Please Bring Balloons

Year(s) Produced: 2017, 2018
An interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for our youngest audience members.

About Please Bring Balloons

An interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for our youngest audience members. Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, PLEASE BRING BALLOONS will be a fun and dynamic introduction to theater that you and your toddler will love. Have you ever heard of a carousel polar bear asking for balloons? Emma hasn’t, but a request from her favorite animal opens the door to a breathtaking adventure. The best part? She’s taking you along with her!

Show Credits

Created by David Kilpatrick
Directed by Sara Morgulis

Starring:

  • Claire Simba (2017, 2018)
  • Brandon Schraml (2017)
  • Jake Robertson (2018)
  • Cynthia Nesbit (2018)
  • Bryson Bruce (2018)

 

What Audiences are Saying about Please Bring Balloons

Absolutely Delightful

There’s a great use of creative props in the intimate performance space. The strategic floor seating gives kids the perfect vantage point to make them feel like they’re right in the middle of the action.

Please Bring Balloons was absolutely delightful and I found myself getting lost in the magic of seeing this story come to life through my daughters eyes. Getting involved in theater helps kids develop their imagination and fosters creative thinking. This play definitely encourages little ones to use their imaginations while interacting with the performers through props and dance.

— The Lawrences, Mocha Mommy
Full of Magic and Imagination

The audience is invited to dance, shake maracas, fly, and create their own balloons during the show. We even had a snowball fight at one point. It’s completely interactive, making it a great option for first-time and very young theatergoers.

There were lots of giggles and smiles throughout, and even with just two actors and a small setting, the show builds the kids’ anticipation about what will come next, keeping them guessing and engaged throughout. It’s a sweet, magical adventure filled with animals, balloons, music, and twinkling lights–and easily my 4-year-old’s favorite show in the last year.

— Rose Gordon Sala, Mommy Poppins
Fantastic Winter Show!

New York City Children’s Theater presents an encore run of this multisensory romp for the sippy-cup set, which we just loved when we reviewed it last year. Inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, it’s about a little girl and her special bond with a certain carousel animal. Throughout the 30-minute adventure, audiences are invited to dance, shake maracas, fly, create their own balloons, and even have a fake snowball fight. It’s completely interactive, making it a great option for first-time and very young theatergoers.

— Mommy Poppins
Thank You for Making this Magic Happen!

There are so few theatrical experiences for children of this age, and yet the power of the theatre can sometimes transform them the most. Watching my daughter’s eyes light up when she saw the show was transformative for me as well. She was a bit nervous going in, and after she looked at me and said with a smile, “Fun. Wow.” I said the same. I am planning on bringing her back again. Thank you for making this magic happen!

— NYC Mom
Experience the Joy Only Theater Can Provide.

Adorable! My three year old was captivated! How glorious for my son to experience the joy of transportation that only theater can provide. Very clever to engage each child before the performance to put them at ease plus encouraging some participation during the show. I witnessed magical joy in each child today! Lovely acting as well. Kudos!!

— NYC Mom
Did Not Disappoint!

Please Bring Balloons was excellent! It was super exciting to take our little one to his first NYC theater experience and it did not disappoint. The interactive parts of the show really added value to the performance, I loved seeing all the children engage and interact. The actors did a great job encouraging their imaginations. Bravo!

— NYC Parent
Amazing Play for Little Ones!

Great actors and production! My son really enjoyed it, and even though he can be shy in new situations he interacted with actors and props during the play. Amazing play for little ones! We loved the sweet and intimate setting, and the fact that the actors fully engaged the audience and gently encouraged the children to take part.

— NYC Mom
Dreamy and Wonderful!

Fantastic experience, particularly for younger kids! My child has been mostly terrified of live performance, but he was engaged the entire time for Please Bring Balloons and wanted to return immediately. It’s dreamy and wonderful!

— NYC Mom
A Perfect Introduction to Theatre!

A perfect introduction to theatre for young toddlers. The length along with audience participation allowed our daughter to really take in the show and appreciate the content and message. We were shocked how much recall and understanding she had of the show in discussion on our way home!

— NYC Parent
Lively and Interactive!

The production was a very sweet story of a young girl using her imagination and going on adventures with her friend, a polar bear from a carousel. The performance was lively and interactive. I was surprised my two year old was engaged the entire time and participated during portions of the show!

— NYC Mom
We Really Were on the North Pole!

Your charming actors and talented crew once again harnessed our children’s imaginations to create scenes of real action and stunning vistas, using nothing more than themselves and some pieces of cloth. We really were on the North Pole! This was such a welcome break from the incessant and addictive animated stories on the kids’ tablet screens!

— NYC Grandpa
Please Bring Balloons is on Mommy Poppin’s February GoList!

Thank you to Mommy Poppins for including Please Bring Balloons, on their February GoList! Be sure to check out our shows and all of the other great shows and events going on in NYC this February!

Please Bring Balloons — Midtown West
Tuesday, February 21-Sunday, March 5
New York City Children’s Theater debuts a new show inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, about a little girl who helps a carousel animal realize his dream of flying. Due to its whimsical story and half-hour run time, this interactive, multisensory experience is ideal for first-time theatergoers.

— Mommy Poppins
Two of the Best Winter Shows!

Thank you to Mommy Poppins for including both of our upcoming productions, Love That Dog and Please Bring Balloons, on their list of the Best Winter Shows for NYC Families!

Please Bring Balloons — Midtown West
Saturday, February 18-Sunday, March 5
Ages 2-5
New York City Children’s Theater debuts a new show inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, about a little girl who helps a carousel animal realize his dream of flying. Due to its whimsical story and half-hour run time, this interactive, multisensory experience is ideal for first-time theatergoers.

Love That Dog — Midtown West
Saturday, February 18-Sunday, March 5
Ages 8 and older
New York City Children’s Theater’s other winter production is aimed at school-age audiences, a stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s book of the same name, which was inspired by the late Walter Dean Myers’ poem “Love That Boy.” Jack doesn’t like to write, and constantly resists his teacher’s urgings to try. But as she feeds him various prompts, he discovers he actually has a lot to say, especially about his beloved canine. It’s a celebration of unlocking the creativity we all have deep within.

— Mommy Poppins
Best Family Theater in NYC this Fall!

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Mommy Poppins for including Please Bring Balloons 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.

— Mommy Poppins
Absolutely Delightful

There’s a great use of creative props in the intimate performance space. The strategic floor seating gives kids the perfect vantage point to make them feel like they’re right in the middle of the action.

Please Bring Balloons was absolutely delightful and I found myself getting lost in the magic of seeing this story come to life through my daughters eyes. Getting involved in theater helps kids develop their imagination and fosters creative thinking. This play definitely encourages little ones to use their imaginations while interacting with the performers through props and dance.

— The Lawrences, Mocha Mommy
Full of Magic and Imagination

The audience is invited to dance, shake maracas, fly, and create their own balloons during the show. We even had a snowball fight at one point. It’s completely interactive, making it a great option for first-time and very young theatergoers.

There were lots of giggles and smiles throughout, and even with just two actors and a small setting, the show builds the kids’ anticipation about what will come next, keeping them guessing and engaged throughout. It’s a sweet, magical adventure filled with animals, balloons, music, and twinkling lights–and easily my 4-year-old’s favorite show in the last year.

— Rose Gordon Sala, Mommy Poppins
Fantastic Winter Show!

New York City Children’s Theater presents an encore run of this multisensory romp for the sippy-cup set, which we just loved when we reviewed it last year. Inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, it’s about a little girl and her special bond with a certain carousel animal. Throughout the 30-minute adventure, audiences are invited to dance, shake maracas, fly, create their own balloons, and even have a fake snowball fight. It’s completely interactive, making it a great option for first-time and very young theatergoers.

— Mommy Poppins
Thank You for Making this Magic Happen!

There are so few theatrical experiences for children of this age, and yet the power of the theatre can sometimes transform them the most. Watching my daughter’s eyes light up when she saw the show was transformative for me as well. She was a bit nervous going in, and after she looked at me and said with a smile, “Fun. Wow.” I said the same. I am planning on bringing her back again. Thank you for making this magic happen!

— NYC Mom
Experience the Joy Only Theater Can Provide.

Adorable! My three year old was captivated! How glorious for my son to experience the joy of transportation that only theater can provide. Very clever to engage each child before the performance to put them at ease plus encouraging some participation during the show. I witnessed magical joy in each child today! Lovely acting as well. Kudos!!

— NYC Mom
Did Not Disappoint!

Please Bring Balloons was excellent! It was super exciting to take our little one to his first NYC theater experience and it did not disappoint. The interactive parts of the show really added value to the performance, I loved seeing all the children engage and interact. The actors did a great job encouraging their imaginations. Bravo!

— NYC Parent
Amazing Play for Little Ones!

Great actors and production! My son really enjoyed it, and even though he can be shy in new situations he interacted with actors and props during the play. Amazing play for little ones! We loved the sweet and intimate setting, and the fact that the actors fully engaged the audience and gently encouraged the children to take part.

— NYC Mom
Dreamy and Wonderful!

Fantastic experience, particularly for younger kids! My child has been mostly terrified of live performance, but he was engaged the entire time for Please Bring Balloons and wanted to return immediately. It’s dreamy and wonderful!

— NYC Mom
A Perfect Introduction to Theatre!

A perfect introduction to theatre for young toddlers. The length along with audience participation allowed our daughter to really take in the show and appreciate the content and message. We were shocked how much recall and understanding she had of the show in discussion on our way home!

— NYC Parent
Lively and Interactive!

The production was a very sweet story of a young girl using her imagination and going on adventures with her friend, a polar bear from a carousel. The performance was lively and interactive. I was surprised my two year old was engaged the entire time and participated during portions of the show!

— NYC Mom
We Really Were on the North Pole!

Your charming actors and talented crew once again harnessed our children’s imaginations to create scenes of real action and stunning vistas, using nothing more than themselves and some pieces of cloth. We really were on the North Pole! This was such a welcome break from the incessant and addictive animated stories on the kids’ tablet screens!

— NYC Grandpa
Please Bring Balloons is on Mommy Poppin’s February GoList!

Thank you to Mommy Poppins for including Please Bring Balloons, on their February GoList! Be sure to check out our shows and all of the other great shows and events going on in NYC this February!

Please Bring Balloons — Midtown West
Tuesday, February 21-Sunday, March 5
New York City Children’s Theater debuts a new show inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, about a little girl who helps a carousel animal realize his dream of flying. Due to its whimsical story and half-hour run time, this interactive, multisensory experience is ideal for first-time theatergoers.

— Mommy Poppins
Two of the Best Winter Shows!

Thank you to Mommy Poppins for including both of our upcoming productions, Love That Dog and Please Bring Balloons, on their list of the Best Winter Shows for NYC Families!

Please Bring Balloons — Midtown West
Saturday, February 18-Sunday, March 5
Ages 2-5
New York City Children’s Theater debuts a new show inspired by Lindsay Ward’s picture book of the same name, about a little girl who helps a carousel animal realize his dream of flying. Due to its whimsical story and half-hour run time, this interactive, multisensory experience is ideal for first-time theatergoers.

Love That Dog — Midtown West
Saturday, February 18-Sunday, March 5
Ages 8 and older
New York City Children’s Theater’s other winter production is aimed at school-age audiences, a stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s book of the same name, which was inspired by the late Walter Dean Myers’ poem “Love That Boy.” Jack doesn’t like to write, and constantly resists his teacher’s urgings to try. But as she feeds him various prompts, he discovers he actually has a lot to say, especially about his beloved canine. It’s a celebration of unlocking the creativity we all have deep within.

— Mommy Poppins
Best Family Theater in NYC this Fall!

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Mommy Poppins for including Please Bring Balloons 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.

— Mommy Poppins
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