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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
16674 reviews

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

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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
8444 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.

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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.

 

Opens Sep 28

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
88
Critics
89
16 reviews
Members
87
40 reviews

This page-to-stage hit returns to NYC for an encore run featuring puppet adaptations of four stories by children's author/illustrator Eric Carle.

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Eric Carle's well-known picture books captivate young readers with their hand-painted, tissue-paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this hour-long family show is a faithful adaptation of four of his most beloved tales: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," "10 Little Rubber Ducks," "The Very Lonely Firefly," and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." 

 

Open run

Aladdin

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
86
Critics
67
38 reviews
Members
87
3926 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.

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'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
85
Critics
74
61 reviews
Members
86
2133 reviews

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

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'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, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
84 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 Sep 09

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
82
57 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."

 

Ends May 06

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing
81
Critics
81
20 reviews
Members
82
63 reviews

The Lucile Lortel Theatre presents an action-packed musical based on Rick Riordan best-selling young-adult fantasy novel of the same name. 

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Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining the life of modern-day teen Percy Jackson. In addition to his human woes, he recently found out he's a son of Poseidon. Now Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is tasked with finding Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Best for ages 7 and up.

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Original
80
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
80
267 reviews

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

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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, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
80
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
80
73 reviews

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

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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 Apr 23

The Little Mermaid (Literally Alive)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny
75
Critics
80
1 review
Members
75
29 reviews

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.

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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. 

 

Ends May 28

Pinkalicious

Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
70
Critics
88
4 reviews
Members
70
28 reviews

A musical for children aged 2 - 10 based on the best selling books about a girl who loves pink cupcakes so much, that she ends up turning pink from head to toe!

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Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

 

Ends May 13

Ferdinand

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting
91
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
91
2 reviews

Tasty Monster Productions presents this solo comedy for families about the trials and tribulations of a single father.

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Inspired by the classic children’s tale about the biggest and strongest bull who wouldn't fight but just wanted to smell the flowers, 'Ferdinand' is the heartwarming story of Tom, a single dad trying to raise his son with love and empathy in a world determined to make him fight. A growing up story for the whole family.

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny
88
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
88
4 reviews

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!

 

Open run

The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging
86
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
86
2 reviews

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

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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.

 

Oily Cart presents a multi-sensory show for very young audiences inspired by Shakespeare’s 'The Winter’s Tale.' Running at BAMkids in April, Lincoln Center Kids in May.

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When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover an abandoned baby, the audience must join in the search for the child’s family, a journey that will take them through the forest and across the sea. Full of scents, textures, colors, and songs, this immersive experience seeks to delight and inform preschoolers via the power of imagination. Best for ages 2 to 5.

 

Opens Apr 28

Nivelli's War

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
83
Critics
87
3 reviews
Members
81
1 review

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.

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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

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
81
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
79
3 reviews

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.

 

Open run

Pirate Pete's Parrot

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful
58
Critics
90
1 review
Members
57
8 reviews

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

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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.

 

Open run

Princess Particular

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Dated
45
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
45
5 reviews

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

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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.

 

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.

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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.

 

TADA! Youth Theater presents this family-friendly musical celebration of New York City that centers around a young girl whose life changes dramatically when she moves to the city for a year.

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Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?


TADA! is a Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater that produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free pre-professional theater training and youth development program for over 80 kids and teens aged 8-18.

 

Rebel Playhouse presents the NYC premiere of this one-act musical adventure about a young girl's quest to repair a broken truth. Based on the children's book of the same name.

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In 'Old Turtle and the Broken Truth' a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow, and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone.  The musical explores themes of diversity, understanding, friendship, and love.