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Kid Friendly Show on Theater Row NYC

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories

Kid Friendly Show on Theater Row

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories opened on Sunday on Theater Row and Kidz Central Station was fortunate to attend.  This kid friendly performance is based on four short tales by Hans Christian Andersen as told by four central characters. The show features: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale, and The Ugly Duckling.

The show begins as a girl sits down on a Central Park bench next to a man reading a story book. A gust of wind blows the papers out of his book and she helps to pick them up. He then invites her to read the book and after some initial resistance, she agrees and becomes a part of the story herself! Her journey takes her through many ups and down including a scam to dress an emperor in invisible clothes, saving a harmonious nightingale and a little duckling who realizes she is as beautiful as a swan.

Anderson’s classic children’s tales are presented in a clear and easy to follow storyline with humor and contemporary twists. There was no shortage of giggles and cackles in that theater!  The 4 performers fully embodied each character while effortlessly transitioning from one tale to another. In addition, the magic came to life with the incredible music, sound effects, and lighting. We were submerged in the story eagerly waiting for what’s to come next. Come early to enjoy pre-show activities and/or stay after to take pictures with members of the cast!

We were so happy to learn that a sensory friendly performance is offered on December 8 @11am and designed to create a welcoming environment for families with children on the autism spectrum and related conditions. Slight adjustments are made to the performance such as the reduction of loud sounds and flashing or jarring lights, availability of sensory tools such as fidgets and earplugs, a designated quiet area in the lobby, a relaxed atmosphere in which audience members can talk throughout, and available Autism specialists on site to provide support.

Click here to buy tickets to The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories!

November 24 – December 22, 2018

Best for ages 5-8

Runs for approximately 50 minutes

Theatre Row, 410 W42nd Street, NY, NY 10036

Tickets: $29.25 General | $49.25 Premium

Stroller parking and booster seats available

Summer Camps in Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan – which includes the Financial District, Battery Park, and Tribeca –  has become one of the most family friendly areas of NYC in the past decade.  Check out these great summer camp options in this bustling downtown area.

Play On! Studios is a theater enrichment studio providing a music and theater summer camp.

Summer Camp NYC Play On! Studios

  • Who? Kids age 4 to 9 years(grades K-4)
  • Where? 25 Pine Street
  • What? Creative Drama Camp.  Your campers will experience rehearsing and putting together a show and end with a performance in front of family and friends.
  • Kidz Tips:
    1. Innovative methods that kids love
    2. Caring, expert instructors
    3. Develop a love for music and theater

Quad Manhattan offers a special education summer camp experience.

  • Who? twice exceptional (2e) Summer Camp NYC Quad Manhattanchildren age 5 to 15+ years
  • Where? 25 Pine Street, 4th FL
  • What? Quad Summer Camp blends emotional, social, and executive functioning skill training with fun camp activities such as Field Trips, Outdoor Play, Capoeira, Technology, Animation, Filmmaking, Cooking, Theater and Improv Games, STEM, and much more.

Launch Math + Science Centers provide math instruction and STEM-based summer camps.

  • Who?  Toddlers to tweensSummer Camp NYC LAUNCH MATH
  • Where? 124 Hudson Street, Tribeca Community School

 NORY and Physique Swimming partner for this unique Summer Camp at Pine Street School combining a morning swim program and afternoon STEM based activities.

Summer Camp NYC NORY PHYSIQUE Swimming

  • Who? Kids ages 4 – 11
  • Where? Pine Street School, 25 Pine Street
  • What? Swim & STEM Summer Camp.  Campers swim daily with Physique for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun.  After lunch its NORY time! Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and sports in the afternoon.
  • Kidz Tips
    1. No prior swim experience necessary
    2. Daily lunch provided
    3. Optional Extended Care (4-6PM)

And for our youngest group…

Jewish Community Project (JCP) Downtown is a summer play group for toddlers and their grownups.

  • Who? Ages 11–25 months Summer Camp at JCP NYC
  • Where? 146 Duane Street
  • What? Summer Play Together  is led by children’s musician and JCPlay teacher Suzi Shelton. Using her ukelele, Suzi incorporates music and movement into each class.
  • When? Tuesday & Thursdays 9:15–10:30 AM; June 12 to July 19 (No classes July 3 and 5)

NYC Classes and Activities for Kids Starting Next Week!

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, with today being the first day of April we can definitely say that spring is here—and the weather is finally cooperating! Kidz Central Station has tons of spring classes and activities for kids starting each day, from music and soccer to family friendly shows and beyond. If you need last minute help deciding on classes, check out our round up below (or email us at info@kidzcentralstation.com and ask!)—or sign up for a trial class if you still aren’t sure!

Music for Aardvarks Sohostandard_BREEZY_PIC_POSTCARD. Music of Aardvarks Soho is run by the talented Bree Sharp, a.k.a. “Breezy”, a musician trained under Music For Aardvarks creator David Weinstone. She has been teaching classes for over 10 years, including the new semester of Music for Aardvarks Soho (which she teaches with all-star Andrew) starting April 6! Classes are for infants and toddlers age four months to four years, and include lots of singing, dancing, moving, clapping and laughing! Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, and are sure to have a blast all season long.

The Amazing Max. For a limited time only, The Amazing Max is back and bringing fun and comedy to NYC kids from April 6–10! The perfect weekend activity for the whole family, The Amazing Max is a comedic magician who can keep even the most active kids entertained. It’s a high-energy show where objects disappear, the laws of gravity are defied, and kids sit spellbound for an entire 60 minutes! And for a limited time, select shows are 20% off!standard_TheAmazingMax0518

Soc Roc. The arrival of spring means that it’s time for children to get outside and enjoy the fresh air—and Soc Roc’s new semester of soccer classes is a great way to start! With tons of classes in Manhattan’s Central Park and Astoria Park in Queens, this program allows kids of all ages to learn the basics of soccer in NYC’s natural havens. And if outdoor classes aren’t for your child, Soc Roc also has indoor classes available in various NYC neighborhoods. Classes start over throughout next two weeks!

Urban Golf. Another great outdoor class for city kids, Urban Golf’s Early Birdies class for 3.5–5 year olds provides an overall introduction to the fundamentals of golf: how to hold a golf club; proper swing posture, set up, and aim; and rules and etiquette. Kids learn and practice with a variety of golf drills and games, all from the beautiful Riverside Park in NYC! The spring semester starts April 6, so hurry up and enroll!

Spring Break Campsstandard_4wGD15ikKj4Cq8K7eoFcWYnhaGd5RvepMCjGXZcXxTI. Since next week is spring break for NYC public schools (but not for parents!), many kids’ programs are running special spring break camps to keep kids busy all week long. Rockstars! (music and movement), Freshmade (cooking), and LIC Kids (gym, music, sports, and more!) are just a few great options, but check out the site for a full selection. Camps vary in number of days and hours per day, so you can choose the best program for your little one. So while kids are still learning and playing the week away, parents can drop of them off and attend to their own regularly scheduled activities.