Banish boredom and introduce the kids to the wonders of live theater at the same time. Take them to one of these family-friendly NYC shows or scavenger hunts for $15 or less, and be a good guy for cheap:
Charlotte’s Web – Based on E.B. White’s unforgettable, award-winning children’s novel, Charlotte’s Web follows the unlikely friendship between a playful young pig named Wilbur and an intelligent spider named Charlotte, who sets out to prevent her best pal from becoming a farmer’s dinner. Together they teach the value of friendship and seeking out the best in others. This funny, timeless and touching story is about loyalty, trust and sacrifice, things we should start learning about in childhood.
Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School – Inspired by Barbara Park’s sassy and spirited children’s book series, this live musical performance will have everyone in your family reliving those bumpy grade school days. Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to teach you the ropes than her? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. Catch a serious case of the grade-school giggles. Recommended for ages four and up.
Princess Particular – This spirited and feisty young princess is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it, by golly. And today she wants to be a ballerina. But King Loadsadough and Queen Patience are way too distracted to deal with such trivialities. Fortunately, her four maids and the Chancellor and Lady in Waiting are on hand to help make the royal fussbudget’s dream come true! With lots of fun tunes and hilariously broad physical comedy, this delightful new show by Richard Mazda is a treat the whole family can enjoy.
Pirate Pete’s Parrot – Climb aboard, get your sea legs steady and get ready for an adventure with music, mischief and a boatload of laughs. The play revolves around Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his runaway parrot, Polly. He decides it can’t hurt to try to find some some buried treasure as well, since he’s already on a journey. He still needs to make this month’s rent, after all. With Pete’s endearing crew of misfits, his adventures are filled with songs, sword fights and plenty of audience interaction.