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Top 5 tips on taking a young child to the theatre

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I love all aspects of the theatre from performing to watching so it was always a pretty certain bet that Miss H would eventually catch the theatre bug.  I never in my wildest dreams imagined she would be bitten by the theatre bug at the tender of age 2 but she is.  She really loves watching shows, she sits utterly captivated through the performances and always acts them out over and over again once she is home (a real actress in the making!).  It saddens me to think that some youngsters do not get the opportunity to go to theatre so I thought I would write a post with my top 5 tips on taking a young child to the theatre; I want to inspire families to really get out there and enjoy all the theatre world has to offer, because it truly is magical.  In December Miss H was lucky enough to see 3 shows and she thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. 

Here are my top 5 tips on taking a young child to the theatre:

  1.  Think Local: I know theatre can be expensive, my favourite show is the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and tickets are £135 for the stalls!   A toddler doesn’t need to go to west end to experience to the magic of theatre; visit your local theatre!  Our local theatre has shows aimed at Children and tickets start at £15.  Do not make the mistake of assuming that just because a show is local or cheap it is not worth seeing; most of the best actors in the world have done stints in local theatres at some point in their careers!  If you want to go to the West End, look out for Kids Week where Kids go Free with a full paying adult!
  2. Ask The Running Time: Before booking call the theatre and ask them the running time of the show and how long each act is.  This way you are prepared, you know exactly what time the show will start and finish and can plan naps & mealtimes around this.
  3. Book Aisle Seats: These days you can book tickets online and guarantee an aisle seat; this is perfect if you are taking a young child who as they are bound to need a few toilet breaks!
  4. Choose a Musical: Disney are the top children’s Movie producer in the world and most of their films are musical!  They know that music captures children’s attention spans perfectly!
  5. Watch The Film First: Talking of films, watch the film first.  This way you will know that your child enjoys the story before you go to the expense of buying a ticket.  You can then watch their little eyes light up as they see their favourite movie characters coming to life on stage!

I hope these tips have given you the encouragement and inspiration to go out and book a family theatre trip!  Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #HMCapturingMoments in your photos when you go!

  1. Oh this is brilliant – what a great idea for a list. I love the theatre but am so daunted about taking Emma, when she is old enough. But I love the idea that she’ll get to experience the theatre like I did when I was younger. Thank you for hosting #HMCapturingMoments xx
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  2. I really need to check out local theatre – so much cheaper! #HMcapturingmoments

  3. Some great tips! Local is great as cheaper and they aren’t tired when they get there! #HMcapturingmoments

  4. Thanks for this list.
    I haven’t been to the theatre in a long time and I’ve been wondering recently when we will be able to go. Our son is 14 months old at the moment, I want to take him but not sure when. I’m unsure when I’ll know the time is right! When was the first time for you and how did you decide? How did it go?!
    Luckily I live in Sheffield and there’s lots of local theatre here!

  5. I haven’t ever taken my son to the theatre because I worry that he will kick off. He’s just turned three. These tips are great.

  6. Great tips my lo is not old enough for the theatre but can’t wait till she is and will def remember these tips #hmcapturibgmoments

  7. Good tips. I love the theatre and thankfully my daughter does too. We’ve watched a few shows which have been converted from her favourite books (Stick Man, The Gruffalo) so I know she’ll like them. I’ve taken my youngest too on those occasions who at 6 months old sat transfixed.
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