My kids, especially my daughter, love musical theater. A few years ago, on a girl’s trip with my daughter, we saw Annie on Broadway. Then, last year, during spring break, I saw Cinderella with both children. At first, I was concerned about taking my kids to a Broadway show solo, but the positives outweighed the negatives. Here are some tips I learned for visiting Broadway with kids. These tips are specifically for families traveling to NYC – if you have other tips, add them in the comments.
Choose an Appropriate Show
There are lots of shows on Broadway that are not appropriate for kids. Do your homework in advance and have a good idea of what the best shows are. Start with this list from the NY Times.
Find Reasonably Priced Tickets
If you absolutely have to see a new, popular show, you are going to have a more difficult time finding tickets. We are more flexible with our choices, and have purchased tickets from the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square. The booth sells same-day tickets at up to 50% off. There’s also an app that you can use to see what is available for the day. I looked at the app a few times prior to us arriving and got a general idea of what shows were currently being offered (although it definitely can change). It’s best to arrive at the TKTS booth as early as possible for the best tickets. You will usually need to wait in line though.
Go to a Matinee
My kids get very tired at night, so I prefer to bring my kids to matinees. Most Broadway shows have matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This page shows current shows and times.
Most matinees are between 2-3pm – pretty much between meals. I made sure my kids had eaten plenty before they went to the shows, so they weren’t hungry during the show. Here are two popular restaurants in the Times Square area (busy ones, so go early).
Use the Rest Room Prior to Sitting Down
My kids always seem to need the rest room right when the show starts, so I’d recommend taking them before you sit down. There’s always the intermission if they need to go during the show.
Any other tips?