Summer concerts are huge, and there seems to be one almost every week. Is your child old enough to go to a concert?
One of the first things to think about is the content of the concert. Is the material aimed at children or adults? If the concert is for a more mature audience, you might want to get a sitter. Even if you are okay with the lyrics you expect them to hear, the behavior of the audience and what your child will be exposed to varies based off of who is performing. For example, you can expect beer to be served at a concert for a rock and roll star, but not at a Disney concert.
You probably aren’t going to want to make multiple trips to the potty or change diapers while in a crowded concert hall. If your child is not old enough to hold it, you may have to wait a little longer before they tag along with you. Also, if you have a little one who has trouble sitting still and likes to run around, it can be difficult to keep an eye on them in a place so crowded.
If you do decide that your child is old enough to go to a concert, be sure to bring something to protect their ears. Even cheap earbuds can cut down on the damage the loud music will have on their hearing.
Be sure to eat before you go, and bring a snack if possible. Food at concerts is often costly.
Finally, be prepared to leave early. Concerts are long, and all the excitement can wear down on your child. If they just can’t make it to the end, head out before it’s over. As a bonus, you’ll beat all the traffic.