BROADWAY/OFF-BROADWAY

All ages can take advantage of living in the greatest theater city in the world with our tips for family-friendly Broadway/Off-Broadway.

⭐️ Age ranges are very subjective; each kid is unique. Click through the show title to see details on language/sexual content/violence etc plus tips on saving on tix.

⭐️ See our list of all family shows and kid-friendly concerts for interactive/relaxed shows for younger, squirmier theater goers (some of them free). Scroll down for for tips on seat selection, bathrooms and more.

⭐️ Save with our thorough guide to ticket discounts. Buy at the box office if you can to save on hefty online service fees (plus get personal advice on seats). Unlisted deals are often available if you just ask the person behind the window; especially for off-Broadway. Prices vary by date & time.

⭐️ Get 50% off tickets for some shows Sept 26 to Oct 9 as part of Off-Broadway Week.

BROADWAY

Aladdin

214 W 42nd St

⏱  2 hours 30 minutes
🎟 $57.50-$199.50, lottery available
* Ages 4+, lots of flash & no one dies

Hear all the classic songs from the 1992 animated film plus new ones that deepen the main character's stories. Abu has been replaced by a trio of goofy friends who provide comic relief as they try to assist Aladdin. Lots of spectacular costumes, sets and production numbers with great dancing, plus hilarious riffing from Genie. A great first Broadway shows for kids.

The Music Man

1634 Broadway at W 50th St

⏱  2 hours 45 minutes
🎟 $99-$599, rush available
* Ages 6+, safe for all ages but $$$

One of the all-time great musical comedies with superstars Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster and so many good songs, staged with verve with an energetic cast full of talented dancing children. Reviews of Jackman and the predictable, somewhat hokey production are mixed, but ecstatic audiences seem to think it's worth the exorbitant cost.

The Lion King

200 W 45th St

⏱ 2 hours 30 minutes
🎟 $109-$252, lottery available
* Ages 6+, it's a bit scary & sad

Puppets and live actors create a magical world to tell the story of Simba's rise to the throne in this worldwide sensation and winner of six Tony Awards. Based on the beloved 1994 movie, but very much a new re-imagining based on South African traditions with new songs, gorgeous African-inspired dancing, spectacular larger-than-life puppets and ingenious special effects.

Wicked

222 W 51st St
⏱ 2 hours 45 minutes

🎟 $105-$232, lottery available
* Ages 7+, spectacular but can be scary with a complex plot

This mega-hit musical take on The Wizard of Oz tells the backstory of the the misunderstood, green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West and bubbly, popular Glinda. Their initial rivalry turns in an unlikely friendship as they discover that the labels good and evil can be misused. Memorable pop-sounding songs, a large cast in spectacular costumes and extravagant sets entertain all ages.

SIX

256 W 47th Street

⏱ 80 minutes with no intermission
🎟 $99-$399, lottery available
* Ages 7+, short & energetic but some innuendo

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. More like a rock concert than a traditional musical, with each of the wives singing her story in the style of pop stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande. A short running time and relaxed atmosphere make it a great show for kids who can handle lots of noise and somewhat racy history.

INTO THE WOODS

246 W 44th St
⏱ 2 hours 50 minutes

🎟 $59-$399, lottery& rush available
* Ages 7+, some sad deaths & quite long

Stephen Sondheim's beloved, Tony-award winning clever mash-up of favorite fairy tales returns to Broadway starring Broadway faves - and an adorable cow puppet . The second act goes beyond the happily ever afters and gets quite dark, though the ending is uplifting.

MJ

250 W 52nd St

⏱ 2 hours 30 minutes
🎟 $59-$250, lottery available
* Ages 8+, child abuse & creepy monsters

Centered around the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, this flashy musical celebrates Michael Jackson's singular moves and signature sound. The plot is not much and avoids exploring problematic aspects of Jackson's life, but the lead actor Myles Frost's stellar performance and electrifying choreography dazzle, plus the songs are so good.

Phantom of the Opera

245 W 44th St

⏱ 2 hours 30 minutes
🎟 $38-$268, lottery available
* Ages 8+, gothic scares

Catch the longest-running show in Broadway history before it closes this February. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gothic mega-musical based on Gaston Leroux’s horror novel tells the story of the disfigured Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera, obsessed (in a creepy way) with a beautiful young soprano. Elaborate sets & costumes, thrilling spectacle and an unforgettable musical score - memorable and spooky.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

214 W 43rd St

⏱ 3 hours 45 minutes
🎟 $59-$199, lottery available
* Ages 9+, scary & super long

A sequel centered around Harry and Draco's teen sons is best for those who have read/watched the whole series to avoid confusion and spoilers. Expect exciting time travel, spectacular spells and epic battles with excellent acting, impressive puppetry, stunning theatrical special effects and a magical atmosphere. A special treat for Potterheads who can handle the violence in the series and listen quietly for almost 4 hours.

FUNNY GIRL

254 W 52nd St

⏱ 2 hours 40 minutes
🎟 $69-$219, lottery & rush available
* Ages 9+, long with adult themes

See a classical musical comedy starring (after some off-stage drama) Glee's Lea Michele as the indomitable Fanny Brice, an early 1900s girl from the Lower East Side who dreams of being a Ziegfeld star. Features iconic songs like “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People" and an excellent supporting cast with Ramin Karimloo, Tovah Feldshuh and tap sensation Jared Grimes.

Even with updates, the 1964 plot is dated, weak and episodic. Overall the show is dependent on the talent of the lead (originally Barbara Streisand) and Lea Michele pulls it off. Long-time understudy Julie Benko takes over Thursday every Thursday night; rumor is she is hilarious - and tickets are easier to get.

Hamilton

226 W 46th St

⏱ 2 hours 45 minutes
🎟 $159-$399, lottery available
* Ages 10+, profanity, deaths & adult situations

This Tony/Grammy/Pulitzer Prize winning hip-hop musical phenomenon lives up to the hype – and is a great way to get the young, scrappy and hungry excited about US history. See our tips and resources for learning more about the moment and movement.

BEETLEJUICE

210 W 46th St

⏱ 2 hours 30 minutes
🎟 $69-$249, lottery available
* Ages 10+, dark, racy humor & profanity

Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this irreverent musical tells the story of an unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a zany demon with a thing for stripes.  A catchy pop score, an astonishing set, cool special effects and a hilarious titular character make this a favorite for tweens+ who can handle innuendo and dark humor.

1776

227 W 42nd St

⏱ 2 hours 45 minutes
🎟 $69-$249, lottery available
* Ages 10+, bawdy history & a slave auction

A 1969 Tony Winner about the writing of the Declaration of Independence gets updated for today with a diverse, all female/non-binary cast portraying founding fathers including John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson (who comes off very differently than in Hamilton).  A tuneful, funny, tale; arguments move quickly and may confuse those less familiar with the history.

OFF BROADWAY

GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW

340 W 50th St

⏱ 1 hour
Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am & 2 pm
Sunday 12 & 3 pm
🎟 $59, discounts available
* All Ages

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Great first show for all ages with only 60 minute running time and casual atmosphere.

BLUE MAN GROUP

434 Lafayette Street

⏱ 1 hour 40 minutes with no intermission
🎟 $54.50-$102, see current discounts
* Ages 3+, strange & safe for all able to sit still

Three bizarre bald blue men make music with innovative instruments and interact with each other and the audience without words in a fusion of comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party. Hard to explain and thoroughly entertaining for all ages.

STOMP

126 Second Ave

⏱ One hour 45 minutes with no intermission
🎟 $48-$100
* Ages 4+, loud & entertaining

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at, this inventive show stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. No plot, just a rotating cast of eight energetic performers making musical magic out of unexpected objects.

Little Shop of Horrors

407 West 43rd Street

⏱ 2 hours
🎟 $69-$139, lottery available
* Ages 6+, violence is campy & comic

The world’s most ravenous plant sings retro rock in an award-winning Off-Broadway revival of the 1982 horror-sci-fi-musical comedy by Disney legends Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  A hapless resident of 1950s Skid Row discovers a fascinating, blood-thirty plant and figures out how to feed him. Featuring an all star cast of Broadway faves.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

340 W 50th St

⏱ 2 hours
🎟 $79-99, lottery available
Ages 7+, rambunctious slapstick comedy

In this hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, the opening night of a murder mystery play-within-a-play quickly goes from bad to utterly disastrous. A silly play (not a musical) with slapstick, physical comedy.

TIPS

⭐️ Make sure kids of any age are ready to sit quietly through the entire running time; let them know they can only ask questions/make comments quickly during applause. Be ready to leave if your kid is being disruptive. Perhaps bring a quiet snack to see them through (fruit snacks work well).

⭐️ Aisle seats on the side orchestra are great for quick escapes, cheaper then center orchestras and provide a clear view to the stage for shorties. Mezzanines are also good for shorter bodies, though the front row sometimes has high bars in the way.

⭐️ Booster seats usually available first come-first served; ask an usher when you arrive.

🚽 Bathroom lines can get very long quickly, so run there as soon as Act I ends.

😷 Masks and vaccinations recommended but not required for most shows.

PRESHOW READING

B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z

From AUDITIONS to ZIEGFELD, grab a ticket to this smash-hit, rhythmic alphabet book featuring favorite Broadway performers, creators, songs, and shows. Spot beloved stars and creators from today and yesterday, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Ethel Merman, and Billy Porter, depicted in snappy text and vibrant illustration.

A portion of sale proceeds is donated to The Actors Fund.

Lulu the Broadway Mouse

Ratatouille meets Broadway in a charming middle grade novel about a little mouse with big dreams of starring on the Broadway stage (where she lives). A human girl in the cast of a show becomes Jayne's guide through the world of her theatre and its wonderfully kooky cast and crew as they try to make their starstruck dreams come true.

Better Nate Than Ever

In this hilarious and heartwarming behind-the-scenes chapter book for older kids (now a film on Disney+), a small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

WHERE IS BROADWAY?

Learn about the development of the first New York theaters and the birth and evolution of the American musical in a lively and engaging chapter book (part of the popular Who is/Where is series). Get the inside story on favorite stars and shows (including Hamilton) and discover new favorites.