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The Folly Kids’ Series is a collection of national and international traveling presenters who produce quality, curriculum-based performances. Age-appropriate performances engage students in topics including children’s literacy, STEM, and social-emotional wellness. Students, parents, and school groups alike will enjoy programs which inspire and entertain, all from the stage of Kansas City’s most historic arts venue!

With themes such as language arts, social sciences, music, and science we’re certain you should be able to find a show or two to fit a variety of curriculum standards. As with previous seasons, our series capacity is on a first-come-first-serve basis!

Tickets are only $6!
One free adult with 10 paid student tickets
To order tickets or book a field trip, please call the box office at 816-474-4444 or complete THIS ORDER FORM.
Title I schools have an opportunity to have ticket and bus transportation costs covered by supporters of the Folly Theater (subject to fund availability).

Tuesday, November 12, 2024 |  9:45 AM & 11:30 AM

Recommended ages: Grades 1st – 5th

The original Doktor Kaboom! show in which the good Doktor takes his audience on an educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences. Topics covered include: safety; pressure and force; simple machines; velocity; application of science to everyday life; the scientific method; multiple experimentation; constant discovery of new information; definitions: chemical reactions, exothermic, external and chemical formula; mass; air pressure and demonstration vs. experimentation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2025 | 9:45 AM & 11:30 AM

Recommended Ages: Grades Pre-K – 2nd

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning “Pigeon” picture books, and featuring music by Deborah Wicks La Puma (Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!), TheaterWorksUSA‘s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is even more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party!

It’s not easy being the Pigeon-you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

Monday, February 3, 2025 | 9:45 AM & 11:30 AM

Recommended ages: Grades 1st – 5th

Black History heroes laid the groundwork for some of the most amazing discoveries of the modern era, especially when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Hosted by the incredible scientist, George Washington Carver, a man who invented thousands of uses for the lowly peanut, this show introduces students to other incredible scientists, entrepreneurs, and groundbreakers from Black History. Meet Madame CJ Walker, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and more!

Wednesday, April 9, 2025 | 9:45 am & 11:30 am

Recommended ages: Grades 1st – 5th

Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can lead her to solve any problem. Based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, this fun musical spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

Wednesday, April 30, 2025 | 9:45 am & 11:30 am

Recommended ages: Grades K – 5th

Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

General Information

Tickets are $6 each for students & chaperones. One (1) complimentary adult ticket may be redeemed per every 10 student ticket purchased.
As many performances sell out months in advance we encourage school groups to book as early as possible.
Funding may be available by Folly grant to Title 1 schools – we suggest filling out the online order form online and a representative will be in contact within 48 business hours after receiving, or call our box office at (816) 474-4444.

Payment options include: Card (Visa/Discover/Master Card/American Express) can be taken over the phone by calling 816-474-4444 during normal business hours
or check may be mailed in or dropped off in-person at the Folly Business Address:
1020 Central St
Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64105

Performance Location
All performances take place at the Folly Theater
300 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

How to Reserve Tickets & Payment Information
To purchase tickets, fill out our ONLINE FORM. If you need assistance, call our box office at (816) 474-4444 or e-mail our team at

Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the performance.  When a group books a performance online or over the phone, the box office will mail an invoice with reservation details. All sales are final with no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges. If school is canceled due to inclement weather, the Folly will reschedule your group for a different production appropriate for your grade (whenever possible)



When do I receive my tickets for a Folly Kids’ Series performance?
Tickets are not issued for Folly Kids’ Series performances.  Seating is determined by Folly Staff and ushers based on an established seating map

Can my school eat lunch on-site before or after a performance?
Unfortunately, the Folly does not have facilities available for school groups to each lunch on site.  We can provide restroom facilities and provide suggestions for outdoor locations for lunch. 

How do we obtain a refund if our school date is canceled?
Due to the varying weather policies of area schools and districts planning to attend a matinee, the Folly will attempt to reschedule a performance or gladly transfer a reservation to an alternate performance within the school year.  Refunds will only be issued in the event of a cancellation by the Folly Theater

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The Folly Kids Series is generously brought to you by the Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, R.A. Long Foundation, Ronald D. Deffenbaugh Foundation, DST/SS&C, PNC Bank,and UMB Bank. 

What accommodations are available for young audiences?

  • Lobby-entry, orchestra-level seating, first floor restrooms, bar, and box office areas are all ADA-accessible and barrier free
  • Assistive listening devises are available for check out at the Box Office counter
  • Variety KC sensory kits are available at all Folly Theater performances.  Sensory kits include noise-reducing headphones, dark glasses, weighted pads, and handheld sensory items Variety KC Sensory Kits are available for check out at the Box Office
  • For additional accommodations, email us at