Theater 101: Introduction to the Arts…for Kids!

Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017

We’ve happened upon a conundrum here at Kidsguide headquarters!

We’ve realized that with all the shows we’ve pitched to you families, we’ve never shared how you can make attending them easier and more enjoyable. Without further adieu, we present to you our guide for hitting the theater…



1. Prep the Kiddos by Reading the Book or Watching the Movie

If the show you’d like to attend happens to have a book or movie associated with it, read/watch it! Mark your favorite spots and see if they’re reenacted on stage. You can even hold a little family competition and see whose spots are played out live the most. Your little ones will have to pay attention if they want to catch all of them!




2. Find Performances That Are Right for You

Kids are not all the same! Sorry to break it to you Nanny 911. What works for some just doesn’t work for others and lucky for you, many of our theaters offer performances for those special bundles. These performances can range from sensory friendly to performances with ASL interpretations. Be sure to check your theater’s website or call ahead of time to find out!


3. Workshops, Workshops, Workshops

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and other favorite venues often offer pre-show activities to add to the fun. You might be able to meet the cast, see the lovely costumes up close, play games or even make crafts! Best part? These activities are often included in the ticket price! Check out our theater arts directory for more info!


4. Attend a Theater Camp or Class

Often times kids are afraid of things they don’t know (kind of like grandma’s prune juice) but we’ve got the solution!

Before taking them to enjoy a performance at a theater, take them behind the scenes at a theater camp or class. We’ve got a ton on our CampGuide or in our Theater Arts directory.


5. Go over Theater Etiquette

Learning the basics of how to behave at a performance can help your child understand what’s expected of them. A lot like chewing with your mouth closed…even though adults still forget that from time to time! We’re not pointing any fingers!

Check out the video below for an adorable lesson on Theater Etiquette:


And that, Kidsguide Families, wraps up our Theater 101. Enjoy the show!


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