by Christopher Halleron
Ah, yes. We could all use a nice trip to the Islands—Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda…
But if your schedule is anything like mine, even Staten Island seems too remote. For those short on time but still in need of a family escape, head over to Pip’s Island, and let your imagination run wild.
Located off-Broadway at 400 W. 42nd Street, just minutes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Pip’s Island converts a Manhattan theater space into a dazzling sensory adventure, where a group of “explorers” don their vests and embark on an expedition to help Pip—and his friends Finn and Pebble—navigate the enchanting but perilous “island” as they rescue Amperes Wattson and the Lighthouse from Joules Volter and his dastardly moles.
Explorers travel across land, sea and space, frolicking among Flambows and grappling with Grumble Plum—all the while enjoying the vivid beauty and engaging story of this stunning creative universe.
My traveling companion for this expedition was my 4 year-old son. He’s on the younger side of the ideal audience, and was initially timid as we got underway—overwhelmed by the sheer spectacle before him. Yet the adept actors behind this production made the effort to draw all the children into the journey—even melting away the skepticism of the older kids. (*The production is listed for ages 4-10, which seems about right.)
For adults on the expedition, Pip’s Island was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on a Yellow Submarine, where the spirit and enthusiasm of the creators resonates with explorers young and old. The best part was watching the kids’ eyes, as they traveled from one landscape to the next—reacting to all the surprises on the way.
While the memories of other journeys tend to fade on the plane ride home, the experience of Pip’s Island will stay with your child for a long time.
Catch a show this weekend, before they go on Winter Break, or stay tuned for upcoming performances (resuming in February). #FindYourSpark
Monday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Location: 400 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036