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Broadway shows for kids and the family, a romantic musical for Valentine’s Day (and all date nights before and after), and the best, plushest and ultimate seat in the house for “Hamilton” fans: February is a good month for entertainment in New York—especially if you’re indoors out of the cold.

 

SHOWTIME FOR KIDS
Kids’ Night on Broadway (kidsnightonbroadway.com)—when children 18 and under can see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price for his/her ticket—is Feb. 27. But that doesn’t mean junior theatergoers aren’t welcome to the Great White Way at other times. Not when there are five musicals with definite kid-appeal now on the boards. Take Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and about-to-open “Frozen”: They amaze, charm and warm the heart. “SpongeBob SquarePants” is a Day-Glo fun fest that has audiences of all ages up on their feet cheering. And “School of Rock” about a teacher who brings out the inner rock ’n’ roll in his students is the ultimate wish fulfillment for all youngsters.

 

HERE’S TO LOVE
He’s from a rich family; she’s an orphan from the wrong side of the island. The young lovers in the Broadway musical “Once on This Island” are as deliciously star-crossed as Romeo and Juliet. With an infectious Caribbean score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, clever direction by Michael Arden and a career-making performance from newcomer Hailey Kilgore as Ti Moune, the show is a sure bet for a romantic date night. | “Once on This Island,” Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., 212.239.6200

 

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
After almost three years, “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is still Broadway’s hottest ticket. So, if you can’t obtain seats, here’s an alternative: The plush velvet “Hamilton” armchair, designed by RhubarbLondon to coincide with the revolutionary musical’s premiere in the West End this past December. Period-perfect, from fringed epaulets to brass buttons to ball-and-claw feet, the custom-made chair can be ordered from the manufacturer (rhubarblondon.com) and shipped from the UK to the States.