Interactive Entertainment for Kids: Pip's Island Thrills in NYC

Looking for fun with kids in New York? Pip’s Island is new in town, offering up a unique take on interactive theatre.

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Sometimes a show for kids hits all the right notes: good concept (check); cool actors (check); interaction (check); fun music (check, check, check). But once in a very blue—probably cerulean or cobalt—moon comes a production aimed at children that offers all of the above and umpteen more check marks...check marks that let loose 21st-century pop culture goodies (graphic novels, web series, apps, video games, etc.) and toss in live actors, a propulsive storyline, and creative problem solving for an all-immersive theatrical experience.

Pip’s Island is about empowering children by giving experiences that will help them find the spark within,” says Rania Ajami, the female half of the brother and sister partnership that created these awesome “expeditions” for kids ages 4 to 10.

Notes her brother Rami, “Born from today’s need for children to have multi-sensorial experiences that challenge their minds, spirits, and bodies, we believe Pip’s Island is the future of kid’s entertainment...”

Of course the youngsters’ focus will be more in-the-moment as they toy with gadgets, interact with puppets, and wrangle “five powerful Sparks of energy in order to save the day!”

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Pip's Island is playing through January 8th at Skylight Modern, 537 W. 27th St., btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves. For info and tickets visit

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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