Children are welcome at many concerts, plays, and other live performances, but Rickenbacher advises to consider the length of the event, venue, and subject matter. Patrons paying top dollar to enjoy a live show won't appreciate being disturbed by unsettled babies and children.
"A child's attention span is short—and can be a lot shorter if the performance doesn't hold their interest," says Rickenbacher. "If it is a serious event, like a ballet, opera, or symphony, it could be very difficult for even an elementary school-aged child to sit through two to three hours of something they don't really understand."
Even if the event is aimed at the child audience, consider any elements that could be frightening, such as darkness or loud noises. Discuss these things with your child beforehand to prepare him for what he'll see on stage—you'll minimize anxiety and maximize his enjoyment.
"Even children as young as 2 can sit through a play they are familiar with through books or TV," says Rickenbacher. "I highly recommend that your first performances are shorter and have an intermission. Start small and build up."