Family Friendly Music Venues in NYC

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Remember the days before you had children when you used to go out to see live music in bars and venues around NYC all of the time? Well we are here to tell you that those days don’t have to end – New York City has a treasure trove of amazing music venues that often have family friendly performances. We have rounded up some of our favorite below to get you started.

BAM Brooklyn – BAM is Brooklyn institution known for  hosting world class operas, film festivals and dance performances but they also have a pretty awesome kids program which includes many genres of music concerts geared towards families.

Brooklyn Public Library – The Brooklyn Library often provides free concerts for families in the theater at the Central Library and you should also check out your local branch for community concerts and sing alongs.

BRIC – This performance space and art gallery located in Fort Greene is committed to educating the next generation of concert goers.

Celebrate Brooklyn – While not specifically geared towards children, this summer concert series in certainly family friendly so bring your juices boxes and picnic blankets and introduce your kids to a Brooklyn tradition.

Brooklyn Bowl – Known as a great venue for grown up concerts (and bowling) but the Brooklyn Bowl also hosts monthly Sunday family concerts which introduce children to bands like the Beatles, Phish and David Bowie.

Industry City – This place is great for food, shopping, art and regular family programing. Go for the concerts and stay for the day.

Fort Greene Park – Fort Greene Park hosts a summer concert series called Music In The Grove which highlights some of NYC’s best children’s performers.

Lincoln Center Kids – That’s right, Lincoln center has an entire series devoted to kids! With performances for children of all ages and spanning several genres of music, you are sure to find something for the whole family.

Carnegie Hall – Carnegie Hall has a wonderful lineup of family programing like family concerts, family days and even sing alongs. The events take place around the city so check out their schedule to see if they are coming to your neighborhood.

The Jewish Museum – Sundays are for families at the Jewish Museum complete with regular kid friendly concerts.

New York Philharmonic – This New York institution has a wonderful series called Young People’s Concerts and they even have a VERY Young People’s Concert series for kids 3-6 years.

The Little Orchestra Society – This wonderful organization will introduce your children to classical music with fun, interactive, child-focused performances.

92nd Street Y  – The 92nd street Y is all about family fun and children’s education. Check out their event page for upcoming family concerts.