Entertainment Near Home – Kips Bay Family Fun!

Looking for something to really engage your kids? Even more ideally, not too far from home?

There are exciting entertainment options in and near Kips Bay – with the added bonus of keeping you entertained as well!

Modern PinBall (362 3rd Ave, between East 26nd and 27th Street).

Play pinball in at this venue ranked ranked #1 on Yelp! and named one of the “Best of New York” by New York Magazine. It features a huge collection of pinball machines from the 70s to today – alongside large screen displays showing pinball documentaries.

(Trivia time: Did you know pinball was illegal in the city for over 3o years? Learn the history at the New Yorker).

Venue bonuses:

  • No token hassle – your wristband allows you to play all games.
  • You can even leave for awhile and then go back that day if you haven’t gotten your game fix.
  • Games offered include, “Funhouse”, “Star Wars”, “Spiderman”, “Scared Stiff” and “Gorgar”

The School of Visual Art (209 East 23rd St, between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

Talks and exhibits galore at the school!

E.g.:

School of Visual Arts, "Your Turn"

(Photo via the School of Visual Arts’ site at sva.edu )

Tada Theatre (15 West 28th Street, between 5th and Broadway)

This youth theater presents innovative shows.

On now, “The History Mystery” allows audience members to:

“Travel back in time to meet famous and ‘not so famous’ kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright brothers, Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr.”

While the show runs until February 20th, if you go on the 5th or 18th, there’s a talk with the show’s artists. And if you attend the February 11th performance, you’ll be taught a song and dance, onstage, by the cast, choreographer and musical director!

Now that’s interactive!

Tada Theatre - Musical featuring kids

(Photo via Tada’s site at tadatheater.com )