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The best plays for kids in New York City

Take mini theater critics to see the best plays for kids in NYC! From Broadway to Off Broadway and beyond, these productions will have your kids ready to be center stage


There’s something very special about Broadway, and little ones know it. Why not treat them to one of the best plays for kids? With plenty of amazing options out there (Matilda, The Lion King, Aladdin), there’s bound to be a show that’s the perfect fit for the pint-size crowd. The best part may be that while these shows are plenty kid-friendly, they’re also awesome for adults. Check out these tips for grabbing cheap seats, too!




Dance performances and plays for kids

Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones Snow What

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Tickets for this musical from Theatreworks USA are distributed on a

  1. 121 Christopher St, between Bleecker and Hudson Sts
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Fri Aug 7
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Blue Man Group

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry

  1. 434 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Matilda

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Based on Roald Dahl's book about a child prodigy who must outwit a

  1. 225 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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The Fantasticks

  • Price band: 2/4

The Fantasticks is the world’s longest-running musical—plus, it's

  1. 210 W 50th St, at Broadway
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Wed Dec 30
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Aladdin

  • Price band: 2/4

This adaptation of the Disney classic tops the rest with its

  1. New Amsterdam Theatre 214 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Sun Nov 22
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On the Town

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Three randy sailors roam New York in Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and

  1. 213 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Something Rotten!

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Broadway’s funniest and splashiest musical comedy in at least 400 years

  1. 246 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

In Mark Haddon's 2003 best-seller turned play, 15-year-old Christopher

  1. 243 W 47th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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An American in Paris

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon makes his Broadway directing

  1. 1564 Broadway, at 47th St
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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The King and I

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

This American classic returns to Broadway in a grand and glorious (fourth)

  1. 150 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Finding Neverland

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Kids who've dreamt of heading out on an adventure with the Lost Boys will

  1. 205 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Disney's Tony-winning show continues to dazzle at the Minskoff. Any child

  1. 200 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Wicked

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Based on novelist Gregory Maguire's 1995 adult variation on L. Frank

  1. Gershwin Theatre 222 W 51st St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Hip to Hip Theatre Company: Free Shakespeare in the Park

  • Free

Hip to Hop Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to parks around the city,

  1. 149-19 38th Ave, between 149th St and 149th Pl
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Mon Aug 24
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The Phantom of the Opera

  • Price band: 2/4

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical take on Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, set in

  1. 247 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Sat Nov 21
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The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park

  • Free

The Public Theater continues its seasonal tradition of offering free

  1. Central Park, enter at Central Park West and 81st St
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Sun Aug 23
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Stomp

  • Price band: 3/4

Ideal for kids who think banging on pots and pans (and garbage-can lids

  1. 126 Second Ave, between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Thu Dec 31
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Mamma Mia!

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter calls on three men from her mother's

  1. 235 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Jul 29 - Sat Sep 12
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Movies Under the Stars

  • Free

Take a quick ride on the Path train to Hoboken to experience a free night

  1. Pier A Park Frank Sinatra Dr, at 1st St
  2. Wed Jul 29
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Broadway in Bryant Park 2015

  • Free

Musical theater comes to Bryant Park for this annual summer series of

  1. 40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 30
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Jul 31 - Sun Dec 27
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Le Carrousel Magique

  • Free

Gather at Le Carrousel, where master magicians (from popular show Monday

  1. Le Carrousel Bryant Park, W 40th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10018
  2. Sun Aug 2
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SummerStage Staten Island Family Day

  • Free

Staten Island families won't want to miss a dance party from Little Club

  1. Clove Lakes Park 1150 Clove Road, at Fairway Ln
  2. Sun Aug 2
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Hudson RiverKids

  • Free

Head to the river this summer to see your favorite NYC performers put on

  1. Hudson River Park, Pier 25 West St at North Moore St
  2. Mon Aug 3
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Movies Under the Stars

  • Free

Take a quick ride on the Path train to Hoboken to experience a free night

  1. Pier A Park Frank Sinatra Dr, at 1st St
  2. Wed Aug 5
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