Theaters are a great place to take young kids in NYC and the off-off-off Broadway prices can be quite affordable. We just took our newborn, 3 year old and 5 year old to see a production of Puss and Boots at the Galli Theater Company. The kids had an absolute blast and begged to stay for the post-show acting workshop will allow them to act out the same show they just viewed.
The small theater was very family friendly with child-sized chairs set up in the front row – premium seating for the tot-set. One of the unique qualities of the Galli performances is the ability for kids to participate during the show. The actors ask the kids questions and make them a part of the production. The actors seem to be trained and quite capable of handling even the most enthusiastic little hecklers and keep the show going.
The Galli Theater (www.gallitheaterny.com) produces per year 8-9 modern and innovative adaptations of fairy tales from around the world that entertain and teach valuable life lessons. Galli’s unique style is that all shows are very interactive and with lots of improv elements. Currently, plays are performed in English, French, and German.
The upcoming show schedule includes Cinderella, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Shows run every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm at their theater – 347 West 36 Street (between 8 & 9 Aves) Ticket prices generally run $20 for adults and $15 for children but I’ve been seeing lots of web discounts so check out their website and register for their mailing list. The after show workshops which run 45 minutes cost $15 with a $10 price for siblings.
Here are links to other great places to check out plays and other live performance for kids in Manhattan.
Symphony Space: www.symphonyspace.org
The Story Pirates: http://storypirates.org/
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center: www.manhattanmovement.com/
The Marjorie Deane Little Theater: www.ymcanyc.org/west-side/adult/arts-education/marjorie-s-deane-little-theater/