Play Review of Chato’s Kitchen with Childsplay

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Looking for something fun to do in the Phoenix, AZ area with kids? Childsplay theater is kid friendly and an incredible experience for the entire family. Keep on reading for our play review of Chato’s Kitchen and for upcoming Childsplay show dates. You might also like these kid friendly craft ideas: pipe cleaner bubble wands, snowflake glitter calm down jar or unicorn glitter slime.

Childsplay Chato's Kitchen Play Review

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If you are in the Phoenix area or plan on visiting Arizona soon, you won’t want to miss the plays put on by Childsplay. My family is a big fan of Childsplay, especially with how kid-friendly the plays are. Last year we enjoyed Charolette’s Web, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus and Ella Enchanted: The Musical on the big stage. Last month, I took my son to watch The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. From the costumes to the acting, we’ve greatly enjoyed our theater experience with Childsplay! In fact, my children are hoping for Childsplay tickets in their Christmas stockings this year. Continue reading for our play review of Chato’s Kitchen, showing now.

Childsplay Play Review of Chato's Kitchen


Last weekend we saw Chato’s Kitchen, based on a book by Gary Soto about a cool low-riding cat in the barrio. When a family of ratoncitos, or little mice, moves in next door, Chato invites them over for dinner. What they don’t know is that they are on the menu! But things don’t go quite as planned for Chato. The mice bring a surprise guest of their own who may be more than this cool cat can swallow.

We had never read Soto’s book, so we weren’t sure about what to expect. The play is hilarious and had our entire family laughing out loud! It was a better and much funnier version of The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood. We loved the takeaway message of the importance of community and appreciating differences. It’s a great play for kids and the entire family.


Before the play, Childsplay typically offers a craft related to the story. We enjoyed crafting Chato cat puppets. After Childsplay plays, the actors typically return to the stage to answer a few questions from the audience and also ask some thought provoking questions. My daughter is always so excited to interact with the actors. She also had the opportunity to meet them outside of the theater and see the puppets that they used in the play up close. I love the level of interaction that the actors have with the audience at Childsplay!



Chato’s Kitchen runs through November 24, 2019. Grab those tickets ASAP!

Ella Enchanted: The Musical will return to the stage on December 7 – 29, 2019.

Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play” hits the stage on January 26 – March 8, 2020.

Suzette Who Set To Sea starts on April 18 – May 17, 2020.

Childsplay Play Review of Chato's Kitchen

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.