A HUGE thank you to our friends at Mommy Poppins for including Please Bring Balloons and Interstellar Cinderella on their list of the Best Family Theater in NYC this fall!

We loved New York City Children’s Theater’s interactive show for preschoolers when we saw it earlier this year, so we’re thrilled the company is bringing it back for an encore run at University Settlement. Inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, Please Bring Balloons follows the adventures of Emma, a carousel-loving little girl who’s particularly enamored of the polar bear ride. Tots join the friends in a variety of activities including dancing, maraca shaking, and even a virtual snowball fight. This engaging, 30-minute experience is ideal for first-time theatergoers.

The queen of little-kid rock, Laurie Berkner, wrote the songs for this new musical from New York City Children’s Theater. Based on Deborah Underwood’s picture book of the same name, this is a feminist take on the old fairy tale with Cinderella as an engineer hoping to revolutionize space travel and impress her prince with her new invention: a hyper warp speed engine. But when Cinderella is undermined by her evil stepmother, she realizes she has to save herself.

Read all of Mommy Poppins picks:

Please Bring Balloons
Interstellar Cinderella