Venue is Key

Bringing your family to a concert can be a great way to get together with the people that you love and help your children or younger loved ones develop a deeper appreciation for the arts. There’s nothing quite like the magic of a live concert. You do need to be careful when bringing the family to a show though, especially if you have younger kids. The right venue can make a world of difference when it comes to finding a family friendly show. Here, I will share a couple tips that I have found help a lot when it comes to going to a show with your loved ones.

It Does Come Down to the VenueA lot of families like to start out by going to a community concert as their first family event. These tend to be free or very cheap, and the band that plays is usually a group that has been instructed to keep the show family friendly. These aren’t always big-name bands, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a fun, low-key event that will be family friendly and cost effective, then this can be a great way to introduce your family to the exciting world of live concerts.

As a general rule, outdoor concerts tend to be more family friendly than indoor concerts. This isn’t always true, and like I mentioned before, it really depends on the band or the show that you’re seeing. Like it or not, not all of the bands that we like as adults have a family-friendly message. If you are more concerned about the people that will be enjoying the show alongside you, remember that outdoor shows have a more open feel, and this can be used to your advantage if you’re planning on bringing your family along with you.

Picking the Right Indoor Concert

Indoor venues can be tougher when it comes to family style shows, simply because there is usually less room to move around in. If something unsavory is happening nearby, it is more difficult to get away from it, especially if you are in an assigned seating area.

Now, that doesn’t mean that you should stay away from all indoor concerts. Many venues are ideal for family shows. This includes those that have theater-style seating. These tend to be smaller shows, but that might actually be ideal for those that are bringing a family along with them. These smaller shows are more subdued, more personal, and can be a lot safer if you’re bringing smaller children along with you. Be sure to check into this if it’s something that you are interested in. These shows are a lot calmer than a lot of concerts with standing room only sections.

Additionally, many indoor concert venues have an area that is designated specifically for families. If you are buying tickets for a concert and you’re planning on bringing your family along with you, give the box office a call ahead of time and find out if they offer this. Even if you’re not planning on buying tickets through the box office but will be buying from a third party ticket site, they will help you to figure out if they have the seating needs that you’re looking for, and will help you to pinpoint exactly where those seats are. When purchasing tickets later on, you will be better informed regarding where to focus your search. Thanks to the fact that many sites have interactive venue maps to help you when buying tickets, you will have an easier time of picking the right tickets for your family.

The fixed seating and aisles prevent a lot of moving around and dancing. People tend to stay in their seats and relax while enjoying the music. If you can’t find a family-only section, this can be a good way to help your family have a better time while at the concert.