The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to present our new line-up of exceptional performances for students from kindergarten to grade 8. These 11 performances have been specifically curated for young audiences to be more than just regular, old field trips. Instead, they are unique cultural excursions that nurture the development of creative students and who in turn build creative communities.


Tout à Trac, Quebec
Monday, October 23, 2017
10:00 am (English) & 12:30 pm (French)
Grades: 1 – 5

Experience the timeless Italian classic as its author Collodi intended. Pinocchio learns how to be a real boy through various trials such as facing a terrible Puppet Master, escaping from Toyland and saving his father from a giant fish!
Fatty Legs: An Indigenous Girl's Resilience

Based on Fatty Legs by Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton, Artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes, published by Annick Press

Xara Choral Theatre, Nova Scotia

Monday, November 6, 2017
10:00 am & 12:30pm
Grades 3-8
Xara Choral Theatre uses the heart-wrenching Canadian true-story Fatty Legs to illustrate the injustices of residential schools, the cruelty of those in authority and how a brave young girl teaches a lesson in human dignity. This emotionally charged performance weaves together contemporary choral singing, dance, lighting, and spoken word.
Guess How Much I Love You

Mermaid Theatre, Nova Scotia
Monday November 13, 2017
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Grades: Pre K-2

This gentle puppetry show based on two children classics is filled with big bunnies and little bunnies, love that knows no boundaries and enchanted forests with sleeping princesses. These two short performances usher children into the wondrous world of reading, storytelling and imagination.
Sea Sick

Alanna Mitchell, Ontario
Friday November 17, 2017
10:00 am ONLY
Grades: 7 - 8

Canadian author, Alanna Mitchell’s journey researching the chemical alteration of the oceans has somehow led her to theatrical stages across the country. Her humorous, multi-media, non-fiction play effortlessly blends science and art while providing a message of hope and positivity about our impact on the planet.
Shane Koyczan: Spoken Word Poet

British Columbia
Monday November 27, 2017
10:00am & 12:30pm
Grades: 6-8

The poet of our generation, Shane Koyczan, stunned both Canadian and international audiences with his spoken-word poetry at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Now 7 years later, his honest and sometimes tender words have become a reflection of the harsh realities of teen bullying, body image and friendship.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE

United States
Friday, January 19, 2018
10:00 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: 1-5

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides students on a breathtaking tour of amazing life-like dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures that are brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers. Designed with the help of professional paleontologists, this theatrical performance will thrill students while stimulating their imaginations.
The Gruffalo

Tall Stories, United Kingdom
Monday, February 12, 2018
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Grades: Pre K - 3

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Will the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for hungry woodland creatures? The Gruffalo is sure to delight with songs, laughs and scary fun.
The Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats, The People's Republic of China
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:30 ONLY
Grades: 3-8

The world-famous Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. Live musicians, traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects create an awe-inspiring cultural event.
Machine de Cirque

Machine de Cirque, Quebec
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Grades: 4-8

Machine de Cirque is made up of five spirited acrobats and musicians that have a talent for putting themselves in perilous situations. They masterfully handle the teeterboard, juggling clubs, drums and even bath towels! Energizing! Daring! Machine de Cirque will dazzle audiences with its stunning feats.
Polar Bears Go Up!

Fish and Game / Unicorn Theatre, United Kingdom
Thursday, April 12, 2018
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Grades: Pre K-2

Two lovable, intrepid explorer Polar Bears are quite famous for their wild expeditions especially after they lose their balloon. Of course, the only way to retrieve a balloon it to go up, step up, climb up and jump up using air balloons, gondola rides, airplanes and spaceships.
Land of Trash

Green Thumb Theatre, British Columbia, Produced By Theatre L’Aubergine, QC
Monday April 23, 2018
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Grades: 2-6

Land of Trash is set in a futuristic world that’s ravaged by environmental abuse. While street urchins Nuke and Stryder uncover long-forgotten mysteries, they learn about the world of colour and wonder that once existed on Earth. Land of Trash instills hope and articulates that it is never too late to reverse the damages of pollution.