Broadway for Kids ideas and off-Broadway shows in NYC

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Momtrends Broadway Show Reviews

Read the full Be More Chill review here

A hit book + a good message should equal success, and there are parts of the show that are solid, but it's not a show I can highly recommend.

Read the full My Fair Lady review here

While the My Fair Lady movie is wonderful, nothing can top the magic of a live Broadway performance. The cast of the current My Fair Lady is simply epic. If you invest in a show this year, make it this one.

Read the full Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review here

For anyone not steeped in Harry Potter lore, seeing the new two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be like getting hit with a confundus charm. Excuse me if I sound a bit like Sybill Trelawney: you need to know the history to see the future. For the poor muggles who known nothing of J.K.Rowling's world of witches and wizards, this nine hour commitment will be a slog, but for those of us who have been bought into her world, it's simply magical. This Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review is for the believers.

Read the full Beautiful! review here

Seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on an average Tuesday night was a perfect reminder as to the WHY I live in this crowded, filthy city. This place is simply simmering with talent. Spoiler Alert: The Momtrends Review Beautiful on Broadway is going to be glowing.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK

NOTE: This show is not currently running in NYC, but it is in London.

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.

Off Broadway Shows for Kids in NYC

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STOMP

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.

Symphony Space Tickets

symphony space

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. 

212.864.5400

2537 Broadway @95th St.

New York, NY

gazillion bubble show

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.

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)

blue man group, NYC, astor place theatre

Blue Man Group

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!

Astor Place Theatre

434 Lafayette St.Blue 

Get tickets here 

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