Family-friendly shows and performances in NYC

Book some tickets, pack your masks, and take the kids to a performance the whole family will love!

By Meredith Kurnov, Editor & Publisher of Macaroni Kid Brooklyn NW January 5, 2022

Last updated 5/9/22 – For the latest, check out our new Family-Friendly Shows and Performances Guide

Living in a city bursting with the best talent, entertainment, and venues the world has to offer, we are so fortunate to have such convenient access to quality family performances! Here's a comprehensive round up of upcoming and ongoing family-friendly entertainment in and around BK and NYC over the next few months. We'll update the list every week. Feel free to bookmark and circle back to this list for birthdays and special occasions! 

Brooklyn shows:
Magic Shows at Brooklyn Magic Shop in Carroll Gardens
Saturdays at 2:30pm for kids | Adults $45; Kids $10 on lap/$25 seated (free for kids under 2)
A 60-minute fun and engaging Family Magic Show. Through storytelling, lots of audience participation, and fun magical illusions; the entire family will leave feeling completely enchanted. Perfect for a fun-filled magical family day, right in the heart of Carroll Gardens!

Rock and Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg
Sundays at 12pm, 11am doors | Tickets are $15, Kids under 1 are free

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Brooklyn Bowl has a full kid-friendly menu, adult-friendly bar, and bowlingUpcoming shows feature the music of: Aretha Franklin (5/15), Beatles (5/22), Hip Hop for Kids (5/29), Phish (6/5), Elvis, (6/12), Bob Marley (6/19), Alanis Morisette (6/26)

Pinocchio at Puppetworks in Park Slope
April 16 – August 7, Saturdays & Sundays at 12:30 & 2:30pm | Tickets start at $10 | Recommended for age 3+

Now Playing at Puppetworks, Pinocchio, Collodi's Adventures of a Marionette, was adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

Madagascar the Musical at Kings Theatre in Flatbush
Saturday, May 21, 3pm show | Tickets start at $35 | 1h40mins incl interval | Recommended for age 3+

Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favorite friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to "Move It, Move It!"!

ABCirque and Play interactive show at The Muse in Bushwick
Monthly: 5/15, 6/12, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18 at 4pm | $15-$25 in advance, $10-$30 day of | Recommended for all ages

Watch NYC's finest circus troupe, ABCirque, juggle, flip, and fly high with aerial acrobatics! But that's not all stick around afterwards because then it will be YOUR turn to take center-ring! 45 minutes of show-time followed by 30 minutes of try-time for all with the pro's: take a swing in an aerial hammock, hula-hoop your heart out, juggle everything in sight, and then pose with the stars for the photographic proof you need to show off to your friends! This is it, for the entire family: you get to SEE IT then TRY IT!

Manhattan shows:

Vital's "Wizard of Oz" at the Actors Temple Theatre
Sundays at 11am through July 3 | Tickets starting at $49.50 | Recommended for ages 2–7

A classic tale that has been entertaining audiences for ages. 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.

"Wake Up, Daisy!" at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre 
February 18 – December 23 | $8-10 Tickets | Recommended for ages 3-8

"Wake Up, Daisy!" tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. An original story and marionette production produced by City Parks Foundation's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, "Wake Up, Daisy!" is a modern take on Sleeping Beauty and is set on New York City’s Upper West Side in Central Park. 

Pinkalicious The Musical at SoHo Playhouse
March 19 – June 26 | Tickets start at $49.50 | Recommended for kids ages 4+

In Pinkalicious The Musical, 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.

Fairytale Shows at the Galli Theater
May 15, 21, 28, 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25 – 2pm | Adults $25/ Kids $20 | Recommended for kids 3+

The Galli Theater produces per year 10 — 14 modern and innovative adaptations of fairy tales from around the world that entertain and teach valuable life lessons. Galli’s unique style is that all shows are very interactive and with lots of improv elements. Fairytales: The 3 Little Pigs (6/4), The Little Mermaid (6/11), Aladdin (5/15, 6/18), Sleeping Beauty (5/21), The Princess and the Pea (5/28), Star Talers (6/5), Rapunzel (6/25)

The Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages 
Through May | Tickets are $49 using this CertifiKID deal ($20 lap seats for children 2 years & under available at the box office)

The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind blowing bubble magic. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh and feel like a kid all over again! Recommended for all ages. Located at New World Stages theater on W. 50th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues.

The Pout Pout Fish play at The Sheen Center
Saturday, May 14 11am & 2pm | Tickets $25, $80 for family 4-pack | Recommended for ages 3+

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout. This colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed, and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios, whose work was featured in Broadway’s The King And I, On the Town, and Radio City’s New York Spectacular.

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster at The New Victory Theater
June 4 – 26 | Tickets start at $25 | Recommended for ages 4 – 7

Leonardo tries so hard to be scary. But… he just isn’t. When he searches far and wide for a friend to frighten, he discovers Sam, who is scared of anything and everything! With puppets, projections, live music and a story by none other than Your Pal Mo Willems, this performance will surprise you with its cinema-sized story about fright, feelings and friendship. See how multimedia movie magic gets made when Manual Cinema presents Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster.

ABTKids Performance at Lincoln Center 
June 18 | Tickets TBD cost on sale April 25 | Recommended for ages 4 – 12

Share the wonder of dance with your entire family at ABTKids, a special, one-hour performance designed to introduce young audiences to the magic and beauty of dance. The performance, recommended for children ages 4-12, is narrated by a member of ABT’s Artistic Staff and features child-friendly highlights from the Company’s vast repertoire of ballets.

Ongoing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows:

  • Wicked (Recommended for children ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted.)
    Meet the witches of Oz before Dorothy dropped in.
  • Aladdin (Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.) Save up to 66% off Aladdin tickets with this CertifiKid deal 
    The beloved Disney story is brought to thrilling theatrical life.
  • The Lion King (Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.) Tickets start at $113 with this CertifiKid deal
    Pride Rock comes to life in Disney’s long-running hit.
  • The Music Man (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)
    Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway as Harold Hill in this musical theater classic.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.)
    Experience J.K. Rowling’s magical universe like never before.
  • Little Shop of Horrors (Recommended for ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.)
    Experience this cult favorite musical as it was meant to be seen. 
  • MJ the Musical (Recommended for ages 8 and older. No one under the age of 5 will be permitted into the theatre.)
    The life story of Michael Jackson arrives on Broadway. 
  • Blue Man Group (Recommended for ages 3 and up. Children under 3 are not permitted.)
    Join three enigmatic bald and blue men for a multi-sensory experience.
  • Stomp (Recommended for ages 4 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.)
    A high-energy percussive symphony played entirely on unconventional instruments.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (Recommended for ages 8 and up.) Tickets start at $53 with this CertifiKid deal
    A new musical comedy about the things we do to stay together.

More family-friendly performances, farther away:

Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens
Pair the trip with a visit to a delicious local restaurant (hello dim sum or barbecue!) or a dip in the pools at Spa Castle.

Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ

For parents who frequented Medieval Times in their childhood, get a dose of nostalgia while your kids take in the tournament and a four-course feast. Check out our reel

**Check vaccination/COVID policies for each venue. Come prepared with proof of vaccination and face masks.**

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