Kids’ Night on Broadway 2013 Features Free Fan Festival at Discovery Times Square, Feb 26

For the first time, The Broadway League’s KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY pre-theatre Fan Fest will take place at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) on Tuesday, February 26 from 3 to 6 pm.

The annual Fan Fest is free for all parents and children who have purchased a KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket. Aiming to enhance the experience of live theatre, the Fan Fest allows kids to participate in special activities created by Broadway shows. The Fan Fest will include show-themed games and activities, makeup demonstrations, Autograph Alley with Broadway performers, a dance workshop with Revolución Latina, Broadway Karaoke, and much more, including a free theatre activity guide. The Broadway Green Alliance will also collect plastic bottle caps (plastic and metal) to incorporate in to the set for the new production of Peter and the Starcatcher Off-Broadway. For every handful of caps brought, a prize will be given.

During the entire week of KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY, (February 25 – March 3), the purchase of one Discovery Times Square adult ticket will admit one child for free to either Harry Potter: The Exhibition or Spy: The Exhibit. This offer will also apply during the Fan Fest. Proof of KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket will be required to redeem this offer. Please note that only one child ticket is granted per adult ticket purchase. Exhibit Purchase is not required in order to attend the Fan Fest.

“Everyone at The Broadway League is excited to have this year’s Fan Fest at Discovery Times Square. The annual event is a great way for kids to interact with Broadway talent and to meet other kids who also enjoy theatre,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Like Broadway, the Discovery Times Square exhibits are creative, imaginative, and educational.”

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is when kids ages 6 to 18 can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes free pre-theatre parties, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more.

Kids’ Night on Broadway tickets available for participating shows on:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013

Participating shows (to date) include:

BROADWAY: Ann, Annie, Chicago, Hands on a Hardbody, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Wicked.

OFF-BROADWAY: Avenue Q, Forever Dusty, The Gazillion Bubble Show, Stomp

Many Times Square-area eateries will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders. Restaurant updates: www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/restaurants.php

Participating restaurants (to date) include:

Angus McIndoe, B. Smith’s, Blue Fin, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Casa Nonna, Ceci Italian Restaurant, Cock & Bull, Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, Glass House Tavern, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Heartland Brewery & Chophouse, Hurley’s Saloon, Little Town Restaurant Row, Matt’s Grill, Playwright Tavern, Ruby Foo’s, Ruby Tuesday, Schnipper’s, Tasti-D-Lite, Toloache, Tony’s DiNapoli, Trattoria Trecolori, and Virgil’s Real BBQ.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY®, a program of The Broadway League, is generously presented by The New York Times. Official sponsor is Discovery Times Square. Official media partners are WABC-TV, Fresh 102.7, WCBS-FM 101, Metro-North Railroad, Telemundo Nueva York, and La Mega.

Harry Potter the Exhibition: After a widely successful international tour, the iconic exhibition is back in NYC and better than ever! Experience firsthand the magic of Hogwarts™! Marvel at over 200 authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter™ films, including some newly added never-before-seen artifacts from the epic series finale! Step inside the famous wizard’s magical world as you make your way through the dramatic displays inspired by the films’ sets – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor common room. While touring through the exhibition space, discover iconic items such as Harry’s original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder’s Map, Gryffindor school uniforms as well as costumes worn at the Yule Ball. Enter the Quidditch area and toss a Quaffle, pull your own Mandrake in the Herbology vignette, encounter Buckbeakthe Hippogriff and even a giant Acromantula spider. Showcasing the supreme artistry and amazing craftsmanship that went into the making of the ever popular film series, Harry Potter: The Exhibition is sure to spark curious minds and foster an excitement of discovery among guests of all ages. There’s no place like Hogwarts!

Spy: The Exhibit: Forget what you think you know about spies from movies and novels. This interactive new family friendly exhibit will take you beyond the Hollywood fiction and put you face to face with the secret truth that goes on behind the scenes. Encounter real declassified gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the world’s leading intelligence agencies. Experience what it’s like to be a spy firsthand – test your spy skills by navigating your way through an actual laser field. Create your own disguise and alter your voice – even your family and friends won’t recognize you! Experience the evolution of spy technology with over 200 historical artifacts, including a collapsible motorbike from WW2, a robotic flying dragonfly, a German ENIGMA machine, and the ice axe that killed Trotsky.

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, visit BroadwayLeague.com, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. Download the free ILoveNYTheater app and free IBDB app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch on iTunes.

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