A COMEDY SHOW DESIGNED FOR KIDS!

Watch Your Ideas Come to Life!

Penny Arcade is an improv comedy show designed for kids 5–12 years old and fun for the entire family. At the start of the show, kids draw, write, and craft at our Collaboration Stations. Then the Penny Players bring those ideas to life on stage with a fun 45-minute improv comedy show — there’s even opportunities for kids to get in on the act! After the show, stick around and learn a few games to play at home. Every show is different!

Space is limited for this interactive show—consider purchasing your ticket in advance to reserve your spot!

See the Next Show!

Shows happen every month on the 2nd & 4th Saturday at 1pm. Get your tickets online and be guaranteed a seat!

Ticket prices are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Or if you’d like, families are welcome to “pay as you wish” and name their own price. 

Our “Pay as You Wish” Option

Arcade Comedy Theater believes that all families should be able to enjoy live theater in downtown Pittsburgh. Thanks in part to a grant from the PNC Charitable Trust and proceeds from full-price tickets, Penny Arcade offers a “pay as you wish” option for families in need. You can decide how much you’d like to pay per ticket to see this fun, family-friendly show. The “pay as you wish” option is available online, if you’d like to reserve your ticket in advance and ensure you have a seat. Also available in person at the box office the day of the show.

3-2-1 LET’S PLAY … TWO DIFFERENT WAYS!

2nd Saturdays

The second Saturday each month you can see the classic Penny Arcade show! Kids get to inspire improvisers in a variety of games, volunteer to perform, and even learn games they can play at home.

4th Saturdays

The fourth Saturday each month is based on a specific theme. New games, new ways to collaborate, and new worlds to explore! These shows will be fun for everyone — especially for superfans and junior experts!

penny arcade cast on stage celebrating

How Does It Work?

Before the show, the audience participates in Collaboration Stations which use crafts and literary prompts to generate ideas used in the show by the players.

It’s showtime! We create an energetic 45-minute show based on the ideas from Collaboration Stations.

Following the show, everyone is invited to participate in a brief improv workshop where kids can learn games to play at home.

Party with us!

Penny Arcade is a great way to have an amazing and affordable birthday party for your child and all of their friends. Pick a regularly-scheduled Penny show and continue the fun by celebrating in our theater’s upstairs lounge for an hour or more afterwards. The cost of the party includes tickets to the full show, extra time playing with the Penny Players, and a space to open presents, eat cake, and play our free, vintage arcade games. Contact us to learn more.

Play Anywhere

We also travel! Penny Arcade is a creative and interactive addition to any event – fully customizable for your school, organization, or event. We’ve performed at fundraisers, outreach events, field trips, private birthday parties and for organizations like Our Clubhouse, City of Asylum, Strong Women Strong Girls, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

If you’re a superintendent, educator, or group organizer, contact us to learn how to bring Penny Arcade to your event.

penny arcade cast on stage celebrating

Connect with us on Facebook

Following Penny Arcade on Facebook is a great way to stay in the loop about what we’re up to next, see photos from shows, and hear about upcoming performances outside of the Arcade.

Is your child looking to get involved?

If you’ve got a budding comedian looking to take a class or enroll in a summer camp, Arcade Academy offers Kids Comedy Classes and Camps for kids 9-17 years old! Classes are 7-weeks long and run on Sundays at the Arcade Comedy Theater, and our summer camps last a full week. They’re engaging, collaborative, and repeatable for kids or teens who want to continue to hone their comedic and artistic skills!

Learn more here.