5 Entertaining Experiences in NYC for Kids

Are the bright lights of Broadway calling your name while visiting New York City? As you may have found when traveling with little ones, catching a performance can be expensive, and even the kid-friendly shows can start late and last for hours.

Fear not, though, New York City is full of unique kid-focused productions and performances that are perfect for the entire family and add music and culture to your vacation.

5 Best Kids Shows and Events in NYC

Kids Shows in NYC for Budding Theater Buffs

For little ones, the Kaufman Music Center’s Broadway Playhouse series is a perfect and very interactive introduction to the stage and Broadway. Performances are only one-hour long and invite kids to sing along from their seats or on stage for dance. The shows also feature acting opportunities, all while learning about legendary music greats like Dorothy Fields, Elton John and more.

The Lincoln Center offers performances all year long specifically for kids. One day it may be the circus and on another an international music performance. No matter when you visit during the season your family will be amazed at the world-class talent.

Take advantage of Kids’ Night on Broadway where one night a year participating Broadway shows allow kids 18 and under to see the show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. This year, tickets go on sale on December 6th at 10:30 am.

The New Amsterdam Theatre Tour is an amazing experience if you are traveling with a group of 15 or more. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of this landmark Broadway theater and an opportunity to view and take pictures with original costumes and set pieces from shows like Disney’s Aladdin, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and more. Those with smaller groups can join with a larger tour from Walks of New York.

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See props from Disney’s kids shows in NYC like Aladdin and The Lion King on the New Amsterdam Theatre Tour.

Kids Events in NYC for Those Who Love to Dance

The New York City Ballet offers select Family Saturdays and pre-performance workshops where your tiny dancers can not only experience some of the most talented performers in the world but also get a chance to dance with professionals.  Family performances are only one-hour long, include several short ballets, and are less than $25 per ticket! Check the New York City Ballet site for all the details and times. These opportunities can sell out quickly so try to book your tickets as soon as you make your travel plans.

The next time you stay at Hilton Times Square or New York Hilton Midtown, forget the baby sitter and take your kids along with you to experience the sights, sounds and culture that this great city has to offer. These family-friendly kids shows in NYC offer a variety of entertainment options that won’t break the bank and should please all entertainment lovers in the family.

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Know Before You Go

  • Opt for walking tours instead of bus tours if you want to eliminate the issue of traffic – just make sure to pack comfortable shoes!
  • If you bring your own ice skates, Bryant Park allows you to ice skate for free in the winter.
  • The Bronx Zoo is pay-what-you-wish on Wednesdays.
  • Utilize the New York Subway to travel like a local – it’s also a great way to avoid traffic!

Broadway photo by Christine Wagner / CC BY 2.0

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Divina R. Are you interested in traveling to New York City? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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