Photograph: Courtesy Filip Wolak / CirKiz

Best dance parties for kids in NYC

Youngsters can show their skills at NYC's epic dance parties for kids. Parents, it's time to start taking notes!

By Danielle Valente

No need to wait for the next family wedding to break out the moves to "Gangnam Style" or "Thriller." Thanks to NYC's best dance parties for kids, youngsters can enjoy impromptu dance sessions without signing up for a class or summer camp.  

Whether your brood's in search of an out-of-this-world experience—complete with glow-in-the-dark props and tech music—or if a quiet, soothing silent disco is more appealing, we'll help you find just what you're looking for. Mom and Dad: If you were going to practice, now's the time to start. 

After you've taken your fam to these awesome dance parties for kids, make sure to check out the best bands for kids, the best Disney songs of all time and the best summer songs for kids we admit to keeping on our playlists year-round.

Dance parties for kids

Photograph: Courtesy Filip Wolak / CirKiz


Why should adults have all the fun? In a kid-friendly approach to electronic dance parties, CirKiz creates an energetic, psychedelic experience for those ages 7–13. The group starts by renting out a NYC nightclub and dedicating its events to all-things kiddos. Families can listen to tunes, show their skills with the help of CirKiz resident DJs—DJ Alden (12) and Hypeman Jalen (10)—get a taste of neon at the Glow Station and rock out with a led robot performance by The Dream Lab, among other cool features. The first show of the season kicks off Oct 27. Learn more about the upcoming CirKiz events here

Photograph: Courtesy Quiet Events

Quiet Events

Does it bother your kids when their besties aren't willing to rock out to the same music? Not a problem with Quiet Events. The company brings headphone parties citywide to all ages so everyone can jam to their go-to beats while their friends make their own selections...even while they're right next to one another. In an upcoming Long Island City party,—a family get-together every other Sunday during the summer at LIC Landing—Quiet Events will take the fun outdoors to a gorgeous Queens' waterfront park while participants choose between three stations—dance hits, 80s and 90s throwbacks or hip-hop and r&b. All you need to do is grab a pair of headphones, and you can dance with the NYC skyline in your view. Learn more about the Sept 9 event here and other offerings here


Broadway Dance Center Events

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When Broadway Dance Center's faculty isn't busy helping kiddos perfect their moves during classes or camps, the venue is hosting epic parties. Kids' Night Out (Sept 21) is the perfect place for young'uns ages 3–11 to show their moves, participate in crafts and grab some snacks. Meanwhile, the company's annual Dance Parade is a stellar way to get all of NYC in the groove, as 200+ dancers move and grove their way throughout Midtown. Learn more about Broadway Dance Center's events here

Summer in the Square

New York City's most beloved destinations come alive in the summer months. Thanks to Summer in the Square, Union Square was home to a bunch of free events for residents of all ages. In between visits to the bubble garden, story times and a little TLC with Art Farm in the City, the program offers a main-stage lineup that invites little ones to jam to the best kid-friendly artists in town. Learn more about the program here

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