Best Kids Music

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

75 Years of David Bowie

From music to fashion to art, explore the influence of one of the world’s greatest artists and creative pioneers in an experiential retail experience in his former neighborhood. Enjoy immersive audio, video and photography experiences featuring David Bowie and his artistry, exclusive retail drops and Bowie-centric programming.

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Rock And Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl

Dance and sing along to the music of iconic rockers at an interactive and educational live music experience for families at the super cool Brooklyn Bowl. Each week a local professional band covers a deferent beloved artist  or genre, from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin to Prince the Grateful Dead.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs…

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Armonk Frosty Day

Celebrate the season with a special parade honoring Frosty the Snowman, plus enjoy train rides, magicians, clowns, ornament decorating, music & dance performances, free cookies & hot cocoa and more festive activities.

Parade starts at 4pm, followed by a lighting ceremony with singing.

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Chanukah at the Seaport

Cheerful sculptures by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude have been moved to the edge of the East River, framing dramatic views. Climb inside a giant Heart, Peace...

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Broadway Series

Enjoy live weekly Broadway performances from shows such as Chicago, Diana, Moulin Rouge, Waitress, Jagged Little Pill, Phantom of the Opera and more on Level 4 of Hudson Yards, amid all the bright Shine On decor.

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Broadway Performaces at Hudson Yards

Enjoy live weekly Broadway performances from shows such as Aladdin, Chicago, Diana, Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Wicked, Waitress, Jagged Little Pill, Hadestown, Phantom of the Opera and more at stage on the 4th level of this interesting shopping complex.

See our guide to Hudson Yards.

 

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The Holiday Fam Jam

Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for an afternoon outdoor dance party where people of all ages can bust a move, celebrate the end of the year, and enjoy a winter gathering on the waterfront. Party Like Brooklyn, Baby will be spinning favorite tunes on Pier 3 Plaza.

Reserve a spot by registering online, a limited…

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Wednesdays with Wells Fargo

Celebrate the season with performances from Jazz at Lincoln Center as the Dizzy’s Club pop-up at Hudson Yards. Also check out the dazzling Shine On decor.

 

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Roaming Carolers @ The Oculus

Look for roaming carolers (The Songful Artists) performing on the festively-decorated Oculus floor and the South Concourse balcony.

Also shop local artists at Chashama at The Oculus Holiday Market.

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Start with Art and Music

Look, move, and sing while exploring art and music together in the galleries around the theme Música y Movimiento in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Part of a monthly series and absolutely magical.

See our guide to the Met

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Broadway Under The Stars

Enjoy live performances featuring the casts of Broadway shows under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars. On the second floor.

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Chelsea Symphony

Come curbside to Chelsea Market along West 16th St on the first Friday of every month for a series of free, socially-distanced performances by musicians from The Chelsea Symphony. Enjoy participatory educational activities for kids.

 

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