Grace was glancing through my Mom’s camera roll on her phone last night remembering how much fun she had at Shopkins Live downtown a few weeks ago when we took just her to go see the show together in the city. It was so sweet hearing her describe the theater to Brandon and all the excitement she felt watching the characters and the story from “up high in front”. The experience itself was so magical for her and I’m so happy as a Mama that we are able to take her (and all of our kids) to shows and experiences like that one thanks to The Cultural Trust that truly does so much for children here in Pittsburgh.
The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series is entering its 48th season. For all 48 years, the series has presented professional, international performing arts for youth. The performances on this series happen Downtown at the Byham Theater and in a variety of suburban venues (in the North, South, East, West, and Butler), making theater easy and accessible for families in and around Pittsburgh. The series usually features performances based on favorite storybooks and characters as well as artistic performances created especially for young audiences to foster an appreciation of theater arts.
The 2017-2018 season is a great one from the looks of the shows (find the schedule here) with characters our kids in the 3-8 range know and love already like The Rainbow Fish, Dragons Love Tacos and Skippyjon Jones. Books into theater might be my favorite ever. Kids can relate and follow live theater so much better when they are already familiar with the characters they are watching!
The EQT Bridge Theater Series is entering its 3rd season in the ‘Burgh. Presenting more adventurous performances, this series was developed to “bridge” the gap between the Children’s Theater Series and the more adult programming (like Broadway or Trust Presents performances). While the tagline for this series is for ages 7+, each performance has a recommended age range based on the show content. Most performances are appropriate for ages 6-adult.
We LOVE this relatively new series designed to reach the middle age crowd of kids who may be a little bit beyond the Chilren’s Theater Series but not quite yet ready for adult shows. Lilly (7.5 years old and in second grade) has been devouring books left and right- finishing the entire Harry Potter series on her own last month and almost through A Wrinkle And Time this week. She’s ready for wonder and excitement of a more “middle grade” theater experience with higher level thought provoking dialogue, concepts and ideas that push the boundaries of her imagination and story lines that get more complex and interesting. The 13 Strory Tree House and The Young King sound especially interesting to us.
Its been my pleasure to continue sharing information for you from The Cultural Trust and I’m super excited to share another 4-pack of tickets with one of your families, redeemable for ANY show in the upcoming seasons of either series.
I love earmarking these shows and tickets for special “dates” with Mommy or Daddy or fun experiences out with Grandparents. Our kids are so lucky to live in an area where these types of experiences are so widely accessible and available to enjoy on a regular basis. I hope you are able to take advantage!
To enter, simple drop a comment on this post and tell me which little date(s) you’d be bringing to a show. I’ll draw a winner at the end of the week!
Hoe you are surviving Halloween crazies, ha!