Lincoln Center

65th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 

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This 16.3-acre complex of buildings and famous fountains is home to to 11 resident arts organizations presenting music, theater, dance, film, opera and more. Many of these premier organizations offer free or low-cost shows and experiences for young art lovers. Lots of spots to sit and relax and or roam and climb while encountering cool public art and design.

Pick up some snacks & macarons from Épicerie Bouloud across the street to eat at the cool chairs or on the edge of the fountain.

A few blocks from both Central Park and Riverside Park.

Metropolitan Opera/ABT Rush Tickets

Get $25 rush tickets online for Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre performances. Available online, first-come, first-served, same day at for Monday through Friday evening performances, four hours before curtain for matinees and at 2 pm for Saturday evenings.

* Create an account and log on before the tickets go on sale, they go quickly.

*  Specific seat locations are chosen by the Met  – we’ve gotten some amazing seats that would have usually cost hundreds.

* Two tickets available per person, or go solo.

Library for the Performing Arts – Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars

Explore the life and work of the icon whose profound influence—musically, visually, and culturally—still affects a range of artists and writers today.

The exhibition, named after a lyric from “Romeo Had Juliette” from Reed’s solo album, New York, presents previously unseen and unheard work of a prolific and uncompromising artist—songwriter, musician, performer, poet, photographer, and tai chi practitioner. The story is told through the voices, images, and music of Reed’s music projects; through his performances and theatre works; the articles, books, and poems that he authored; his own photography; and his personal tai chi studies.

Experience the full range of Reed’s technologically ambitious discography in the original intended format in the Lou Reed Listening Room.  Enter  Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, Lou Reed’s first and only sound art installation, recorded live at New York’s Blender Theatre in 2009 with musicians John Zorn, Ulrich Krieger, and Sarth Calhoun. Twelve loudspeakers in an ambisonic (or full sphere surround sound) arrangement to create a fully immersive 3-D sound environment. Other selections from Reed’s audio and video collections are featured daily in the gallery.

The exhibition will highlight various aspects of the archive including excitingwards presented to TOFT through the years, and images of its founder, staff, and video crews who have worked over the past 50 years to create the collection it is today. As the TOFT Archive marks its 50th anniversary, it is more determined than ever to fulfill its mission to nurture talent, inspire creativity, encourage participation in the theatre and the performing arts, and preserve a vital cultural heritage for future generations.

Also see excerpts from its unparalleled video collection and rare photographs of the creatives behind some of these memorable productions  in Focus Center Stage: 50 Years of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, celebrating  the foremost archive of live theatre performances in the world with a collection over 5,000 plays, musicals, classics, experimental and avant-garde productions, and an additional 3,000 videos of interviews, dialogues, film and television adaptations, award presentations, and other theatre-related programs.

Tuesday-Saturday 10:30-6 pm

 

Big Apple Circus: DREAM BIG!

Local troupe Big Apple Circus Big Apple Circus returns with its intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent at Lincoln Center.

Experience the excitement of its dazzling newest extravaganza: “DREAM BIG!” here astonishing wonders and daring acrobatics set imaginations soaring to the most astounding, awe-inspiring heights. Features fantastical performances from King of the High Wire Nik Wallenda, comic daredevil Johnny Rockett, The Kiriku Brothers, aerialist Alan Silva, trapeze artist Elli Huber, juggling master Gena Cristiani, Veranica and Her Talented Dogs, and more.

The venue is small with comfortable arena style tiered seating; pretty much any seat location is great. Fun photo ops plus hot dogs, popcorn candy and more concessions in the lobby.

Stop by new, free exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum across the street (which has the cutest gift shop) plus get sweet & savory treats at
Épicerie Boulud.

🎟 Discount tix available at goldstar.com.

Schedule varies with lots of start times between 11 am & 7 pm

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Experience the lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954, featuring exquisite costumes, magnificent sets and top-notch dance talent. See twirling snowflakes, leaping candy canes, waltzing flowers, and so much more to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score (played live by a full orchestra).

Pricey but priceless; wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for the whole hours. Many of the audience members are grown ups who expect a quiet viewing experience.

See our complete guide to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Experience the lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started the Nutcracker craze in the US in 1954, featuring exquisite costumes, magnificent sets and top-notch dance talent. See twirling snowflakes, leaping candy canes, waltzing flowers, and so much more to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score (played live by a full orchestra).

Pricey but priceless; wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for the whole hours. Many of the audience members are grown ups who expect a quiet viewing experience.

🐭 The 49-minute first act is full of action with (actual) children playing at a party, mischievous giant mice battling toy soldiers, a magical growing tree and a blizzard of ballerinas.

🍬 Favorite treats like hot chocolate and candy canes come to life in the 41-minute second act set in the spectacular Land of Sweets. Kids can get restless during  the long, slow (but spectacular) pas de deux.

🖼 Look for art and fun digital experiences  throughout the sumptuous lobbies and get snacks before the show and during the 15 minute intermission.  Don’t miss the chandeliers retreating to the ceiling in the gorgeous jewel box theater right before the show starts.

🎻 Walk down to the orchestra pit and say hi to musicians.

🩰  Learn some of the delightful Balanchine choreography at children’s workshops before select performances.

📚 Prep for the ballet with a gorgeous picture book The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet with illustrations that mimic George Balanchine’s choreography and the scenery from the actual production.

🎟 Save money on service fees by buying at the Lincoln Center box office. More seats available to Mastercard holders.

New York City Ballet Children’s Workshops

NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends, in the company’s rehearsal studios. No prior dance training needed.

See and learn more dancing at Family Saturdays at the theater.

😷 Masks required. Attendees required to present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test administered within 48 hours of the event or a rapid antigen test administered on the day of the event).

New York City Ballet Autism-Friendly Access Workshop

Join the artists of New York City Ballet in movement workshops designed especially for autistic children and their families. During these one-hour events, children will be guided in a ballet-based warm-up and choreography inspired by some of the ballets currently being performed this season. Workshops feature live piano accompaniment and a designated quiet space will be available. A visual story will be sent prior to the event. No prior dance experience is necessary. Siblings are encouraged to participate.

Space is limited; online registration required.

The Magic Flute

The Met’s English-language, abridged, family-friendly adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production featuring giant bear puppets, boys flying on dragons and stunning scenery. Plus grand spiral staircases and chandeliers.

* Entertaining for all but the vibe is formal and there is a lot of operatic singing in the 1 hour & 450minutes, so best for older kids who can sit still.

* $25 rush tickets sometimes available online four hours before curtain.

📚 Get this gorgeous picture book or listen to this musical audio book to get familiar with the music and characters.