While we’re excited for future Broadway shows for our daughters, at 4 and 6
years old, we’re not quite there with their attention spans and the astronomical
ticket prices. We generally opt for smaller (and cheaper) theaters and one of our
all time favorites is The Swedish Marionette Theater in the heart of Central Park
(79th St and West Drive).
The theater itself is a quaint log cottage. Built in 1875 it was originally a
schoolhouse. It was transported to the United States by the Swedish government
and became a permanent fixture in the 1970’s. Since then, it’s been restored by
the Central Park Conservancy. The theater is small and has open seating with all
children seated in the first rows for optimal viewing. The shows typically run just
over one hour. The ideal age range would be 4-8 years old but there were plenty
of children outside that range when we were there. The theater holds daily shows
during the summer months and is open during the school year. Past productions
have included Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and
We recently went to the theater to see Little Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting
Service. It’s the story of Molly Muffet and what happens when she ends up home
alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Aloisius Albrecht Alviss
Spider, (the original spider from the nursery rhyme) is called to babysit Molly.
They start a babysitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away.
As the night progresses and a giant storm heads their way, they settle in for a
long night full of adventures and surprises.
The production is full of catchy songs, dancing and lots of laughs. There is a
scene with an evil monkey that can be a little scary for the little ones (4 and
under), but overall, our daughters were riveted from start to end. The Swedish
Marionette Theater is an affordable and adorable theater experience in the heart
of Central Park. After the show, the Shakespeare Garden and Belvedere Castle
are steps away and make for a perfect ending to a delightful afternoon.
Reservations are necessary, and ticket prices are unbeatable at $8.00 for an
adult ticket, and $5.00 for a child’s ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance,
online at http://cityparksfoundation.org/swedish_cottage.html.
Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, Mina was an HR Recruiter for years. Now her time is spent happily juggling the demands of two young daughters while trying to expose them to the endless adventures the city has to offer.
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