Des Moines Civic Center Show Review: Stuart Little


This past Saturday, March 29, 2014, the Dallas Children’s Theater presented E.B. White’s classic, Stuart Little, as a part of the Family Series presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Enjoying Stuart Little at the Civic Center... and attempting a selfie to remember the occasion!
Enjoying Stuart Little at the Civic Center… and attempting a selfie to remember the occasion!

The Show

As a former fourth grade teacher, I jumped at the opportunity to take my boys, ages six and three (and a half!), to see the play and to introduce them to such a loveable and classic character. My boys smiled and laughed throughout. Especially when Stuart shot the cat with a bow and arrow, and when he packed a pair of underwear for his trip! Boys, right?! As a mom, I was proud of how engaged they were and enjoyed conversing about the play on our trip home. 

The Discovery Party

While the show started at 1 p.m., we arrived at noon (okay, more like 12:15, as this mama is never on time…) to enjoy the FREE Discovery Party prior to the show. They provided music, games, and crafts, all connected to the theme of the show. We made mouse ears and tails, a bedazzeled car for Stuart Little, danced like a mouse (Wag your tail! Walk on your toes!), and sang along to live music.

Have you ever seen cuter mice?
Have you ever seen cuter mice?

The Discovery Party was awesome! Not just because it was free, but because it hooked my boys into the content of the show. The activities provided prior knowledge for them to understand that the show would be about a mouse, and that he drives a car. They were eager to “meet” Stuart Little after investing time in the various activities. I loved that the Discovery Party provided us with a hands-on experience, on top of enjoying a great show!

I highly recommend taking advantage of the Discovery Party provided for all of the Wellmark Family Series shows. (And unlike me, show up early – it does get crowded!)

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Upcoming Shows in the Wellmark Family Series:

We’ll have more details soon, but save the dates for these upcoming events:

CIRQUE MECHANICS – Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m.

LOVE – Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 and 2:30


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