Kids not ready for Broadway just yet? I hear ya. My 7-year-old daughter was pretty good about sitting through a recent show at the New Victory Theater, but my younger one (age 5) was squirmy throughout and then fell asleep toward the end, despite the loud music. They were both, however, rapt at The Gazillion Bubble Show, which plays year-round at New World Stages in the city.
I wasn’t sure how we were supposed to be entertained for a full hour by bubbles, but we totally were — my husband and me included. It’s hard not to smile as Deni, the bubble artist (he and his family members, all trained in the bubble arts, take turns doing shows), ran through bubble feats, sudsy science and a soapy laser light show. The best part, however, was definitely when thousands of bubbles were blown out into the audience by a wind machine.
This is a great show for even the smallest kids, because it’s not all about staring at a stage — portions of it are sensory. The theater is small, so everyone can see what’s going on. The run time is just right (one hour, no intermission). And the content is perfect for anyone who likes to pop bubbles — which is, I assume, everybody. Check Groupon for discount tickets if you do decide to go.
The Gazillion Bubble Show, New Word Stages, 340 W. 50th St., New York