Avoid cabin fever this chilly three-day holiday weekend, with discount tickets to family-friendly shows that will have you smiling and laughing out loud. Everything is $20 or less, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers – This is a crazy quartet. I saw the show last night and it was laugh out loud funny. The antics are hilarious, and their complex juggling is exceptional. My two favorite bits were asking the audience to bring them anything to juggle, which included a couple of shoes and some containers of take-out food, and a spoof of Swan Lake, with four grown men flapping around in tutus. They are also fine musicians, who alternately play and juggle their instruments. And the drumming routine on a bunch of ordinary cardboard boxes is wonderfully funny, too.
We have discount tickets ranging from FREE to $15, depending on seating. My free ticket was in the balcony, with a wonderful view. The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been entertaining crowds with their over-the-top theatrics for over 40 years. Add to the mix some good jokes and bad puns and it’s like they’ve put every vaudeville routine into a blender and hooked it up to a jet engine. The theater is in Lower Manhattan. Let’s Dance – Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and friends learn to boogie in this crowd-pleasing live action show at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets are $13 and up are still available for performances this weekend, and beyond.
Improv 4 Kids – This is a long-running family comedy show because no two versions are ever the same as members of Eight Is Never Enough’s high-energy troupe create songs and skits on the spot based on audience suggestions. Lots of audience volunteers get to join the action on stage, too. The troupe has presented more than 1,000 performances at theaters in NYC, and there are similar Improv 4 Kids troupes in other cities. Discount tickets are $5 and up for performances in Midtown.
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers – The 41st annual concert of Native American music, dance and storytelling includes the authentic traditions of the Iroquois, Pueblo and Great Plains people. My personal favorite is the complicated Hoop Dance. Evening shows are $10. Matinee performances today and tomorrow are just $1 for children under age 12. Adults pay the regular price. Performances are at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue at East 10th Street. Phone (212) 254-1109 or www.TheaterForTheNewCity.net for tickets.
MoMath – The National Museum of Mathematics sounds like a snore, but it’s imaginative and fun. Everything in our lives is based on math, from counting the beats in music to measuring the ingredients for a birthday cake. Click here for more information, including hours and admission. MoMath is in the Flatiron area.
Ice Festival – Remember that the Central Park Ice Festival scheduled for today has been cancelled because of the weather. Details here.