When you think of live theatre New York probably comes to mind, but there are plenty of other cities with some incredible live theatre performances. San Francisco, Austin and Los Angeles just to name a few have some incredible theatres. There really is nothing quite like seeing a live performance and you definitely want to start bringing your kids so they develop an early appreciation for the arts. Live theatre will give them some incredible childhood memories that they can eventually share with their own children. While you’re in San Francisco here is where you can enjoy the magic of live theater.
Children’s Theater Association of San Francisco
You can catch a performance at the Frances Gould Theater in the Museum of the Legion of Honor. If you are a member of the museum you can get some great discounts on theatre tickets. This is one of the best places in the country to show young kids the magic of the theatre, tickets are affordable and if your kids are young enough to sit on your lap they can get in free. The shows are only an hour long so kids are engaged without becoming restless.
Most of the shows focus on fairy tales that your kids are already familiar with, these include Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White. They also put on performances of more modern works like Stuart Little and the Wizard of Oz. It is definitely worth checking out and it is a great way to have some fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
This is another place that is great to take the kids. They have programs for children of all ages and they are all about teaching kids about theatre and the arts. If your child expresses any interest in performing they are free to try audition and kids are cast in play or musicals all the time. Whether your child attends as a performer or an audience member the performances are incredible.
If your child does decide that they would like to be in a play then you will be devoting the next few Saturdays to rehearsal time and there are some fees that you should be aware of. The cost helps to pay for the production and you will have to create your own costumes. Each participant is also expected to help sell tickets to the show as well. While this may seem like a lot of work for you as a parent your kids will have an experience of a lifetime.