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

Studio BFPL: Lunar New Year

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 watch 15-20 minutes performances by New York Chinese Cultural Center in honor of the Lunar New Year. Friday evening perform * Online registration opens on the Monday before each show…

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Music at MAD

Enjoy live music activating the galleries of the Museum of Arts & Design on Saturday afternoons. Casual and kid-friendly (and socially distanced).

Visit anytime Thursday – Sunday  11 am–7 pm to explore the gorgeous stained glass in Brian Clarke: The Art of Light (fun family guide available), creative accessories in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947…

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Louis Armstrong Legacy Virtual Jazz Jam: Luck be a Lady or Irish

Participate or simply listen during monthly jam sessions. Hear tunes in celebration of Women’s History Month, tunes about luck, or by Irish composers.

Musicians from Queens and around the world join online, led by Carol Sudhalter and Flushing Town Hall house band.

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Backstage Bite Cooking & Dance Party

Join Broadway Babysitters and Katie Lynch from Backstage Bite for a virtual event filled with song, fun, food and joy in the kitchen. Featuring Broadway tunes, sing-a-longs, dance parties, creative crafting and cooking.

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Family-Friendly Jazz-Packed Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents “Songbirds,” featuring the music of Minnie Riperton, Shirley Horn and Joni Mitchell, performed by the Mala Waldron Quartet. “Songbirds” is a beautiful journey into a not so distant past made popular by Minnie Riperton, Shirley Horn and Joni Mitchell, filled with memorable music and song.

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