7/14/16 - By Raven Snook
New York City's family theater scene is hotter than a heat wave. Some people might think the dog days of summer are a cultural wasteland and that all the cool openings won't start again until fall, but that's just not the case when it comes to kids' shows.
There are options for all ages, interests, and budgets, including a page-to-stage adaptation of aJunie B. Jones picture book, family-friendly outdoor Shakespeare, the return of a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza, and a brand-new Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. Best of all, some picks are less than $25 per ticket, and three are 100 percent FREE! Plus, we found discount codes for the pricier ones.
New York Musical Festival — Midtown West
Since its inaugural 2004 edition, the annual NYMF has showcased more than 400 tuners—including a few that went on to Broadway, including Next to Normal, which snagged a Pulitzer Prize. But while the focus is on grown-up fare, the fest always features a few family-friendly musicals. Catch these three tuners before they move on to bigger and better things (and higher ticket prices). All shows are $27.50 per person.
Ultimate Man! — Tuesday, July 19-Tuesday, July 26: A comic book artist loses control of his characters as his creations leap off the page into reality to complain about their stories. A satirical take on the dilemma of selling out. Ages 10 and older.
Tink! — Monday, July 25-Sunday, July 31: Before she became Peter Pan's sidekick, Tinkerbell had some adventures of her own, including an unexpected romance with the first mate of the Jolly Roger! How will these star-crossed lovers impact the residents of Neverland? Ages 10 and older.
Camp Rolling Hills — Wednesday, August 3-Saturday, August 6: Celebrate the drama-filled days of summer camp as a dozen tweens embark on an eight-week, life-changing adventure. All the archetypes are present: the nerd, the jock, tomboy, and girly girl. By the end, they're sure to make friends and have lots of laughs. Ages 8 and older.