Family-Friendly Classical/Jazz Music

Thanks to NYC’s family-friendly music series, all ages can enjoy fabulous concerts with world-class musicians at iconic venues from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall. The programs are engaging, interactive and a steal at $10-$40 for tickets (which sometimes sell out, so plan ahead).

Mozart for Munchkins

Various locations

$30, free/ages 12 & under, $250/10 tickets
Use code MFMFRIENDS at this link for 10% off

Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians – Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to Gershwin. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after.

Carnegie Hall Family Days & Concerts

Carnegie Hall ~ 57th Street & Seventh Avenue
Saturdays in September & April 12–4 pm
Family Days are free and unticketed. $10 concert tickets on sale in August.

In September and April, Carnegie Hall hosts a variety of fantastic, interactive musical activities and performance sat family days with themes like Latin American sounds and music that changes the world. My City, My Song concerts throughout the year invite children to sing and move along to music from different parts of the world that can be found right in NYC.

LOS Kids

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College ~ 695 Park Avenue at 68th Street
Saturdays & Sundays October–April
$15-$48
Discounted 2-concert & 4-concert subscriptions available with free exchanges. Single tickets on sale on September 4.

Meet great composers - in the flesh - and learn what makes them and their music unique. Hosted by the hilarious Professor Treblemaker with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and during pre-concert activities in the lobby.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concerts

Jazz at Lincoln Center ~ West 60th & Broadway
Saturdays 1 pm & 3 pm November & March
$10-$25

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra shares the music and stories of great jazz performers in hour-long narrated concerts featuring dynamic live musical performances, entertaining storytelling and crowd participation in a gorgeous theater. Include pre-show art activities in the lobby (with a stunning view of Central Park). Doesn't have the zany humor of some other series but really teaches the intricacies and wonder of jazz to all ages.

Meet The Music with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Alice Tully Hall ~ 1941 Broadway at West 65th Street
Sunday 2 pm in November, January & April
$10-$30
Discounted 3-concert subscriptions available. Single tickets on sale August 1.

Explore classical music with the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and wacky private ear Inspector Pulse. This program is entertaining and insightful though the (gorgeously played) pieces can be a bit long for wee ones. Try playing violins, cellos and keyboard with the musicians during the pre-concert Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.

CMS Kids

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway
Sunday 3 pm November 11, January 27 & May 5
$25

Join entertaining host Rami Vamos and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists for an interactive, up-close exploration of chamber music in the intimate Rose Studio. This relaxed performance is an inclusive concert experience in a judgment-free environment supportive of sensory, communication, movement, and learning needs.

New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway
Saturdays 2 pm November–May
$14-$41
Single tickets on sale in August. Subscribers receive a CD of music from the series.

Learn about composers and music in an interactive concert designed for ages 6+. This year's theme is crossing borders -music's ability to transport across time and space, across the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.


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A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, My First Classical Music Book explores major composers and musical instrument families with vivid illustrations and engaging text. Comes with an accompanying audio CD with examples for each page. A favorite of our kids for many years.