KidsBestFest 2024 - ACADEMY OF MUSIC




The Northampton Arts Council

KidsBestFest 2024

Monday, April 15 at 11:00 am through Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am

KidsBestFest 2024

KidsBestFest is a week-long movie festival for kids and adults with free admission held during the spring school break at the Academy of Music Theatre. We show one movie a day and kick off the festival on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 11:00 AM, with doors open at 10:30 AM.

Monday 4/15/24 – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) at 11:00 AM
In this breezy, slapstick-laden cartoon, a vengeful advisor to the emperor turns his boss into a llama. The voice cast includes David Spade, John Goodman, and Eartha Kitt. Directed by Mark Dindal. Rated G. Runtime 78 minutes. Cast: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick.

Tuesday 4/16/24 – The Great Muppet Caper (1981) at 11:00 AM
The Muppets are in London covering a jewel heist. Directed by Jim Henson. Rated G.
Runtime 95 minutes. Cast: Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov

Wednesday, 4/17/24 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952) at 11:00 AM
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era–paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time–and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. Set during the advent of “talkies,” this film’s classic song-and-dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals. Directed by Stanley Donen. Rated G. Runtime
103 minutes. Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell.

Thursday 4/18/24 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) at 11:00 AM
Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are four turtle brothers with a unique set of skills and a penchant for mischief, which runs them afoul of New York City. Yet when a horde of sinister mutants begins to wreak havoc, the city must learn to rely on the turtles if they are to be saved. Directed by Jeff Rowe. Rated PG. Runtime 99 minutes. Cast: Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, Brady Noon, Ayo Edebiri

Friday 4/19/24 – Holes (2003) at 11:00 AM.
Faithful, entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s popular, prize-winning children’s novel about a bizarre juvenile-correctional facility run by an intimidating warden. Directed by Andrew Davis. Rated PG. Runtime 118 minutes. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Khleo (Khaleed) Thomas.

Headline Sponsors: A2Z Science and Learning Store, Gage-Wiley Investments, DA Sullivan and Sons

Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican, WRSI the River 99.3, WHMP

Organization Sponsors: City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Academy of Music Theatre

KidsBest is a co-production of the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the box office at [email protected] or (413) 584-9032 X105.

Show Date/Time:
Monday, April 15, 2024 at 11:00 am through Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:00 am
Doors at Doors open at 10:30 AM daily

Ticket Prices:

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online using the button on the top right (scroll to the bottom of the page if using mobile), or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchase.