The best Off Broadway shows for kids

The best Off Broadway shows for kids are just as great as our Broadway picks. Grab tickets the whole family will love!

Photograph: Courtesy Fuerza Bruta

When Broadway shows for kids get a tad too pricey (as they often do!), parents need a strong alternative. Why not check out the best Off Broadway shows for kids? They promise to be just as much fun, and you can avoid breaking the bank. (Psst: You can also find out about discount Broadway tickets, too).

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The best Off Broadway shows

1

Blue Man Group

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer weird and exuberant fun, it's hard to top this long-running treat. Ages 5 and up.

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Astor Place Theatre , East Village Until Wednesday October 31 2018
2

Gazillion Bubble Show

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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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New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday October 28 2018
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3

Stomp

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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Orpheum Theater , East Village Until Wednesday October 31 2018
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