A watch-and-play comedy show for kids

Be silly! Get creative! A watch-and-play comedy show for kids!

Arcade Comedy Theater presents Penny Arcade, an interactive comedy experience ideal for kids 4 to 8(ish) years old. This 45-minute show encourages kids and their grown-ups to unleash their imaginations and sense of humor. Through a hands-on approach to theater, Penny Arcade fosters collaboration, listening skills, and silliness for everyone at any age. Whether your child is a natural performer or a thoughtful observer, the show adapts to each individual, giving everyone a unique and hilarious experience they’ll be talking about for a long time. Penny Arcade is a fun and innovative show that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.


Second Saturdays at 2:00PM

What to Expect

Penny Arcade was designed to include activities and subject-matter appropriate for kids aged 4 to 8 — the experience itself is a fun, goofy time for everyone in the room!

Through a series of games and activities, guests will learn about  the foundations of improv comedy: collaboration, support, and listening. Along the way, we’ll be leading collaboration activities where kids can hop up and interact with the performers, use their imaginations, and get silly. By the end of the show, every guest is a “Penny Player” and has the opportunity to engage with the show and unleash their sense of humor.

While we encourage everyone in the room to engage with the production, it’s not a requirement. Children are encouraged to do what’s most comfortable for them. There are moments where everyone will be sitting down watching a live comedy performance, and other moments where we’re all dancing and moving about the space. Quiet rooms will also be available if a family needs to step out and take a break.

Important information:

  • Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Tickets $12 per person (discounts for groups of 4 or 6)
  • Suitable for ALL ages
  • Parents must be present at all times
  • Our second floor theater is accessible for guests in wheelchairs and strollers
  • Child-appropriate concessions available
award for City Paper best of Pittsburgh reader's poll

Voted 2020
“Second Best Comedy Troupe”
“Third Best Children’s Party Entertainer”
Pittsburgh City Paper

“So glad we stumbled upon the show for a rainy day activity. I didn’t even realize that improv was such a fun and fluid art. Glad my kids had exposure and will hopefully have more now that we know about it!”

- Grown-up patron

April 2023

“We absolutely enjoyed all of it. I think every game worked well, and I really appreciate how there was something for every child there, and space for everyone to participate how they wanted and how they felt the most comfortable whether on or off-stage.”

- Grown-up patron

April 2023

“My son LOVED when everyone said the same sentence with different emotions. He’s still doing it. And the question monster was a hit!”
- Grown-up patron

April 2023

“The boys loved it, even the little one who’s tough to please sometimes.”
- Grown-up patron

April 2023

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