I still remember my first live event experience – Cats on Broadway. My mom and I got dressed to the nines and headed down to Manhattan. Even now, I can feel the excitement I enjoyed as a young child.
I have always anticipated taking Lucas (5 years old) to his first live event on Broadway. Aladdin at New Amsterdam Theatre was the perfect choice for us. He recently saw the Aladdin movie for the first time and fell in love. I just knew it would be an amazing first experience, and a wish come true to see his favorite characters in person.
Once we narrowed down the performance, there were a couple more decisions we had to make before booking tickets.
The first decision: Which time and day?
Fridays and Saturdays make the most sense for a child in school. They already have a long day and I truly believe after school time is for unwinding and keeping their routine as normal and steady as possible. A late night does not make for an easy morning (try getting a child up, fed, and dressed when they’re extra cranky…no fun).
The second decision: Where should we sit?
Lucas has seen his fair share of movies in the theaters so I knew he would do pretty well sitting still for good chunk of time. However there are still times where he’s had enough or just needs a moment to get up and get some wiggles out.
Just in case you need to take your child to use the restroom or let them stretch their legs and give them a little break, I would suggest aisle seats so you can easily move about whenever needed.
A few other tips include dressing your child in a bright color so you can easily spot them in a crowd of people. We also put a paper with important information (our phone number, names, and seat numbers) in his pants pocket. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged (capturing their first live event experience is a big one).
Plan out and time how to get to the venue at least a day before the event so it’s fresh, and arrive 30 minutes or more before it starts so you can relax and explore the venue and area a bit together.
And lastly, enjoy! This is such a big moment for both you and your child so try and roll with the punches and just have an awesome time.
Watching the joy exude from your child while they experience the magic coming alive on stage is priceless.