Indoor Activities for Kids: Theaters

Alyssa Grossman


Escape indoors and get lost in NYC's theater scene for an hour or two. A slew of stages around town cater to the younger set, so the only challenge will be deciding what to see. Check our Broadway and Off-Broadway sections for current shows. Special seasonal promotions like Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week offer 2-for-1 tickets. Kids' Night on Broadway grants kids ages 6 to 18 free admission when an adult buys a ticket at full price. And the TKTS Discount Booth offers year-round, same-day discounts for last-minute purchases. If you can't snag seats, the Theatre District has no shortage of places to get out of the rain long enough to formulate a back-up plan. For a full roundup of where to go, check out our guide to Times Square for kids.

The rainy-day blues meet their match at Vital Theatre Company, located inside the Upper West Side's McGinn Cazale Theatre. The lineup of endearing and lesson-packed shows are perfect for budding theater buffs.

Nonprofit company Theatreworks tours throughout the City, presenting more than 15 shows each year. Most are geared toward grades K–4 and tickets are a steal at $11 each, which buys you at least an hour of indoor entertainment. From mid-July to mid-August, families can line up outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre for the chance to see a Theatreworks show for free.

If you'd rather wait out the inclement weather in Midtown, head to The New Victory Theater. There's always something going on inside this booster seat–equipped venue, where you'll find dance showcases, circus performances and a few traditional acts, too.

Young audience members might be inspired to pursue a showbiz career of their own after seeing the skilled kid-performers (ages 8–18) of TADA! Youth Theater's musical showcases. TADA! puts on three shows each season, geared toward ages 3 to 11.

The Galli Theater takes classic tales from around the world, turns the story line slightly upside down, customizes them with improv and other creative touches, and showcases the final product in English, French and German languages. Audience interaction should make your crew forget all about the less-than-magical weather outside.

Family performances at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center are charming tales filled with singing, dancing and easy-to-follow plots. Shows like The Velveteen Rabbit, featuring life-size puppets, and the inspirational The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle make for an engaging family outing.

Over in Brooklyn, Park Slope's Puppetworks entertains audiences with twice-daily weekend performances featuring the marionette creations of Nicolas Coppola and a classic story line adapted to fit the theater's unique performance style.


More Indoor Activities for Kids

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.