The school holidays are upon us and there’s a slew of concerts and performances in town – all aimed at young children. You might be feeling some pressure to take your child along to at least one, as you know many of her friends will be attending.
But tickets are so expensive! For the same price, you could buy several DVDs of those concerts, which she could then watch at home. On the other hand, you don’t want her to feel she’s losing out when her friends talk about their experiences later on.
But everyone’s going
Be patient when your child excitedly notices an advertisement for the latest children’s show. At her young age, she may not realise that promotions can be misleading, and that the performance may not live up to her expectations – she’s easily enticed and influenced by the children she plays with.
If several of her pals are talking about the must-see show, it’s just a matter of time before she wants to see it as well.
Advance planning will help. Scan the papers and Internet for information about the children’s shows, which will run through the holiday month. Pick one or two performances (depending on what you can afford) that you think your child will like. Take advantage of the early bird promotions that are usually offered; there’s a better chance of getting reasonably priced tickets for good seats. Likewise, matinee performances are usually cheaper – and at a more suitable time slot for preschoolers – than evening ones.
Which one will it be?
Explain to your child what each show has to offer, and try to work out which she’s likely to enjoy the most. Listen to what she has to say, but also use her previous experiences of going to shows to help the both of you make a decision. She will thoroughly enjoy this type of planning, as it enables her to anticipate the event with greater excitement.
Don’t be afraid to point out that she can go to only one show (or the number you can afford) during the holidays because the tickets are costly. Hopefully, it’s a children’s concert that’s on at least halfway through the holidays, so she’s less likely to ask to go to another.
As soon as you’ve both decided, book and pay for the seats. You don’t have to buy tickets for everyone you know who might want to go along. If you can afford an extra ticket for your child’s friend, then that will probably add to her excitement.
Planning in advance, buying a good ticket at a reasonable price, and involving your child in the show selection should ensure she goes to at least one enjoyable show – and she’ll be able to tell her friends all about it.