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September 1, 2017
Lincoln Center Announces LC Kids 2017–2018 Season
Family Events and Performances Featuring 
Artists from New York and Around the World

Highlights include:

  • Theater, Music, and Dance Performances for Children and Families, with New Events for Infants and Toddlers (0–24 months) and Big Kids (9 and up)
  • Big Umbrella Festival, the First-Ever Theater Festival for Young Audiences on the Autism Spectrum featuring an International Roster of Artists
  • Free, Monthly Music and Storytimes at the David Rubenstein Atrium
  • Plaza-Wide Events, Including Annual LC Trick-or-Treat 

August 30, 2017 — Lincoln Center today announced its 2017-18 LC Kids season, featuring a diverse lineup of performances, events, and celebrations for children and families. Running from September through June, artists from New York and beyond will offer theater, dance, music, puppetry, storytimes, immersive experiences and more in a range of free and ticketed events.
This season, LC Kids expands its offerings to a wider spectrum of age ranges—with performances for the youngest of audiences, infants and toddlers up to 24 months, including the classical music-filled story Hup, and kids aged 9 and up, including Where Words Once Were, a new work featuring theatrical wordplay by celebrated playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. During Autism Awareness Month in April 2018, Lincoln Center presents the Big Umbrella Festival, the world’s first month-long festival for young audiences on the autism spectrum. The festival will feature three original interactive theater productions presented both at local schools and on the Lincoln Center campus, including the return of the popular immersive production Up and Away , a Lincoln Center commission.

LC Kids will continue its popular free music and storytime events at the David Rubenstein Atrium, featuring performances by leading musicians and storytimes with acclaimed children’s book authors, presented in partnership with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. On Halloween weekend, families can enjoy a free party on the plaza, as Lincoln Center continues its annual fall celebration with costumes, candy, spooky stories, and more.

The entire season kicks off Saturday, September 23 with a music and storytime double-feature event at the David Rubenstein Atrium, with author Todd Tarpley and a boogaloo dance party with music by Spanglish Fly.

Complete details for the 2017–18 LC Kids season follow below.


The Village of Vale (United States)
For ages 8 and up
Saturday and Sunday, October 28–29Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

In this dark, fairy-tale musical, a mysterious traveler discovers a village where secrets and curses lurk behind every door and knowledge is as potent as it is dangerous. Six performers and a live band tell the stories of an obsessed bookkeeper, a cursed woodsman, and a traveling trader without a name whose arrival threatens to upend the lives of every villager in Vale.

The Secret Life of Suitcases (Scotland)
For ages 6–12
Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker
Saturdays, November 11 and 18 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pmSunday, November 19 at 11:00 am
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Larry is an office worker who likes everything in its place. But when a fantastical flying suitcase with a mission shows up at his door one day, Larry’s world is turned upside down and he embarks on a journey that takes him further than he ever thought possible. Discover the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again in this colorful play.

SOLE Defined (United States)
For ages 6–12
Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Transforming their bodies into drums, these high-energy dancers add a jolt of electricity to the traditional Broadway musical format. Combining tap, step, and other forms of percussive dance with acting, singing, and multimedia projections, they invite audiences into their wholly original form of free-flowing storytelling.

The Polar Bears Go Up (United Kingdom)
For ages 2–5
Unicorn Theatre (England) / Fish and Game (Scotland)
Saturdays and Sundays, December 9–10 and 16–17 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

In this fun, surreal, and highly enjoyable theater adventure, the polar bears must step up and explore unknown territory: the sky above their heads. They climb trees, jump on clouds, and reach for the stars as they race each other all the way to space.

Contra-Tiempo (United States)
For ages 6–12
Saturdays, January 20 and 27 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Drawing from salsa, Afro-Cuban dance, hip-hop, and contemporary dance-theater, this critically acclaimed, multicultural Los Angeles dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their philosophy of performance-as-social-action gives voice to people not traditionally seen on the concert stage, creating a thrilling, mind-opening experience for children and adults alike.

Where Words Once Were (United States)
For ages 9 and up
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Kennedy Center for Young Audiences
Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Wordplay and adventure abound in this new work by celebrated playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set in a dystopian time where language is rationed, a sentence can get you sentenced, and the silent are rising, our young hero Orhan discovers that a word can change the world.

Presented in partnership with Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences

Waves, all that Glows Sees (Canada)
For ages 2–5
Théâtre des Confettis
Saturdays and Sundays, March 10–11 and 17–18 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Children are invited inside an enchanted tent to experience this whimsical theatrical tale where a tall man’s daydreams of a seaside land filled with wonders is transformed into an immersive reality. Sand dunes, sea creatures, boats, and the endless sky are evoked through stunning visuals and original melodies.

Presented in association with Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences

Hup (Scotland)
For ages 0–24 months
Wednesday–Friday, March 21–23 at 11:00 am
Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Babies 0–24 months and their grownups are free to explore during this enchanting classical music experience featuring a playful quartet of musicians. With the help of two violins, one cello, and a raccoon, they’ll become a part of the story of one very special tree.

Tetris (Netherlands)
For ages 6–12
Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 20 at 11:00 am
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.

Grass (England)
For ages 2–5
Second Hand Dance
Saturday and Sunday, June 2–3 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Clark Studio Theater
Tickets $25
Member tickets $18

Look down. What are you standing on? Explore the ground and all of its wiggly inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing, Grass uses performance, puppetry, and projections to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, get mucky, and play!

Big Umbrella Festival
April 10–May 6, 2018

In spring 2018, Lincoln Center will present the inaugural Big Umbrella Festival, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to relaxed, sensory-rich performances that are carefully designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families. The festival, set to launch during Autism Awareness Month in April 2018, is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center Education’s longtime commitment to making art accessible in all forms to diverse audiences. Thoughtfully curated with unique needs in mind, Big Umbrella’s core objective is to enrich the lives of children on the autism spectrum through inclusive art that engages, educates, and inspires.

Spanning April 10 to May 6, 2018, Big Umbrella is presented by Lincoln Center Education and LC Kids, and will include three original interactive theater productions by local and international artists presented both at local schools and on the Lincoln Center campus, as well as a symposium and professional development opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and presenters, with the aim of bringing the community together around the topic of neurodiversity.

The Big Umbrella Festival will include the return of Up and Away, the groundbreaking immersive theater experience commissioned by Lincoln Center and premiered in 2015 to worldwide recognition, as well as other first-rate theater and music events from around the world.

Details about the productions, events, and dates will be announced at a later date. For more information, sign up for emails at

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Tickets to LC Kids events are available to members at the $125 level and above starting August 28. Tickets on sale to general public starting September 12. A 20% discount is taken off the member or non-member ticket price when two or more shows are purchased. This offer expires on October 1, 2017. for tickets and more details.

Now in its third season, LC Kids presents two series of free events at the David Rubenstein Atrium featuring dance-able music performances by exciting musicians and engaging storytimes with beloved authors. The season kicks off with a special double feature event highlighted by Boogaloo music and stories by author Todd Tarpley on September 23. Storytime events are presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Events take place on select Saturdays and are recommended for ages 2–5. Dates and event details for both the Artists the Atrium series and the Storytime at the Atrium series are below.

LC Kids at the Atrium
Season Launch Event
Featuring Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! and Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley and Boogaloo Familia
Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 am
Our season of free programming at the David Rubenstein Atrium kicks off with a story-and-music double feature. We begin with the rhythmic, say-along stories of beloved children’s book author Todd Tarpley. Then, NYC band Spanglish Fly get kids on their feet for a bilingual journey through Latin boogaloo, the 1960s musical and dance craze from the streets of Spanish Harlem.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: The Happy Racers
Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Live onstage is where the real fun happens for this fast moving, adventurous band that will get your kids dancing to every groove and singing along to every catchy lyric.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 am
Part of LC Trick-or-Treat
Beware of Crankenstein! With equal parts silliness and sympathy, author Samantha Berger tells the story of a seemingly ordinary boy who can go through some seriously grumpy transformations.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Nobuntu
Saturday, November 4 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
With their bright a cappella harmonies, the five women of Nobuntu have earned international praise for the passion and joy they bring to traditional Zimbabwean songs, Afro jazz, and gospel.

LC Kids Storytime at the AtriumRead the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dykman
Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 am
The team behind the New York Times best-selling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Duke Otherwise
Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Kids and grownups will delight together in the hilarious and imaginative songs of this charismatic guitar-playing, tap-dancing performer.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: The Littlest Train by Chris Gall
Saturday, December 16 at 11:00 am
All aboard! Dinotrux creator Chris Gall’s new book features a tiny train who sets off to explore the world and makes lots of new friends on his way.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Soul Science Kids
Saturday, January 6 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
The innovative Afrofuturist griots of Soul Science Lab translate stories into soul-stirring sounds and dynamic visuals perfect for young audiences.

LC Kids Storytime at the AtriumLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 am
Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African-American women who shaped history.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Frances England
Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
With a gift for capturing the simple pleasures of childhood, the California-based singer-songwriter's sparkly, acoustic pop songs will strike a chord with the young and young at heart.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Hey Black Child by Bryan Collier
Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 am
Award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier brings Useni Eugene Perkins’s empowering poem to life, celebrating black children and seeking to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Sheep 101 by Richard Morris
Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am
Author Richard Morris (This Is a Moose) and illustrator LeUyen Pham team up for this slapstick, rollicking mashup of nursery rhyme characters and the time-honored bedtime ritual of counting sheep.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Get ready for a whimsical Americana mashup when the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter brings his rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock tunes to Lincoln Center.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Hello, Lighthouse! by Sophie Blackall
Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am
Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Sophie Blackall (Ruby’s WishIvy & Bean) explores the life of one lighthouse through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 am
When a tech-savvy girl is given a doll, she programs it into the perfect friend in this debut novel from visual artist and author Shanda McCloskey.


LC Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Across the plazas of Lincoln Center
All ages

Our fabulous Halloween celebration returns for a fun-filled day of costumes, candy, spooky stories, and seasonal fun.

LC Kids Dance
At Midsummer Night Swing
Summer 2018

Dancers of all ages will learn a few steps of merengue, tango, salsa, and swing before they take over Lincoln Center’s famous outdoor dance floor in Damrosch Park.
Family Day
At Lincoln Center Out of Doors  
Summer 2018
Kid-friendly performances abound at this annual summer event on the plaza.
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Visit for more details.
Membership options start at $125, offering access to pre-sales, ticket discounts, reservations at free events, and additional opportunities for family-friendly programs at Lincoln Center. Further information about events and membership is available at, which includes campus-wide information about family-friendly performances and practical information about coming to Lincoln Center with a child.
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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)  serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning  Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 41 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.

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