Child’s Play on Broadway

If you’re heading off to New York as a family, there are countless different activities and entertainment options to enjoy; that’s great news, because there won’t be any chance for boredom to creep in, meaning a total lack of tantrums and tears!

One thing you might be keen to try, and rightly so, is a show on Broadway. This is a rite of passage for any visitor to the Big Apple, but if you’re traveling with kids it’s important you find a show that’s child-friendly. There are countless shows on offer, but some of them can be a little hard for youngsters to understand or possibly have scenes that simply aren’t suitable.

The answer to this? Do your research ahead of time.

It really depends on how old your child is, or children, but for younger kids, Matilda is a great choice, especially for girls, or maybe Aladdin, and definitely the Lion King. There isn’t a child or adult out there who won’t totally enjoy the story of the young lion cub, complete with the comical antics of Timon and Pumbaa!

For slightly older children, around the teenage bracket, how about Wicked? You could even throw in Phantom of the Opera, depending what your children like and can enjoy.

Whatever show you opt for, remember to only ever buy tickets from reputable sources, such as Broadway Showtickets, for example. This is a website where you will find fantastic deals on all the top shows. You could of course also head to the Box Office of the theatre itself, if you’re short on time, and decide to go on the spur of the moment. Avoid those ticket touts on the streets like the plague – they are definitely not going to give you a valid ticket, and you’ll only end up out of pocket because of it, whilst also having a rather disappointed child on your hands too!

It’s also a good idea to make sure you know exactly how to get back to your hotel after the show, be it a matinee in the afternoon or an evening production; you won’t need telling that crowds and traffic abound in New York no matter what day of the week or what hour, and you won’t want to be wandering around aimlessly at night with your child or children in tow! The fact that Broadway is pretty central in Manhattan does help however.

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