Broadway for Kids ideas and off-Broadway shows in NYC.
Winter Garden Theater
50th Street & Broadway
New York, NY
Rock, roll, and revel in this amazingly fun, fast-paced, and upbeat show based on the 2003 film, starring Jack Black. The costumes, the story, and, of course, the music, by Andrew Lloyd Webber will have adults and kids dancing in their seats. Best of all: the youngest star play their own instruments... live! It is impressive to say the least, and the show is a rockin' good time.
The Orpheum Theatre
126 Second Avenue at 8th Street (aka St. Marks Place)
New York, NY
Need to beat the heat this weekend? Don't miss Stomp at The Orpheum Theatre in NYC. The show is an explosion of dance and percussion. Perfect for kids of all ages this show is the perfect way to experience the arts in NYC. The beats are contagious. I dare you NOT to want to move. Runs 90 minutes in length; there is no intermission.
2537 Broadway @95th St.
New York, NY
We New Yorkers live in the cultural capital of the nation. There is really no excuse for leaving the kids out of the mix. Symphony Space makes it easy. The musical events they organize are appealing to kids and MORE than palatable for the stroller-welding adults. Here are some of the highlights for this season:
What is an ideal family entertainment venue? Why the circus of course. This summer we got acquainted with the NYC’s Big Apple Circus. Everything is intimate. No seat is further than 50 feet away and there is only one act going on at a time (ideal for reigning in the ADD entertainment trend). You’ll see juggling, acrobatics and plenty of clowning around.
Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages
340 West 50th St. between 8th and 9th Ave.
Buy Tickets at Telecharge (Tickets start at $41.50 per seat)
Want a guaranteed fun (and PG) afternoon with the kids in NYC? Buy tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show at the New World Theater. Our family of four (mom, dad, children 4 and 2), headed to the theater district on a very rainy Saturday--we got a blast of sunshine thanks to this performance. Ana Yang, the bubble artist/magician worked her magic for about 85 minutes. She blew tiny bubble, big bubbles, rainbow bubbles and bubbles big enough to hold four kids...but more or that.
The show revolves around Ana (the bubble artists rotate) and her bubble machines. She uses smoke, mirrors and lasers to exaggerate the spectacle. Yes the techno, new-age music is cheesy, yes her English is halting. But none of that really matters, when she can create a bubble blizzard or a multi-hued bubble rainbow--it was pure joy for the kids. And her rapport with the pint-sized crowd was excellent.
Yep, for more than an hour the kids we absolutely mesmerized--and the adults were impressed too. Our 4 y.o. was pulled up on stage for the "kid in a bubble trick"--Ana took four youngsters and wrapped them in an enormous bubble. Very cool indeed. If you are looking for good rainy day activities for the 8 and under crowd, this is it. And for those of you too far from NYC to make the show, don't worry, you can buy a full line of Gazillion Bubble Toys.
Blue Man Group
Astor Place Theatre
434 Lafayette St.
Blue Man Group is an exciting, face-paced, lively performance that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The surprises are constant, laughs plenty and the outrageous antics are entertaining for the whole family. This 90 minute (no intermission) performance in the intimate Astor Place Theatre is a great way to spend time together as a family. You will leave feeling charged and pumped up. The humble performers indulge in a meet & greet after every performance and pose for countless photos! A NYC must-see!
Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street in NYC
Amelie is a heart-warming, quirky, love story about a young woman trying to find her place in the world. Amelie surreptitiously alters the lives of the people around her to create a world where the pieces fit according to her own manipulation. Amelie on Broadway uses humor and playful song to share why Amelie leads a life full of fantasy filled dreams of love and beauty. Philip Soo did not disappoint with her beautiful voice and precise depiction of Amelie, a character we know well from the film by the same title.
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