special theatre productions as a family can be a vacation highlight.
Planning a weekend get-away to enjoy a live show makes a great reason
We hope these tips will
help in planning a family outing to a Live Theatre Show.
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and Tips for Eating Out and Dining with Children
Look for age appropriate theatre
productions. Research the production: ensure that
it will not scare younger children but will be entertaining
for older children. See Travelling with Teenagers Travel Tips
Pick a show time that will work well for the
youngest child. Avoid nap time or evening productions
that will go past bedtime.
Aisle seats may be preferable for very young
children or babes in arms where the necessity to leave during
the production may arise.
Matinee performances are usually a great
option for families with very young children and ticket prices
may be reduced for these performances.
Ask if the theatre offers any discounts,
including on-line discounts for tickets or a local hotel
offers packages with tickets. Babes in arms may be free
if sharing a parent's lap.
Many theatres offer children an opportunity to
see back stage, ask the theatre if this is offered.
Have an early meal just before the show so
that hunger will not detract from the enjoyment of the show.
Make it a special occasion - dress up to give
the experience a special feeling. This is a good
opportunity for kids to practice manners and behavior in a
formal setting that is fun too.
Enjoy a nice family dinner before the show -
see Tips for Eating Out and Dining with Children
Talk to your children about the show but don't
reveal too much - let it be a surprise.
Explain what behavior will be appropriate.
"Quiet Voices, Quiet Feet" is a great
suggestion. Tell your kids about it before the show and
when a reminder is needed just say the phrase.
Don't let children kick the seats in front of
Visit the restrooms before the show starts -
that way you know where they are if you need to visit them
during the show (but hopefully you won't as a result of the
Ask the theatre if they offer booster seats
for very young children.
Don't let children wander the theatre
Supervise children when using the restroom - see Safety tips for Using Public Washrooms
Talk a walk during intermission for a change
of scenery and maybe a washroom or refreshment break.
Enjoy watching your children's faces during
the production and the memories that it will give them.
All Tips are offered as suggestions only
While we have tried to provide you with
a list of suggestions to help parents when travelling with
children to keep them safe, unfortunately, we can’t
think of everything and it is the responsibility of
parents to ensure their children’s safety.
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