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5 Things to Avoid when Taking Kids to a Theatre

16 June 2023

Going to the theatre with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience, but there are a few things to avoid if you want to make the most of it. Here are five tips for making your next trip to the theatre with children a success.

Choose the right performance

It’s best to take kids to performances intended for their age group, unless they show exceptional maturity and desire to attend shows aimed at adults. Shakespearean English is likely to be very confusing for young children. You don’t want your kids getting bored, or worse, being scared by special effects or on-stage violence. Shows aimed at children tend to be more relaxed, which means there may be opportunities for your little ones to move around if they get restless. Check the website of the venue as they usually include a recommended minimum age for each show.

No sugary treats or caffeinated drinks

When taking your kids to the theatre, you want them to have a good time, but you don't want them to be disruptive during the performance. One way to avoid this is by avoiding sugary treats and drinks. The sugar will give your kids a quick burst of energy, but it will also make them more likely to get fidgety. Caffeine is best avoided for the same reason, plus drinking too much liquid will make them need more bathroom trips.

Take them to the bathroom before the show starts

There are a few reasons why it's generally a good idea to take your kids to the bathroom before the show starts when taking them to the theatre. First, it can help avoid any disruptions during the performance if your child needs to use the bathroom. Also, it can help your child feel more comfortable and relaxed during the show if they don't have to worry about needing to go. Bear in mind that some venues won’t let you back into the auditorium if you step outside while the performance is going on, so you may have to wait until an interval.

Make the most of breaks

When taking kids to the theatre, you should take them for a walk during any intervals. This gives them a chance to stretch their legs and use the bathroom and also allows them to process what they've seen so far. Use this time to check in with your child and ensure they're still enjoying the show and understanding what they’re seeing.

Make sure they don't disrupt others

Taking your children to the theatre can be a wonderful experience for the whole family. However, it is important to ensure that your kids do not disrupt the show for other audience members. Some simple tips include teaching your child to sit still and be quiet during the performance, ensuring they understand that they need to respect the actors and actresses on stage, and bringing snacks and drinks that they can eat quietly. Following these simple guidelines can help ensure that everyone in the theatre has an enjoyable experience.

When taking your kids to the theatre, the most important thing to remember is to be considerate of others. Make sure your children understand that they must be respectful of the performers and the other audience members. With a little planning and some simple guidelines, you can ensure that everyone has a good time at the theatre.

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