Just For Kids!

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The best shows for toddlers and kids in NYC.

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How early is too early to expose your kids to the magic of live theater? You do have to choose those first shows wisely, but luckily, there are lots of productions aimed at children, even toddlers, and occasionally, for babies as young as 6 months old! 


So whether your kids are in pampers, preschool, grade school, or entering their tween years, there are options for all ages as your kids work up to their first Broadway blockbuster. 


Check out the description of each show to find out if its age-appropriate for your child. Yes, 'The Lion King' and 'Wicked' are captivating, but children under age 5 aren't allowed in the theaters. Start them Off-Broadway (it's less expensive and more casual) and then graduate to the Great White Way.

Open run

Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
70
31 reviews
Members
93
15152 reviews

Now in its thirteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.... Read more

Long before Dorothy arrives, two other women meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and possesses an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. "Wicked" is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

 

Open run

The Lion King

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see
92
Critics
88
24 reviews
Members
92
7577 reviews

In Julie Taymor's Tony Award winning retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters, creating the story of young Simba's rise to the throne.... Read more

The award-winning stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney film, 'The Lion King' tells the story of a young lion prince, Simba. He idolizes his father, the king Mufasa, while at the same time youthfully shirks the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes Mufasa’s life, Simba must fulfill his destiny to be king. 'The Lion King' is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

 

New Victory Theater presents this riotous performance of hypnotic juggling from the three-man troupe Plastic Boom.... Read more

The jugglers of 'Water on Mars' hit the stage flinging rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of glowing neon. Striving to one-up themselves with every act, these pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy, and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects.

 

Open run

Aladdin

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
86
Critics
68
38 reviews
Members
87
3403 reviews

Disney presents the long-awaited musical theater adaptation of its animated blockbuster, featuring the hit songs from the film, plus several more written for Broadway.... Read more

'Aladdin' tells the story of a poor young man who is granted wishes by a magic genie. This new musical is filled with adventure, comedy and romance as it follows Aladdin's quest to marry a princess and defeat an evil Sultan. With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects.

 

Open run

School of Rock - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
86
Critics
74
61 reviews
Members
86
1811 reviews

Based on the hit Jack Black film, this musical comedy features songs by 'Jesus Christ Superstar' composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.... Read more

'School of Rock—The Musical' follows Dewey, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to rock, Dewey falls for the school’s headmistress.

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
72 reviews

A re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just two performers who play all the characters that populate the epic story.
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Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all.

 

Ends May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing
84
Critics
89
2 reviews
Members
83
40 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.
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When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Original, Enchanting
80
Critics
84
11 reviews
Members
79
231 reviews

A family-friendly bubble extravaganza, this show has been performed around the world by the creators: the Yang family. ... Read more

Using spectacular lighting, lasers, and bubble artistry, the 'Gazillion Bubble Show' is a family affair. Led by Fan Yang, holder of 12 Guinness World records, the Yang family creates an interactive bubble world of magic. A great first-time show for very young kids!

 

Open run

That Physics Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
79
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
80
67 reviews

Longtime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo shares his amazing "magic tricks" from the world of science.... Read more

Based on hundreds of experiments that are presented at conferences and in classrooms across the country, 'That Physics Show' features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature, and many other scientific phenomena. Great for science lovers of all ages!

 

Ends Mar 12

The Amazing Max

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent
90
Critics
91
4 reviews
Members
89
6 reviews

A return engagement of Max Darwin's popular magic and comedy show for kids and adults alike. ... Read more

Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoers' faces. This high-energy, interactive, and all-around silly show is appropriate for audiences of all ages 3 and up.

 

New York City Children's Theater presents an interactive, multi-sensory show based on Lindsay Ward’s picture book about a young girl who embarks on an adventure with a carousel polar bear.... Read more

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel animal right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear to show you the way. This soaring story of friendship takes very young audiences to the arctic and back, and reminds them anything is possible with the power of imagination. Best for ages 2 to 5.

 

The New Victory presents this epic new opera-theater work for adults and kids ages 10 and up, that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life.... Read more

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus helps Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. The worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design collide to paint a poignant allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.


 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
84
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
81
1 review

FRIGID new york @ Horse Trade presents a playful and poignant one-man homage to silent film-era comedians, created and performed by Alex Curtis.
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'Chalk' is a whimsical solo show which invites audiences of all ages into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp.

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Funny, Refreshing
81
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
80
1 review

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Tasty Monster Productions present an intergalactic rock and roll puppy pirate extravaganza for families. Best for ages 7 and up.
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Earth has gone to the dogs, the humans have disappeared, and Space Pirates are about to invade. Join the Dogstar Fleet on an out-of-this-world musical mission to seek the knowledge of the Oracle and save planet Earth! Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens...ooh, string! Can Earth be rescued from certain construction? Blast off with our heroes to find out!

 

Ends Jul 19

The Mystery at Ginger Creek

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
8 reviews

Panto-WHAT?! Theater Company presents an interactive adventure for families about a pair of accused murderers trying to solve a crime they think they didn't commit. Best for ages 7 and up.
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Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O’Hara and Sally Silver Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues, and suffer from amnesia. Their lives depend on you as they attempt to crack the case and prove their innocence. 'The Mystery At Ginger Creek' uses mime and sound effects to turn the traditional mystery theater experience on its head, with no violence, gore, or guts!

 

Ends Mar 05

Love That Dog

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Unique, Entertaining
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
2 reviews

New York City Children's Theater presents a play about a boy who finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some paper, and, of course, a dog.... Read more

Featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Walter Dean Myers, 'Love that Dog' is a contemporary tale about a child who becomes enthralled with poetry. Based on the book of the same name by Sharon Creech. Best for ages 8 and up.

 

Literally Alive revives its musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a young mermaid who falls for a prince and ventures onto land.... Read more

Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. As her longing increases, she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but, as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. There is a free family workshop one hour prior to every performance. Best for young children. 

 

Open run

Pirate Pete's Parrot

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Bad
54
Critics
90
1 review
Members
52
6 reviews

A children's musical from Secret Theatre about Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly.... Read more

Upon setting out, Pete decides it can't hurt to pick up some buried treasure as well, to help make the month's rent. Armed with an endearing crew of misfits like Jolly Roger (the insufferably happy second mate) and Miroslav, the Czech mate (get it?), Pete embarks on a journey complete with songs, sword fights, and plenty of audience interaction.

 

Ends Mar 05

Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

Members say: Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Excruciating, Banal
51
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
51
7 reviews

Theatre for the New City presents the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's interpretation of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales brought to life by dozens of puppets and a mounted deer's head. ... Read more

The evening is named for its first story, a Czech tale in which a charcoal burner's son, predestined by his fairy godmother to marry a princess, is sent by the evil King on a quest to find the sun's three golden hairs. Resolving three more difficult tasks along the way, he returns with rich rewards, angering the envious King who gets his comeuppance. 

The second tale, 'Salt over Gold,' is a Slovak story with echoes of 'King Lear.' A princess who values her father "only as much as salt" is banished, but returns to save her dad when salt disappears, throwing the kingdom into disarray.

The third tale is a version of the same story, known to Italian readers as 'Dear as Salt,' from Italo Calvino's famous 1956 collection, 'Italian Fables.'

 

Open run

Princess Particular

Members say: Delightful, Enchanting, Banal, Dated, Bad
47
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
47
4 reviews

Secret Theatre's new musical for children about the spirited and feisty young Princess Particular.... Read more

Princess Particular is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. And today she wants to be a ballerina. King Loadsadough and Queen Patience want their daughter to practice curtseying. Fortunately, her four maids, the Chancellor, and the Lady-in-Waiting are on hand to help the princess to follow her dream! Princess Particular is part of a rotating line-up of children’s musicals, presented every Saturday at The Secret Theatre.

 

New Victory Theater presents the Liberi Di troupe, which fuses circus, dance, clowning, and physical theater into a singular performance, 
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Something aerial. Something funny. Something beautiful. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday acts. Best for ages 6 and up.

 

The New Victory presents this adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' picture book about a young adventurer's trip to outer space for ages 3-5, featuring intimate puppetry and original music.... Read more

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his bedroom, he does what any young adventurer would do: flies into outer space! When the plane begins to sputter and quake, our intrepid explorer must execute a daring landing on the moon. But never fear, he is not alone up there… 

 

Puppetworks presents its marionette adaptation of Charles Perrault's 1697 fairy tale about a crafty talking cat. ... Read more

When Puss' master gives him a pair of magical boots that let him speak, the quick-thinking cat comes up with a plan to repay him—by tricking an ogre into relinquishing his fortune and using the money to bring his master a princess. This puppet show is best for very young children ages 3 and up.

 

Puppet troupe the Windmill Theatre Co returns to the New Victory Theater for this adaptation of a book from Ted Prior's 'Grug' picture book series.... Read more

What does Grug love most? Adventures! The beloved burrawang-born bloke from Down Under returns in 'Grug and the Rainbow,' an all-new colorful tale. Leaping from the pages of the celebrated series of picture books, Grug, with the help of his friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, sets off on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Recommended for children ages 3 to 5.

 

The New Victory Theater presents this story of a six-year-old boy who is stranded in the countryside at the close of WWII, and the mysterious tramp who agrees to walk him 200 kilometers to his home.... Read more

Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger, and uncertainty to return the young boy to his family. Delicate piano music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this dramatic story of two survivors who become each other's ally, protector, and confidant. Inspired by a true story, 'Nivelli's War' is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and magical friendship. Recommended for audiences age 6 and up

 

The Atlantic Theater presents this rock and roll reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children's story.
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Join Alice as she journeys through Wonderland in search for her own inner voice, accompanied by an eclectic, live rock soundtrack. Along the way, Alice will face many challenges and fears, but in learning to believe in the impossible Alice learns to believe in herself. This rock concert meets live theater adventure is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

 

The Lucile Lortel Theatre presents this action-packed theatrical adventure, a musical adaptation Rick Riordan best-selling young adult fantasy novel.... Read more

Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. 

 

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents a modern puppet retelling of three classic Hans Christian Andersen tales.... Read more

Set in Africa, China, and Central Park, 'The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck' features contemporary takes on the classic fairy tales 'The Princess and the Pea,' 'The Emperor’s New Clothes,' and 'The Ugly Duckling.' These familiar stories are reinvented with handcrafted marionettes and scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly in​to each story and learn important life lessons still relevant today. Best for ages 3 to 9.