When you live in an exciting city like Manhattan stepping just outside your apartment door can often lead to the best adventure ever - especially if you have a toddler who loves to explore as much as you do. The playgrounds and museums are enough to keep us busy for months but still I've been itching to take her to a show. I don't think she's quite ready for Broadway yet because I think they might be too long for her at her age (although I'm dying to take her to see Annie or The Lion King - two movies she loves to watch and sing-along to at home) but when I found out that Pinkalicious The Musical was playing at a small downtown theater I knew it would be fantastic.
We LOVE all of the books in the Pinkalicious series especially the original and Goldilicious. The stories are so tender and inventive and I love the relationship Pinkalicious has with her family, especially her brother, Peter. They encourage creativity and individualism and there's always an important lesson at the end of each book. We also love the colorful and creative illustrations and the set and music for the show captured the essence of the stories and characters perfectly.
On Mother's Day we hopped in a cab and headed to the Culture Project, a small blackbox theater located at 45 Bleecker Street, where Pinkalicious is playing every Saturday and Sunday until August 1st. With tickets starting at just $24.95 you can't go wrong and there really is no such thing as a bad seat because the room is very intimate and the rows are elevated so you can see the stage and the actors no matter where you are. Perfect for kids! It wasn't sold out on the day we went and I'm guessing it's because it was Mother's Day but I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the afternoon. Plus, after the show was over the actors head into the lobby so the kids could meet them. This was a MAJOR treat for our little girl who still hasn't stopped talking about it.
If you're in New York (or Toronto where it's playing too) you should definitely check it out!
Monica Shulman is a photographer and she writes Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband and toddler daughter.