Indoor Activities for Kids: Concerts and Comedy
by Alyssa Grossman, 02/06/2013
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From kid-centric musical performances to a comedic troupe that caters to the younger set, NYC's entertainment industry is as family-friendly as ever. Dance, sing or laugh any inclement weather away at these high-energy offerings.
92YTribeca's popular Bring Your Own Kid concert series has families jamming to local kiddie bands every Sunday starting at 11am. Expect plenty of dancing, courtesy of groups like Bubble, Debbie and Friends, and Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band. For a full schedule of performances, visit 92y.org.
The tunes continue at the Upper West Side's Symphony Space, where weekends mean family performances from the likes of The Deedle Deedle Dees, Hot Peas 'N Butter and Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. See who's playing when at symphonyspace.org.
The Lower East Side's ABC No Rio is a collectively run center for art and activism that has developed an international reputation for its oppositional culture. Along with poetry readings, art exhibitions and experimental music series on Sunday nights, it offers a long-running hard-core/punk matinee on Saturdays for all ages.
For a different variety of entertainment, Kids 'N Comedy at the Gotham Comedy Club hosts a once-a-month set for ages 9 and up. The talented teens behind Kids 'N Comedy present themed shows on topics like irrational fears, ugly sweaters and holiday gripes. Book tickets ahead of time at kidsncomedy.com for a guaranteed seat.
Feel the beat across the five boroughs thanks to McGraw-Hill's CarnegieKids program. Shows last 45 minutes and emphasize singing, moving around and learning about instruments. To find upcoming shows, visit carnegiehall.org.
Be sure to check out our full guide to rainy-day family fun in NYC. Options include museums, theaters, tours, screenings, comedy clubs and fitness classes, just to name a few.