Family-Friendly 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).

Rite of Summer

Governors Island ~ Governors Island
Saturday 1 pm & 3 pm, Monthly May–August
FREE

Enjoy free outdoor concerts of classical and cutting-edge contemporary music, performed by many of New York’s best-known soloists and ensembles, in a huge shaded grassy field where listeners are encouraged to sprawl out on blankets, picnic, and enjoy music al fresco.

New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts

Kaufman Music Center ~ 129 West 67th Street
Sundays 12:30 pm & 3 pm, Mondays 10:30 am November-June
$26-$31
The venue is small and the weekend concerts sell out quickly. Individual seats go on sale in August. Subscribers receive a CD of music from the series.

Join Philippe the Penguin and musicians of the New York Philharmonic to explore basic musical ideas through movement, singing, stories and humor in interactive 30-minute concerts designed for ages 3-6 by musicians and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College faculty. Includes pre-concert musical games with musicians.

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.

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.