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Taking Your Child To The Theatre



When is the right time to take your child to the theatre for the first time? It can be loud, dark and they have to stay seated for a long period of time! How do you know they are ready? You may already have taken your child, you may be wondering when to take yours or you may just be generally interested in some advice. What ever it may be keep reading as I recently asked my readers on Facebook when they took their child for the first time and they've all given some great advice!

Anna, In The Playroom says: "I've taken mine since they were quite young, especially my youngest as he tags along with his older brothers he has been going since about 1 year old and has always enjoyed it as we choose shows that are very much aimed towards young children." (link is  if that quote is okay to use. thanks!)

Rachel, U Me And The Kids says: "I took my children from 3 years old to see Pantomimes at first, I am glad I did not wait until they were older, seeing the excitement on their faces was priceless. They did get a little fidgety at times so I am really glad when Pantomimes have intervals in the middle, so a toilet break and a drink and ice cream settles them again. They still have memories now of singing the songs and waving the flashing swords they sell to make the trip even more expensive!" 

Pippa, Red Rose Mummy says: "Bud went at two, he fell asleep! Both of my children are quite happy  to sit on a lap and snuggle and watch what is going on. I think childen who are more restless might be better to wait until they are a little older and able to concentrate." 

Amanda, Life With ASD and Me says: "I took a 2 and a 5 year old, my 2 year old liked it at first but got bored quickly, cried and fell asleep. My 5 year old was mesmerised and loved the entire thing, he was only just turned 5 to. We took our own snacks in our bag, so I could occupy them if needed."

Michelle, Twice A Mummy says: "We took our Daughter to her first ever show when she was about two. That was to see beauty and the beast with Justin Fletcher aka Mr tumble. She sat the whole way through (I didn't realise how long it was either) but I think it's because her favourite tv star was on most of the time. Last year we took Isabelle and Scarlett for the first time to see Disney on ice. They loved it and were so into the show they were as good as gold. I think it helps being a show full of characters and actors they love."

Charlotte, BericeBaby says: "I took Hayden at 21 months. It was his first theatre show but he's been to the cinema several times before hand. The show was Cat in the Hat at Greenwich theatre and he had a blast. It was very bright and interactive and he was sad when it ended. He absolutely loves movies and shows - Can't wait to take him again."

Are They Ready?
Before you pay to go to the theatre asses your child's ability to sit still and watch a movie at home first. Do they need to get up and go to the bathroom many times, do they mind loud noises, do they have a short attention span, will the big screen be overwhelming for your child? Once you've taken these matters into consideration you can then make the decision on whether they are ready or to wait until they are older. 

Here are some tips for taking your child to the theatre and how to make it enjoyable:

1. For children with sensitive ears perhaps take some ear plugs to reduce the amount of sound they hear. That way they can enjoy the movie and not have to cover their ears during the louder parts.

2. Cut back on drinks before you go to avoid too many bathroom breaks especially if they are out of nappies. There's nothing worse than having to get up every half hour. 

3. For younger children, bring along their favourite soft toy to cuddle with to make them feel more at ease if they have something they recognise with them.

4. Sit as close to the end of the aisle as you can so you can get out easily if needed without drawing attention to yourselves and so you can make a quick dash for it if they play up.

5. If they haven't been to see a film at the Cinema take them to that before attempting the Theatre. Test the waters first and see if they can manage a whole film sat on your knee or in their own seat.

6. During the interval ensure they have time to stretch their legs, go to the bathroom and also have a drink and a snack.

When you do decide your child is ready, Hotel Direct makes it easy to book a hotel and theatre package in London. I'd love to take Amelia to the theatre but I know for a fact she isn't ready yet as she won't sit still for longer than five minutes. Hopefully in a few years we can enjoy a theatre experience and book a weekend away in London.

When did you take your child to the theatre for the first time? Did they enjoy it?

* This post is in association with Hotel Direct

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  2. We took Harry to the cinema to see wreck it Ralph when he was 3 and it was a nightmare lol. I guess it just depends on the kid :)
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  3. Lovely post Kerry and some really great advice :) x

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  4. Some theatres also have sensory screenings so worth looking into if the noise/sounds etc are too much for your child.

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  5. We took our eldest when he was around 3 to see the Tiger Who Came to Tea. We were worried that he wouldn't sit through the entire show but he loved it. It was quite interactive though and there were a whole range of children there from tiny babies upwards. In fact he sat better through the theatre then he did the cinema a few weeks later!
    Anneka
    mamaandthree.blogspot.com

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  6. We took my son to the cinema for the first time when he was 3 and the theatre too. He enjoyed it but couldn't wait to stretch his legs!

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  7. We found going to the theatre first easier than going to the cinema as the cinema is quite dark, whereas the only theatre productions we have seen were family shows without much dim lighting. I would definitely recommend ear defenders just in case they don't like the noise but our little one usually settles down after the first 5 minutes once he has a better idea of what is going on and is then hypnotised by the performance!

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  8. B's first trip to the theatre was when she was 2 and a half, to see Peppa Pig - she cried when it was over!! She's since been to various other kids' shows - Dora the Explorer, Ben & Holly, Aliens Love Underpants.... In January I took her to a special kids' adaptation of Hansel & Gretel by Scottish Ballet - she was completely enthralled. I think it's great to give kids the opportunity to experience live performances.

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  9. Some great things to remember. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to take the twins just yet :-) x

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  10. My kids have been theatre goers since they were really young and adore it. Eliza is desperate to see Wicked now!

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