My twelve-year-old gets to do lots of fun, “big kids” stuff like escape rooms and her younger brothers sometimes feel like they get “left out of the cool stuff”. I’m always on the lookout for unique activities around NYC and I found Pip’s Island – an interactive show that’s similar to an escape room where kids move from one room to the next. Pip’s Island, Pip’s Island – An Interactive Show, Pip’s Island – An Interactive Show, Escape Room for Kids!
Pip’s Island has a very cool concept: the audience, which is kids, with the “assistance” of their parents, are formed into a group and meet in a room where they have to do certain things to find an entrance to another room. They keep going from room to room in a storyline where villain Joules Volter is trying to take over an island. The kids’ jobs, as explorers, is to help a boy named Pip and save the island.
The show is a perfect introduction to the concept of escape room for young kids. It’s hard at a young age to differentiate between real and imaginary and a show like Pip’s Island is the perfect vehicle to allow kids to explore that fine line between what’s real and what’s only pretend. The sets at each room are imaginative, lavish and impressive, no expenses are spared in this production. The cast of about 20 includes actors, singers and puppeteers and the entire show is very well run and organized, from the minute you enter the building and until you exit it.
I loved that the cast stayed in character the entire time and I couldn’t stop laughing at the jokes (some were intended for the parents). The show is perfect as an indoor activity for a cold or rainy day and the location – 42nd St.and 9th Ave. can’t be beaten!
My nine-year-old said it was a lot of fun. My-six-year old looked back at me once in a while throughout the show, just to make sure all was ok. When we left the building he said to me: you said we were going to a show, that wasn’t a show! It’s a mystery and an adventure!
Pip’s Island is playing through June 2019. Shows are held every 30 minutes daily (closed on Tuesdays) at 400 West 42nd St., at 9th Ave. To purchase tickets click here.
The show, which lasts about an hour, is recommended for mature four-year-olds and up to age 10.
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for eighteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 12, 9 and 6) and loves finding great products for her family.