Best Off Broadway shows for kids and families

Blue Man Group, Stomp and other fun Off Broadway shows for kids make for a memorable night out. You'll love them all!

Photograph: Courtesy Lindsey Best

There's no business like show business, and these Off Broadway shows for kids in NYC prove just that. 

There are plenty of qualities that make these productions unique—blue men from other planets, percussion instruments you've never seen before and, much to kids' delight, lots of bubbles. 

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Get moving and grooving with Stomp or feel merry and bright with How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (Don't forget to check out Broadway tickets, too.) 

Have you checked out these cool off Broadway shows for kids? NYC still 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 and try to check off our list of 101 things to do with kids in NYC off your list. 

Off Broadway Shows for Kids

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Theater, Comedy

Blue Man Group

icon-location-pin Astor Place Theatre, East Village

  A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up. 

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Theater, Musicals


icon-location-pin Orpheum Theater, East Village

Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.

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Theater, Children's

Dog Man: The Musical

icon-location-pin Lucille Lortel Theatre, West Village

(SPONSOR CONTENT) The creator of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, sees another adaptation of one of his best-selling book series live on stage this summer! Dog Man: The Musical by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander tells the story of best buds George and Harold. The pair has been creating comics for as long as they can remember, which isn’t long, but now they want to write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man. Half dog and half cop, Dog Man loves nothing more than fighting crime and biting furniture, but when the city is attacked by Flippy the cyborg fish, can he step up and be a hero? Hopefully George and Harold will finish their show before lunchtime ends! Ages 6 and up. 

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