Have tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway? The spellbinding story is told in two parts, and the Wednesday and weekend shows include a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. evening performance. What should you do between the two? We’ve got a full day of Potterhead-approved activities that will make the time before—and in between—the shows fly.
11:15 a.m.: Escape the Room
What better way to kick off your day of fantasy then to place yourself directly in one? Take a page from Harry Potter’s book and use your quick-thinking skills to evade trouble in one of OMEscape’s complex game rooms. Hidden clues and exciting challenges abound, so make haste and escape the room before the clock runs out. Sorry, no time-turners allowed. 325 W 38th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenue)
12:30 p.m.: Eat Lunch With a Sushi Wizard
Have a truly magical meal at this one-of-a-kind omakase experience hidden underneath the Sanctuary Hotel. Fast-casual eatery Sushi By Bou is run by chef David Bouhadana, who doesn’t need a wand to put his signature style on the authentic Japanese dishes that have launched him into culinary superstardom. 132 W 47th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue)
2 p.m.: Part One Showtime!
Part one of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child finds the eponymous hero 19 years after defeating Lord Voldemort; he’s a father of three and an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic. His son, Albus, begins his Hogwarts schooling, but quickly learns that he does not share his famed father’s magical talents or social prowess. His only friend is Scorpius, the troubled son of Draco Malfoy, with whom he lands himself in a bit of trouble… Lyric Theater 214 W 43rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)
5 p.m.: Snack on Enchanted Candies
Three hours may seem like a tortuous wait to learn the story’s epic conclusion, so a sugar-filled pick-me-up is definitely in order. While you won’t find Fizzing Whizzbees and the Weasley twins’ Skiving Snackboxes available for purchase, the Sugar Factory inside the Row NYC hotel is your hub for sweet treats that taste just as good as the enchanting candies found in Ron’s favorite shop, Honeydukes. 700 Eighth Avenue (between 44 and 45 Street)
6 p.m.: Make the Unbreakable Bond (aka Get Dinner)
For those who don’t want to fill up on Chocolate Frogs, indulge in a preshow dinner at Bond 45. Start with an antipasto platter stacked with vegetable tarts, Sicilian eggplant caponata, and cauliflower Milanese, followed up by a juicy steak that’s been dry-aged and hand-carved by one of the restaurant’s master chefs. Let the kids slurp up a three-meat fettuccine Bolognese or enjoy one of the all-day breakfast-for-dinner options. 221 W 46th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)
7:30 p.m.: Part Two Showtime!
Reimmerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter to watch Albus and Scorpius’s dangerous adventure culminate into one nail-biting finale. Time travel, parallel universes, and cameos from unexpected characters await you during part two. Director John Tiffany leads a 40-plus-member cast (seven from the award-winning West End production!), who put on a brilliant performance that will make audiences forget about the Hogwarts letter that never came—well, almost. Lyric Theater 214 W 43rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)