Time for indoor dance parties! Here are a few of our favorite local bands with kid-friendly content to tunes that rock for all ages.

Many are hosting interactive online concerts (see a complete list compiled by Mil's Trills). Rock out to our playlist and see our podcast & audio books guide for more listening pleasure.

The Laurie Berkner Band

Catchy tunes and clever lyrics from the queen of kindie rock compel all ages to stomp like dinosaurs and brush their teeth like goldfish. Other favorite danceable tunes from her 20+ year career include Victor Vito and I'm Gonna Catch You and so many more.

Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats

Upbeat ukulele ditties by this Grammy-award winner evoke the jazz age with swinging beats (but with uplifting, kid-friendly lyrics). Sing/scat along and smile to Fantastic or make a bilingual salad with La Cosecha.

 

They Might Be Giants

The quirky band that taught the 90s that Istanbul once was Constantinople also made fantastic, educational kids albums about science, letters and numbers (plus the catch Mickey Mouse clubhouse soundtrack. Lean more geography in the Alphabet of Nations, rock out to I Am a Paleontologist or set goals to I Never Go to Work.

Tim Kubart

The retro pop songs of this cutie Grammy winner celebrate everyday moments like family breakfasts and backyard swinging - perfect for latin-tinged Dancing in the Kitchen.

GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD

Meet a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. Meet bizarre characters from a snake who loves socks and a monster cake with hand-drawn animations and a rocking sound.

Annie & The Natural Wonder Band

These creators of catchy interactive songs  about the wonders of nature (whim we first discovered at the Bronx Zoo) have been around so long that a track on their beloved On Safari album instructs listeners to turn the tape to side 2. But their tunes are timeless, fact-filled and encourage moving like like hip hippopotamus, county frogs and bitter butterflies.

STREAMING CONCERTS

Little Jay Music and Play Central Park

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play. Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy)…

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Mozart For Munchkins Prospect Park

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music in the field Across from Garfield Tot Lot. Attendance is very limited. Bring your own…

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CMA Live: Music and Making Marathon with Tom

Celebrate a creative future by singing favorite songs, playing instruments, telling stories, and making art while listening to awesome music. Meet Tom’s super friends Freddie the Frog, Tiny the Dog,…

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Brooklyn Museum

A hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world. * Only the 1st…

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Mind Body Music in Central Park

Sing engaging new and old songs, dance to popular music, enjoy story time and much more in outdoor classes that combine play, music education and mindfulness. Various times and locations…

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CMA Live: Art and Music Time with Tom

Join Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Programs for a free session of music, storytelling, and collaborative art-making for the whole family to enjoy.

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Juliette and Ella’s Play Date

Professional artists lead play-based music & ballet class for babies and toddlers with a splash of sign language. Socially distanced in Central Park. Multiple time options.

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Mozart For Munchkins UWS

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music. Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your…

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Little Jay Music and Play Carl Schurz Park

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play. Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy)…

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Free Fall Music at Waterline Square Park

Enjoy free music performances will take place at a lush new three-acre green space located at Freedom Place South between West 59th Street and West 61st Street. Hear local musicians…

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Laurie Berkner Birthday Party Facebook Live

Join beloved kindie rocker for a virtual birthday party for all this month’s birthdays. She’ll be playing some birthday party songs, sharing some virtual cake, and singing Happy Birthday. Not…

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