I’ve been wanting to take my kids to watch a big Broadway production like The Lion King or Aladdin, but tickets are so expensive for good seats that I keep putting it off. Then something occurred to me: Why am I focusing on the big Broadway productions when there are so many fun, smaller shows running all over the city? Sometimes I forget that we’ve got tons of options in NYC.
I decided on Blue Man Group, which I saw almost two decades ago with my husband (then boyfriend) and loved at the time. At 8 and 6, my kids seemed to be at the perfect age for the weird humor and messy acts. And they totally were! From the paint splatter caused by the blue men’s drumming to the “sea of toilet paper” finale, the show was a true hit with the kids. The theater is tiny and intimate, and if you sit in the first few rows you have to wear the supplied ponchos to protect you against flying marshmallows and Twinkie juice. The show’s been updated since we saw it last, incorporating giant smartphone screens that totally impressed my kids.
We sat in the first row of the mezzanine, which was perfect when the toilet paper started unfurling – my son loved dumping it over the railing and onto the audience below. My daughter loved the rock concert aspect and declared this the best show she’s ever seen. As we were exiting, it seemed like all the kids in the theater (and there were many) were amped and exclaiming, “Can we do it again?”
Sounds like a good time? It really was. Now I’m wondering what other off Broadway shows we can catch this winter. Stomp is at the top of my list. There’s always something kid-friendly playing at the New Victory Theater. And for those with really young ones, I’d recommend the Gazillion Bubble Show.
What shows have been a hit with your kids?