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Family-friendly shows and performances in NYC – updated!

Book some tickets and take the kids to a performance the whole family will love!

By Meredith Kurnov, Editor & Publisher of Macaroni Kid Brooklyn NW May 9, 2024

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 update the list regularly. Feel free to bookmark and circle back to this list for birthdays and special occasions! Missing a family-friendly show? Email us!

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BROOKLYN SHOWS

Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn
In the heart of Brooklyn since 2012, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world's most thrilling entertainment and sports events. Upcoming family-friendly highlights:





The Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook
The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music is a multi-faceted arts space showcasing evolving folk and traditional music and art from NYC, the Americas, and the world. Programming supports artists, fosters multi-generational community, and provides enrichment and education about our shared musical heritage. Upcoming family-friendly highlights:





Kings Theatre in Flatbush
Discover the beauty of Kings Theatre, a historic venue in the heart of Brooklyn. Originally opened in 1929 and reopened after meticulous restoration in 2015, Kings boasts a rich history and stunning architecture that has made it a beloved cultural landmark for generations. Upcoming family-friendly highlights:




The Old Stone House & Washington Park in Park Slope
The Old Stone House and Washington Park is a historic house museum, a Revolutionary War battle site, and the original home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. We are also a neighborhood cultural institution focused on connecting the past to the present through educational, environmental, and arts programming all year round.




Family Magic Shows at Brooklyn Magic Shop in Carroll Gardens
Ongoing: Select Saturday or Sundays | $25/ticket | For ages 5+

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
Ongoing: Sundays at 12pm, 11am doors | Tickets are $16, Kids under 1 are free

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. Brooklyn Bowl has a full kid-friendly menu, adult-friendly bar, and bowling! 




Marionette Puppet Shows at Puppetworks in Park Slope
Ongoing: Saturdays, Sundays, & holidays at 12:30pm & 2:30pm | Tickets are $10 for kids, $11 for adults

Puppetworks is an intimate, nonprofit theater founded in 1980 presenting marionette puppet-show versions of classic tales.




Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Flatbed Follies
Select dates | FREE

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Flatbed Follies is an outdoor mobile venue that brings the performing arts into the streets. Developed in response to COVID, Flatbed Follies instantly became a vehicle offering joy and wonder to a recovering world. Performances take place upon innovative parade float stages modified to present circus acts. There is even a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.





Puppetsburg shows at locations around Brooklyn
Showtimes and pricing varies | For ages 0-4

Puppetsburg does interactive, culturally relevant puppet shows for 4mos-4yrs. Our shows are 45 minutes long and involve dancing, instruments, dress-up "photo-ops," and bubble time (!) followed by a different puppet story each week.





Hopalong Andrew kids concert at locations around Brooklyn
See locations below | $20 per family (cash or venmo)

Hopalong Andrew sings cowboy songs about city life, for young cowpokes performed in the great tradition of the American West. Locations include Dekalb Market Hall/CityPoint, Underwood Park, CityPoint BKLYN, Cadman Park, Fort Greene Park, and Carroll Park. Check Instagram for the latest schedule.




MANHATTAN SHOWS

Bessie's Big Shot at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park 
Ongoing: Thurs-Sundays through August 31 at 11am & 1pm | $10-15 Tickets | For ages 3-8

In this fun and high-flying, family-friendly adventure, Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents. 


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, is dedicated to identifying, supporting and presenting established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, including music, dance and children’s theatre to the diverse Metropolitan audience.

The Little Orchestra Societyt 92nd Street Y
Will return in the Fall | $23-$61/ticket | For ages 3-10

L.O.S. KIDS is an experiential presentation of orchestra music for children and families. What is better than one amazing composer? TWO of them, of course! Gershwin and Copland visit 92NY to share their love of NYC, and to fill our hearts with their iconic music! Young composers join to have their pieces premiered, alongside soloists and dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet School. Let’s celebrate the City in style!

Fairytale Shows at the Galli Theater in FiDi 
Ongoing, Select weekend dates | Adults $25/Kids $20 | 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. Past Fairytales performances include: The 3 Little Pigs, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Pea, Rapunzel, Cinderella.

Kids Theater Shows at The New Victory Theater in Midtown
Will return in the Fall 

New Victory brings kids to the arts and the arts to kids in and beyond New York City. Powered by New 42, whose mission is to make extraordinary performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onwards, New Victory connects its audiences to new cultures, artists and stories through its international programming online and in its historic Times Square theater.

Vital Theatre Company at Actors Temple Theatre in Midtown
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people’s lives. We create stories that challenge our audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue.


NYC Children's Theatre at Theatre Row in Midtown 
The mission of New York City Children’s Theater is to promote children’s literacy and social development through sustainable, accessible professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs.


Teatro SEA in the Lower East Side

Established in 1985, SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.), is the premiere Bilingual Arts-in-Education Organization and Latino Children’s Theatre in the United States. SEA has created and produced a combination of educational theatre productions and art workshops/programs specifically designed to examine, challenge and create possible solutions for current educational, social and community issues. 


Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in UWS
Merkin Hall’s innovative programming, intimate scale and near perfect acoustics have earned it a reputation as one of New York City’s finest concert venues. Noted in the New York Times for its “reputation for avant-gardism of a cool and cerebral nature,” Merkin presents adventurous work—including many world premieres—by contemporary composers and some of today’s most acclaimed and inspiring performers.


Family Saturdays with NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center in Upper West Side
Will return in the Fall | Tickets start at $22 | For ages 5+

Join us as we make our way through the Company ranks, showing you the path from young student to professional dancer. Find out about dancers’ training, daily preparation, and what it is like to perform onstage at Lincoln Center in this interactive presentation designed especially for family audiences. This program will give you an exclusive sneak peek behind the curtain at the look of a dancer’s life.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Kids, Teens, and Family Programs at in Upper West Side
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) is a cultural and civic cornerstone of New York City. The primary advocate for the entire Lincoln Center campus, our strategic priorities include: fostering collaboration and deepening impact across the Lincoln Center resident organizations; championing inclusion and increasing the accessibility and reach of Lincoln Center’s work; and nurturing innovation on stage and off to help ensure the arts are at the center of civic life for all. LCPA presents hundreds of programs each year, offered primarily for free and choose-what-you-pay, including many specially designed for young audiences, families, and those with disabilities.


Family Performances at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall's mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences


92nd Street Y in Upper West Side
The 92nd Street Y, New York is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 150 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.


 

Ongoing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows:

Recommended for all ages:

  • The Gazillion Bubble Show (Recommended for all ages.) Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. Discounted tix 

Recommended for ages 3+:

  • Blue Man Group (Children under 3 are not permitted.) Join three enigmatic bald and blue men for a multi-sensory experience.

Recommended for ages 5+:

  • Little Shop of Horrors (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) Experience this cult favorite musical as it was meant to be seen. 

Recommended for ages 6+:

  • Aladdin (Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.) The beloved Disney story is brought to thrilling theatrical life. Discounted tix
  • Back to the Future (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.) The award-winning new musical based on Robert Zemeckis' hit 1985 movie arrives on Broadway. Discounted tix
  • The Lion King (Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.) Pride Rock comes to life in Disney’s long-running hit. Discounted tix

Recommended for ages 8+:

Recommended for ages 9+:

  • Spamalot (Children under 4 will not be admitted.) The show that set Broadway back 1,000 years returns!

Recommended for ages 10+:

  • Bad Cinderella Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical arrives on Broadway! 
  • Hamilton (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) A fresh look at the era of the Founding Fathers. Discounted tix
  • Merrily We Roll Along Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez star in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical.
  • SIX: The Musical (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) A pop concert spectacle featuring the six ex-wives of Henry VIII. Discounted tix
  • The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.) Icon of a generation Marc Summers tells his story in a new play written by Alex Brightman.
  • The Notebook (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) The musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel comes to Broadway, featuring music by Ingrid Michaelson. Discounted tix

Recommended for ages 12+:

  • Moulin Rouge The Musical (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love.
  • Sweeney Todd Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford star in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's classic musical. Discounted tix
  • Some Like it Hot (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted.) A new musical comedy based on the 1959 film of the same name. 
  • Titanique The music of Céline Dion combines with the Oscar-winning Titanic for a hysterical and joyful slay-fest.

Recommended for ages 13+:

  • Chicago (Children under 4 will not be permitted.) The Tony-winning revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical will razzle dazzle you.
  • Here Lies Love (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.) The immersive disco pop musical based on the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, featuring a score by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.
  • Kimberly Akimbo (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater.) David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical adaptation of the acclaimed play of the same name arrives on Broadway. Discounted tix 
  • The Book of Mormon (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater.) The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Discounted tix
  • The Cottage (Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.) Eric McCormack, Laura Bell Bundy, Lilli Cooper, Nehal Joshi, Alex Moffat, and Dana Steingold make up an amorous, glamorous cast in the new comedy written by Sandy Rustin and directed by Jason Alexander.
  • The Who's Tommy (Recommended for ages 16+) This epic rock opera, featuring the music of The Who, returns to Broadway following an acclaimed run in Chicago. Discounted tix

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NYC BOROUGHS & BEYOND

Queens Theatres

  • Queens Theatre (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
    Pair the trip with a visit to the Unisphere, New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo, or Queens Museum.
  • Flushing Town Hall (Flushing)
    Pair the trip with a visit to a delicious local restaurant (hello dim sum or barbecue!)

Bronx Theatres

  • Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (Kingsbridge Heights)
    Consider a schlep to the Bronx for a wide range of captivating afternoon cultural performances coming up at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Not far from the Bronx Zoo and NY Botanical Gardens, you could easily turn a performance into a full-day adventure.

Staten Island Theatres

  • St. George Theatre (next to ferry terminal)
    Next to the Staten Island Ferry, a St. George performance can be easily paired with a ferry ride, National Lighthouse Museum, The Staten Island September 11th Memorial, or Empire Outlets shopping trip.

New Jersey Theatres

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