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
25 reviews
Members
93
18470 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
9638 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 Jan 14

Addy & Uno

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Relevant
90
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
90
34 reviews

Realabilities' puppet musical for families about disabilities, bullying, and friendship returns for an encore presentation.

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As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities—ADHD, vision, hearing, and physical impairment—rally in support. Told with 'Avenue Q'-style puppets and heartfelt songs, it's an inspiring journey about the values of kindness, differences, and big dreams. Individuals with disabilities are so unseen and unheard across media, especially children's media. 'Addy & Uno' is giving a voice to kids who are different, and inspiring a new generation of kinder people. Based on the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Curriculum.

 

Open run

Aladdin

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
86
Critics
67
38 reviews
Members
86
4620 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.

 

Ends Feb 04

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
86
Critics
87
17 reviews
Members
85
51 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." 

 

Ends Jan 01

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Must see
86
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
86
206 reviews

Radio City Music Hall presents its annual holiday extravaganza featuring the legendary Rockettes.

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Radio City's iconic 'Christmas Spectacular' stars more than 140 performers in a heartwarming revue about finding the spirit of season in your heart. Headlined by The Rockettes, the famed precision dance troupe known for its synchronized routines such as "Rag Dolls" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," the show also features actors, singers, dancers, Santa, high-tech interactives, and a climactic Living Nativity complete with animals. A New York Christmas tradition for the whole family since 1933.

 

Open run

School of Rock - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
85
Critics
75
60 reviews
Members
85
2609 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
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 Dec 16

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
83
81 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 Dec 30

Endangered! The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Funny
81
Critics
85
3 reviews
Members
81
34 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.

 

Ends Dec 31

That Physics Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
80
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
80
92 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!

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Original
79
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
79
335 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!

 

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.

 

Opens Dec 13

ELF The Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Clever
75
Critics
66
22 reviews
Members
76
114 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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In this family-friendly musical comedy, Buddy, a human who was raised as an elf at the North Pole, 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. This year's production of 'Elf the Musical,' features George Wendt, from the long-running television series 'Cheers,' returning to star as Santa Claus, the role he originated in the Broadway production in 2010.

 

Open run

Pirate Pete's Parrot

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful
63
Critics
90
1 review
Members
62
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 Dec 30

Home for the Holidays

Members say: Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Great singing, Excruciating
53
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
53
34 reviews

Broadway's only holiday show features winners of 'American Idol,' 'The Voice,' and 'America's Got Talent' performing contemporary takes on more than 25 perennial favorites.

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Backed by a kinetic eight-piece rhythm and brass band, traditional favorites like 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'O Holy Night' provide heart as they come to life side-by-side with radio favorites such as 'All I Want for Christmas is You,' and 'Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).' 'Home for the Holidays' will star Candice Glover, winner 'American Idol' Season 12, Josh Kaufman, winner of 'The Voice' Season 6, and Bianca Ryan, winner: 'America’s Got Talent” Season 1.' It will be hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, star of 'The Bachelorette' Season 11, and feature special appearance by Oscar-nominated stage and screen star Danny Aiello and YouTube sensations Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens.

 

Opens Nov 30

Madeline's Christmas

Members say: Great acting, Must see, Enchanting, Delightful, Refreshing
100
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
100
1 review

KOTA Productions presents their second annual production of this family-musical about the adventures of a spirited and impetuous Parisian school girl. Based on the beloved picture book series by Ludwig Bemelmans.

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'Madeline's Christmas' follows Madeline and her friends at their boarding school in Paris, as they prepare to go home for the Christmas holidays. But on a morning walk in the snow with Miss Clavel, some of the girls catch the flu! Will they get better in time to see their families? And who is the mysterious figure that Madeline befriends and takes on them on a thrilling adventure?


 

Ends Dec 17

Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So Planetary Musical

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Educational, Clever
84
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
84
6 reviews

The Peoples Improv Theater presents a family-friendly musical comedy that blends music, puppets, and fantasy with real science and space exploration history, in its story of the demoted planet Pluto's quest 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. Best for ages 5 to 10.

 

Ends Dec 31

That Chemistry Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Educational, Intelligent, Delightful
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
6 reviews

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.

 

Ends Jan 28

Junk Shakespeare

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
1 review

A family-friendly version of the hit show 'Drunk Shakespeare,' this new comedy combines a classic Shakespeare play with extreme food challenges - trying to discover the original intent of William Shakespeare.

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The stage is set in a hidden library right in the Theater District of Times Square. Five professional New York actors meet as members of a Secret Shakespearean Society. After extensive research they have discovered that Shakespeare had a sweet tooth! To try and understand Shakespeare's original intent, the society members put their bodies on the line...eating extreme junk food while attempting to perform a classic Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensues - expect famous character impressions, pop culture references, and Pop Rocks. Suitable for ages 8 and up. 

 

Ends Aug 11

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
76
Critics
81
4 reviews
Members
73
4 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.

 

Opens Dec 21

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Secret Theatre)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Quirky
76
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
76
6 reviews

The Secret Theatre presents a return engagement of the  stage adaptation of the beloved Peanuts holiday TV special.

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Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of gifts and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown resurrects the holiday spirit for families once again. Featuring the song 'Christmas Time is Here,' the original jazz score of Vince Guaraldi, and brand-new dance numbers.

 

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.

 

This riotous all-ages morality tale invites the whole family to take part in the 300-year-old theatrical tradition of the panto.

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'Jack & the Beanstalk' brings tap-dancing animals, pie fights, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. Inherently irreverent and lightly political, 'Jack & the Beanstalk' is a celebration of the classic tale, where good eventually triumphs over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains, and look out behind you!

 

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 Theatre presents a one-hour stage adaptation of the classic 1939 movie.

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Rediscover the joy of following the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and even puppet Munchkins, as they travel through the Land of Oz. Best for ages 2 to 7.

 

Illusionist Jason Bishop returns the New Victory stage with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve.

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With new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience— 'Believe in Magic' seeks to convert the most cynical of skeptics with mind-blowing marvels. Best for ages 6 and up.

 

New York City Children's Theater presents the futuristic take on the fairy tale classic.

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Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans! Best for ages 4 to 8.

 

August Strindberg Rep presents one of Strindberg's lesser known plays for children, a magical Christmas story that revolves around a lost black glove.

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In this lyrical fantasy, a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit. The play will be acted by a cast of six women, in the British Travesty tradition of the late 1800s, in order to ensure that the play will be children-friendly. The piece is recommended for audiences age 8 and up.

 

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