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
By Time Out New York editors |

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 Blue Man Group. (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

Photograph: Courtesy NYC GO and Off Broadway Week

Blue Man Group

Astor Place Theatre, Downtown
4 out of 5 stars

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. 

Photograph: Courtesy NYC GO and Off Broadway Week

Gazillion Bubble Show

New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
4 out of 5 stars

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.

stomp listing
Theater, Musicals


Orpheum Theater, East Village
Open run

This shrewd garbage heap of clog dancing, prop comedy and chest-thumping percussion spins out impressive (if numbing) variations on vaudeville by way of English punk.

The cast of Emojiland
Photograph: Courtesy Jeremy Daniel
Theater, Musicals

Emojiland The Musical

Duke on 42nd Street, Midtown West
3 out of 5 stars

Keith Harrison and Laura Schein's over-the-top musical comedy Emojiland aims for 🤣but inspires 🙂at best. Inside a smartphone, bedazzled diva Princess (Lesli Margherita) and her digital denizens are excited to greet their annual update. But two new arrivals, Prince (Josh Lamon) and Nerd Face (George Abud), disrupt their superficially happy texistence, sparking romantic and societal crises. A hit at the 2018 New York Musical Festival (R.I.P.), the show has gotten a major cast upgrade. Under Thomas Caruso's broad direction, an impressive roster of Broadway favorites give their all to the middling material. Margherita and Lamon, who have been with the project from the beginning, lean into camp as a pair of narcissistic tyrants who rap and belt with abandon. Abud's Nerd Face is an affable underdog who nails pop power ballads while saving the cyberworld and wooing Smize (cowriter Schein).

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