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Children’s theater in New York: Must-see shows and theater programs

A guide to children's theater in New York City, including Broadway shows for kids, off-Broadway shows for kids, cheap theater and theater classes for kids.

Annie on Broadway

Annie on Broadway Photograph: Joan Marcus

From Broadway shows (think The Lion King, Newsies and Annie) to Off-Broadway shows and other family-friendly productions (Tada! Youth Theater, New Victory, Making Books Sing), the children's theater for kids scene in New York City has never been more vibrant. Kids of all ages can enjoy musicals, dramas, puppet shows and other types of children's theater throughout the year at venues all over the city. Aspiring actors also have their pick of performing arts camps, acting classes and theater-themed birthday parties.

Broadway shows for kids

Cinderella

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway, at 53rd St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Jan 3
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Minskoff Theatre 200 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Matilda

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Shubert Theatre 225 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Wicked

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Gershwin Theatre 222 W 51st St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Off-Broadway shows for kids

The Fantasticks

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Snapple Theater Center 210 W 50th St, at Broadway
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Wed Dec 31
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Blue Man Group

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Astor Place Theatre 434 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Wed Dec 31
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Cheap children's theater

Photograph: Joan Marcus

Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Lion King

The Lion King Photograph: Joan Marcus


Theater classes for kids

Applause

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E 76th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves )
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Atlantic Acting School

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 76 Ninth Ave, (between 15th and 16th Sts), 10011
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Child's Play NY

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Various locations
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Harlem School of the Arts

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 645 St. Nicholas Ave, (between 141st and 145th Sts)
More info

Theater camp NYC

Broadway Bound Kids Camp

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. St. Michael's Church, 225 W 99th St, 10025
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Calhoun Summer Theater

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 160 W 74th St , (between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves), 10023
More info

Curtain Up Kids Camp

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. SpaceOn White, 81 White St, (between Broadway and Lafayette St), 10013
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TADA! Musical Theater Camp

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 15 W 28th St, second floor, (between Fifth Ave and Broadway), 10001
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