The 2023-2024 Harris L. Kempner
Serious Fun Children's Series

The Grand’s 2023-2024 Harris L. Kempner Children’s Series will include seven productions performed by professional touring companies presented on school days throughout the year. Many of the performances are based on popular children’s books and include curriculum study guides that follow the TEKS, which allow teachers to incorporate activities centered on the story. 

Complimentary workshops are available to classrooms that have reserved tickets for a performance and are designed to enhance student learning experiences by providing a literary and live performance connection.

Please click here to view our Serious Fun School Performance Fact Sheet.

Adults $10 | Children $6

School Groups*:
$5 (with advance reservations and payment – cannot order online, you must call or email us.)
*One complimentary ticket for every 18 Student Tickets purchased).

For tickets, click here or contact the Box Office at

Contact The Grand’s Director of Education, Sarah Piel: 409.770.5066 or to reserve workshops.

For school/group reservations, call 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894, or email

Upcoming Events

The Magic School Bus Lost In the Solar System Live

Show: The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Grades: K through 5th

Lost in the Solar System. In this adventure, the Magic School Bus kids blast off into space! Teacher Ms. Frizzle takes the kids into space to explore the solar system. But Ms. Frizzle gets separated from the group and her class must travel through the planets and beyond to rescue her. Will they be able to get everyone back to earth in one piece? The kids must put rivalries aside to work together or risk getting lost in space forever!

Study Guide: Click Here

Pete the Cat's Big Hollywood Adventure

Show: Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Hollywood Adventure

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Grades: Pre-K through 3rd

When Pete the Cat and his buddy Callie the Calico sneak into Hollywood Studios, they get lost in the world of the movies. Join Pete, Callie and their new friends for the rockin’ new musical adventure that features several fun-filled Pete the Cat books including Cavecat Pete, Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map, and Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie.

Study Guide: Click Here

Dinosaur Zoo Live

Show: Dinosaur Zoo Live

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Grades: K through 5th

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides you on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.

Study Guide: Click Here

Cenicienta Cinderella the bilingual story

Show: Cenicienta Cinderella

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Grades: K through 5th

This captivating Cinderella for all ages tackles cultural heritage, family, and the power of language as 10-year-old Belinda confronts her stepmother and stepsisters, while learning to embrace her love of poetry and stand up for herself. Glass Half Full Theatre from Austin, Texas, presents its award-winning “story within a story” in Spanish and English using puppetry.

Study Guide: Click Here

The Stink Cheese Man Live

Show: The Stinky Cheese Man Goedesic

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Grades: 1st through 3rd

Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Poor Jack. He’s got to use his wits to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairytale characters keep messing up his plans—and then there’s that annoying Stinky Cheese Man! The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales deconstructs the tradition of the fairy tale. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants. Nothing is quite the same as you remember it.

Study Guide: Click Here

Charlotte's Web Logo

Show: Charlotte’s Web

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Grades: Pre-K through 2nd

Our play is based on E.B. White’s classic book, Charlotte’s Web, which has been read by generations of children since it first appeared in 1952 and remains a favorite today. The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur such as “Some Pig” and “Humble” in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

Study Guide: Click Here

Hot Peas N' Butter Live

Show: Hot Peas N’ Butter 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Grades: Pre-K through 2nd

Hot Peas ‘n Butter is an award-winning, multicultural family music band that wows thousands of young audiences across the nation every year with their highly energetic and interactive musical style. With eight award-winning albums and numerous music videos (some of which have been featured on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon TV), Hot Peas ‘n Butter makes new friends everywhere they go. Named for the playground game they played as kids, Hot Peas ‘n Butter incorporates many languages into their performances – English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew just to name a few.

Study Guide: Click Here


Show: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Grades: Pre-K through 2nd

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is an endearing theatrical adaptation of Doreen Cronin’s beloved children’s book. Farmer Brown discovers he has a problem when he finds that his cows are using a typewriter to request electric blankets to keep warm, and when he refuses, they go on strike. The hens join the protest, disrupting farm operations. After negotiations, Farmer Brown agrees to the cows’ demands in exchange for the typewriter, but the ducks interject with their own quirky request for a diving board. The play humorously explores communication, compromise, and unexpected farmyard antics.

Study Guide: Click Here.