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Part 5: How to Snag the VIP Treatment for Kids

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See part 4 of this series: “Best kid-friendly shows on Broadway”

A night on Broadway is an experience the kids will remember forever, especially if they feel like they’re a part of the magic. Show your kids the red-carpet treatment with these insider tips. From getting stars’ autographs to going on backstage tours, here’s how to make the tiniest of theatergoers feel like VIPs. (Just remember, most venues don’t allow children under age 4.)

Kids’ Night

Every winter, the Broadway League and The New York Times present “Kids’ Night on Broadway,” during which anyone 18 years old and under can see a Broadway show free of charge, provided he or she is with a paying adult. In addition to the complimentary ticket, there’s also cool family-friendly restaurant deals, special offers, events and activities that evening. For example, Finding Neverland featured kid-friendly activities at the Orpheum Theater, BOGO tickets, a meet-and-greet with the young cast members and a souvenir giveaway for the first 100 kids through the door. Visit kidsnightonbroadway.com for upcoming details on the 2018 event.

Meet and Greet

Kids’ Night isn’t the only chance for a face-to-face session with a Broadway cast. It’s common for many Broadway shows, especially kid-friendly shows, to allow a quick meeting of the cast at the stage door. Actors from Aladdin are often available to sign autographs and pose for pictures following the performance. Simply ask an usher for directions to the stage door — it never hurts to try, and it could be a chance for the kids to have a brush with stardom.

Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder what’s behind the curtain? Get in on a Broadway backstage tour like the Behind the Emerald Curtain Tour, where you can witness the backstage magic of the Broadway hit, Wicked. It takes 125 people to make the production come to life, and you’ll find out just how it all happens. This tour at the Gershwin Theatre ends with a Q&A session with cast members.

How will you show your kids the red-carpet treatment?