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Best Off Broadway shows for kids and families

Blue Man Group, Winnie the Pooh and other fun Off Broadway shows for kids make for a memorable family night out

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
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Time Out New York editors
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There's no business like show business, and there's no place better for shows than New York City. The sheer range of Off Broadway show for kids proves just that. Each of these theater productions offers something unique, including blue men from another world, wild percussion, a man-eating plant and—much to kids' delight—more bubbles than you've probably ever seen before. (Of course, there are plenty of great Broadway shows for kids as well.) 

Note that proof of vaccination is currently required for anyone over 12 and a negative COVID test is required for kids who are younger than that. Masks must also be worn inside the theater. Be sure to check out the specific requirements for any show you plan to attend before going.

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Have you already checked out these cool Off Broadway shows for kids? New York has plenty of other fun activities up its sleeve. Visit these family attractions with your crew, grab a bite to eat after the show at one of these fun restaurants or try to check the 101 things to do with kids in NYC off your list. 

Off Broadway Shows for Kids

  • Theatre
  • Musicals

Conrad Ricamora, Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle star in the latest revival of this tuneful and winsome 1982 musical about a carnivorous plant who makes dreams come true for a lowly flower-shop worker. Composer Alan Menken and librettist Howard Ashman wrap a sordid tale of capitalist temptation and moral decay in layers of sweetness, humor, wit and camp. It's sometimes dark, but older kids will eat it up. Ages 10 and up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Musicals

Director and puppet master Jonathan Rockefeller, who has previously created the successful children's-theater opuses The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Paddington Gets in a Jam, turns his attention to the Walt Disney featurettes adapted from A.A. Milne's cherished Winnie-the-Pooh books. The show features life-size puppets of Hundred Acre Wood denizens Winnie, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and the rest, and includes songs by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and Milne himself. Ages 3 and up. 

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Blue Man Group
  • Theatre
  • Comedy

Three deadpan blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer weird, exuberant fun, it's hard to top this long-running treat. Ages 5 and up.

  • Theatre
  • Comedy

Mischief Theatre’s long-running slapstick farce finds six amateur British actors (and two crew members who get pressed into service onstage) trying to perform a hackneyed whodunnit amid challenges that escalate from minor mishaps to bona fide medical emergencies and massive structural calamities. Kids with a taste for zany comedy will be rolling in the aisles. Ages 10 and up. 

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Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.

Stomp
  • Theatre
  • Musicals

Bang! Bang! Bang! If your kid likes to make noise, Stomp might be right up their alley. This shrewd garbage heap of clog dancing, prop comedy and chest-thumping percussion spins out impressive variations on vaudeville by way of English punk. Ages 5 and up.

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