Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has been a part of the Indianapolis theater community for almost 50 years! Indiana adults and children alike have enjoyed a variety of shows from Broadway classics to popular Children’s Theater shows. Known for their music, dancing, acting and award winning dinner buffet, Beef & Boards is a great place to enjoy a date night, celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary or just take in a professional performance.
Here’s our most recent review of what’s on stage at Beef & Boards.
Family Shows at Beef & Boards
Not all shows are recommended for children and there will usually be a disclaimer, but some shows are very specifically for families to attend and a discounted ticket is available for children to attend. In the past we have enjoyed shows like Shrek, Annie Beauty and the Beast and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. My kids love getting dressed up to attend, selecting their dinner from the fabulous dinner buffet and settling in for an evening of entertainment.
During family shows, there is typically a child friendly entree option on the buffet line, like chicken fingers and a fun themed beverage, like the Under the Sea Sprite drink that comes in a souvenir cup.
Tickets start at $45 per person and a $6 discount is available for children ages 3-15. Children under the age of 3 are not permitted to attend shows other than the Children’s Theatre shows. Tickets include a buffet meal plus coffee, tea or lemonade. Other beverages, alcoholic beverages and desserts are available for an additional fee. Don’t forget to tip your server!
Children’s Theater at Beef & Boards
A couple times per year, Beef and Boards offers Theatre for Children. Theatre for Children brings short live theatre performances to the stage just for kids. Performances are one hour in length and there’s no intermission. There is however, a juice box and a snack for everyone!
Our experience at the performance of Cinderella for Live Children’s Theatre at Beef and Boards was fantastic! Our seats were great, the snack was perfect and the performance was very well done! The songs were lively and funny, the actors put on a good show, the set was very nice and the costumes were colorful and cute! There were several times that the actors interacted with the audience and encouraged participation, which was a BIG hit with my kid. Lulu especially liked that the actors entered the scene from various places throughout the auditorium! We’ve enjoyed several shows at Beef & Boards; Cinderella, Pinkalicious and Charlotte’s Web.
Performances are typically on Fridays at 10 a.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the show runs. The Theatre for Children program is very popular so you won’t generally find tickets available at the box office on the day of the show. Be sure that you purchase your tickets in advance by calling the Beef and Boards box office at 317.872.9664. Tickets are $17 plus a processing fee.
The one hour performance was just the right length for active little legs and we had a great time! There were many children dressed up in princess costumes for the performance, most children were dressed in fancy dresses and other were in very casual attire. We don’t have a princess dress but if we owned one, Lulu would have been wearing it. Instead, we opted to dress up for a fancy afternoon at the theatre: Lulu and Scout wore matching dresses and sweaters. My husband and I wore jeans and a nice top and we felt comfortable among the other families.
Next at Beef & Boards
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
October 18 – November 2, 2019
After the performance, children can meet the actors and take a picture and get an autograph! The line to do this was kind of long but well worth the wait I’m sure. Who should go? Lulu was just over 2 years old. She had a difficult time sitting still but that wasn’t the case for other 2 year olds. Lulu enjoyed herself and made it through the entire performance but parents I spoke with who had three olds seemed to be at just the right age. There were some pre-teens and teens there but this event is probably best enjoyed by elementary aged kids and younger.
9301 Michigan Road