Looking for the perfect blend of entertainment and culture for your children as we head into the school year? Our amazing, artsy city has plenty of options, from vibrant community theaters to specialist companies who create productions just for kids. Some have a literally focus, some are about cutting edge technology–but all of them are simply plain fun too. Below, check out some of our favorite venues for children’s theater around NYC, then mark your calendars with some of their best shows coming up in the next few months.
13th Street Repertory
From fun fairy tales to interactive shows, this theater offers endless entertainment for children 3 and up.
- “Wiseacre Farm”
In this interactive performance, children can get up on stage to help save Cliffy the Pig’s birthday cake from the greedy Foxy the fox. Saturdays at noon starting mid-September
- “Rumple Who?”
A musical adaptation of the well-known fairy tale, “Rumpelstiltskin,” this show is great for children ages 5 and up. Saturdays at noon starting mid-September
At this theater, classic fairy tales are brought to life and children of all ages are encouraged to interact and get on stage.
- “Frog Prince”
When the man of her dreams turns out to be a frog, one princess is forced to look beyond appearances. September 7-29, Sat & Sun at 2pm
- “Little Red Riding Hood”
Little Red Riding hood sets off on a journey through the woods to see her grandmother, but instead she finds an evil wolf lying in her bed. October 5-27, Sat & Sun at 2pm
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! In this classic fairy tale production, a prince tries to rescue a girl who lives in a tower guarded by a witch. November 2-30, Sat & Sun at 2pm
Literally Alive turns classic children’s books into lively musical productions and even offers pre-show workshops to help children better understand theater.
- “The Selfish Giant”
This play tells the story of The Selfish Giant, who has lived all alone in his large, cold castle without seeing anyone other than his maid. He soon realizes, however, that his selfish actions have made him lonelier, and he soon begins inviting children back into his garden. October 6 to November 17
- “A Christmas Carol”
Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts and given a glimpse of his future if he doesn’t change his life in this holiday classic. December 1-30
Making Books Sing
This theater is all about promoting literacy and social development through puppetry, music, and comedy.
- “Wanda’s Monster”
In this heartwarming musical, a little girl named Wanda learns acceptance and friendship when she forms an unexpected bond with a purple monster. With songs composed by children’s rock star Laurie Berkner. Through September 8
- “Ballerina Swan”
This family-friendly show includes music, dance, and puppetry in telling the story of a Central Parkswan who dreams of becoming a ballerina. November 12-24
The New Victory Theater
The New Victory Theater is a company entirely dedicated to shows for children, all about educating kids of all ages through puppetry, dance, and music.
- “Peter Pan”
With the help of a little pixie dust, the Darlings explore Neverland as their bedroom turns into a world filled with mermaids, pirates, and the lost boys. October 4-13
- “Me And My Shadow”
In this light-hearted, imaginative performance, one little girl befriends her own shadow. Best for ages 4-7. October 19-20
- Sleeping Beauty
With detailed scenery and life-like characters, this show of puppetry tells the classic story of Princess Aurora’s ageless sleep that can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. November 1-10
The Paper Bag Players
The Paper Bag Players perform original and contemporary musicals for children ages 3-8. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming season.
This theater turns classic children’s tales into fun, whimsical, and entertaining puppet performances for children ages 3 and up.
- “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”
Tricked by a wicked Wazzir, Aladdin must use the magic lamp and the help of a genie to become a prince and woo the princess in this production of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.” Through December 22
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
This theatre brings children’s classics to life through its contemporary and imaginative marionette productions.
Join quick-witted Pippi as she goes on incredible adventures and overcomes bullies and burglars. Through August 31
- “Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure”
Hansel and Gretel vivid dreams set in Central Parkand encounter fascinating characters of all kinds, from fantastical mermaids to fun monsters to entertaining witches. October 1 to November 2
TADA! Youth Theater
At TADA! Youth Theater, all shows are performed by kids. Your child can be a part of the performance or you can simply enjoy the show as a family. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming season.
When one family’s vegetables all mysteriously turn white, they can’t help but wonder if their new adopted rabbit is actually a vampire. October 27 at 1:30pm
- “Sleeping Beauty”
This is more than just a reading of a classic fairy tale—it’s a wild adventure and musical journey. Join in the fun and find out if the funky princess will be awakened by true love’s kiss. November 17
Vital Children’s Theatre
This theater puts on lively one-hour shows for ages 2 through 10 that make the audience ask questions, engage in the performance, and make discoveries.
Pinkalicious eats too many pink cupcakes and ends up at the doctor’s office with Pinkitis, a condition that turns her pink from head to toe! At first the pink enthusiast is thrilled, but she soon has to find a way to get herself out of the predicament. Through August 31
- “Fancy Nancy”
Fancy Nancyis dying for the role of a mermaid in the show “Deep Sea Dances.” But when she’s cast as a dull tree instead, she has to embrace the part and bring flair to her unwanted role. Returns September 28
Story Pirates is all about making learning fun, engaging, and effective through comedies and musicals written by students.
This sketch comedy is based entirely on stories by elementary students, so expect the unexpected at this fun-filled performance! Through October 12