Toddlers and concert. Those definitely aren’t two words that one hears together often, but with planning and an open mind it can be an amazing experience. We took the girls to see The Wiggles and it was the BEST thing we’ve done with them so far. At 1 and 3.5 we weren’t sure what to expect from the girls, but they had an absolute blast. I honestly can’t wait to do it again! Here’s a few tips for attending a concert for toddlers.
Concert for Toddlers Tips
Go into it with zero expectations
Honestly, with a concert for toddlers you never know what is going to happen. They can go from happy as clams to complete meltdown in 2.5 seconds over the most trivial of things. Keep that in mind and just go for it. Don’t expect them to love it and behave, but don’t expect them to hate it either. Just take a chance and be opened to whatever comes. When I bought our tickets for The Wiggles the show was originally supposed to be at 12:30 in the afternoon. It was unexpectedly changed to 6:30 in the evening, aka right around bedtime (which I still find unusual for a concert for toddlers). The show was in DC (2 hours away) so a fun family day trip turned into a late night drive adventure. I was fully prepared for the girls to have a blast and for them to be whiny, miserable messes. I was pleasantly surprised that they handled the late night so well.
Take ear protection (just in case)
Since this was a concert for toddlers I figured that the volume would be at a suitable level but I took ear plugs and headphones just in case. A concert for kids is still a concert and it could be loud, especially if your kid is sensitive to loud noises. Mara absolutely HATES loudness. I was a little worried about how she would do at The Wiggles concert, but the volume was honestly perfect. I am glad that I had some earphones for her as a precaution. If it had been loud she would have been freaking out.
Little kids take their cues from YOU! If you are annoyed or just counting down until it’s time to leave, then they are likely to pick up on it. Instead, dance, sing, laugh and enjoy yourself! It was easy for Jesse and I to have fun because we love The Wiggles. Our family listens to the songs on the regular, we know all of the dance moves and we don’t find them annoying. Nothing beat dancing and singing along with our girls having a grand ole family time. When the girls started to get tired or whiny, they would look over at Jesse and I having fun and their attitudes would totally change.
Take snacks and drinks
I know that this is a duh for all parents of tiny humans. We all know it’s important to have snacks on hand at all times.We treated Mara to some popcorn before the show started, which she loved. I mean what kid doesn’t like eating popcorn in a theater?! The girls didn’t ask for any food during the show, but by the time we got back to the car they both just wanted snacks and water.
Make the kids feel special and dress them on theme for the occasion. It helps add to the excitement of where they’re going. Mara didn’t quite get exactly what a concert entailed (not a surprise). She knew we were going to see The Wiggles, but didn’t realize until the curtain rose and they were standing on stage that we were seeing THE WIGGLES. She was jumping up and down and screaming “It’s The Wiggles! It’s The Wiggles! It’s THEM!” She was even more excited about the bow in her hair and that she had pigtails like Emma when she was in the same room as Emma Wiggle.