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
14877 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
7421 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.

 

Open run

Aladdin

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
87
Critics
68
38 reviews
Members
87
3266 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.

 

The New Victory presents this riotous performance of hypnotic juggling tricks for children and adults.... Read more

When the three-man troupe of 'Water on Mars' hits the New Vic stage flinging rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of lite-brite neon, everything is extraterrestrial. Striving to one-up themselves with every act, these juggling 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

School of Rock - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great singing
86
Critics
74
61 reviews
Members
86
1692 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.

 

Ends May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
84
Critics
91
2 reviews
Members
84
38 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

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
83
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
83
70 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.

 

Open run

Sgt. Stubby: The Great American War Dog Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing
82
Critics
62
5 reviews
Members
87
26 reviews

Friends Always Creating Theatre presents this new family musical inspired by the true story of Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.
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Sergeant Stubby was the only canine to be nominated for rank, and then promoted to sergeant during combat. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American troops came. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity, leading and marching in many parades across the country. This new musical tells Stubby's epic tale with a human actor in the lead role.

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Original, Enchanting
80
Critics
84
11 reviews
Members
80
222 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, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
79
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
79
64 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 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 Feb 20

The History Mystery

Members say: Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful, Relevant
82
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
82
1 review

TADA! Youth Theater presents a time-traveling musical for kids featuring Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright Brothers, and other historic figures when they were children.... Read more

A group of modern-day teens travels back in time to meet famous and not-so-famous kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, the Suffragettes. and others. TADA! is a nonprofit theater that produces original musicals for family audiences. The production stars members of TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble: talented kids between the ages of 8 and 18 from the NYC area who participate in this free, year-round youth development program.

 

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, Interactive
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
5 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 Feb 12

Snow White & The Seven Little Guys!

Members say: Clever, Juvenile, Funny, Fluffy, Cute
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
1 review

Part of Frog & Peach Theatre Company's Tinkerbell Theatre Series, this comic, interactive musicalization of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' is aimed at ages 4 and up.... Read more

Snow White has a pure heart, a strong spirit, and a terrible temper. When the Magic Mirror declares her the Fairest in the Land, the jealous Queen sets out to kill her in order to take back that title. On the run, Snow White holes up with the Seven Little Guys: Bossy, Beasty, Thrifty, Stoolie, Dizzy, Mumbles, and Stosh. Will the Queen ever find her? Will the Magic Mirror find true love? And what about that Prince? A story about what’s Fair and what’s fair, with toe-tapping tunes, big soft puppets, and laughs for the whole family. Bonus: There’s a puppet-making workshop after every show, right on stage with the cast.

 

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.

 

Open run

Princess Particular

Members say: Delightful, Funny, Bad, Clever, Original
50
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
50
3 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 Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences' musical adaptation of Mo Willems' best-selling picture book series about Elephant and Piggie, two very different BFFs.... Read more

Elephant Gerald is a careful, formally attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky, smiley bundle of fun. Total opposites? Yes, but best friends just the same! The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Best for ages 4 to 7.

 

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.

 

New York City Children's Theater presents the story of how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow 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 story, based on the book by award-winning author Sharon Creech. Best for ages 8 and up.

 

Part of Frog & Peach Theatre Company's Tinkerbell Theatre Series, this comic musical reboot of the classic fairy tale is aimed at ages 4 and up. ... Read more

'Cinderella' is a new take on the familiar story of a young girl dispossessed by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Thanks to her grit, wit, and bird buddies Albert and Cameron, Cinderella ventures to the Three-Day Ball and meets the socially challenged Prince Dreamboat. His parents, the King and Queen, are eager to marry him off so they can finally retire to Boca. Bonus: There’s a puppet-making workshop after every show, right on stage with the cast.

 

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

Set in Africa, China, and our own Central Park, 'The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck' retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — 'The Princess and the Pea,' 'The Emperor’s New Clothes,' and 'The Ugly Duckling' — bringing the theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly in​to each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today. The show is recommended for children ages 3–9.