If you’re planning a trip to New York City, a Broadway show should be on your list of things to do, even if you’re bringing the kids. There are plenty of shows that are suitable for young audiences, and many include sing-a-long experiences to keep your kids entertained the whole time. Here are five Broadway shows that are a must-see for young families.
The Lion King
Designed for ages 6 and up, “The Lion King” is a family favorite at the Minskoff Theater. The show follows the story of Simba, a lion cub who will one day be king of his pride. The vibrant costumes depicting giraffes, gazelles, and a variety of birds will keep your kids enthralled, and the music is modified from Disney’s “The Lion King” movie so the whole family can sing along.
This Disney classic show will take your family to “a whole new world.” It follows the story of Aladdin, a boy who finds a magical lamp and is granted three wishes. Your family will remember the songs from the animated Disney movie and enjoy some new renditions, too. There is plenty of adventure, romance, and comedy to keep your whole family entertained in this unforgettable show. The costumes are vibrant and the choreography will also impress.
Another great Broadway show for the family, playing at Time Out New York, is “Anastasia.” In this show, a young girl takes a journey of self-discovery and learns of her royal past. She meets a charming boy and reunites with her family. The show takes place in Russia in the early 1900s during the rule of the imperial Romanovs. It is a magical show with music from the original animated movie from 20th Century Fox.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If you loved Roald Dahl’s story of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this is one Broadway show where you must take your kids. The famed Willy Wonka announces that he’s opening his factory and allowing a few lucky people to enter for a tour. Your family will watch in amazement as young Charlie Bucket finds a golden ticket and wins the ultimate prize. The show is full of drama and comedy to keep your family entertained and on edge.
One of the most popular shows on Broadway, “Wicked,” is sure to please your family. It’s “The Wizard of Oz” told through the eyes of the Wicked Witch of the West. The music is powerful, and your kids will be singing the lyrics long after they leave the show. If you have teenagers, “Wicked” is one of the best Broadway options to choose, but you’ll have to buy your tickets long in advance.
You don’t have to miss out on the Broadway experience just because you have kids. Just pick one of these family-friendly shows in New York City for an unforgettable night that your kids will talk about for ages. Babies aren’t typically allowed, and you’ll have to check the age restrictions on each show before booking, but young audiences are typically welcome.