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If your kids have ever wished their favorite book or video game would come to life, take them to NYC’s newest interactive adventure, Pip’s Island. The show quickly sold out during its limited run in December 2016 and is now back in a custom-built, brand-new Times Square location. More than a show, Pip’s Island is a theatrical experience that’ll transport kids ages 4-10 to a magical, faraway land.

Your kids will play the role of explorers charged with saving the island’s lighthouse, its energy source, from a villain. They’ll walk, crawl and frolic through a series of elaborate environments while executing simple challenges to advance the show’s plot. Every kid is invited to play with and operate parts of the island, including cranks and doo-dads on a flying ship, decorating a cake to feed one of the island creatures and uncovering jewels that unlock the next stage of the adventure.

Throughout the experience, they’ll come across characters both animated and real, along with some very clever puppets. During their walking adventure, kids will navigate challenges and one-of-a-kind games to collect achievement badges called sparks, which include many elements of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum. “To overcome obstacles and challenges, each player finds within him or herself the spark—the power to impact the world around them,” says Rania Ajami, who cofounded Pip’s Island with her brother, Rami Ajami.

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By the end of the experience, kids leave knowing they played an important role in saving the island from darkness, all while having fun. “Pip’s Island is as real as ‘make-believe’ gets for children,” says Walter Krudop, the experience’s creative director. “They literally feel like they’re entering a live video game and are pulled right into the story.”

PIP’S ISLAND
400 W. 42nd St. and 9th Ave.
Runs daily Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesdays
Tickets start at $39
The show lasts about 60 minutes. Guests should arrive 15 minutes before their ticketed time.