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The best shows for toddlers and kids playing in NYC. Be sure to check the descriptions to find out if a specific production is right for your particular child.

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Open run

Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
69
31 reviews
Members
93
17838 reviews

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

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"Wicked" looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

 

Open run

The Lion King

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see
92
Critics
88
24 reviews
Members
92
9205 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.

 

Ends Aug 26

The Amazing Max

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing
91
Critics
91
4 reviews
Members
92
11 reviews

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

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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.

 

Opens Jul 29

Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful
89
Critics
90
4 reviews
Members
89
66 reviews

Ragtag Theatre Company presents an encore run of this musical romp inspired by 'Cinderella,' done in the style of commedia dell'arte. Formerly known as 'The Commedia Cinderella.'

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From the folks behind 'The Commedia Rapunzel' comes this fairy-tale spoof. Follow the same troupe of poor traveling 'Italian' actors as they make fun of everything from 'Hamilton' to 'Star Wars' during their twisted retelling of 'Cinderella.' An interactive experience that's fun for the entire family.

 

Ends Jul 29

Alligator Pie

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Funny
89
Critics
91
2 reviews
Members
89
18 reviews

Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company presents a family musical inspired by the poems of Dennis Lee, best known to U.S. audiences as the lyricist for 'Fraggle Rock.' 

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Generations of Canadian children have grown up listening to the poems of Dennis Lee, affectionately known as "Canada's Father Goose." Five of those kids, now grown-up creators, have crafted a musical for all ages that celebrates his work and the very notion of "play." Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

Opens Sep 28

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
87
Critics
89
16 reviews
Members
87
42 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
86
4358 reviews

Disney presents the stage 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
2417 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, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
83
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
83
101 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 Aug 20

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
83
73 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, Enchanting, Original
80
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
80
301 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, Absorbing, Funny
80
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
81
83 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!

 

Opens Dec 13

ELF The Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Clever
75
Critics
66
22 reviews
Members
76
106 reviews

This holiday musical inspired by the beloved 2003 film returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden for a seasonal run.

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'Elf the Musical' is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Initially unaware that he is actually human, eventually Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help the town remember the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Ends Aug 27

Pinkalicious

Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
72
Critics
88
4 reviews
Members
71
30 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.

 

Open run

Pirate Pete's Parrot

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky
63
Critics
90
1 review
Members
62
10 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.

 

Ends Jul 25

Pete the Cat

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Hilarious, Relevant
93
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
93
1 review

Theatreworks USA presents a free family musical based on the popular picture book of the same name.

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When the cat catcher nabs Pete rocking out after bedtime, he is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn some manners. The whole family is immediately taken with Pete, except for young Jimmy, the most organized second grader on Earth. As the end of school approaches, Jimmy has trouble completing his art assignment. Pete turns out to be the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship. Recommended for children ages 5 to 9. Free tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There's a four-ticket limit per adult.

 

Open run

The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Absorbing
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.

 

Opens Jul 23

Endangered! The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing
86
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
86
9 reviews

This new family musical follows the adventures of a social media-savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive a superstorm.

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Stranded at the zoo when the superstorm hits the city, the child and the animals must learn to communicate and understand each other, working together to save themselves. 'Endangered!' is an uplifting eco-musical for children ages 2 and up.

 

Doppelskope presents this interactive, family-friendly, puppet-musical reinvention of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' that calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change.



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'Gruff!' takes place in a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard. A young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Troll Valley - the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on Earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her on a quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in Troll Valley. The fate of the world hangs in the balance!

'Gruff!' combines puppetry, physical comedy, projections, and original songs.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing, Enchanting
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.

 

Previews start Jul 27

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: the Musical

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Cliched
76
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
76
1 review

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This musical based on by Sheryl and Carrie Berk bestselling young adult chapter book originated at Vital Children's Theatre.

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New kid Kylie Carson is "different"–which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the children's book of the same name to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world. This production will support NoBully.org and is best for ages 6 to 12.

 

Open run

Princess Particular

Members say: Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Relevant
48
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
48
6 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.

 

Encores! presents a concert version of this sweet and sad 1978 musical from the geniuses behind 'Where the Wild Things'  (Maurice Sendak) and 'Tapestry' (Carole King).

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'Really Rosie' centers around little girl in Brooklyn with a big imagination. Can her dreams come true, or does growing up mean letting go? Inspired in part by the stories in Sendak’s 'Nutshell Library,' 'Really Rosie’s' songs include “Pierre,” “Alligators All Around,” and "Chicken Soup with Rice.”

 

CityParks PuppetMobile presents a contemporary take on the classic fairy tale set in the lush landscape of Brazil. Presented outdoors in various NYC parks for free.

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With the help of her magical fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo. But Cinderella is forced to flee just before midnight, so the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart. This lively production features an original salsa soundtrack, handcrafted festival floats, and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning vibrant Carnaval costumes. For a complete list of locations and performance times, visit PuppetMobile's official site

 

Atlantic for Kids presents this original musical inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, that serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

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'Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical' follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all-Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship.

 

Revisit the carefree days of youth at TADA!'s Youth Theater's lighthearted original musical for families, performed by kids ages 8 to 18.

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A totally relatable show for anyone who's ever been a child. Watch as the cast navigates days full of fun (snacks, friendships) and stress (school work, crushes). TADA! is a Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater that produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. 

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and his quest to answer the question, "How should a pirate look?" 

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When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a vibrant new outfit of patterned trousers, a colorful coat, and a pig. Now the fearsome pirate must face his greatest challenges—winning the acceptance of the Pirate Council, the townspeople, and even his own crew—in a high-spirited story of courage, acceptance, and standing up for who you are. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

From the team behind the long-running 'That Physics Show' comes this new science spectacular for families, led by veteran "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash.

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A candle that moves water; a paper cup that won't burn; a firefly without fire. An atomic flash; weaponized sugar; a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle; secret writing; elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 'That Chemistry Show,' which combines the worlds of science and show business. Best for school-age kids.

 

The Flea brings its signature serialized theater madness to young audiences ages 5-9 with this new series.

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Working with a cadre of up-and-coming writers, Flea resident directors create ethnically and culturally specific interpretations of folk tales in 10-minute installments. Every ticket comes with a mini box of cereal. 

 

The Gallery Players presents the beloved musical adventure about a lovable spirited orphan, based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, and famous for its classic songs such as 'Tomorrow' and 'It's a Hard Knock Life.'

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With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations…and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

'Annie' was the winner of seven Tony awards in 1977, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.

 

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