Baby it’s cold (or slushy, or wintry mix-y) outside! One solution for winter weekend woes is to head to a show. New York City is a theater town, and there are lots of theaters here that cater just to kids. Plus, you’ve got Sesame Street Live rolling in to town for a giant run. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite shows for kids this winter, including big musical productions, more than a little bit of magic, puppetry, and more. Snap up some tickets today for a guaranteed weekend plan!

photo: Pip's Island

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


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

As Lin-Manuel Miranda (allegedly, and probably) likes to say, "Have you not seen Story Pirates yet? Get on that." This troupe of comedians, performers and teaching artists takes kids' ideas, stories, and words, and acts them out to pretty much everyone's delight. These shows, which do sell out, support their work of Story Pirates Changemakers, which brings life-changing literacy programs to kids in low income schools, homeless shelters, and the foster care system. PS: Have you heard? The Story Pirates have a new book out, Digging Up Danger!

Sat., Feb. 16, Noon-1 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
555 W. 42nd St.

For Little Laurie Berkner Fans: Pillowland

For the youngest of theatergoers (ages 2 to 5), Pillowland, produced by New York City Children's Theater, is inspired by kindie rocker Laurie Berkner's song of the same name. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to this 30-minute interactive show that takes them on a trip to the titular destination. Kids get a primo spot in the small performance area, and parents can join them or hang back and sit in chairs. Note: shoes off before entering the theater. Hang out after the show for photos with the cast! 

Through April 14
Tickets: $27
Peter Theater at the Flea Theater 
20 Thomas St. 

For High-Flying Circus Fun: A Simple Space

This name of this troupe from Australia, Gravity & Other Myths, kind of says it all. A Simple Space strips away the sequins and supports of traditional circus, adds the accompaniment of a single drummer,  and showcases amazing feats of strength, balance, and acrobatic skill—as well as some good old fashioned one-upmanship.  Performances are 60 minutes long and are recommend for kids ages six and up. Don't forget to arrive early for pre-show fun that explores the themes of the show! 

Feb. 9 - 24
Tickets: $22 and up
New Victory Theater 
209 W. 42nd St.
Times Square

For a Fun and Funny Take on Classic Tales: The Amazing Story Machine

Part of Symphony Space’s “Just Kidding” family series, The Amazing Story Machine is latest innovative puppet show from from Brooklyn's own Doppelskope. The 60-minute production follows The Grimm family, which is on the verge of presenting their amazing new Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams. When their fabulous contraption malfunctions, they have to invent a new way of storytelling on the spot, using puppets and help from the audience. Expect all kinds of puppetry, live music, physical comedy and projections as several classic Grimm's fairy tales are told in new ways. 

Tickets: $17/non-members; $14/members
Feb. 23, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre

photo: The Amazing Max

For Magic Lovers: The Amazing Max

Got a magic lover in the house? Then be sure to catch The Amazing Max and his super entertaining (and yes, amazing) kid-friendly magic show. Max Darwin is a skilled magician, great with kids, and funny—all at the same time! Kids from the audience help him execute tricks, and there’s even a nice message at the end. Stick around for a fun meet and greet with Max after the show!

Saturdays at 3:30 pm. through Feb. 10
Theater at Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St.

photo: Symphony Space/Just Kidding

Become a Jedi Master (and Laugh While Doing It): Jedi Academy

Calling all Star Wars fanatics who like to laugh! Young intergalactic adventurers are invited to learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true Master of intergalactic fun and adventure. During this comedy variety show, little Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will feel empowered to discover the great Force within their hearts. The all-ages show, from the brain of kids' entertainer David Engel, involves comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, lightsaber lessons and a visit from our space hero’s furry alien sidekick. Bonus: audience members are invited to come in costume!

March 16, 11 a.m.
Tickets: $17/non-members; $14/members
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. 
Upper West Side

For Tricks with Familiar Friends: Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic

Still haven’t experienced Sesame Street Live!? You’ve got lots of opportunities to make that right in February, when Elmo, Abbycadaby, Cookie Monster and more come to the Hulu Theater with the new show Sesame Street Live!: Make your Magic. (Shows are many times, on many days.) Can’t get enough of the Street crew? Buy tickets to the “meet and greet” with characters, one hour before the show.

Tickets: $39-$149
Feb. 15-24, various times
Hulu theater at Madison Square Garden
Seventh Ave. btwn 31st and 33rd Streets

—Mimi O’Connor


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