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Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

From prehistoric dinosaurs to Broadway's Cinderella, we pick the best children's theater shows for families this winter.

  • Photograph: Courtesy of City Parks Foundation

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Pippi

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    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

  • Photograph: Courtesy of TADA!

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    The Little Moon Theater

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    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Show Way

  • Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Cinderella on Broadway

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    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Alice in Wonderland

  • Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    The Little Prince

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    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes

  • Photograph: Jeff Larkin

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Bunnicula

  • Photograph: Robert Workman

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt

     

     

  • Photograph: Gary Gross

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

  • Photograph: Tony Lewis

    Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

    Grug

Photograph: Courtesy of City Parks Foundation

Best children's theater shows to see in January and February 2013

Pippi

The first two months of 2013 are packed with children's theater shows, and the timing couldn't be better—enjoying a performance in a heated theater is one of our favorite ways to spend a winter day. This season, introduce kids to all types of children's theater shows, including an interactive dinosaur production at New Vic, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and an innovative retelling of Alice in Wonderland at BAM. Tickets to some of these shows are already selling out, so make sure to purchase early—especially if there's something your little ones really want to see.

Pippi

  • Price band: 1/4

Check out Pippi the puppet and two dozen of her human and animal friends—all handcrafted by expert puppeteers—in this marionette version of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking series. Root for the fiery-haired, super-strong heroine as she stands off against bullies and social conventions. All ages.

  1. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Birthday Parties Central Park, Central Park West at 81st St, 10001
  2. Tue Jan 15 - Sun Jun 23
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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

  • Price band: 2/4

This interactive theater performance, an import from Sydney, is set in the Australian outback and features a collection of puppet dinosaurs both fierce and adorable. A team of dinosaur keepers and rangers will teach audience members about the various species, while the large-scale, life-like puppets (designed in collaboration with palaeontologists and using real fossil evidence) actually react to human contact for a totally realistic experience. Among the species on show are the carnivore Australovenator and the petite Leaellynasaura. Little dino-lovers will even get to pet the prehistoric puppets after the show. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Jan 18 - Sun Jan 27
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The Little Moon Theater

  • Price band: 1/4

Members of TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble will perform their adaptation of The Little Moon Theater, based on the book by Irene Haas. The play tells the story of a traveling acting troupe with the power to grant wishes to their audiences. All ages.

  1. TADA! Theater 15 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, second floor
  2. Sat Jan 19 - Sat Feb 16
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Show Way

  • Price band: 2/4

This musical traces the path of African-American history, from slavery to the civil rights movement and the modern day, using the quilts, or “show ways,” sewed and passed down by seven generations of women. This story of bravery and hope is based on the Newbery Honor–winning book by Jacqueline Woodson. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Sat Jan 19 - Sun Mar 3
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Cinderella

Calling all princess fans: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to Broadway this winter for the first time (it was originally written for television and aired in 1957 starring Julie Andrews). Expect songs “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as a few modern twists—after all, this version of the classic tale was imagined by playwright Douglas Carter Beane, the creative mind behind Broadway’s Xanadu and Sister Act. Popular Great White Way actor Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Anything Goes) plays the title role, and we hear that princess parties will be offered in conjunction with the show. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway, at 53rd St
  2. Previews start Fri Jan 25
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Theatre Tout a Trac's Alice in Wonderland

  • Price band: 1/4

Theatre Tout a Trac incorporates puppetry, wordplay, masks and music to spark its audiences' imaginations. In this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, puppets and masked characters will prance across a crafty set in which each book on a bookshelf becomes a door to a new adventure. Ages 5 and up.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave
  2. Until Sun Jan 27
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The Little Prince

  • Price band: 1/4

Young people often ask big questions—which is why the Little Prince, who has traveled the universe seeking to understand grown-ups, strikes a chord with audiences of all ages. This enchanting adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 story features puppets designed by Michael Schupbach of Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, multimedia projections and original music. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College) 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl
  2. Until Sun Jan 27
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Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes

  • Price band: 2/4

Elmo and friends must team up to promote a healthy lifestyle when Super Grover, Sesame Street’s resident superhero, loses his “superness.” But with healthy exercise, nutrition, sleep and hygiene—plus health-themed renditions of songs like “Old MacDonald” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”—he may just get his powers back. Show up an hour early for the free Sesame Street Play Zone, which allows kids to explore their favorite neighborhood before the show. Ages 6 and under.

  1. Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Thu Feb 7 - Mon Feb 18
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Bunnicula

  • Price band: 2/4

This musical tells the story of the Monroe family, who take in an orphaned rabbit only to discover that their adorable new pet may be a vampire. You haven’t seen a bunny so dangerous since Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Get tickets online, by phone or at the DR2 box office, which opens an hour before every performance. Ages 5 to 12.

  1. DR2 Theatre 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. Sat Feb 9 - Sun Apr 14
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

  • Price band: 2/4

Whether or not your little ones are familiar with Michael Rosen’s meant-to-be-read-aloud picture book, the story’s chanting chorus and fun sound effects will have them itching to sing and march along with the cast of adventurous characters during this interactive musical show. Ages 3 to 7.

  1. Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College 199 Chambers St, between Greenwich and West Sts
  2. Sat Feb 15
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Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

  • Price band: 3/4

When a mischievous ghost begins haunting a local theater, Scooby and the Gang are called on to solve the case. With wacky new characters and big musical numbers, including the theme "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?", this song- and dance-filled mystery will keep tots on the edge of their seats. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24
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Grug

  • Price band: 2/4

Featuring the beloved Aussie children's book character, a haystack-like critter with a knack for problem solving, this puppet show follows Grug as he makes a home for himself, looks for food, tends to his garden and receives some surprises. Ages 2 to 5.

  1. New 42nd Street Studios 229 W 42nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Wed Feb 20 - Sun Mar 17
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