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Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

International Children's Festival

Performances of all sorts take place each year at the Philadelphia International Children's Festival, which draws in productions from around the world. Credit: Photo courtesy International Children’s Festival


May 18-20, 2017


Celebrating more than 30 years of festival fun, the widely acclaimed Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater created specifically for children to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share in performances that go beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.

Past years have seen productions from Canada, Britain, Japan, Belgium, China, Uganda and Italy — just to name a few — exploring issues as diverse as the Holocaust, family, love and gender equality.

Children’s Festival PlazaMania

Held outside, the Children’s Festival PlazaMania brings together arts partners from across the city to create interactive activities geared towards those of all ages. Face-painting and ballon animal activities will also unfold in the space, open from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

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