NEW YORK: TAKE THE FAMILY TO THE THEATRE

The theatre offers something you simply can’t find in any other medium. For young and old alike, watching live actors emote and project on a stage in a communal setting puts the detached, electronic experience of viewing television and film, web-browsing or playing video games, into perspective. Theatre is a very human endeavour, tangible and cathartic, whether tragic or rollicking, and perhaps something all children should be exposed to at a young age. And where else but in New York City, that perennial hotbed of theatre, would you find a more sparkling variety of child-friendly theatre choices?

 Tumble down the rabbit hole in the world premiere of the new musical ALICE IN WONDERLAND. 60 minutes of magic suitable for all ages. In addition to the musical, an interactive arts workshop is held prior to every performance. The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street. $25.00 – $40.00 (212 352-3101). Closes: May 20, 2012.

Join ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL, as dancer Angelina and her friends perform hip-hop, modern jazz, the Irish jig and, of course, ballet, for a famous visitor. Geared for families with children, ages 3-12. McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 Broadway, 4th floor at 76th Street. $29.50 – $49.50 Closes: April 22, 2012.

Who would have thought that a show about three bald mutes with blue skin would fly in New York? Well, The BLUE MAN GROUP opened in 1991 and has been going strong ever since, offering a wide audience accessible performance art. Featuring blue acrobatics and flying food, dripping paint, and wads of paper. Fun for the whole family. Astor Place Theatre 434 Lafayette Street. $85.00 – $99.00.

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY, based on a children’s book by actress Julianne Moore, opens for a return NYC engagement. Freckleface Strawberry hates her freckles so much she dons a ski mask, in this jumpy musical for all ages. Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street. $45.00 (212 239-6200). Closes: July 2, 2012.

For a distinct change of pace, THE SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE stages puppet plays six days a week at 10:30 a.m. The hour-long shows revive favorite fairy tales. 9 West Street (212 988-9093). Adults $6; kids $5.

THE LION KING, now a decade old, continues to delight and draw mass crowds with its astonishing puppets and sets. The film score has become iconic, including songs like “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” A must experience for all generations. Minskoff Theatre 1515 Broadway. $51.25 – $121.25 (212 307-4100).

 BEST FAMILY HOTELS IN NYC:

Near the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, sits the Loews Regency Hotel. To fit in with your theatre-filled holiday, enjoy caberet-style entertainment and fine dining at the renowned Feinstein’s, one of New York’s best.  Take advantage of our deeply discounted rates during this spring season.

The 5 star Trump SoHo hotel, known for its spacious rooms, is close to a few of the listed theaters and is surrounded by quirky galleries, upscale boutiques, giving the whole family something to see and do. Relax in the infamous Trump Spa, featuring massages, facials, Hammam and Spa Attache. Book now to take advantage of a complimentary upgrade for stays until March 31, 2012.

The Chatwal 5 star hotel has become quite the rising star in New York’s Theatre District. A true boutique hotel, with only 76 perfectly-designed rooms and suites, guests can enjoy an attention to detail and unparalleled service. Enjoy complimentary upgrades and breakfast on us!

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