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Introducing Children to the Theatre

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Why Children Need Theatre

Children’s theatre is important for development and something that should be experienced at all ages. Children need the theatre to acquire vital life skills – and what better way to acquire them than to have fun while doing it?

  • Culture. The immersion provided by theatre plays allows children to gain an appreciation for people from all backgrounds and with all points of view. They can step into someone else’s shoes and gain empathy and cultural relativity.
  • Patience. Although potentially challenging, taking your children to the theatre will help them to engage with something entertaining that doesn’t constantly change. This provides lessons
  • Creativity. Creative thinking skills are vital for a wide range of professions, allowing for the creation of solutions to problems. These skills are needed for success in all industries and to make companies unique.
  • Imagination. Essential to create, play, think, and grow, theatre provides endless possibilities for children’s imaginations.
  • Communication. Theatre introduces new vocabulary and communication forms with acting, dance, and music that allow for children to communicate in unique ways.

Children Drawing | Blackpool shows

Is the Show Age-Appropriate?

Similar to films, not all theatre shows are appropriate for children. There may be scary content or your children may prove to be a distraction for other theatregoers. Should you believe your children will struggle to stay engaged throughout the entire show, a matinée or an earlier showing are better alternatives.

It can be worth checking with our team at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool when you book your tickets to make sure the show doesn’t contain inappropriate content for your children. Choosing the right show will ensure that your children’s first theatre visit is a positive one.

Prepare Your Children

The theatre can provide a truly magical experience for children and adults alike, and it’s always a good idea to prepare your children before their visit. This will make sure that they aren’t too overwhelmed or even upset by the experience, so that they can have fun and want to return.

Make sure to talk to them about what can be expected, such as how to behave in a theatre. Prepare them for surprising aspects of the experience – particularly if your children are still very young. But, above all, make sure they’re ready to have fun!

Expect the Unexpected

As a parent, you know how every day with your children is a brand-new day in which anything can happen – and a theatre visit is no different! Plan to arrive to the theatre approximately an hour and a half before the show starts to make sure that your children have time for a last bathroom visit.

Picking the Right Show

The Stick Man is suitable for ages 3+ but all ages are welcome to watch the misadventures of Stick Man. How will he get back to his family tree when a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan uses him to build a nest, and he even finds himself in a fire? And it all started with a simple morning jog.

The Stick Man | Blackpool shows

You can watch the magnificent Beauty and the Beast pantomime and enjoy a fabulous outing with the entire family. With Belle finding herself in a cursed castle and imprisoned by a hideous beast, who was placed under an evil enchantress’ spell, what will she do? Will she fall in love and will the Beast overcome his selfishness to win her heart? 

Beauty and the Beast | Blackpool shows

Our Babe in Arms tickets are available for the Bing UK show for children under 12 months or you can purchase children’s tickets for older children. Bring your little ones to see Bing, Sula, Coco, and Pando on their journey to learn how to tell stories through dressing-up, pretending, and singing songs. Will everything go according to plan?

Bing UK | Blackpool shows

 

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom follows Fairy Princess Holly, daughter of King Thistle, in her adventures to learn how to fly. Ben the Elf is her best friend who, unlike Holly, doesn’t do magic and doesn’t have wings but he can run really fast. Join them in the Little Kingdom, full of wonders, adventures, and tall grass and flowers.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom | Blackpool shows

If you’re looking for a short play for your children, Puss in Boots lasts approximately 40 minutes. Music, live ballet, and theatre come together as Puss and Jack go on adventures – and they even meet royalty on their travels!

Puss in Boots | Blackpool shows

Get in touch with our team to know more about our upcoming shows, to book your seats at the box office on 01253 290 190, or to get information on our children’s theatre shows. You can ask for a copy of The Grand’s Family Friendly guide at the box office or by emailing us at creativelearning@blackpoolgrand.co.uk.

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