the whole family. They welcome field trips and birthday parties. Tickets are $10.

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Regent Theatre

7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA
(781) 646-4849

Saturday’s all summer and fall are for Family Fun Shows at the Regent. The shows feature some of the most popular local children’s musicians, as well as plays, puppetry and comedy for kids. Many of the artists offer meet and greets before and after the shows. Tickets are under $10 for kids.

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Boston Children’s Theatre

186 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 424-6634

What better way to expose your child to theater, than with a production that features child actors? These performances at the Mason’s lodge on Tremont feature trained young actors in classic and contemporary plays. Boston Children’s Theatre offers classes, workshops and summer programs for kids. Tickets are as low as $15/person when purchased in a package.

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Wheelock Family Theatre

180 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 879-2300

Each season the Wheelock Family Theatre stages three main productions: a family musical, a children’s play and an adult drama or comedy. Their productions are multi-cultural, “especially dedicated to those who are historically under-served: people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income families.” Tickets run $20 to $30. They also offer kids theatre classes for aspiring young thespians.