Children are always looking for something to keep boredom at bay – and parents are also constantly looking for things to entertain them. But, for most parents, taking the kids to the theater hasn’t crossed their minds.
In fact, exposing children to as many educational, entertaining, and live events as possible is vital during the first ten formative years of childhood development – and the theater is one of the best places for just that.
The theater is a place where your children can learn essential skills that can influence and shape their future. Here are four reasons you should book some tickets today!
1. It Improves Communication Skills
If you think about the way actors on the theater stage try to express ideas and tell stories by using their words and actions, you’ll see that trips to the theater can actually sharpen your child’s language and communication skills.
Theater acting is much more dramatic and elaborate than actors in movies and TV – there are no hidden signals. Children can learn essential communication skills by watching the actors’ body language and listening to what they say.
2. It Helps Children Learn How to Deal with Emotions
Actors aim to elicit emotions through their words and actions on stage. Children are usually still trying to understand their different feelings or find it hard to talk about certain subjects.
Exposing children to different emotions and storylines in a safe place like a theater can help them broach complex subjects to discuss later on. By talking about what they’ve seen on stage, you’re opening up an avenue for discussion that can make tricky subjects or emotions easier to talk about later on.
3. It’s a Healthy Break from Technology
Children are more used to seeing life through a digital screen in today’s digital age. Everybody needs a break from technology every once in a while, so we don’t see life through a camera lens.
Children who spend a lot of time on social media can especially benefit from taking a technology break – any opportunity to see unfiltered, unedited people in real life can also improve a child’s sense of self-worth.
4. It’s Therapeutic
Compared to previous generations, kids have many more stressors to deal with today. Kids today have been exposed to things they shouldn’t know about, experience more societal pressure, and have more trouble communicating.
Children need an occasional escape – theater can be an educational, immersive, and therapeutic entertainment option. The audience is taken on a magical journey with the help of stage lighting, singing, stage design, and costumes. In fact, research shows that children who visit the theater have less stress and brighter moods.
Once you’ve started taking your children to the theater, you’ll never look back!
Seeing plays is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Watching the actors work their magic can also help your children learn vital life skills. Go and support your local theater and watch your kids reap the benefits.