New York City has so many fun, family-friendly things to offer. Whether it be, crazy cool pop-ups, Broadway shows, bus tours, Instagramable stores, or girly pink restaurants, NY has it all. One of the most unique experiences we tried a couple years ago, was called Pip’s Island, an immersive theater experience which has returned for a permanent stay in Times Square! And we were so excited to be invited back to preview the all-new performance!
What is it?
It’s part theater, part interactive performance, part puppet show, part digital wonderland. The kids are asked to help save Pip’s Island from darkness and evil and instead of passively sitting and watching a story unfold, they are asked to don an explorer’s jacket and follow along step-by-step, room-by-room. Immediately engaging, it sparks curiosity and creativity. And I loved how it provided a surprising escape from our everyday world.
What Can You And Kids Expect?
You’re led by humorous actors who lead you on a somewhat mysterious journey. You’ll meet Pip, Pebble and Finn (the good guys) as well as the villain, Joules Volter and his army of moles who are determined to take over Pip’s Island. You’ll learn signature moves and chants to ward off evil, collect achievement badges called “sparks” all the while practicing teamwork and STEAM curriculum elements. By you, I mean the kids..the parents are allowed to rest on benches and seats throughout and simply let the kiddie explorers be the day’s hero. (Though you’re more than welcome to participate..I gave them bonus points for letting the parents rest and watch!) Pictures were not allowed on this journey so you’ll have to use your imagination and go check it out yourselves!
The interactive and immensely entertaining journey is about an hour-long and each room and pathway is filled with dazzling, detailed 3D design, digital surprises and Disney-worthy sets. It was like jumping into a storybook or video game and I highly recommend it for kids aged 4-10.
You can buy tickets in advance (for a $10 discount) at PipsIsland.com. There are discounts available for schools and groups, as well as birthday party packages (what a creative way to celebrate a birthday, huh?) And accompanying adults need their own ticket. Note – they close Tuesdays. But you as my followers and readers can get 10% off by clicking here and using code Pip10
While in Times Square, you’ll also want to check out, Ocean Odyssey, a digital, underwater wonderland or Gulliver’s Gate.where you get to travel the world through incredible, miniaturized scenes. Click through those prior posts for more info on what to do in Times Square with kids!
And as always make sure to follow along our daily adventures on Instagram where in stories, we show all the behind the scenes video and more!