Off Broadway shows for kids everyone needs to see

All ages will love these Off Broadway shows for kids. Prepare for quirky adventures, epic songs and a ton of bubbles!
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Not quite sure how to introduce your tykes to the NYC arts scene? Start by taking them to a few Off Broadway shows for kids. The selections are irresistible, no matter how old you are. 

 

Whether your crew is in the mood to rock out, journey alongside one-of-a-kind characters or enjoy a dose of magic, these plays and musicals let you choose your own adventure thanks to a variety of plots. They're the perfect excuse for a family outing. 

Don't wait—the best Off Broadway shows for kids book seats quickly, so get your hands on tickets ASAP. (Don't forget to check out Broadway tickets, too.) 

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Once you've seen these performances, check out NYC's best family attractions, kids' playgrounds and fun restaurants

Best Off Broadway Shows for Kids

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Theater, Comedy

Blue Man Group

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A trio of awkward, deadpan and curious blue-clad men hit the scene to explore the new world around them—oversized cell phones, the joy of eating Twinkies and much more. Audiences will laugh out loud while they uncover new facets of daily life. But be prepared if you're in the first row—you will definitely want to wear the poncho that the theater provides. Ages 5 and up.

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Gazillion Bubble Show

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Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.

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Theater, Musicals

Stomp

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Ideal for kids who think banging on pots and pans (and garbage can lids and buckets) is more fun than playing with the latest electronic toy, Stomp is a "percussion sensation" whose cast of aerobicized dancer-musicians makes lovely noise. If you're looking for an experience that will satisfy both a first-grader and a teen, this could be it. Ages 4 and up.

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Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders
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Theater, Circuses & magic

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

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Illusionist Vitaly stuns his audience with see-it-to-believe it moments, including a transformation of nature sketches from a notebook into 3-d flowers, the removal of head shots from license plates and paint brushes that create masterpieces on their own. It's puzzlingly delightful and Vitaly's personality adds a light-hearted vibe to the performance. Ages 5 and up

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COMING SOON: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

It's never too soon to start planning for the most wonderful time of year. Watch Dr. Seuss' famed green Scrooge come to life on stage in order to put a damper on everyone's holiday spirit. Learn more here. All ages. 

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