Fall season: City Center, 130 W. 56th St., near Sixth Ave.
Spring season: Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
ABT Kids features one-hour, fully costumed Saturday-morning
programs designed for kids 4 to 12. In the fall, check out the
family-friendly matinee performances of ballets like Swan
Lake. Pre-performance workshops teach children the basics
of movements they’ll see (e.g., dueling in Romeo and
Juliet). ABT Kids tickets are $18–$20.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave., near Saint Felix St.
BAM’s two great theaters have as much personality as
the programming itself. BAMfamily, a weekend series, presents
affordable music, dance, and theater for children and adults.
Past performers have included Dan Zanes and the Bobby Sanabria
Big Band/Masters of Afro-Cuban Jazz. $10.
881 Seventh Ave., at 57th St.
Recommended for kids 7 and older, the Family Concerts series
features top-notch ensembles like the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
and the New York Pops. For the younger set, there’s
CarnegieKids, a series of performances including singing with
resident dinosaur Bachosaurus Rex. It’s not unusual
for kids to end up dancing in the aisles. $3 for CarnegieKids;
$5 for Family Concerts.
||City Tours for Families
||New York Talks and
Unlike most city tours, Dr. Phil’s Child-Friendly
Tours and Rambles ($8 and up) focus on the interests
of 9-to-12-year-old kids—so you won’t
have to worry about tired feet and boredom-fueled
tantrums. Pick from topics like “Brooklyn
Bridge for Young Dreamers” and “Chinatown
Colden Center for the Performing Arts
Queens College campus; 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
An introduction-to-classical-music concert series, KidsClassics
features performances like Beauty and the Beast for
kids ages 5 to 10, with activities that include concert-etiquette
lessons, instruction in the science of sound, and puzzles,
games, and discussions. $12.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., at Paul Ave., the Bronx
With its Young People’s Series, the Lehman Center provides
free music, dance, and theater for Bronx schools. The Family
Fun series—shows like Jack and the Beanstalk
and Peter Pan—is $5 for children, $10 for adults.
Community Celebrations (acts like the Peking acrobats), $10.
Little Orchestra Society
Lolli-Pops concerts feature a menagerie of colorful animals
like Bow the Panda and Buzz the Bee, helping the friendly
Maestro Dino Anagnost teach ages 3–5 music basics. Happy
Concerts for Young People include full-length children’s
classics like Babes in Toyland and Amahl and the
Night Visitors (appropriate for ages 6–12). Lolli-Pops
single tickets $40; $66 for a two-concert series. Happy Concerts
single tickets $10–$50; $24–$126 for a three-concert
New York City Ballet
Samuel B. and David Rose Building, Lincoln Center
New York City Ballet offers plenty for kids. Family Insights
is a 45-minute pre-performance program designed for children
6 and up, in which dancers, musicians, and other artists answer
questions in the rehearsal studios. Coming in January, Ballet
Fundamentals will feature dancers and musicians covering ballet
history, choreography, technique, and production. There’s
also Family Fanfare and Ballet for Young People. Tickets are
$5 to $12.
New York City Coalition of Community
Schools of the Arts
All of the city’s community arts schools, like Greenwich
House, Bloomingdale, and the Brooklyn Conservatory, offer
regular recitals by students, which young children tend to
find fascinating, if not inspiring. Recitals are free.
New York City Opera New York State Theater,
Kids ages 6 to 12 interact with City Opera singers, musicians,
and staff to learn the different aspects of the opera world
in these very affordable hourlong programs. The season starts
this fall, and includes The Girl of the Golden West, Haroun
and the Sea of Stories, and the classic Cinderella.
New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Four Saturdays a year, the orchestra directs its energy toward
children and families during its Young Peoples Concerts, which
focus on one section of the orchestra at a time. Before each
concert, kids can play with instruments, make their own, and
meet musicians in a program called Kidzone. Young Peoples
concerts are $5–$23.
New York Theatre Ballet
Call 212-355-6160 for participating venues
This chamber ballet ensemble presents hourlong performances
of children’s classics like The Nutcracker, Alice
in Wonderland, and Cinderella, ideal for kids 3
and up. Performances take place in venues throughout the city,
from Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Children
from $20; adults from $25.
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Concerts for children ages 6 to 10 clock in at a kid-friendly
60 minutes, and are held in the intimate Buttenweiser Hall.
This October, The Straus/Warschauer Duo will perform klezmer
music and Yiddish songs; in January, there’s Peter
and the Wolf. Tickets are $10.
Poppy Seed Players
129 W. 67th St., near Broadway
The resident theater company of the Kaufman Center, Merkin
Concert Hall promotes awareness of Jewish culture through
family-oriented musical theater depicting Bible stories, holidays,
folklore, and history. This season: A Poppy Seed Purim
(3 and up) and David and Goliath (6 and up). Tickets