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Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

International Children's Festival

The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children's Festival in University City. Credit: International Children’s Festival


May 7-9, 2015

Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.

The Experience

Celebrating 30 years, 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 theater that goes 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 and adults can enjoy performances from the internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes, visual poetry from the Patch Theatre Company, and a modern take on classic Hans Christian Andersen stories from the Lightwire and Corbian Visual Arts and Dance.

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Children’s Festival FUN ZONE

Held on the Outdoor Plaza, the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE features hands-on activities for the entire family. Enjoy live music, crafts, face-painting and more.


Individual show tickets cost $10 per person Wednesday-Friday and $12 per person on Saturday and Sunday.

Purchase the $30 Weekend Fun Pass for access to three shows and lunch on Saturday, May 3 or Sunday, May 4.

All tickets include access to the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE.

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