Take the Kids

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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
70
32 reviews
Members
93
18247 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
9480 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
87
Critics
89
16 reviews
Members
87
43 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
4516 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
2523 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.

 

Ends Dec 16

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
84
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
83
76 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
107 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 Oct 08

Annie (Gallery Players)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Great acting
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
14 reviews

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.

 

Ends Oct 08

Endangered! The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Clever, Great singing
81
Critics
85
3 reviews
Members
81
33 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.

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Original
80
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
79
319 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!

 

Ends Dec 31

That Physics Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
80
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
80
89 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
112 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 Nov 12

Pinkalicious

Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
72
Critics
88
4 reviews
Members
72
31 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, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Delightful
62
Critics
90
1 review
Members
61
11 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 Oct 08

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Clever
85
Critics
85
1 review
Members
85
4 reviews

Atlantic for Kids presents a family musical inspired by the Little Rock 9, which reminds young audiences that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

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'Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical' follows eight-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 the 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 friendship.

 

Ends Dec 31

That Chemistry Show

Members say: Fun, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Educational
82
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
82
1 review

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.

 

Open run

The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
3 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 Oct 14

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
80
Critics
81
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

Princess Particular

Members say: Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Banal
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.

 

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. 

 

Bedlam returns to Off-Broadway with a new production of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Neverland.

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Join the Darling children as they follow Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Neverland, where children never grow old. Bedlam's cast of six will inhabit all of Barrie's 25 characters including Pirates, the Lost Boys, Indians, and the maniacal Captain Hook. 

 

In this new musical for young audiences, a little girl pines for the perfect pet puppy.

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When Cailin falls in love with a pup a local shelter, she tries to convince her parents that the dog would be the perfect gift for her upcoming 10th birthday. Will she receive this prized puppy? Is she responsible and mature enough to care for it? Best for ages 4 and up.

 

Little Shadow Productions presents a puppet show for all ages about celebrating our differences, finding joy in everyday life, and respecting honest feelings.

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A sequel to Joshua Holden's 2012 project of the same name, this brand-new show features a cast of handcrafted puppets. Turn your frown upside down, awaken your nostalgia, and get ready to spread some joy. Best for ages 6 and up.

 

Disney Theatrical Productions brings its blockbuster animated movie musical to Broadway.

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Based on the 2013 film, 'Frozen' features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez, and a book by Jennifer Lee ('Zootopia,' 'Wreck-It Ralph'). 'Frozen' won 2014 Oscars for Best Song ("Let It Go") and Best Animated Feature. Visit our 'Frozen in Denver' page to read the show's out-of-town reviews.

 

Vital Children's Theater presents an adaptation of the film that has been entertaining adults and children for ages, featuring all the beloved characters and songs.

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Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.

 

Vital Children's Theater presents their riff on the classic spooky tale, centered around science-loving kid whose creation gets out of hand.

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It's Halloween and something strange is going on at Frankie Steiner's house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected -- and more than he can handle, making him a true 'Kid Frankenstein.' Best for ages 7 and up.

 

Inspired by the plays and language of Shakespeare, this world premiere children's show from Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and Classic Stage Company uses puppetry, live music, and a sea of imagination.

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Times are changing on the Island of Hockey Puck. A new Duke is ruling with an iron fist, the old Duke disappeared in a puddle of mystery, and a stowaway named Dull is on the run from it all back to her homeland of Illyria. For children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older.

 

The Peoples Improv Theater presents this new family-friendly musical comedy that builds on Pluto's real-life demotion, imagining the little planetoid's subsequent cosmic journey of self-discovery.

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The year is 2006, and there's been a big shake up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet!  When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the Solar System on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again. Written for the five-to-ten set, 'Pluto Is Missing!' features a witty script and pop-culture references for adults to appreciate as well.

 

The New Victory Theater presents Slingby's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's parable, which uses interactive stagecraft, puppetry, and live music to immerse you in an otherworldly kingdom.

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Welcome, royal citizens! Industrious Denizens of the South, Rough Fisher-folk of the North, Gritty Prospectors of the West, Gruff Forest-folk of the East—have you a gift? Prepare for the coronation of the Young King! Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch, and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

 

The New Victory Theater presents Teatro Gioco Vita's production of this children's piece which combines shadow puppetry and lyrical movement to tell the stories of two bears on two different quests.

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When you're a happy, handsome, well-rested bear, what more could you want? Why, to be a daddy bear of course! With all the courage he can muster, a bear sets out to find a family of his own to love. In a different forest, a little bear sets off to find the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. 'A Sky for the Bears' shows us that sometimes when we look to the sky for our hearts' deepest desires, the best answers on earth. Recommended for children ages 4-7.

 

The New Victory Theater Gather presents this gentle circus for the senses, ideal for very young children.

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Choreographed by Sweden's Claire Parsons Co., juggler Viktor Gyllenberg and dancer Mira Björkman take tiny tots on an exquisite exploration of texture. Kids ooh in awe and squeal with delight as they squeeze and squish playful props, interacting with the whimsical and wonderful world of 'Marmelade.' Reccomended from children ages 1 1/2 - 4.

 

The New Victory Theater invites you to experience the journey of the millions of African Americans who moved from the rural South to the urban North to rebuild their lives in this polyrhythmic performance from Step Afrika!

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A beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap, and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz, and blues, the world's first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story. Recommend for ages 7 and up.

 

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