ONLINE SHOWS

An upside of the pandemic has been high quality broadcasts of family-friendly productions at home. No need to stay quiet for these show; all ages can freely talk/question/dance along.

See our guides to Hamilton for kids and online music for more virtual performing arts.

25th Annual BAMkids Film Festival

Join BAMkids’ annual celebration of international stories on film—and create your own new stories through experiential activities, performances, and play. Now in its 25th year, this interactive festival showcases over 50 animated and live action short films from around the globe. Before or after screenings, step into a free family-friendly carnival featuring walkabout performers, live…

EduHam at Home

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America’s founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer…

Treehouse Shakers

This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers its charming shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious…

Saturday Night Seder

Celebrate the fourth night of Passover with an all-star cast gathering around a digital table to share stories, songs, and support the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Featuring Jason Alexander, Bette Midler, Idina Menzel Josh Groban, Henry Winkler and many more favorites. Available afterwards on YouTube.

Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway Concert

See a live stream of the November 2019 Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway concert fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

Ryan McCartan (Frozen, Liv and Maddie) will host the event from his family’s basement and will interview Disney on Broadway stars from their respective homes throughout the evening.…

 Bunnicula The Musical 

Stream an unforgettable benefit reading of award-winning family musical, Bunnicula – available for one day only on TheaterWorksUSA’s YouTube channel.

Written by Charles Busch, Sam Davis, and Mark Waldrop, this weekend’s reading stars Ashley Campana, John Garry, Abe Goldfarb, Robert Anthony Jones, Erin Maguire, and Prescott Seymour. The musical, Bunnicula, is a spine-tingling show about…

Hairspray Live!

NBC’s 2016 broadcast of Hairspray Live! stream for free this weekend (through 2 pm Sunday) via the Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The star-studded cast of this peppy musical set in 1962 segregated Baltimore includes Jennifer Hudson, Araina Grande and Kristin Chenoweth.

Ailey All Access

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators.

Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

New York City Children’s Theater: Interstellar Cinderella

New York City Children’s Theater is streaming past productions online for exclusive two week runs. Currently streaming Interstellar Cinderella!, a futuristic retelling of the classic fairy tale with music by beloved kindie rocker Laurie Berkner.

Also find activities based on the show including read alouds, theater games, and more.

Free admission for essential workers.

ArtsPower Theatre On Demand

Watch ArtsPower’s acclaimed, full-length literature-based musicals and dramas online. Includes fun activities that families can complete together. School Editions with a multiple-lesson, academic course also available.

Currently showing Chicken Dance, Anne of Green Gables, The Monster Who Ate My Peas and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

The Paper Bag Players At Home

Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own. Play games and make cars, crazy faces, and…

Lincoln Center At Home

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices.

Learn puppetry, dance, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center Pop-up…

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

Watch archival videos of imaginative interactive family-friendly performances plus new digital productions designed for  two-years-old to teen audiences. Also join the artists for on-demand peeks behind the scenes and creative mini-classes. New show posted each Monday.

Kennedy Center Education

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President’s Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

Broadway HD 

Broadway HD offers free 7-day trials of their their streaming live theater library ($8.99/month after trial). Family-friendly choices include Cats (live, not the creepy movie), Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Disney Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall. 

Also watch full-length musicals, opera and concerts on PBS Great Performances including a live Sound…

Kaufman Center

Kaufman Music Center’s social channels posts Online Encores of favorite moments from past performances. See videos of Broadway Playhouse, one of our favorite kids’ performance series, celebrating composers like Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical and Steven Schwartz (Wicked) with entertaining tales, killer songs and fun mini-musicals. and short classical music-themed Orli…

The WIZ Live!

See the live NBC production of the groundbreaking 1975 Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road. The talented all-Black cast includes Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Common with Cirque Du Soleil dancers.

Available through Sunday 2 pm.

Ballet Hispánico B Unidos Video Series

Join Ballet Hispánico watch parties and enjoy a Company performance home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers. Featured pieces include Waiting for Pepe, Sombrerísimo, Noche Unidos, a night of dance and unity and El Viaje.

Honor and Celebrate Juneteenth with New Victory Arts Break

Sing, write, collage and try more arts-based activities with New Victory Teaching Artists to celebrate Juneteenth, the end of slavery in the US. Investigate the power of words and their ability to unite people in a common cause and educate, communicate and activate towards equality, liberation and justice. Read three new works from Idris Goodwin’s…

Juneteenth Day of Dance

Celebrate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, with a digital day of dance. Tribute performances by ASE Dance Theatre, Black Iris Project, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and others will be presented on SummerStage’s Instagram channel starting at 12 pm.

TheaterWorksUSA DIY: Family Musicals

Transform your family’s favorite storybook into a theatrical experience – write the script and songs, design the costumes and props, and star in your very own storybook musical. With the guidance of TheaterWorksUSA director and choreographer, Laura Brandel, meet weekly for 4 weeks to share your work with other participating families, then have an individual…

She No Princess, He No Hero

Join an interactive virtual performance of FIAF’s beloved play about young boys and girls confronting cultural stereotypes. The performance unfolds in two parts, one side narrated by Leïli, a girl likes to hunt, dress like boys, and gel her short hair, the other by Nils, a boy who to wear his hair long, shows his emotions,…

Kidville’s Virtual Magic Show with Alex Voz

Join renowned Mentalist and Illusionist Alex Voz for virtual mind bending. Watch in awe as reality and illusion become completely indistinguishable and everything you took for granted gets wiped away.

Met Opera Free Student Streams: Don Pasquale

Each week, watch one opera specially selected for young audience members, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen. Download illustrated synopsis, educator guides and more and join live artists chats, arts & crafts & more at the Met’s Global…

The Magic of Spying With Peter Wood

Join professional magician Peter Wood as he performs the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. Learn simple magic to entertain and deceive friends and family.A of a kind performance and workshop, custom–designed for the Spy Museum, for children and adults alike. Space is limited—advance registration required.

Harlem Summer Arts Experience

The Harlem School of the Arts offer a monthlong immersions in the spirit and creativity of the Harlem Renaissance with programs in art, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, song and theater.

For ages 3 to 18.

Shakespeare’s Globe A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Macbeth

Watch a 2013 production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at London’s Globe Theatre. Great visual stories and introductory notes to help kids follow along with the teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive story of charmed lovers and fairies in an enchanted forest charms a…

Special Pride Broadcast Event

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970 with online performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza, Rufus Wainwright, Michael James Scott, Tangina Stone, Monét X Change and Friends and many more.

Met Opera Global Summer Camp

Join operatic adventures based on a weekly-kid-friendly opera (available to watch online Wednesday-Friday). Join interactive online informational sessions, arts & crafts, artist chats, opera story time, camper showcases and printable activity sheets live or watch the videos after.