If you have kids in tow, a new (but ambitious and obviously well-heeled) troupe, the Chicago Children's Theatre, debuts with the regional premiere of A Year with Frog and Toad, in the Goodman Theatre's small (400 seats!) space (Jan. 20-March 5). You might also want to check out the daytime matinees of Short Shakespeare at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier, the creative energy of That's Weird, Grandma presented by Barrel of Monkeys Theatre Company, or the Sunday morning shows for kids at The Second City. Be sure to ask about the age group for which show is suitable. Some are for the wee ones, while others are for pre-teens and adolescents.