Visit Lincoln Center's campus this season and you'll notice art aficionados have gotten a lot . . . tinier. The new LC Kids season launched in September with a reading from author Todd Tarpley and the music of Spanglish Fly at the David Rubenstein Atrium. However, the fun (for all ages) doesn't stop there. Continuing into the spring, LC Kids offers a plethora of diverse theater, music, and dance events for the whole family.
If you're looking to provide some entertainment for your blossoming arts patrons, check out the series of ticketed and free events keeping Lincoln Center's halls and plazas filled with laughter and the exciting buzz of adventure. At the Clark Studio Theater, the very youngest are welcome to several shows geared toward them. First, explore, laugh, and play with some fun-loving arctic friends in The Polar Bears Go Up (December 9, 10, 16, 17), a theatrical voyage that will have audiences climbing up trees, jumping on clouds, and reaching for the stars.
Enter an enchanted tent and, with the help of evocative visuals and original melodies, be transported to a seaside land in the whimsical theater piece Waves, all that Glows Sees (March 10, 11, 17, 18). Then look down and explore the natural world around you, including the worms, slugs, and snails right beneath your feet, in Grass (June 2—3), a quirky mix of dance performance, puppetry, and projections that's sure to inspire. And for the first time ever, Lincoln Center invites infants and toddlers (up to 24 months) to a show designed especially for them: with violins, a cello, and a raccoon, Hup (March 21–25) is an enchanting classical music experience.
Cozy up with a book or join in on the dance floor at the free Storytime at the Atrium and Artists at the Atrium series in the David Rubenstein Atrium (for ages 2–5) on select Saturday mornings. Featuring your family's favorite authors, including Chris Gall (The Littlest Train, December 16), Vashti Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, January 20), and Richard Morris (Sheep 101, March 17), and the best in the children's music scene—including Soul Science Kids (January 6), Frances England (February 3), and Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (April 14)—there's something to pique every young reader's interest and a tune to get all tiny dancers rocking out.
This LC Kids season also welcomes children six and up with a series of shows at the Clark Studio Theater that will inspire in them a deeper appreciation of the arts, encourage their natural curiosity, and give them the tools to examine the world around them. November's The Secret Life of Suitcases—a colorful tale of an extraordinary adventure that celebrated the joy of coming home again—and December's SOLE Defined—a high-energy dancing troupe putting an innovative twist on tap and step by turning their bodies into human drums—are only the beginning. Let your world be further transformed by dance in CONTRA-TIEMPO (January 20, 27), a thrilling multicultural experience that incorporates salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and other lively dance genres. And to round out this dance-theater extravaganza is Tetris (May 19–20), in which a quartet of dancers, drawing on themes from the popular video game, stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in our society.
For the slightly older set, LC Kids presents a very special show at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Prepare to witness the power of language in Where Words Once Were (March 10). Written by acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer (The Boy at the Edge of Everything, LC Kids, 2015), this compelling play is set in a dystopian land where language is rationed and only words can truly change the world. Kids ages nine and up will relish this thought-provoking tale and relate to the journey of its young hero as it unfolds before their eyes.
LC Kids invites you to stay tuned in January for an announcement regarding the Big Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Center's first-ever theater festival for young audiences on the autism spectrum and their families. Featuring the return of the critically acclaimed Up and Away, this special festival will open the invaluable world of the performing arts to a new audience with relaxed, sensory-rich shows that create a warm and welcoming environment. Sign up at BigUmbrellaFestival.org to be the first to know about the much-anticipated lineup.
If you want to make LC Kids an even bigger part of your family's life, consider becoming a member. Memberships are available starting at $125 with special benefits that include early access to tickets, discounts, and reserved seating at all Atrium events. The $500 level of membership gives exclusive access to an array of members-only performances and cultural outings. Upcoming offerings include a special trip to see Frozen on Broadway, the spellbinding holiday production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, and an invitation to "Dance All Night" at Lincoln Center Theater's revival of the iconic musical My Fair Lady.
Don't miss a moment of the family-friendly fun: so gather the young people in your life and join us for this exciting LC Kids season.
Kaitlyn Zafonte is associate editor at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
LC Kids is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian.
Support for LC Kids programs and events is provided by Disney, with additional endowment support provided by The Walt Disney Company.
Generous support is also provided by Barbara and James Block, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Joseph Bae and Janice Lee, Anna Nikolayevsky, Amanda and John Waldron, Julian Robertson, and Joseph M. Cohen.
Major support for LC Kids Artists at the Atrium is provided by Betty and John Levin.