Friday Funday is a creative, participatory story theatre program where children 4-6 years old and their adults join Edgar Allan Crow at the Adventure Clubhouse at The Playhouse. Here, actors dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. Audience members learn the secret handshake and Magic Storybook spell, and listen for the word of the day.

By visiting The Adventure Clubhouse at The Playhouse, students are encouraged to use their imaginations, read, develop creative thinking skills, and be inspired to learn more about their world. 

2023-24 Friday Funday Season

November 3, 2023: The Little Red Hen
Who will help me bake the bread?

The Little Red Hen must do all the work while the other animals are sleeping and no one will help her bake the bread. What will she do when it's time to eat the bread?

December 15, 2023: The Gingerbread Child
Run, run, run! I'm free and wild! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Child!

This cutout cookie leaps out of the oven and into a grand adventure. Will they be able to outwit the sly, hungry fox? Will the sly, hungry fox be able to resist such a tasty morsel?

February 9, 2024: The Mitten
I don't want red mittens. I want white ones!

In this Adventure Clubhouse favorite, a young child drops their mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing. As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

April 12, 2024: The Golden Goose
I'm so hungry. Who will share their food with me?

Once upon a time there were three brothers. Only the youngest one was kind and unselfish enough to share his food with a poor, hungry old man. His gift was a beautiful golden goose with especially sticky feathers. Will it be enough to make a gloomy princess giggle?

May 10, 2024: The Princess and the Pea
How do we know she's a REAL princess?

A true princess is courageous and kind and beautiful inside and out. Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will Princess Penelope pass the test?

Ticket information
  • Shows are on selected Fridays at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM.
  • Tickets are $6 all ages. Groups of 15+ are $5 per ticket.
  • Each audience member regardless of age must purchase a ticket. Individual children (those not with a class or group) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets may be reserved in advance for all shows.
  • Friday Funday is reserved seating. You can choose your seats online.
  • Groups of 15 or more must reserve through the ticket office at 515.277.6261 to receive the discount. Group tickets must be paid 21 days in advance of the show, or tickets will be released.
  • Non-group reservations must be paid at the time of reservation.
Bad weather?

Cancellations will be noted on the website and social media, and announced by the media wherever possible. Please be sure you include your email information and phone when ordering your tickets in the event we need to contact you. Tickets for a canceled performance may be exchanged for another performance. For information regarding weather-related situations, contact The Playhouse Ticket Office at 515.277.6261, beginning at 9:00 AM on a Friday Funday date.

Audio Descriptions

Live audio description is provided by IRIS – Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the blind and print handicapped and may be available on request. Please contact our ticket office at 515.277.6261 if you would like to use this free service.

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