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Receive royal gifts, transform your home with theater magic and create your own game in this Family Activity for The Young King! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts on our blog and at
Royal Retrieval
In The Young King, a young man suddenly learns that he will become a king. Entranced by palace life, he demands expensive gifts like a robe of tissued gold, a pearled scepter and a ruby-studded crown. What do you think it would be like to be royalty?

Materials: Anything around your house

Step One: Together, create an outfit fit for royalty! Search your house and find or make a crown, cape and scepter. HINT: A pot could be a crown, a blanket could be a cape and a broom could be a scepter!

Step Two: Pick one family member to wear the outfit first—they are now The Royal. When The Royal says "go" everyone else searches around the house for the best gift to present to him or her. HINT: The goal is for your present to be their favorite, so consider what that person would like!

Step Three: When everyone has a gift, The Royal picks their favorite. The person who gave The Royal's favorite gift becomes royalty next. Now, everyone finds gifts for the new Royal. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!

BONUS: Royalty can be very rich and powerful. If you were in charge and and could have anything, what would you want? Discuss as a family.

Make a World, Play a Game
The Young King is ruler of a large kingdom split into four sections. He learns about these factions throughout the show, and about how his demands affect them. As a family, design your own kingdom in a boardgame and learn how rules affect each other.

Materials: Board game template, card template, scissors, coloring materials, a coin, items to use as game pieces (a thimble, a small toy, a paper clip, a bottle cap, etc.) 

Set Up Your Game
Step One: Print out the board game and the card template

Step Two: Cut out the cards and put them into a deck.

Step Three: Get a coin to flip and find small items around the house to use as playing pieces.
Step Three
Decorate Your Game
Step One: Have each player pick a section—this is your kingdom! 

Step Two: Everyone picks a different color. Use your color to outline your section and rectangles.
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Step Three: Take a moment and consider what kind of kingdom you want to have. Draw elements of the world in your section. Consider the geography, temperature and the residents!
Step Three
The Rules of Your Game
Step One: Start the game by putting your piece on the edge of your section.
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Step Two: Choose a player to go first. On your turn, flip the coin. If it's heads go forward one space; if it's tails go two.

Step Three: After you move, draw a card. Ask the question to the ruler of the section you are in. Once the card is answered, you move forward the number of spaces indicated on the card. If you preside over the section, go forward one space.
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Step Four: After you move forward, it's the next player's turn. Whoever first journeys in a complete circle around the board wins! 

Transform Your Home

Did you know The Young King is an interactive play based on a short story by Oscar Wilde? When plays are based on books or movies they are called adaptations. A good adaptation brings the world of the source material to life through costumes and sets. In this activity, set up your home to create an interactive dramatic experience based on your favorite book or movie!

Materials: An open area, furniture, blankets, boxes or anything else you can think of!  
Step One: Pick a favorite book or movie to act as your source material.
Step Two: Time to make a set! Create a world based on your source material with the items you collected from your home. For instance, you can throw blankets over furniture to create mountains, or make a mighty castle out of boxes and chairs.
Step Three: Choose two or three lines from the source material and act them out. Try using props from around the house to really set the scene.

Step Four: In The Young King, audience members travel throughout the theater before the show. Transform other rooms of your house into different settings and move between those spaces to act out multiple scenes!
The Young King  

Welcome both the Young King and our brand new lobby! Tickets to The Young King are available here
Posted by Beth Henderson

Play with colors, explore the outdoors and make a puppet in this Family Activity for Grug and the Rainbow! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at

All About Grug

In Grug and the Rainbow, we meet Grug. Grug began his life as the top of a burrawang tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he's fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. In this activity, you'll get a chance to design your own version of Grug and take him on an adventure!

Materials: Grug template, drawing utensils, other craft materials (paper, tape, scissors, etc.), popsicle stick

Step One: Using the template below, color and decorate your own version of Grug. Attach him to your popsicle stick so you can move him around.
Grug Template
Step Two: When you create your own Grug, think about the following things: 
  • Color: If you could make Grug a different color, what would you choose? Don’t forget to keep his signature stripes!
  • Clothing: What kind of clothing might Grug need to get ready for summer in New York? Use construction paper to make Grug sunglasses or a hat.
  • Texture: Think about how you might use other materials, like yarn or tissue paper. Try to give Grug a new hairdo! 
Step Three: As you finish up creating your Grug, talk to a family member about: 
  • What is unique about your Grug?
  • What do you think his favorite activities might be?
  • Where do you think he lives?
  • How do you think he moves?
BONUS: Now that you have created your very own Grug, take him on a trip! Show him around your home, take him on an adventure or bring him to places that are special to you. Don’t forget to take pictures. 

Color Walk Poem

In Grug and The Rainbow, we learn all about different colors and where to find them. What colors do you see around your neighborhood? Grab a family member and head outside to create a color-ific mad-lib poem together! 

Materials: Downloadable template, writing utensil

Step One: Print out the poem template below and take it outdoors. Read the prompts aloud and work with your family member to fill them in. When you finish, read the poem together.

Color Walk Poem

Bonus: Fill it out while you’re on the way to see Grug and the Rainbow. See what colors you can spot and fill in on your way from the subway, bus or car! 

Create a Friend for Grug

Windmill Theater Company uses puppetry to tell Grug's story. In this activity, explore the artform of puppetry with your family. 

Materials: An object from your home, masking tape, marker 

Step One: Find an object in your house that you can hold and move around. Choose something that is safe and fun to play with for the activity. It can be a shoe, a cup or a tissue box—you get to choose!

Step Two: Take a small piece of masking tape (about 2 inches long), and stick it on the object where you think its eyes might be.

Step Three: Using the marker, draw eyes on the tape. Your object has now become a creature like Grug!

A Friend for Grug Example

Step Four: Now it's time to bring your puppet to life! 
  • Give your new friend a name.
  • Introduce them to everyone in your house.
  • Think about how your friend moves from place to place. Do they slither, hop or fly?
  • Use your imagination to move your version of Grug and his new friend around the space.

Family Activities
We invite you to deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express and Talk-Backs!
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