FAMILY-FRIENDLY THEATER

Live theater is back in NYC, with shows for even the littlest audience members.

Age ranges are suggestions only (except in the case of vaccination requirements), each kid is unique. Feel free to email us with questions; there are audiences opportunities for all.

These are just upcoming highlights; see our complete list of family-friendly performances (including lots of free concerts) and guide to Broadway/Off-Broadway for kids.

BEST OF JULY

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Wollman Rink
Central Park

Mondays 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Through August 29th
🎟 $15
* All ages

See faithful adaptations of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring fantastical larger-than-life puppets and audience participation. Bring a blanket to spread out on the rainbow DiscoOasis with the backdrop of Central Park.

New York City Children's Theater | FIVE

Rockefeller Center
Sunday August 14 11 am & 12:30 pm
🎟 FREE
* All ages

Explore the five senses in New York City Children's multimedia musical featuring live music, puppetry, videos and sensory objects. Celebrate the unique boroughs of NYC with Piper the Puppet.

LINCOLN CENTER FAMILY WORKSHOPS & SHOWS

Lincoln Center

⏱  Saturdays 11 am - 1 pm
🎟 FREE
* All ages

Join all-ages music and dance workshops followed by performances by diverse, international musicians and dancers.

Kids & Family Series on Little Island

Little Island
Pier 55

⏱  Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm
🎟 FREE
* All ages

Enjoy family-friendly performances atop the Hudson river featuring lively artists like The Acrobuffos, The Rock and Roll Playhouse, Spellbound Theatre, and more. Timed entry reservations required for park entry after 12 pm.

Wake Up, Daisy!

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Central Park at West 79th Street

⏱ Thursday-Sunday 11 am & 1 pm
🎟 $8-$12
* Ages 2-10

See an updated, musical Sleeping Beauty about a modern NYC girl in an enchanting Central Park cottage.

The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories

Manhattan West Plaza
9th Ave at West 31st Street

⏱ Wednesday-Sunday 3, 4, 5 & 6 pm
🎟 FREE
* All ages

Artist-created puppets bring to life two original short plays and a musical number on a solar powered movable stage—a specially adapted cargo bike.

OFF BROADWAY

GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW

New World Stages
340 W 50th St

⏱ Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am & 2 pm
Sunday 12 & 3 pm
🎟 $59
* 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

Astor Place Theater
340 W 50th St

Tuesday-Sunday, Times vary
🎟 $54.50-$102, see current discounts
* Ages 3+

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

Orpheum Theater
126 Second Ave

Tuesday-Sunday, Times vary
🎟 $48-$100
* 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.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

New World Stages
340 W 50th St

⏱ Wednesday-Monday 7 pm
Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm

🎟 $79-99
* 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.

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.