Broadway can very well be a family experience, you just need to find the right show. But between the adult themes most Broadway shows tackle, it can be a tad challenging to pick a show you can go watch with your kids without worrying about introducing them to concepts that might be inappropriate for their age. Broadway shows for kids should be something that are fun and lively, but also impart values and feelings you would want to imbibe in your children.
Well, Broadway isn’t the biggest theatrical performances venue in the world for no reason. With 41 theatres each playing a different show, you’ll have plenty of kid-friendly Broadway shows to choose from. Add the equally amazing off-Broadway productions to the mix and your options increase further.
Let’s look at some of the best Broadway shows for kids and why they make this list:
Best Broadway Shows For Kids
Nothing beats a good ol’ Disney flick when it comes to spending some family time. Disney on Broadway brings the classic stories from the world of Disney to live theatre in entertaining and enlightening ways, making them the some of the best Broadway shows for kids of all ages!
$51 - $100
A rags to riches story set in the fantastical land of Agrabah, Aladdin has the thrill and adventure kids usually enjoy, mixed with an inspiring tale of being comfortable in your skin and actually putting in some work to overcome your shortcomings instead of just complaining about them. Add to that the fantastic musical performances and choreography, and you have got yourselves the perfect show to watch with your kids.
The Lion King
$51 - $100
Featuring one of the most iconic movie imagery of all times, little Simba being raised atop a cliff while his parents watch on with pride and the final notes of The Circle of Life build into a deafening crescendo of celebration, The Lion King is a memorable experience, more so on Broadway. With a focus on familial relationships and a touching coming-of-age story, The Lion King is mandatory family viewing.
Stories of fantasy and childhood go hand in hand. If you're visiting New York with your family and wish to catch a fantasy show on Broadway then you will not be disappointed. There are plenty of great fantasy fiction Broadway shows for kids that will catch your children’s fancy. Take them along on magical journeys that will help them spread their wings of creativity.
$51 - $100
Masterfully blending the past and the present, Anastasia is the spirited tale of rediscovery and connecting with your roots. Chronicling the life of Anya, an amnesiac orphan, who is trying to rediscover her past, Anastasia has all the elements of a kid-friendly show, from a magical and timey-wimey plot to the kind of cheery optimism kids can relate to.
The Gazillion Bubble Show
The Gazillion Bubble Show will take you and your family into a world of blow bubble magic! With spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping pieces of bubble art, you will be transferred to an interactive bubble world. An experience that is suitable for all the members of your family, especially the kids!
Adults or children, everyone enjoys a good laugh. Broadway has hosted some outrageous comedies over the years. Our selection, going with the theme, is a little more family-friendly without compromising on the laughter.
$51 - $100
A modern twist on The Wizard of Oz, a story everyone knows all too well, Wicked has been defying standards and gravity (if you know what we mean) for more than a decade. Exploring themes of sisterhood and finding friends in the unlikeliest of places, Wicked, despite all the ballads and theatricality, has an emotional, funny, and uplifting story at its core. Take your kids along for a fun and unexpected ride around the often magical land of Oz!
Blue Man Group
A show about reconnecting with your inner child, Blue Man Group is hilarious and heartwarming in equal measures. With a pronounced emphasis on being comfortable in your own skin and the power of being different, the show is not the funniest of our list, but humorous and poignant it most certainly is. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men Group unifies the audience for the show’s climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party, marking a departure from how regular shows ends.
Back To School
There’s nothing more kids relate to than a story based on their lives and experiences. Think High School Musical but on stage. Fortunately, there are a couple of critically acclaimed shows with a school setting playing right now, making them an obvious choice for kid-friendly shows on Broadway.
School of Rock
$51 - $100
Everybody loves a good underdog story, especially when it involves rock music and foot-tapping numbers. School of Rock, based on the 2003-movie, brings a whole new energy to the already diverse world of Broadway and it’s tale of following your passion will most definitely strike a chord with your kids. If (rock) music and Battle of the Bands in a prep school setting sounds like something your kids might enjoy, book School of Rock tickets on Headout today!
Dear Evan Hansen
$100 - $150
Tackling the challenging years of high school, Dear Evan Hansen is a deeply moving, contemporary story about what it’s like to be an outsider and the impact a seemingly simple lie can have. If you have teenaged kids, Dear Evan Hansen is something they will not only relate with but also take inspiration from the characters and the story.
There are some great Broadway shows for kids that blend comedy, heart, and drama perfectly, making for shows that are both inspirational and entertaining.
The Phantom of The Opera
The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running Broadway show ever (!), is where you should be at if you are looking for a family-friendly Broadway show. Featuring a somewhat adult relationship between a young soprano and the phantom who haunts the theatre the singer works at, the show is perfect viewing with your teenaged kids. Love, in all its complexities and the importance of choice are just a few of the themes from the show that your kids will appreciate.
Come From Away
Closing June 24
$51 - $100
A play about 38 planes crashing on a remote island and the locals doing everything in their power to help the passengers, Come From Away is an emotional, uplifting experience that you should definitely undergo with your family. Creating waves in the theatre world with its resounding message of camaraderie and kindness, the show has been winning the love of critics and audiences alike and will have a positive impact on kids too.
To discover other shows on Broadway, check out our guide on the Best Broadway shows in New York. There are tons of other On and Off Broadway shows as well that you can consider! The choice is all yours!