Looking to come out of hibernation and check out some NYC theater with the kids? You’re in luck! This spring is bursting with family-friendly productions, for kids of all ages. From quiet, intimate shows for the tiniest theatergoers (as young as two!) to a rockin’ mythology musical based on a best-selling book for older ones (plus, magic, Jedi training, a boffo benefit, and more) New York City has a show your kids are sure to enjoy. Read on to find the show for you!

photo: New Victory Theater

For Magic From Korea That's Also Funny: Snap

GRUEJARM Production from Busan, South Korea is an eclectic ensemble of illusionists. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects, these performers will boggle everyone in the family's mind with this magical, and amusing, cabaret. Don't forget to arrive early for pre-show fun in the lobby! 

April 12-28 
Tickets: $17
New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St. 
646-223-3010
Online: tickets.newvictory.org

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For an Immersive Adventure: Pip's Island

Pip's Island, the interactive and immersive show that premiered back in 2016, has returned to New York City! The fantastical production, designed for kids ages 4 -10, begins previews March 11, and opens March 21. Audience members move through imaginative environments, help characters along the way, and play a part in helping save the day. (Lots of positive messaging is throughout the show as well.) Pip's Island is in a new home on 42nd Street, and while it maintains much of the original story, sets, and characters, it’s been updated and improved. Take the kids on a special date, or book the best birthday ever for up to 50 kids! Tickets are $49 online, and $59 at the box office. Read our full review from its first NYC run here! 

Starting March 11
Tickets: $49 in advance; $59 at box office
400 W. 42nd St.
Midtown West
212-609-1372
Online: pipsisland.com

For an NYC Must-Do: Puss i n Boots at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Still haven't crossed the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre off your kids in NYC bucket list? Spring is a great time to visit, and the classic Puss in Boots is currently playing. The tale follows the titular cat who, in search of a change of pace in life, dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend willing to help at any cost. Get walking directions to the cottage within the park here

Tickets: $8-12
79th St. and West Drive
Central Park
212-988-9093
Online: cityparksfoundation.org

photo: Robert Day

For a Madcap Wacky Adventure: Around the World in 80 Days

Take a spin around the globe with Phileas Fogg and his silly sidekick, Passepartout, as they abandon the misty streets of Victorian London and travel the world in a race against time. (The prize? Big money.) The pair races across Asia on the back of an elephant, speeds by steamer ship over the stormy Pacific and rides the railroad through the American Wild West. Adapted by Laura Eason from Jules Verne's classic novel, this fast-paced, globe-trotting theatrical romp is jam-packed with slapstick hilarity and comic book-style action scenes. Best for kids ages seven and up, this production from New Vic Theatre Staffordshire, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and Simon Friend in association with Royal Exchange Theatre runs two hours with one intermission. 

May 10-19
Tickets: $17 and up
New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St. 
Times Square
646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org/single

 

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For Kids Coming Up: Kids 'N Comedy

Got a budding comedian in the house? Take them to a show of their peers (or almost peers) at a real comedy club. Kids 'N Comedy features young people ages 12 to 18 doing standup, honed at the comedy classes and camp of the same name. Every month, star students tackle a new theme: Moody as March (March 31), Springtime in New York (April 28) and The Mother of All Comedy Shows (May 19). It's a clean show for adults and kids ages nine and up. 

March 31, April 28 & May 19, 1 p.m.
Tickets: $18
Gotham Comedy Club
208 W. 23rd St. 
Chelsea
212-877-6115
Online: kidsncomedy.com

photo: BAMKids

For a Jazzy Journey For Little Ones: Glimpse

The Dutch company Oorkaan explores some pretty trippy questions with its show Glimpse: What do colors sound like? Who can understand the moon? What does the sun say? How many colors does a dream have? The production creates an enchanting dreamworld where jazzy sounds and colorful images play an exciting game with each other, and the audience. The show uses music, images, and technology to explore these thought-provoking questions and more. Recommended for kids ages three to five. 

May 4 & 5; May 11 & 12, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $10 
BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio
321 Ashland Pl.
Fort Greene 
718-636-4100 x1
Online: bam.org

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To See Kids' Stories Come Alive (Hilariously): Story Pirates

The good thing about The Story Pirates (well, there are many) is that if you miss a show in NYC, there’s probably another coming down the pike soon. The next date to catch these hilarious improvisors who bring kids’ stories to life on stage is May 18. Shows run an hour long and are guaranteed to be a blast! (Plus, meets and greets after the show!)


Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.
Tickets: $35
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce St.
West Village
Online: ovationtix.com

photo: Ludovic des Cognets

To See Noise and Dance a Bit: Shh...Bang!

Part of Lincoln Center's LC Kids series, this show from England's Peut-être Theatre is for kids ages two to five. Performers playfully explore the space between silence and noise; tip-toes, leaps, and cartwheels set off whooshes, tick tocks, boings, and bells. Eventually, audience members are invited on stage to play along. Runs 45 minutes. The May 5 11 a.m. performance will be relaxed for neuro-diverse audience members. 

Sat., May 4, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sun., May 5, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Clark Studio Theater 
165 W. 65th St. 
Upper West Side
Online: lincolncenter.org

—Mimi O’Connor

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