Summer is almost in the rearview, which means new NYC shows are hitting the stage soon in the fall. We’ve rounded up the hottest shows for kids in New York City this season, from old favorites, to big debuts. Shows include puppetry, magic, immersive interactive experiences, theater for little kids, and beyond. Read on to find the show for you!

photo: Jeremy Daniel

For a Fishy Musical With Puppets: The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout fish has made it form the page to the stage with this new puppetry musical recommended for kids ages four to seven. Based on the best-selling children's book series, the show tells the tale of when when Ms. Clam's precious pearl gets swept out to sea. Everyone's favorite frowny fishie does his best to help find the gem and save the day, despite his dreary disposition. Don't forget to come early for pre-show activities! Sensory-friendly and ASL performances are part of the run. 

Oct. 12-20
Tickets: $25
New Victory Theater 
209 W. 42nd St. 
646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

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photo: Jake Wragge

For a Classic in the Hands of Masters: Peter Pan

Not just any production of the boy who could fly, this adaptation is from Tony Award winners John Caird and Trevor Nunn, known for their work on shows such as Cats and Les Miserables.  The play tells the story of Peter Pan through the eyes of the Darling Family living in Edwardian England. Together, the groups transforms the nursery into Neverland, turning pillows into clouds, long-johns into shadows, an ironing board into a ship’s plank, and antique snowshoes into a crocodile's snapping jaws. Stick around and meet the cast after the show! Recommended for ages four and up. 

Oct. 27, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $13 and up
On Stage at Kingsborough
2001 Oriental Blvd. 
718-368-5596
Manhattan Beach 
Online: onstageatkingsborough.org

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For a Road Trip with Mickey and Friends: Disney On Ice

The Disney gang is hitting the road (and the ice.) Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations such as the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack, the sun-soaked Motunui with Moana, and the plains of Africa with The Lion Kinf pride. Plus: Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine. Other highlights include a comedic carnival with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky, and the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as with Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana.

Nov. 13-17
Tickets: $25 and up
Barclays Center 
620 Atlantic Ave. 
Downtown Brooklyn 
Online: barclayscenter.com

photo: Symphony Space

For Magic From a Circus Vet: The Remarkable Renaldo 

This world-class clown and one-man circus astonishes audiences around the world with juggling, pranks, magic and lots of humor. This is his return visit to Symphony Space. Renaldo has performed with Big Apple Circus, Circus Sarasota, the Royal Hanneford Circus, Luna Stage Theater Co., at Canada's Garden Brothers Circus, with England's Zippo's Circus and at SeaWorld.

Oct. 19, 11 a.m.
Tickets: $17/non-members; $14/members
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. 
Upper West Side
Online: symphonyspace.org

photo: Skirball Center

For a Trippy Journey to the Center of the Earth: Philippe Quesne The Moles

This weird and wild production from French artist Philippe Quesne features giant moles (actors in mole costumes) going about their underworld daily business in silence. That is, of course, until they form a punk band. (This matinee is a cleaned-up version of the adult show, which features mole reproduction...) The family-friendly show includes pre-show activities like mask-making and loading up on mole info! For even more mole fun, take part in the free mole parade on Sept 12!

Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20
566 Laguardia Pl. 
212-992-8484
Greenwich Village
Online: nyuskirball.org

photo: Symphony Space

For a Kids Dance Group Celebrating Good Deeds: National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team

Kids ages nine to 15 will be dancing for kids in Just Kidding’s annual high-energy show, featuring original choreography and live music. This year's event honors individuals and communities that have used their voices to effect positive change in the world. 

Tickets: $17/non-members; $14/members
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. 
Upper West Side
Online: symphonyspace.org

photo: Round Room Live

For a Kiddie Singalong: Baby Shark Live!

This singalong is gonna be off the hook! Yes, the earworm that nearly drove you insane is now coming to the stage. This one- of-a-kind concert experience will delight young fans as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea. Expect singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and of course, Baby Shark. 

Nov. 8
Tickets: $39.50 and up
Kings Theater
1027 Flatbush Ave. 
Flatbush
Online: kingstheatre.com

photo: MUMMENSCHANZ Foundation

For Amazing MUMMENSCHANZ: Re:Play

The Swiss masters of wordless, playful productions, MUMMENSCHANZ makes its New Victory Theater debut with this collection timeless vignettes. See why the troupe has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over four decades (including three stints on Broadway). Recommended for ages six and up; runs an hour with no intermission. 

Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Tickets: $17 and up
New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St. 
646-223-3010
Online: newvictory.org

 

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 is designed for kids ages 4 -10.  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! 

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 in Boots at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Still haven't crossed the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre off your kids in NYC bucket list? Fall 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

—Mimi O’Connor

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