Have preschoolers and little kids at home and looking for cultural inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!
Whether you want to try out live performance for the first time or are looking for a cool respite from the summer heat, we’ve put together a list of affordable and fun NYC Theater for little kids. These shows have a running time of 1 hour with no intermission, perfect for little ones who like their arts & culture short and sweet.
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Inspiring and fun, ENDANGERED! is a multi-cultural, international, multi-species musical about a savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm aimed at kids 3 to 8. Stranded at the zoo when the storm hits the city, the Kid and the endangered animals must quickly learn to understand and respect each other, while working together to save themselves. This “eco-musical” was was originally commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo-Smithsonian, created in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and debuted at The Kennedy Center.
Tickets: $50. The Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45th Street. Performances: Tuesday at 11 am; Wednesday at 11 am & 3 pm; Thursday at 11 am. Run time: 70 minutes.
Theaterworks presents this free (!) play aimed at kids 5 to 8, about Pete the Cat who gets caught rocking out after bedtime, and gets sent to to live with the Biddle family by the cat catcher to learn some manners. Pete’s a pretty groovy blue cat, land he evidently gets the whole family — and the audience — rocking (eventually).
Tickets: FREE! Through August 18 at the Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets. Performances: Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 1 pm; Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Run time: 50 minutes
A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s beloved books for the stage: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear (celebrating its 50th Anniversary), 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Lonely Firefly. Even babies can come to the show, it’s recommended for ages 6 months and up (under 1s cost $10 day of on an adult’s lap) and there are special autism-friendly performances, too.
Tickets: $50 and up. DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15 Street. Performances: September 28, 2017 – February 4, 2018 Thursday at 10am; Friday at 10am & 12pm; Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm; Sunday 10pm & 12pm. Run time: 60 minutes.
Now in its 10th Year (making it older than a good portion of its audience), The Gazillion Bubble Show wows bubble lovers of all ages (Melissa saw this one about 8 years ago when her son was 5 and can attest that kids are memorized by the magical bubbles and music). The show is combination of bubble magic, laser lighting effects, and soapy masterpieces.
Tickets: $55 and up (keep an eye for Theater Week specials for this one). New World Stages on West 50 Street. Check the website for updated schedule. Run time: 60 minutes.