Tips for Taking Kids to the Theater

Feed them, clothe them, make sure they’ve seen every classic Disney film. The job of parent can sound pretty simple when you boil it down to just the essentials. But I have such big dreams for my girls, and I want so much more for them than just the run-of-the-mill life.

 

To ensure they’re well rounded, my husband and I are trying to expose our children to the arts. With our oldest being only 8 years old, there’s a bit of training involved with this exposure.

 

I received complimentary admission into the Disneyland Resort as part of a Media Day. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Aside from the obvious expectations as a parent, I also feel it’s my responsibility to prepare them for a variety of situations. I’m honestly a really laid back parent, a luxury I’m afforded by really great kids who just “get it.” So taking them to the theater for the first time was extremely fun and only took a little bit of preparation.

 

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Tips for Taking Kids to the Theater

Discuss Appropriate Behavior

Whether you’re seeing a live performance or even a movie, guests are expected to stay seated and remain relatively quiet.  Share with your kids that seeing a live performance means that the actors can see and hear you. It’s okay to clap, to laugh, to cry.  However, hooting or hollering takes away from other patron’s experience.

 

Grab The Best Seat in the House (sometimes that’s the worst one)

The most desirable seats in the theater differ depending on your needs. For my family with three little ones, we need access to an exit. We opt for seats on an aisle near a door, just in case that whole behavior talk didn’t sink in.

 

If you know your kids will be able to sit through the duration, consider things like possibility of an obstructed view.

 

Check for Rules Regarding Food & Drink

If it’s not posted outside the theater, go ahead and ask. You might be able to enjoy refreshments in the lobby during intermission. Heck, maybe you can take them to your seats.

 

Discuss the Plot Ahead of Time

Watching a new movie with my kids cracks me up. “What’s going to happen, Mom?” I guess I should take it as a compliment that my kids think I know everything and can predict the future. Prior to seeing a show, discuss the premise and major plot points. It will cut back on questions and help younger audiences follow along.

 

See the Right Show

For their first experience with theater, I took my kids to see Frozen Live at the Hyperion inside Disney’s California Adventure.  I got to see it at the world premiere and knew my whole family would be swept away with the moving storyline, innovative technology, and touches of Disney magic.

 

The Hyperion Theater presents a Broadway-level performance in a retelling of Frozen.  Once inside, theater patrons are whisked away to Arendelle. The performance engages audiences, young and young-at-heart, by including the audience as part of the stage. Expect characters in your aisles, snow falling from the sky, and so many other surprises.

 

'FROZEN – LIVE AT THE HYPERION' -- A new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, Frozen is now playing at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park. The show immerses audiences in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and show-stopping production numbers. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)
(Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)

 

Since it is part of the Disney Resort, it was the perfect training ground for my little lovers of the arts. My bigger girls rocked the theater experience.  They were completely enthralled and sang along at a modest volume (it’s Frozen, who can blame them???).

 

My two-year-old did okay, too. She happily pointed out Elsa each and every time she came on stage. That’s a lot of times in the 45 minute duration of the show. Because it’s a family-friendly environment, I would have no hesitation in bringing her back for an encore performance the next time we are at California Adventure.

 

Enrich the Fun

After seeing Frozen on stage, we met Anna & Elsa inside the Animation Academy. Being able to keep the energy alive made our theater experience even more memorable. Look for Meet the Cast opportunities.  You might also want to pick up books based on the plays you see or even movie versions.

 

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Thanks to the positive experience seeing Frozen Live at the Hyperion, my kids are hooked. They big girls are asking what other performances are coming to town, and hoping to find musical theater to join themselves. My job here as parent is done!

Post Author: Melanie

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7 thoughts on “Tips for Taking Kids to the Theater

    Megan

    (August 1, 2016 - 12:21 pm)

    The more you do it the better off your kids will be…that is my motto and I think the earlier you start them the better. Looks like you had a great time!

    Lisa Jones

    (August 1, 2016 - 7:43 pm)

    Such Great Tips I Will Use When Heading Out To Disney To See A Show! I Like The Aisle Tip That’s A Good One Thank You!!

    Heather Lawrence

    (August 1, 2016 - 7:57 pm)

    Love this post! I started taking my oldest to the ballet when she was 12 so she grew up in the arts. The younger ones have gone to the symphony and the experience was wonderful. We also get them a program so they have something to remember it by

    Emily

    (August 1, 2016 - 8:37 pm)

    These are all really good tips. We took our kids to a show for the first time a few months ago and it went pretty good. Extra planning is always key to actually enjoy the time though.

    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    (August 2, 2016 - 9:53 am)

    Yeah, I think that’s a good idea to discuss the plot ahead of time. So that they will have an idea of what to expect. Love your tips!

    Leana Jay

    (August 2, 2016 - 3:23 pm)

    Great post. See I’m a mother of a son who “gets it”, lol. He love watching plays and really focus on the storyline and the actors. The only distraction is moments of what’s that & did you see that. Also enriching the fun is what he ALWAYS ask for. Meeting the cast.

    Katie

    (August 2, 2016 - 4:04 pm)

    Great tips! When I eventually decide to take my little one out to a show, I will definitely be using these tips. Thank you for sharing.

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