Taking kids to live theater is a wonderful experience. I speak very personally of this joy. I still remember the expression on my daughter's face when she saw, as a young child, her first Broadway in Tampa show at the Straz Center. It was truly a new world opening up to her. But her first visit to the Straz Center was NOT her first introduction to live theater.
We are now season ticket holders to the Straz Center and I alternate between taking the #TampaTrio. Of course, one upcoming show that they MUST see will be Hamilton. We're all huge fans, and thankfully I've been training my kids proper theater etiquette for over 10 years, so I know they will be ready to be in The Room Where It Happens.
Did you know that many public libraries offer live theater productions for kids and their families. It's true. In Tampa we have a partnership with Creative Arts Theater and throughout the year they host theater productions throughout the area. And guess what...these are all FREE for you to attend. What better way to introduce your children to live theater than in a friendly, informal setting. It's in settings like this that you can teach them how to sit and listen listen and follow proper theater etiquette. As they learn and grow, you can begin to take them to kid friendly shows at the Straz Center.
Right now many Tampa libraries are hosting Creative Arts Theater and their production of The Secret Garden.
This literary classic comes to life through the magic of colorful design, music, and live actors! For those of you who aren't familiar with The Secret Garden, in a nutshell....when an orphan is sent to live with an uncle she’s never met, she discovers a mysterious, walled-off garden. To her surprise, as the garden begins to bloom, so does she. For ages 5 and up.
While it is recommended for ages 5 and up, I highly encourage all of you to bring your younger children. If they get fussy, bored, etc., you can simply leave the room. You aren't out any money (because it was FREE) and you and your child still get the experience of live theater. Click HERE
to view the upcoming dates and locations of this production.
Have your children experienced live theater?