Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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The best Broadway shows for kids

Snag tickets to the best Broadway shows for kids this season: Come from Away, Harry Potter and (as always) The Lion King

By Oliver Strand, Danielle Valente, Allie Early and Time Out Kids editors

We all know New York is a theater town. This place is bursting with talent, and these are the Broadway shows for kids we know you and your crew will love.

Family-friendly performances range from retellings of Disney princess movies, to musical adaptations of your go-to movies for tweens, to a surprise hit about an obscure airport in Newfoundland. The Great White Way offers something for all ages, and the lineup is totally grool (if you catch our drift). 

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Enjoy the teenage antics in Mean Girls, watch as the gorgeous stage sets in Harry Potter transport you to a whole new world and sing along with Elsa during Frozen. (Don't try to pretend you don't have "Let It Go" memorized.) 

After you've snagged tickets to these go-to Broadway shows for kids (check out the schedules here) make sure to explore our favorite Off Broadway shows for kids, too! 

Best Broadway shows for kids

Lion King Las Vegas
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus

1. The Lion King

4 out of 5 stars

There's a reason why Simba's story continues to draw in crowds year after year: It's an amazing production with gorgeous sets, unique puppetry and a moving score from Elton John and Tim Rice. Most importantly, the cast is fresh and the musical numbers are sharp. This isn't some faded, tired musical for out-of-towners—it's for lovers of the theater, and seeing The Lion King live is something like a rite of passage for New York kids. Unconvinced? Ask the 100 million+ audience members worldwide who've seen the performance. Ages 8 and up.


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