Best Off Broadway Shows for Kids
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.
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.
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.
If you've spent a lot of time in Hogwarts with Harry and co., this is a can't-miss experience. Journey along with a boy wizard who can never quite find his time in the spotlight. Ages 8 and up; ages 13 and up for evening shows.
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.
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.