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The Heart of Robin Hood: A Swinging Family Show at the Wallis

If you've had your fill of Nutcrackers and Scrooges and were hoping to branch out a bit theatrically this holiday season, there's a branch well worth seeing in Beverly Hills: it's the one Robin Hood swings and leaps from in the Wallis' production of The Heart of Robin Hood. Not a traditional Christmas play by any means (in fact, the holiday is barely mentioned at all), but the adventure, exuberance, excitement, and spectacle of this retelling of the old tale make it an event worth squeezing into your busy holiday schedule. I brought a tween and a teen (no easy audience), and they were delighted—particularly by one unexpected feature. 

Christmas Shows To Catch with Your Kids this Holiday Season

'Tis the season for family outings, annual traditions, and timeless tunes. Catching a holiday show or concert checks all of those boxes, with bows on! SoCal has so many performances of The Nutcracker that we gave them their own separate list, but below we've pulled together all of the other great Christmas and holiday shows that keep the season merry, from A Christmas Carol to singing along with an orchestra playing Christmas carols. We are also lucky to have quirky British style Christmas Pantospuppet shows, and ice shows among our annual traditions here in the land of LA. Plus this year the season includes a touring production of Cavalia: Odysseo, not to mention some breathtaking holiday light shows. The season is short; time to book tickets!

Hot Dog! Disney Junior Takes Its Dance Party on Tour

Do you find yourself doing the "Hot Dog Dance" while making dinner? Do you sometimes sway to the sound of Doc McStuffins singing “Time for Your Check Up?” Then you—and presumably your kids—will be excited to hear that Disney Junior is launching a national dance party tour featuring characters and music from many of their most-loved shows.

Kicking off in March, the Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour will be an interactive concert with singing, dancing, and even games. You’ll hear songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, Vampirina, and Puppy Dog Pals. It’s the first time all of these characters will appear together in one live show. 

It will tour several Mommy Poppins regions, including New Jersey, Texas, and Los Angeles.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Returns with New Stories

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show returned to New York City this fall with new Eric Carle stories to tell. Running an easily digestible 55 minutes and filled with bright colors and oversize puppets, this beautiful stage show easily captivates toddlers and preschoolers.

We caught the show when it first opened in January 2016, and so we were eager to see the new version, which swapped out two of the previous Carle picture book stories for two new ones. It also moved to a theater downtown. Read on for our full parent review of this show playing throughout the holidays and into February 2018.

Holiday Events That Are Perfect for New Jersey Preschoolers

Making holiday memories sometimes involves navigating long lines and jostling crowds, which can push the limits of our youngest holiday revelers. Take a breath and pass around the candy canes—we've found the best activities geared toward the 5-and-under crowd. From decorating gingerbread houses to rocking out at a holiday concert, we've got plenty of ideas that the whole family can enjoy.

You'll find even more ideas in our Holiday Guide, and for a complete listing of things to do this season, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Interstellar Cinderella: A Space Musical for the Whole Family

There’s a new version of Cinderella in town and it’s probably the most fun, the most feminist, and the only version that features the princess as a futuristic space engineer. I took my kids to the opening matinee of family musical Interstellar Cinderella, from the creators of Wanda's Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, and the results were out of this world.

Since it was my son’s first theater visit—and he’s not great at sitting still for more than a few minutes at a time—I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. This delightful, high-energy production has enough glowing spaceships, out-of-this-world costumes, and catchy musical numbers from the queen of kid rock, Laurie Berkner, to keep even a boisterous 4-year-old glued to his seat and wide-eyed for 50 minutes.

Best NYC Holiday Shows for Kids: Elf, Charlie Brown, and More

'Tis the season to get the gang all dressed up to see some holiday shows. While there are plenty of spectacles to splurge on like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and all those Nutcrackers, if you've got young children you may not want to blow all of your bucks on theater tickets.

That's why our roundup includes a range of productions, from inexpensive, low-key offerings perfect for fidgety preschoolers, to extravaganzas that are worth the investment. Bonus: We've got the scoop on how to save money on a few of the higher-priced offerings.

From live stage adaptations of holiday classics such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the movie Elf, to tot-friendly fairy tales and Hanukkah tales, to amazing magic tricks, here are our top 14 holiday shows for NYC families.

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