Cheap theater for NYC kids

Catch a show for $10 or less, or snag discounts to Broadway spectacles.

By Julia Israel |
Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA
Monster Literature Theater
Monster Literature Theater
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

FREE TheatreworksUSA
The nation's largest children's theater company puts on original, G-rated productions at venues across the city all year long. Every July and August, the troupe mounts a new show—for free—at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. 212-647-1100,

FREE CityParks PuppetMobile
With a portable stage and a trunk full of marionettes, a staff of puppeteers presents scaled-down versions of Swedish Cottage productions in city parks and playgrounds every summer. 347-865-5289,

$5 The Heights Players Storybook Theater for Children
Run entirely by volunteers, this nonprofit theater in Brooklyn Heights produces three or four interactive family musicals per year. 718-237-2752,

$5 Monster Literature Theater
Every other month, this troupe enacts a fresh adventure in the lives of two brave kids trying to stop an evil wizard from sending monsters to destroy storybook lands. Catch The Emperor's New...MONSTERS!, a reimagining of "The Emperor's New Clothes," from June 5 to 13 at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. 718-857-4816,

$6 Target Family Fun Series at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
From October to late April, the Brooklyn Center presents five family-friendly shows. Upbeat kid classics like Seussical and Beauty and the Beast are on its 2010--11 lineup. 718-951-4500;

$5--$8 Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
This cozy venue presents puppet versions of well-known tales. Three, a funny mash-up of "The Three Little Pigs," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Three Bears," plays through June 25. 212-988-9093,

$7--$8 Puppetworks
At this storefront theater in Park Slope, kids sit on the floor while grown-ups hunker down on bleachers behind them. The productions (largely adaptations of traditional fairy and folk tales) are written by the theater's artistic director, Nicholas Coppola. See Jack & the Beanstalk through August 22. 718-965-3391,

$5--$10 Calhoun Performing Arts Series
A variety of family-friendly troupes fill the series' annual lineup, which runs from September to June. After the performances, little ones enjoy milk and cookies. 212-497-6528,

$10 13th Street Repertory Theatre
Every weekend, the group puts on two works: Wiseacre Farm, an interactive show about farm animals and birthday etiquette, and a cute, musical telling of Rumpelstiltskin called 212-675-6677,

Discounted tickets to Broadway shows

Go online
Visit,,, and for discount codes.

Flash a student ID
At, you can get your middle- and high-school kids $5 tickets to tons of shows. The School Theater Ticket Program ( provides schools with coupons to popular shows, including Stomp and Mary Poppins. Check with your child's school to see if it has any on hand; if not, ask your school to mail in a request.

Buy rush seats
Many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows offer tickets for as little as $20 on the day of the performance—some are first-come, first-served, but most are lotteries. You'll typically have to arrive about two- and-a-half hours before curtain, but it varies by theater.

Visit TKTS
Three booths sell same-day tickets at 20- to 50-percent off. Go to for more info.

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