Best Off Broadway shows for kids and families

Puffs, Stomp and other fun Off Broadway shows for kids make for a memorable night out in NYC. You'll love them all!
Photograph: Courtesy Lindsey Best
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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

Gazillion Bubble Show

icon-location-pin New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
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  Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.

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Theater, Children's

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

icon-location-pin Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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The town of Whooville is holly jolly when the holidays hit...well, almost everyone in Whoville. Our beloved green scrooge—the Grinch—comes to life on stage as he tries to hijack the Christmas festivities in his town. It'll take one sweet little girl to show him what the season is all about. Wintertime is incomplete with without this Dr. Seuss classic. Ages 5 and up. 

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Theater, Comedy

Blue Man Group

icon-location-pin Astor Place Theatre, East Village
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  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, Off Broadway

Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

icon-location-pin New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
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Love Harry Potter? This one's for you. If you're a fan of witchcraft and wizardry, Puffs will take you back to that certain school, only this time the focus isn't on Harry—it's on the other kids who aren't destined for an epic story...but they'll certainly provide plenty of laughs along the way. All matinee showings of Puffs are family-friendly. All ages. 

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Theater, Musicals

Stomp

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theater, East Village
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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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