BROADWAY/OFF-BROADWAY FOR KIDS
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. The minimum age is 4 for Broadway theaters. Click through the show title to see a breakdown of the age suggestions with details on any language/sexual content etc plus tips on saving on tix.
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.
See our thorough guide to seeing shows for less to make tickets less of an investment. Always buy at the box office if you can to save on hefty online service fees (plus get personal advice on seats).
Bathroom lines can get very long quickly, so run there as soon as Act I ends.
Masks are required for all audience members through June 30. Vaccinations status is not checked for most shows.
Hear all the classic songs, 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 Abu has been replaced by a trio of goofy friends who provide comic relief as they try to assist Aladdin.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.
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.
222 W 51st St
⏱ 2 hours 45 minutes
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.
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.
The St. James Theatre
246 West 44th Street
⏱ 2 hours 50 minutes
Stephen Sondheim's beloved Tony-award winning clever mash-up of favorite fairy tales comes to Broadway in this star-studded production with Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife and Phillipa Soo as Cinderella. The second act goes beyond the happily ever afters and gets quite dark, though the ending is uplifting.
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.
Richard Rodgers Theater
226 W 46th Street
⏱ 2 hours 45 minutes
* Ages 10+, profanity & 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.
New World Stages
340 W 50th St
⏱ Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am & 2 pm
Sunday 12 & 3 pm
* 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.
410 West 42nd Street
Fridays 2 pm
Saturdays 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sundays 11 am & 3 pm
* Ages 3+
Featuring songs by the Sherman Brothers and by A.A. Milne, this beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation set deep in the Hundred Acre Wood is told with stunning life-size puppetry through the eyes of the Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Astor Place Theater
340 W 50th St
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.
126 Second Ave
Tuesday-Sunday, Times vary
* Ages 4+
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.
New World Stages
340 W 50th St
Wednesday-Monday 7 pm
Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
* Ages 7+
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.
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.
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.
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.