"Broadway has always been magical to me, and it was a joy to share that magic with my own kids," said Ripa in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be part of a program that exposes children to all of the things that I love about the theatre."
Strahan added, "I'm honored to serve with Kelly as this year's Ambassadors for Kids' Night on Broadway. I have huge respect for Broadway performers. In the theatre, as in sports, the hard work, discipline and focus it takes to be a success are important fundamentals for kids to learn, and these actors and dancers are great role models for kids."
The 2013 event will be held held Feb. 25-March 3.
Kids' Night on Broadway, a program of The Broadway League, allows kids ages 6-18 to see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids' Night on Broadway ticket includes free pre-theatre parties, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs and more.
The 17th annual Kids' Night on Broadway will kick off in New York City with a pre-theatre party.
Times Square-area eateries also offer specials for Kids' Night on Broadway ticket-holders. Participating restaurants (to date) include Angus McIndoe, B. Smith’s, Blue Fin, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Casa Nonna, Ҫa Va Brasserie, Ceci Italian Restaurant, Cock & Bull, Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, Glass House Tavern, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Heartland Brewery & Chophouse, Little Town Restaurant Row, Matt’s Grill, Playwright Tavern, Ruby Foo’s, Ruby Tuesday, Schnipper's, Tasti-D-Lite, Toloache, Tony’s DiNapoli, Trattoria Trecolori and Virgil’s Real BBQ.
For more information, visit KidsNightonBroadway.com.