Jim Hensen's Dinosaur Train Live! Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Jim Hensen’s Dinosaur Train Live! Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

A Broadway show is on the top of every visitor’s list for New York City, but for a large family it can get pretty pricey – and you have to wonder if it is worth the cost with smaller children. The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has wonderful theatrical, dance and musical productions for families at a fraction of the price.TMOM Travel Disclosure

This spring the littlest theater-goers can explore the world of live theater with Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Very Hungary Catapiller, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and Jim Hensen’s Dinosaur Train Live.  Tickets range from only $9-15 but make sure you get your tickets early because good seats for these popular events sell out fast.

For older children and adults, the theater also hosts a selection of multicultural productions including dance companies from all over the world who perform ballet, flamenco, and traditional folk dance or like the returning National Dance Company of Jamaica, some productions feature music, dance and theater all in one.

Free Events

The Center also offers a number of free events throughout the year. For budding ballerinas, each year the New York City Ballet hosts a free educational program called the Beauty of Ballet that teaches youngsters how they can develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers.  The audience gets to see students from the prestigious School of American Ballet perform and staff is on hand to answer questions for those interested in attending the school.

In April, the theater celebrates Earth Day where children and adults can enjoy a free community festival with music, arts and crafts.

The theater also offers several complimentary jazz and classical music events to showcase the talents of students from Brooklyn College’s Conservatory of Music.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

National Dance Company of Jamaica Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

How to Get There

The easiest way to get there from Manhattan is the express 2 or 5 trains, which drops you off a block away. By car, it is about a 30 minute drive from Manhattan with no traffic.

Where to Eat

Flatbush/Ditmas Park Neighborhood on Cortelyou Road has many restaurants and is a 5 minute Uber ride or two stops on the 2 train and a 15 minute walk.

Farm on Adderly – Enjoy American farm-to-table fare at this popular Ditmas neighborhood spot for brunch, lunch or dinner.

The Castello Plan – This wine bar has outdoor seating and serves a reputable brunch before the matinee performances.