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How to Pick an Age-Appropriate Broadway Show for Your Kid

If you're planning a family trip to New York City and Broadway is on your must-list, you already know that there are many questions that make decision making complicated.

Is my child mature enough to appreciate a Broadway show?

Is this show age-appropriate for my kid?

Is my child even old enough to even get into a Broadway show?

Theatre tickets are a commitment- of both your time and your money- so before you make your decision, it's important to understand how to best determine which Broadway musical or play might be best for your whole family. Below, we break it down into two simple steps:


1. Follow the recommendations

If you have a specific show in mind for your kid, first check the show's official website for age restrictions. Typically, you'll find the informations you need in the FAQ section, or where you purchase tickets (ie: Ticketmaster or Telecharge).

NOTE:

-Most shows will offer both a recommended aged limit and minimum age requirements. Generally, children under the age of 4 are not permitted at Broadway shows.

- All audience members require a ticket to see a Broadway show, regardless of age. Even if you intend to seat your child on your lap during the show, both you and your child will need tickets to get into the building.

Check out the full list of currently-running shows for quick reference:

Ain't Too Proud: Recommended for 13+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Aladdin: Intended for ages 8+ and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 4.

American Buffalo: Recommended for 14+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Beetlejuice: Recommended for 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Birthday Candles: Recommended for 13+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

The Book of Mormon: Parental advisory: explicit language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Caroline, or Change: Recommended for ages 11 and older. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Chicago: May be inappropriate for 12 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Come From Away: Recommended for 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Company: Recommended for 8 +. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Dear Evan Hansen: May be inappropriate for 12 and under. (Strong language; subject matter.). Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Diana: Recommended for 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Flying Over Sunset: Recommended for 16 +. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in theatre.

Frozen: Intended for ages 8+ and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 4.

Girl from the North Country: Recommended for 12+ due to mature language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Hadestown: Recommended for ages 8+. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theater.

Hamilton: Appropriate for ages 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater.

Hangmen: Recommended 14 +. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Suitable for ages 10 and up. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre. Children under the age of 15 will not be admitted to the theatre without the accompaniment of an adult.

How I Learned to Drive: Recommended for 12+ due to adult themes and language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Jagged Little Pill: Recommended for 14+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

The Lehman Trilogy: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

The Lion King: Not intended for children under 4. The show is recommended for ages 8+.

Mean Girls: Recommended for ages 12 and older. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

The Minutes: Recommended for 14+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Moulin Rouge!: Recommended for 12+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Mrs. Doubtfire: Recommended for 8+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

The Phantom of The Opera: There are a few design elements and special effects that may frighten young children. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Plaza Suite: Recommended for 13+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Sing Street: Recommended for 13+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Six: Recommended for 10+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Take Me Out: Recommended for children ages 13 + due to nudity. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Tina: Recommended for 14+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Recommended for 12 +. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

West Side Story: Recommended for 12+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Recommended for 14+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Wicked: Recommended age for children is 8 and up. Children under the age of 5 will not be permitted in the theatre.


2. Follow the Kid Critics' recommendations

Still unsure? Take the advice of our Kid Critics. Click here for lots more reviews!


Still need more help? Read up on how to get to your Broadway show, how to buy tickets and what to wear!

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel


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