Our daughter is only 16 months old. Someone suggested we could take her to a Disney-on-ice show, but I'm really not sure she would get much out of it. Does anyone have experience taking such a young child to a concert or event like this? Was it worth it?

asked 27 Jan '10, 03:06

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I would say 5 years old is the minimum age. Both my girls couldn't sit through a film or live event through its duration before then.

I also agree with Krista - my kids also hated the loudness in movie theatres or live events, and the eldest had a hard time with the darkness of the theatre for some time.


answered 27 Jan '10, 04:46

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Based on the range of answers, it seems like 5 years is about the time everyone agrees they're definitely ready, so I'll accept this as the right one (with the caveat that some success is possible with younger children, if they're ready).

(28 Jan '10, 18:10) Scott ♦♦

I think films and live events are totally different. It probably also depends per child.

(29 Jan '10, 20:32) Sabrina

16 months sounds pretty young. Our 3 year olds can't quite make it through a full length of film, although by 5 our eldest was okay with it (and his 6th birthday party had plenty of kids his age seeing Up, with no problems). I'd guess that 4 is the grey area for films.

Now I personally find live theatre more compelling than a film - but is the same true for kids? It probably depends on the child. I wouldn't expect a 16 month old to get very much out of a live event, and I would personally be constantly worried about risks of crying etc. Then again, children vary a lot...


answered 27 Jan '10, 12:03

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It really depends on the kid. My daughter sits through movies and plays very well. But if there isn't a lot of music my son has trouble sitting still. They both get through concerts well because I have been taking them since they were both very young and have already started to learn what behavior is appropriate.

(27 Jan '10, 16:42) mkcoehoorn

I think it depends on the event, but I think I would wait until your daughter was a little older. When I took my daughter to a Backyardigans Live show when she was 26 months, I was worried that she was too young, but it was great because it kept her engaged, there was an intermission where we could run around, and if she made noise during the show it wasn't the end of the world because there were hundreds of other kids also making noise.

We had also previously taken her to a hockey game when she was much younger but I don't think she got much out of it. There was lots going on as you might expect and therefore lots to see, but the fact that she was at hockey game was beyond her and she couldn't make it through the whole game.


answered 27 Jan '10, 15:45

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I took my daughter to a live play when she was about a year. We went to a show during the day when there were other kids (so she didn't disrupt others) and she loved watching the people on the stage for the first half of the play but after the intermission I couldn't get her to sit still so we had to go to the back of the room and let her use up her energy while I missed most of the rest. I was amazed at how well behaved she was for as long as she was and how her eyes followed the characters on the stage. She watched the live play more intently then she ever watched anything on tv and seemed to really enjoy it.

I think Disney-on-ice would be pretty easy to take her to since there are lots of other kids and she wouldn't disrupt anyone even if she was having a hard time sitting that long.


answered 27 Jan '10, 15:46

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I was 10 months old when my parents took my to a World Series Game. Apparently, I was more interested in the blimp than the game. Unfortunately, my beloved Phillies lost that night to the Orioles, ending the series.

As others have said, I think it depends on the event. I would also be prepared to leave early if things aren't going well. When our daughter reaches toddler stage, we plan to always have things to keep her occupied: books or small toys that don't take up a lot of space when she plays with them. I envision her quietly playing in waiting rooms and reading in checkout lines, not bothering anyone, not yelling or screaming, offering to help old ladies pick up their pennies that they drop. Such a perfect vision, right? Let's see how that turns out. ;0)


answered 28 Jan '10, 15:52

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We took our son too his first hockey game when he was not quite two, with his just one year old cousin. They loved it, and both "got" something out of it. It was a great experience.

Word of caution, bring ear protection, if you can. It has been my experience that these shows can be really loud for delicate ears.


answered 27 Jan '10, 03:59

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I've been taking my daughter to barbershop performances since she was 3 months and my son since he was two months. They both enjoy the music and the sparkly costumes.

My daughter's first in theater movie was The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything when she was not quite 2 1/2. She sat better than some of the older kids in the audience.


answered 27 Jan '10, 04:46

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We've taken under-twos to live events in small theatres before, but often because it was really for the older kids and it was easier to take the little one with us than make other arrangements. They liked bouncy music and funny things to see, but did get bored having to sit in one place for a long time. I think they were four or five years old by the time we expected them to sit still for an hour or more.

I would avoid any event where they are expected to be quiet though, such as a show or classical concert not specifically aimed at children. My kids tend to ask about every little thing going on, and the two-year-old just randomly talks throughout unless the music is loud enough to cover his voice and/or shut him up.


answered 27 Jan '10, 11:06

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My parents took me to the symphony when I was two. They told me if I was well behaved we would get french fries on the way home. So I curled up in my seat and slept through most of the concert.

(27 Jan '10, 14:07) mkcoehoorn

I took my kids (by myself) to Elmo Live when my daughter was 2yrs and my son was 10 months. They were both totally engaged the entire time, my 10 month old was even a little more engaged than my 2 year old. The music was the perfect loudness to keep my kids engaged and I wasn't worried if they talked or made noise that they would bother anyone. It was however Elmo Live, so it was geared towards little kids. And there was an intermission so that the kids could get up and roam around and eat snacks, etc. I'd imagine Disney on Ice might be geared towards slightly older kids, but she might still enjoy it...it is totally different that watching a movie or sporting event.

If you do take your daughter I would suggest getting close seats, that will help with the excitement and hold her attention longer I would imagine. We had front row seats on the side of the theatre which was cool because Grover came out to wave and high five all the kids. My daughter was a litte scared, but my son thought it was the greates thing ever. It was totally worth it. :)


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