Holiday stage shows for the kids

Theater groups in Wichita traditionally offer fun and festive holiday shows for children this time of year. Tickets go fast, so plan your outings now:

1) Crown Uptown Theatre at 3207 E. Douglas will present the musical-comedy " Santa's Toyland" on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19. Tickets are $8.95 and include lunch. For more information, call 316-681-1566 or go to

2) Music Theatre for Young People will present " Celebrate!", offering a multicultural experience of Christmas songs, dance and storytelling. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II. Tickets are $10 at or by calling 316-219-4TIX.

3) Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center offers three holiday shows for kids in various age groups. First up is " The Runaway Snowman," aimed at children 2 to 8. It runs from Wednesday through Dec. 5, then again on Dec. 18 and 19, at 201 Lulu. Another holiday favorite is " The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," for ages 5 and up, on Dec. 7 and 8, and again from Dec. 11 through the 14, at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. The final show is " A Christmas Carol," a musical for kids ages 10 and up, on Dec. 9, 10 and 13, at Wichita Center for the Arts. For show times, ticket information and reservations, call 316-262-2282.