Mother Goose’s Garden at the Emerald City Theatre

For 60 minutes on a gloomy fall day we were transported to Mother Goose’s Garden inside the Emerald City Theatre on Southport Avenue in Chicago. The friendly staff welcomed us inside the brightly colored lobby where coloring sheets, toys and puzzles occupied the kids and coffee was available for the adults while waiting for the show to start.


Just before the show started the actors – Jack and Jill – came out to mingle with the children in the lobby. The theater is shoe-free and everyone was invited to sit on the grass (benches were available but all of the kids seemed to love sitting in the garden).

The show was bright and interactive to hold the attention of my one-year-old and nearly three-year-old. Throughout the show the kids were invited to help Jack and Jill with some chores like picking berries and watering flowers. Parents recognized classic Mother Goose rhymes and characters but got to see the excitement from their kids as they became part of the nursery rhymes.
Besides seeing how much fun my kiddos had at the show, another one of my favorite things was that there was not a bad seat. The venue was small enough so everyone could see and be part of the show.

If you’re looking for something engaging, interactive and away from technology then head over to the Emerald City Theatre. Mother Goose’s Garden is geared toward kids 0-5 years of age and is the perfect way to expose young ones to live theater. Mother Goose’s Garden runs through the end of the year. Another show to catch this year is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which runs from November 10-December 31, 2017. For tickets and more information visit

2933 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657


Photo credit: Emerald City Theatre

Disclaimer: I got free tickets for my family to see the show. All opinions are my own.

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