Concerts are a great activity to bond with your children, but picking the right act for the right age isn’t always easy. This is especially true if your kids are in their “tweens” (about 10-12 years old) or are teenagers between 13-16 years old. In this age range, they’re too old for music from their early childhood, but they’re not old enough to attend a more “adult” concert on their own.
Attending a concert specifically for tweens would be fun for your kids, but you’d probably end up pulling out what’s left of your hair. That’s why a classic rock or country music concert might be the perfect compromise for a kids activity. The songs are popular enough for you both to enjoy, and your kids won’t be embarrassed to be seen with you (well, at least no more than normal).
Here are 5 high energy father-son (and father-daughter!) event options:
With 10 singles reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Country charts, the Zac Brown Band will have no shortage of well-known songs for you and your children to enjoy in concert. More importantly, they’ll be other adults in the audience, so you won’t feel creepy and out of place.
4. Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw is one of the most recognizable names in country music. If that’s not enough to impress your kids, just tell them Taylor Swift wrote a song about him.
3. Mötley Crüe
The 1980’s were a weird time, and Mötley Crüe can help you relive all that weirdness. Your kids might not fully understand, but you should still bring them. As the old saying goes, talk to your kids about glam metal before someone else does.
2. Def Leppard
— Chris Semrau (@Chris_Semrau) August 9, 2015
While we’re on the subject of glam metal, why not take your kids to a Def Leppard show. Not only will they enjoy the music, but they’ll also get to see a drummer with one arm (Rick Allen). You won’t see that at a One Direction show.
1. The Who
The Who is one of the most popular rock bands of all time, and have been churning out hits for over 50 years. And if nothing else, your kids will be impressed to see the band that wrote the theme song for “CSI.”
Here’s a music playlist of our favorite tracks from the bands listed above.