How can you find the best Broadway shows for kids? As a parent, there is no better place to expose your children to the magic of theatre than at a Broadway show. However, deciding if an event will be enjoyable and appropriate for your children can be a difficult decision if you have not seen the show yourself.
So how can you make a more informed decision about which Broadway shows will be best for kids?
Broadway Shows and Kids
There are many touring Broadway shows and shows in New York that are perfect for family audiences. Review the descriptions and any advisories posted on the show pages on Broadway.org to select the show you think will most appeal to you and your family. Keep in mind that at most Broadway theatres, children under the age of four are not admitted. These policies are set by the individual theatres. You can verify this information on the show page for each individual production on Broadway.org.
Some things to consider about any show you will take children to are curtain time, running time (including intermissions), subject matter and language.
Where can I find this information?
The first step is to glance at The Broadway League's list of shows on the Broadway.org website to find important information you need to help determine if a show is appropriate for children. The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry that helps bring shows to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 200 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
The List of shows provides important information such as language or age advisories, performance times, descriptions and running time (length). If you look at a show such as Wicked, you will see an advisory that children under the age of 5 are not permitted, that the show is 2 hours and 45 minutes with a single intermission, and that it is recommended for children ages 8 and up. The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, has a parental advisory for explicit language. Get more information on other Broadway shows by visiting their show pages.
When selecting a show, here are a few other things to consider:
Afternoon "matinees" can be an excellent choice for younger children who have a harder time staying awake for an evening show. Review the performance times for the current week on the show pages on Broadway.org, or click through to the official ticketing service to review future weeks’ scheduling.
Evening shows may begin at 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00 p.m. or other times, depending on the day of the week. You may wish to select an early curtain time.
Seating location may be important for smaller children so they can more easily see the stage. The center orchestra or mezzanine sections typically provide the best views, but click through to the official ticketing services to consult each theatre's seating chart and check availability.
For younger children, shorter shows or those with multiple intermissions may allow more frequent bathroom and snack breaks.
For more than a century, Broadway has been the pinnacle of live theatrical entertainment, and there is no better time to experience its magic for the first time than as a child. While not every show is appropriate for children, there are a number of outstanding Broadway shows and events that are family-friendly. By taking a little time and utilizing some of the resources provided by The Broadway League on Broadway.org you can find the best Broadway shows for kids of all ages.