When it comes to writing family entertainment, especially for the 2 – 9 year-old set, the challenge is always to make the material enjoyable for the adults, as well as the kids. I hope I’ve accomplished that in my new play at the Vital Theater, StinkyKids The Musical. To round out the perfect Upper West Side afternoon for kids and adults alike, here are some fun suggestions:
1. Based on a series of books, dolls and apparel created by Atlanta mother, impresario and all-around awesome friend and colleague Britt Menzies (check out stinkykids.com), Vital Theatre commissioned the piece from my collaborator Dan Acquisto and me. We’ve written a few shows for them, and this one has been a dream. Ostensibly about a girl who gets gum stuck in her hair, StinkyKids the Musical is a really fun Lucy-Ethel-esque romp from a six-year olds’ point of view – starring a sixsome of New York’s best emerging 20-something actors. The show runs at 11am and 1pm on every weekend, plus this Spring Break (April 9-12), Monday through Thursday at 11am & 1pm.
2. Let’s talk food: Depending on the timing of the show, you can pre-theatre or post-theatre it (because theatre is a verb to me).
Either way, an easy and consistently good location that’s closeby and charming is the Viand Cafe on 75th and Broadway, which is known for being a great family diner and having the best turkey in town. Be sure to save room for a special dessert from one of my three personal favorites: the chocolate from Jacques Torres on Amsterdam, the cookies at Levain Bakery (treats here are so large and sumptuous you can sublet them) or for gelato that will make your childrens’ sugar tantrum SO WORTH IT, Grom.
3. Okay, you have sugar-addled kids on your hand. Make them run around in Central Park. At the entrance of 81st & CPW is my favorite name of a playground: The Diana Ross Playground. It reads a little younger, but then again, so does StinkyKids. In that corridor of the Park, you can introduce or re-introduce the kids (and yourself) to the Shakespeare Garden, the Great Lawn and down a few paces, Strawberry Fields.
Hope you have a great afternoon. If you come see the show and like it, join our Facebook group.
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