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

Broadway Babysitters Virtual Private Lessons

Take virtual private lessons in everything from voice, piano, dance, ballet, yoga, flute, cello, violin, improv, and more with professionally trained sitters, some of whom happen to be Broadway veterans and stars. Get top-notch training while supporting the arts community whose livelihood has been deeply affected by COVID-19.

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Music for Autism Concert

Enjoy a free autism-friendly virtual concert open to all families with children on the spectrum. Each concert in the series features different acclaimed musicians. Siblings and friends welcome. Please register in advance online.

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Studio BFPL: Holiday Edition

Experience intimate, one-of-a-kind, live performances that are socially distant, within the indoor spaces of Brookfield Place. Up to six people who have traveled together can expect to be entertained for 15-20 minutes by family-friendly celebratory holiday performances. Reservations  open at 10am on Monday for each week. [email protected] to join the waitlist.

All performers will…

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Hanukkah Family Day

Join the Jewish Museum for an exciting mix of Hanukkah related activities and performances that will launch on their YouTube channel for families to explore. Groove with musicians Daphna Mor, Saskia Lane, and Daniel Freedman in partnership with the Beineinu community during a festive concert. Discover and sketch unexpected Hanukkah objects on a virtual tour.…

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Folksbiene Virutal Chanukah Spectacular

Usher in the Festival of Lights with the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Enjoy a virtual evening of music with a mix of live performances and video greetings from with more than fifty
 performers from around the world including Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Barry Manilow.

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Online Songs For Seeds

Join live, online, interactive early education music classes for babies through age 6. Sing, dance and play instruments along with other kids. Musician/teachers lead “travel” around the world as they reinforce shapes, colors, animals, numbers, counting and so much more.

Take unlimited classes three times a week for one monthly fee.

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Met Opera Free Student Streams

Each week, watch one opera specially selected for young audience members, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen. Download illustrated synopsis and educator guides plus join live artists chats, arts workshops and more.

Additional daily Live in HD screenings of…

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L.O.S. Kids: Hansel & Gretel

The delightful Little Orchestra Society concerts go virtual this season with actors, young soloists, dancers, special guests, animatio and more. See a professional Orchestra – and the hilarious Professor Treblemaker – in an interactive format. In December, explore Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera.

Videos available for two weeks after the premiere.

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Broadway Princess Holiday Party

Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine celebrate the season in a cinematic live-streamed concert from Feinstein’s/54 Below. Two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and voice of ‘Meg’ in Hercules), and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (Disney’s Aladdin) sing the petticoats off every princess and holiday song in…

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The Young Americans The Magic Of Christmas

Watch talented, spirited youth ages 15-21 sing and dance in a holiday-themed revue in an annual tradition gone online. For nearly 60 years, The Young Americans has been touring the world and impacting the performing arts community on a global scale through its music, performances, and educational programs and services. Performance is free, but donations…

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A Season of Hope and Inspiration

Enjoy a night of holiday songs with Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, professional choir of Broadway artists with guest stars including Patti LuPone, Leslie Odom Jr. and Billy Porter.

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Home for the Holidays

Some of Broadway’s most celebrated stars perform songs based on traditions from their homes and from where their shows are set. Songs comedic to heartfelt include the welcoming warmth of Come From Away‘s Gander, Newfoundland and the rich culture of South Africa through cast members from The Lion King. The illustrious lineup includes Alan Cumming,…

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