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Asphalt Green’s Lenny Suib Puppet Playhouse
555 E. 90th St., near York Ave.
212-369-8890, ext. 159
There’s a different performance every week at the 100-seat puppet theater at Mazur Hall, generally in one- or two-person troupes. Coming soon are Marionette Varieties, Halloween Hijinx, and The Magic Trunk. Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m.; season opens September 11 and goes into April. Tickets are $7 (infants under 10 months get in free), and there are discounted rates for pre-paid groups.

Charles Hayden Rooftop Theater at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Mark’s Ave., Crown Heights
Filled with whimsical stone sculptures, this stadium-style theater features multicultural music and dance productions appropriate for all ages. Free Fridays Rooftop Jams have featured performances by Near Eastern and Afro-Caribbean music groups; $4 admission includes performances.

Manhattan Children’s Theatre
380 Broadway, at White St., fourth fl.
MCT’s roster of classic productions includes favorites such as Rumpelstiltskin and Elves and the Shoemaker performed in a room equipped with bleacher seats. There are also acting and theater classes for kids 3–12. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 2 p.m., beginning in September. Adults $15, kids $10.

The New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St., at Broadway
This 500-seat landmark theater represents the hipper, edgier side of family theater. The 2004–05 season launches in September with Rennie Harris’s The Legends of Hip-Hop and a macabre musical version of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets start at $10.

Urban Farm
Art Farm in the City
419 E. 91st St., near First Ave.
If you can’t get the kids out to the 100-acre Art Farm in Bridgehampton, the Manhattan location has its very own petting zoo and offers hands-on creative projects, like baking and art classes. There’s even an Animal Care program to teach your kids the dos and don’ts of pet ownership.

338 Sixth Ave., at 4th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
Catering to kids 3 and up, this nonprofit theater group performs classic fairy tales such as Cinderella and Aladdin with traditional, hand-carved wooden marionettes, plus human actors. Adults $7, kids $6.

TheatreworksUSA Auditorium at Equitable Tower
787 Seventh Ave., near 51st St.
Hosting everything from plays and musicals to puppet shows and magic acts, this beautiful 487-seat theater will charm families this fall with The Phantom of the Opera (ages 7 and up), Animalia (ages 4 and up), and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (ages 7 and up). The season runs November through April. Tickets are $25.

Vital Theatre Company
432 W. 42nd St., near Ninth Ave., third fl.
This small theater’s fall season includes a musical version of As You Like It, an original rock musical for kids called Wishing Time, and Crocus and Dout, a play about imaginary friends. Tickets are $15.


Big Apple Circus
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
This one-ring circus features clowns, acrobats, horses, birds, and a juggler with a dog. The show, two hours and fifteen minutes long, runs from October through January at Lincoln Center and May 14-30 in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. Tickets are $14 to $35.

UniverSoul Circus
This multicultural troupe uses R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and jazz to appeal to today’s youths. You’ll see the lion-tamer and the clown when UniverSoul hits town from April 21 to May 27 in 2005, but they’ll be jamming to OutKast.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
“The Greatest Show on Earth” now presents a special “Hometown” series in which shows are catered to host cities. Director/ choreographer Philip McKinley of Broadway's The Boy From Oz is at the helm. Ringling hits Bridgeport, Connecticut, in October.

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide