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Here comes the fun! As the days get longer and temperatures rise, curtains are also going up at theaters all around New York. Baby Shark Live! returns, as does the French TILT Festival, while puppetry, shows for kids as young as three and lots of friends from TV hit the stage. (Daniel Tiger, Peppa Pig,  and the whole Nick Jr. Crew are coming to town.) Read on to see our favorite shows for kids in NYC this season!

photo: Round Room Live

For a Second Chance at the Shark: Baby Shark Live!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

If you didn't catch the show spawned by an earworm for the preschool set a few months ago, you're in luck! Baby Shark Live! returns to NYC, and will be swimming on in to the Beacon Theatre. Lots of kids freaking out over a song you've heard a million times. What's not to love? 

May 30, 2 & 6 p.m.
Tickets: $39.50-$59.50
Beacon Theater 
2124 Broadway
Upper West Side 
212-465-6500
Online: msg.com

photo: Bonnie Duncan

For Wordless Whimsy and Puppets: Squirrel Stole My Underpants

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her skivvies and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. This puppet- and music-filled adventure from The Gottabees aims to reflect children's everyday aspirations, concerns, and emotional experiences. Their wordless approach to storytelling removes language barriers and activates different aspects of their audience's imagination. The result is a poetic, non­linear story that surprises audiences. The show runs 60 minutes. 

March 14, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $17/non-members, $14/members 
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. 
212-864-5400
Online: symphonyspace.org

photo: FIAF

For French Fun: TILT Kids Festival

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The TILT Kids Festival from the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is back, and kids as young as four can enjoy innovative and imaginative shows from French artists. Check out French pantomime, be transported by Paper Plane (shown here), see four musicians and dancers  go up against an immense cube in Bounce!, take part in a dance party and more! Attend on TILT Festival kids' day and tickets are just $5! 

March 21
Various venues 
Online: fiaf.org

photo: Yuta Nakama

For a Bi-lingual Show From Chile: One Morning I Left

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Chile's Teatro de Ocasión's One Morning I Left  uses live music, sound effects, and songs to takes audiences on a young girl’s  imaginative trip through nature. In this Spanish-English bilingual production, children will be invited to discover, feel, and enjoy this journey of colors, sounds, landscapes, and animals. Recommended for kids ages five to eight, the show runs 35 minutes; there will be a relaxed performance on the 22nd at 11 a.m.

March 21 & 22, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Clark Studio Theater
165 W. 65th St. 
Upper West Side 
212-721-6500
Online: lincolncenter.org

photo: Nick Jr. Live!/MSG

For Dora, the PAW Patrol Pups, Blue & Others: Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The whole Nick Jr. gang is putting on six performances at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden this March. Dora and her PAW Patrol co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble are joined by familiar faces in this music-filled production. Bubble Guppies’ Molly and Gil, Rod and Penny from Top
Wing, Shimmer and Shine, and even Blue from the new Blue’s Clues &You! come along for a ride to spots kids know from the shows,  including Bubbletucky and Zahramay Falls. If you've got a Nick Jr. obsessed kid, you can upgrade to the VIP Experience, which includes meet-and-greets with Dora and Rubble, photos ops and a special souvenir. 

March 28 & 29
Tickets: $35-$175
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
4 Penn Plaza
Midtown
212-465-6000
Online: msg.com

photo: Symphony Space

For Pirate Puppets & a Big Ship: Everybody Loves Pirates!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

What to do get when you combine 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, an eight-foot papier-mache pirate ship and a hero named Lobster Boy? Everybody Loves Pirates! Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from some new ocean-dwelling friends, including an overgrown sea monkey.

March 28, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $17/non-members, $14/members 
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. 
212-864-5400
Online: symphonyspace.org

photo: Alabastro Photography

For a Greeaat Show: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!

It's clear the world can't enough of Fred Rogers, and now the live show his series inspired is coming to Brooklyn's Kings Theater. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! features the main cat, along with his buddies “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger and many more. This sweet, interactive musical adventure with the gang offers plenty of opportunity to join in and sing all of Daniel's upbeat tunes. Can't get enough Daniel? Pay a little extra for a cast meet-and-greet! 

May 2
Kings Theater
1027 Flatbush Ave. 
Flatbush
718-856-5464
Online: kingstheatre.com 

photo: Teatrodistinto

For a Celebrated Show About Connection: Kish Kush

Kish Kush, or “scribbling” in Hebrew, traces the journey of two characters as they progress from solitude to connectedness. One speaks English, the other a combination of Hebrew and Farsi; through encounters with a stranger, both emerge more accepting and trusting. At turns humorous and profound, challenging yet hopeful, Kish Kush from the Italian company Teatrodistinto offers a unique and eloquent portrayal of diversity. For kids ages five to 11. One date is already sold out! The remaining one is a relaxed performance adapted for neurodiverse audiences, including young people with autism and other disabilities. 

May 23, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Clark Studio Theater
165 W. 65th St. 
Upper West Side 
212-721-6500
Online: lincolncenter.org

photo: Peppa Pig Live!

For a New Peppa Show: Peppa Pig's Adventure!

Think you've seen Peppa Pig Live!? Not this show? Peppa is back with an all-new action-packed live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure!  Peppa goes on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. Oink! 

May 2, 2 & 5 p.m.
Tickets: $41-$61
Beacon Theatre 
2124 Broadway
Upper West Side 
212-465-6500
Online: msg.com

For the Return of Riverdance: Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show 

It's been 10 years since this Irish phenomenon graced the stage at Radio City Music Hall. For the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded the soundtrack, and producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined it, with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. This production takes up residence for five days in March—just in time for St. Paddy's Day! 

Mar. 10-15
Tickets: $35-$175
Radio City Music Hall 
Online: msg.com

photo: Jati Lindsay

For Drumming, Dancing & Storytelling: Drumfolk

Washington D.C. company Step Afrika! brings a powerful and energetic show of dance, percussion and song to the New Victory. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people. New percussive art forms took root and made way for tap, beatboxing and the African American tradition of stepping. From hambone to hip-hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes audiences from West Africa to Washington, D.C., to reveal the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. Recommended for ages seven and up, the show is one hour and 35 minutes with one intermission. 

Feb. 28-Mar. 15
Tickets: $17 and up
New Victory Theater 
209 West 42nd St.
Times Square
646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

photo: MasterChef Junior Live

To See Kids in the Kitchen: MasterChef Junior Live

You've seen these pint-sized cooks on TV, now check them out live at this interactive show that's touring the country in 2020.  The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun—yes, sometimes messy—challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. Really love these tiny chefs? You can sign up for a VIP meet-and-greet, signed poster, premium seats and more. 

March 13, 6 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$49.50
Kings Theater
1027 Flatbush Ave. 
Flatbush
718-856-5464
Online: kingstheatre.com 

photo: Hit the Lights! Theatre Co.

For Shadow Puppetry & Short Attention Spans: Taste the Clouds

Perfect for younger theater goers (ages 2-5 recommended) Taste the Clouds,  from the award-winning theater company Hit the Lights! Theatre Co., shows how your senses can make impossible things possible. The 30-minute production incorporates shadow puppetry, live music, and immersive theater and follows the journey of a young girl as she learns to harness her imagination and uses her senses to better understand the world around her. 

Sundays, through April 26, 10 a.m. & Noon
Tickets: $20
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas St. 
Online: nycchildrenstheater.org

—Mimi O’Connor

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