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Why Children’s Theatre Is Important For Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Why Children’s Theatre Is Important… The theatre is always a wonderful experience for people of all ages. If you’re considering introducing your children to the theatre, there are a few steps you can take to make the visit more enjoyable.

There are many Blackpool shows to choose from at The Grand, and picking the right show will bring joy to your children and will make them want to experience more theatre plays.

 

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 matinee 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 has appropriate content for your children. Choosing the right show will ensure that your children’s first theatre visit is a positive one.

If you’re bringing a school groups we have great guides to help planning.

 

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!7

 

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.

We have full accessible guides and maps as well as a full video on our facilities.

 

Picking the Right Show

The theatre offers a wide range of productions for children of all ages, from very small with the likes of CITV, Milkshake and other Children’s TV programmes (Tiger Who Came To Tea, Sooty, PJ Live, Peppa Pig), through to young adults and students including Shakespeare with The RSC, a partnership with Children Theatre Partnership who are producing Holes, Animal Farm and Unexpected Twist.

 

Get in touch with our team to know more about our upcoming shows, to book your seats at the box office on 01253 290190, 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.

 

Blackpool Grand Theatre

Take a look at what’s on at Blackpool Grand Theatre this Autumn / Winter 20/21

 

Blackpool Grand set out a COVID-Community Communication Programme (CCCP) during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our aims were simple, to CONNECT, COMFORT and UPLIFT. We would Connect people by offering tutorials on communication tools like Zoom and conduct community face-to-face meetings (book readings, youth groups and more). Comfort through stories of heritage, memories and storytelling, and to Uplift visitors spirits through laughter and exercise. Please do enjoy and if you can afford to donate please do.

 

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice around COVID-19, visit the World Health Organisation. If you’re in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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