SPAC for Families

The performing arts have the power to captivate, fascinate and tell stories through music and movement. At SPAC, we offer an array of unique programming, pre-performance events and experiences that will educate, engage and entertain the whole family.

New York City Ballet for Families

All American

Three colorful, high-energy ballets infused with American spirit and powerful dancing will rivet audiences of all ages.
Wednesday, July 5, 8pm - Learn More
Friday, July 7, 8pm - Learn More

Balanchine Short Stories

Narrative ballets have captivated audiences for hundreds of years. This program of one-act Balanchine story ballets is a showcase for dance as story-teller.
Friday, July 14, 8pm - Learn More
Saturday, July 15, 8pm - Learn More

World Dance for Families

 Che Malambo

The Argentine based Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family.
Thursday, July 20, 8PM - Learn More

The Philadelphia Orchestra for Families

Cirque de la Symphonie

An astounding evening of circus artistry and classic Russian repertoire!
Friday, August 4, 8PM - Learn More

E.T. Under the Stars

Soar through the stars with Steven Spielberg's masterpiece as you've never seen or heard it before! Hear the Philadelphia Orchestra perform John Williams' Academy Award-winning score live as the classic film is presented in HD.
Saturday, August 5, 8pm - Learn More

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the original great adventure with John Williams' epic score performed live as the classic film is presented in HD.
Saturday August 12, 8pm - Learn More

Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies is a celebration of the ground-breaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington and of course, Billie Holiday.
Wednesday, August 16, 8pm - Learn More

Opera for Families

Beauty and the Beast  (Zémire et Azor)

One of the earliest operatic adaptations of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Zémire et Azor combines beautiful melodies with enchanting dance music in a fairy-tale for audiences of all ages.
Sunday, July 2, 7:30pm - Learn More
Saturday, July 8, 2pm - Learn More
Friday, July 14, 2pm - Learn More

Pre-Performance Events

One of the most popular events of the SPAC season are family nights and special pre-performance events that combine fun and learning. Events are free for ticketholders to the evening's performance.

CDPHP Family Nights

Come to SPAC when the gates open at 6pm for tons of family fun on the lawn, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, the NEW Young Performers Circle (featuring drumming lessons, dance classes, and more), Workshops on the Lawn with New York City Ballet dancers and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, interactive exhibits from local museums, magicians, balloon animals, photo booths, and FREE Stewart's ice cream!
July 7 & 14, 6pm
August 4, 11 & 18, 6pm

American Girl Night

SPAC and American Girl Place proudly present our annual celebration for girls and their families. Girls bring their dolls and experience an evening of music, pink lemonade, sugar cookies, free photo booths, and special American Girl crafts. Plus, enter for a chance to win an American girl doll!
Friday, July 7, 6PM

The Performance Project: Youth in Motion

The final main stage performance by 80 local children from SPAC's 2-week intensive summer dance program with National Dance Institute (NDI) and 30 young dancers from NDI's own Celebration Team. The Performance Project is presented in collaboration with the Capital District YMCA and the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
Thursday, July 20, 7:15pm

SPAC Story Time Concerts: The Fish Who Could Wish

Story Time Concerts are FREE. Space is limited.

SPAC's first series of one-hour, interactive concerts tailored specifically for ages 4-9 that introduces children to the string instruments while telling a popular children's story. "The Fish Who Could Wish" is a Project 440 program with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and is made possible through The Philadelphia Orchestra's summer residency at SPAC.
Friday, August 11, 3pm - Reserve your seats
Saturday, August 12, 2pm - Reserve your seats

"The Fish Who Could Wish" is a Project 440 program with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and is made possible through The Philadelphia Orchestra's summer residency at SPAC.



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