February is cold outside but hot in NYC theaters. Get through winter with some great indoor entertainment options. And don’t forget to take advantage of 2-for-1 Broadway Week, Off-Broadway Week and 2-for-1 Must-See Week plus all-year theater discounts.
See Petite Seat for more info on kid-friendly shows including age guidelines.
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park ~ Upper West Side
$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
Through Feb 24
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm
Extra shows during Presidents Week
An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a sweet, snow-hating yeti with a sparkly silver cat the value of snow and friendship. A fun musical with clever staging in a magical Central Park setting (if only we could get some real snow…). Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers (though my 9-year-old was also enchanted).
A bilingual musical of the classic fairytale about a humble girl who works very hard to reach her dreams. With a little bit of magic (not to mention that she is the best tango dancer in the kingdom), she discovers her self-esteem and Prince Charming. Great for both English and Spanish speakers
See a down-to-earth and delightful display of human strength, breathtaking skill and cheeky one-upmanship with the seven audacious Australian acrobats of Gravity & Other Myths. This tight-knit troupe and their dynamic drummer balance, climb and swing on one another’s heads, hands and shoulders. Some onstage seats with opportunities for audience participation available, plus engaging pre-show activities for all.
Discover how New York City Ballet artists tell a classic fairy tale through dance. See excerpts from this cherished ballet and hear from the artists who perform it. Includes some dance instruction for the audience. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike, plus you get to play in Shantell Martin’s art installation in the lobby. A good test to see if your kid’s ready for the full-length Sleeping Beauty; much shorter with narration and chances to move around.
My First Classical Music Book
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.
The Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger
Ghosts? A mysterious plant? Something even more sinister? This spooky mystery (inspired by a real kid’s idea) doubles as a creative writing guide for young writers, with notes throughout introducing readers to the basics of creative writing plus writing prompts and exercises.